Monday, August 31, 2009

Eternal Security (15th century style)

"There was once a man who was very anxious, and wavered between fear and hope. One day, overcome with sadness, he lay prostrate in prayer before the altar in church, and pondering these matters in his mind, said, 'Oh, if I only knew that I should always persevere [as a committed follower of Jesus Christ]!' Then he heard within his heart an answer from God: 'If you knew this, what would you do? Do now what you would then, and all will be well.' So, comforted and strengthened, he committed himself to the will of God, and his anxious uncertainty vanished. Nor did he wish any longer to inquire into what would happen to him, but strove the more earnestly to learn the perfect and acceptable will of God, whenever he bean to understand any good work."

-from Thomas a Kempis' Imitation of Christ, b. 1380, d. 1471 (from the L. Sherley-Price translation) from day 1 of reading for my 2nd to last semester at Denver Seminary!!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hodge podge continued

Hodge podge

Here are some pics of Samuel enjoying his new pool with his friend, Cole. Also, Sunday morning before-church pics of the boys and some taken today before we ventured out to a local community festival. (Plus a few miscellaneous pics for your viewing pleasure...) The video is of Samuel's latest skill on the playground.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Churches and Vision Statements

Here's a good blog post from a friend and recent graduate of Denver Seminary:

Here's my favorite paragraph:

I’m also hesitant to jump on the bandwagon of the absolute necessity of vision statements simply because it’s such a new movement. Don’t get me wrong: I can see why it’s helpful. Clearly-articulated goals do help most people to move toward the Scriptural vision of the church. Without the leadership of the church setting out goals for, say, a new evangelistic program, that program probably won’t get done. But what I object to is the modern tendency to make “vision-casting” one of the fundamental, irreplaceable aspects of church life and pastoral ministry. Historically speaking, such an assertion is ludicrous. Isn’t it remarkable that the church survived (and actually grew) for more than nineteen hundred years without vision statements! Read any of the great classical texts on pastoral ministry; you’ll find virtually nothing on the topic of vision-casting and setting goals for the church. Rather, you’ll find the emphasis on other aspects, where I heartily believe the emphasis should be: the ministry of the Word and Sacrament; of teaching the Scriptures, praying, caring for individual members of the flock with spiritual guidance, and leading the church in its communal worship. The current emphasis on “vision,” “purpose statements,” “goals,” and “core values,” all comes from 20th- and 21st-century business-leadership models. It never existed in the church before that.

Christianity Today recently posted a similar critique to some of the churches various ministry activities:

Triviality and Hell

Professional golfer Paul Goydos made this comment in regard to the golf course he is playing on this week in the Barclays Classic: "This is going to be a spectacular tournament on television. . . . It really is going to be a great spectacle. It's undeniably going to be as gorgeous as hell."

Certainly this is an interesting choice for a simile--as gorgeous as hell. I know very little about hell, but from what I read, I don't think gorgeous fits into any of the descriptions I have read. Hel is a term we should not drop in a trivial and thoughtless manner! Here are 54 verses from the Bible about hell (from: I'm not necessarily trying to scare anyone. I am, however, asking us to all have a sober view about what God has to say about this very non-gorgeous place called hell. But to any who have put their trust in Christ, death and hell no longer has power over us!!

Deu 32:22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

2 Sam 22:6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;

Job 11:8 It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?

Job 26:6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.

Psa 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Psa 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Psa 18:5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.

Psa 55:15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in ther dwellings, and among them.

Psa 86:13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

Psa 116:3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

Psa 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

Prov 5:5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

Prov 7:27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.

Prov 9:18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

Prov 15:11 Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the chldren of men?

Prov 15:24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

Prov 23:14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Prov 27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Isa 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.

Isa 14:9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.

Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Isa 28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

Isa 28:18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

Isa 57:9 And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto hell.

Ezek 31:16 I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth.

Ezek 31:17 They also went down into hell with him unto them that be slain with the sword; and they that were his arm, that dwelt under his shadow in the midst of the heathen.

Ezek 32:21 The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with them that help him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword.

Ezek 32:27 And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to their hell with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but iniquities shall be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.

Amos 9:2 Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:

Jonah 2:2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

Hab 2:5 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:

Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Mat 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Mat 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Mat 11:23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Mat 18:9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

Mat 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Mat 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

Mark 9:43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

Mark 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

Mark 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:

Luke 10:15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.

Luke 12:5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

Acts 2:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Acts 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

2 Pet 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

Rev 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Rev 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sacrifice in sports??,183885

Jarvis Varnado of Mississippi State, like many other athletes, has sacrificed thousands of hours to become one of the best college basketball players today (most likely he will be on the All-SEC team this coming year). Jarvis, unlike many athletes, has recently sacrificed his full-ride college scholarship in order for a teammate to keep his. This is a rarer form of sacrifice that deserves notice.

Thank you Jarvis for modeling more than athleticism; thank you for modeling character.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Repent or at least get a dictionary

I read this today on CNN's headline article: "(CNN) -- The Senate's second-ranking Democrat slammed recent town-hall protests over health care on Sunday, insisting they violate "the democratic process," while the Senate's top Republican accused Democrats of "attacking citizens" with such complaints."

Now, for those who do not know, the word democracy means "rule of the people." Democracy involves the speaking out and involvement of every man and woman in order to influence political action. So, this type of behavior is exactly what democracy is all about. Some people believe government is above the will of the people . .. this is socialism at best and totalitarianism at its worst. We live in a Democratic Republic, which means we allow all people to vote for representative government. We also allow all people to give voice to their opinions and concerns. It may not be pretty, but Winston Churchill probably got this right: "Democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."

Thursday, August 06, 2009

And more video - Video 3 of 3 (good night)

More video - Video 2 of 3

Family Update and more vidoes

We went to the doctor today and Caleb has already eclipsed his birth weight (8lbs. 3oz.)! Mommy is putting out pure cream :) Samuel also had his 2 year check up and he's growing into a big boy: 34.5 inches (51st percentile) tall, 27 pounds (40th percentile).

I have 3 videos coming . . . here's the first and the next two should be posted within minutes.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Professional Photos

Our good friend Andrea Skinner took these photos of Caleb and our family the day of Caleb's birth. Andrea's photography is great; hire her!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Caleb Says "Hello" - Uncut

If you would like to see this in something larger than a 2" by 2" screen, you can click this link and download this 35MB video clip and watch it in full screen:

More Photos of Caleb

2:14AM, 20.5 inches, 8lbs 2.6 oz. - Caleb Steven Proctor joins the world!

Carrie was amazing! 100% natural childbirth, 14 minutes of pushing, and a trooper the whole way through!

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Labor Time

Labor is rolling!

5-6 Centimeters dilated, 90% effaced, and contractions regular.

And Carrie looks great. It looks like Caleb's birthday will be August 2nd, 2009. (the 1st if we're real lucky!)