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21
Nov
12

“Revenge of the Turkeys” or “when Turkeys attack”

In the town of Brookline, MA, turkeys are chasing people and tormenting them. This is the greatest Thanksgiving story I have ever heard. The best part is that the lady is trying to defend herself with sticks…sticks! Instead of shooting the animals (apparently because of municipal firearms restrictions), the people there call the police. There is actually a policeman whose job is to guard the local high school to protect kids from these turkeys. You can read the article here or see the video here: Revenge of the Turkeys.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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28
Sep
11

Christians, America, and Israel

Many American Christians have impassioned views of the relation between the Nation of Israel and the Land it occupies. The biblical issues aren’t as simple as many would like to believe they are though. There is much debate and attention being devoted to the possibility of a Palestinian State at present, and Christians must arrive at an opinion. Some may arrive at an opinion easily without much thought or care. Here is a very helpful article written to help us think carefully through these issues where foreign policy, humanitarianism, and theology intersect.

12
May
10

“I believe in Jesus, what’s next?”

I have found that once people decide to make Jesus Lord of their lives, the natural question is “What’s Next?” 

Here is a great place to explore that question!

02
Dec
09

Confession and Tiger Woods

I just read a great article. It’s an open letter to Woods telling him to fess up.  I encourage you to read it. It has been said that confession is good for the soul. Confession is good…period.  There is no way you can move past an area of sin and struggle until it is confessed.  Confession takes a lot of courage and humility. Confession recognizes: “my life is jacked up and I need God’s help”. This is why we need people in our lives who love us deeply, who facilitate confession and invite us into courage and humility.

A guy like Tiger appears to have his life together. His display of personal discipline is incredible.  He is one of the most successful people I can think of. And yet, perfection eludes all of us, including him.  Confession would do him well. Confession does all of us well.  There are excellent places to find help with our times of reflection and confession before God.

I don’t believe that every detail of every sin in my life should be shouted from the rooftop. There is such a thing as too much information and indulging in overexposure, however it is important to be authentic in our relationships as well. Confession is essential to killing sin in our lives. There is risk and we need wisdom with confession, that is why it requires humility and courage. If we are to move past the sin that so easily entangles us, hiding it, ignoring it, pretending it isn’t there, or some other passive-aggressive action is unhelpful. This only allows our sin to grow and control us.  We must deal with sin directly, and before God.

Remember:

  • 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
  • Proverbs 28:13 – He who conceals his sins does not prosper,but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
  • James 5:16 – Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.

Tiger Woods needs to admit his sin and seek forgiveness in Jesus Christ.  But, so do I, and so do you.

11
Nov
09

Boats

I heard about a guy who acquired a boat that was shiny and new. When he first got this boat he was so excited about it. Everywhere he went, he told his friends about his new boat. He would invite other people who didn’t have their own boat, to come and enjoy his with him. He loved taking it out in the lake, but every time, he had to clean it. It was expensive to refill the gas tank.  One time he hit something in the water and had to have it repaired.  He made some friends who also had boats. They decided they should start getting together every weekend to enjoy boating together.  The problems and cost of boating became burdensome, so they started storing their boats in a big warehouse where the weather could not cause them problems.  The warehouse was a great place for them to hold their weekly meetings. They would get together and talk about their boats, talk about boating, tell stories about long ago when they used to take their boats out on the lake, and they would read passages from an ancient book on boating.  They even had songs about boating that they enjoyed singing. They found some guys who still take their boats out on the lake and they hired them to come to their weekly meeting to tell them about boating; its trials and triumphs.  Sometimes they bring in speakers who use their boats in different bodies of water all over the world.  They rarely miss getting together on the weekends, they know alot about boating, their boats sure do look nice, but they have forgotten the joy of being on the water.

A boat can’t do what its supposed to do in a warehouse. It’s no good full of water either. If you take a  boat in the water, it will get scratched up and possibly damaged. But the purpose of a boat is to be in the water and when it is in the water, it makes waves.

 

 

 

Adapted from Mike Huckabee from the AISI conference who told a very similar story.

10
Nov
09

Huckabee on Integrity and Leadership

Former Governor Mike Huckabee spoke at the leadership conference I spoke about in yesterday’s blog.  Here are some of the thoughts from that session:

  • You’ll never make everybody happy.
  • Sometimes we wish we were someone else but God has not put us here to be who someone else is.
  • To be like Jesus is to be unlike most other people.
  • Jesus was not threatened by who people thought he might be.
  • We only hold on to what we are afraid can be taken from us.
  • No one can take your character even if they take your reputation.
  • The real value of a persons’ life is whether or not that person is true to their calling of being a servant.
  • It is possible for one to have a servant’s job and not a servant’s heart.
  • It is possible for one to have a noble job and have servant’s heart.
  • The church is called to be salt and light.
  • Salt is for preservation, it slows the process of spoiling.
  • if a fish is spoiling, it’s not the fish’s fault, its in its nature to spoil, salt must be applied.
  • It is time to recognize the problem is not with the culture, it’s with the pews.
  • the salt needs to be salt
  • people from the church should be in every aspect of culture and business.
  • We don’t need all the light to remain in well-lit rooms.
  • it is more important that we behave like Christians in the workplace than in the church.
  • a little light makes a huge difference in the darkness.
  • Where are the darkest places in America today?
  • The worst thing that could happen to the church isn’t hatred but that it would be ignored, indifferent, or mediocre.
  • Life is a process, you can’t fix everything at one time.
13
Aug
09

Vick to be an Eagle

I just read an article that said Michael Vick has signed with the Eagles. A $5.2 million deal for an ex-con isn’t a bad gig.  I still believe he can turn his life around.  He will start practicing immediately and will be considered for game-time reinstatement by week 6 of the season.

I suppose he will still be a quarterback, but no word yet. 

Click here for a clip from an interview this evening:

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