Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Psalm 46 was a great way to end my day. Our church is going through Lent with a Psalm countdown- click here for the link to the blog. "The LORD Almighty is with us. The God of Jacob is our fortress." I'll sleep to that.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Then Makai decided to try to toast some nuts. Who's supervising these kids, anyway?
Finally, there have been a lot of great conversations about the talk I gave on Romans 12:1-8 last week at TSC. I spent most of the talk on my "life is spiritual" rant, encouraging students to stop compartmentalizing their lives. It's not just the overtly "Christian" activities or occupations that make your life eternally significant. The work of a mom is just as important as the work of an evangelist. The work of a janitor the same as that of a pastor... here's the key... when done unto God.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I was catching up on my google reader tonight, and came across this entry (click here for the "on earth as it is in heaven" blog)
There has always been considerable (and somewhat distracting) debate on whether, before Christ returns, things will get markedly worse, get markedly better, or just go on about the same. The answer to that is God’s business, not ours. We’re told to plant and water; God alone controls the results.
Our task as faithful disciples is proclaimed by the Welsh poet Ethelwyn Wetherald:
My orders are to fight;
Then if I bleed, or fail,
Or strongly win, what matters it?
God only doth prevail.
The servant craveth naught
Except to serve with might.
I was not told to win or lose—
My orders are to fight.
I've thought a lot about this. I grew up with a dispensational theological grid that went something like this, "The world is going from bad to worse and just when things can't get any worse, Jesus is going to step in and save us from the Great Tribulation." Or there were speculations about maybe going through half of it, or all of it, but the point was the same- the world is going from bad to worse.
The basic sentiment was that earth is not unlike the public restroom, "Get in there, do your business, and get the heck out as soon as possible. It's dirty in there."
My sheltered theology of youth was soon challenged by a more covenant/reformed theology. Presuppositions about future for Israel, questions about antichrist, tribulation, rapture, etc were challenged in the summer of 1998. That's when I first realized that my dispensational theological grid was a fairly new construct, and not necessarily a historically held view of Scripture. I realized that the Kingdom of God that Jesus brought might actually be a present reality, not merely a future hope. This view seemed a bit more optimistic- there is a way to make this earth look more like heaven.
Where am I now?
It depends on the day, but mostly somewhere in the middle. I can't say what God has in store for Israel (most recently Romans 11 has me thinking there will be something), whether or not there already has been or someday will be a great tribulation, or whether we're in the millenium now or later...
This leads me back to the quote. I love the balance. I love what wells up in me when I ponder the words of that poem. Some days I feel I'm losing, others I sense victory. I'm not sure if my life will end like that of John the Baptist, Stephen, Elijah or Moses.
But at the end of the day, I will continue to fight. God will win.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Below: This is looking into the foyer, which is going to be huge. The forms in the front of the picture are for the fountain, which will also be a baptismal. The connection group, family and close friends of the people getting baptized can watch out there while everyone in the auditorium will see it via live video.
Below: This is backstage, where there will be storage, green room, video/tech rooms, etc.
Below: Standing on the stage, looking out into the auditorium, which will seat about 1,100 on the main level and another 900 in the balcony. The balcony section will probably be completed later, as the funds come in.
Below: This is looking from the "back row" to the stage. It's amazing how close the back row will be to the stage- not much further than in the current auditorium. With the seats wrapping around the stage, it allows for a much closer feel. It's going to be awesome.
Below: These steps lead down to a tunnel that runs under the auditorium.
Below: The tunnel. I'm trying to figure out how to get a wall ride skate ramp down there.
Below: Here's a random picture that cracked me up. Watch out- it may happen to you someday. Beck likes to play in the sink with his GI Joe's, motorcycles, and other random stuff he finds in my drawers...
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Our family of six ordered only 3 entrees. Almost all of the lasagna and 2 pieces of pizza were left. I'm always amazed at the serving sizes here in American restaurants. And yet, our waitress gave us a hard time, saying, "Well, if you're going to split the meals, then I won't be able to get you more salad unless you pay for it." Please. Our kids ate all of one leaf of lettuce. She later realized she was ripping us off, so she brought more.
Beck chillin' with a bread stick.
Ava being silly.
Cameron was a trooper, even though he wasn't feeling well.
Every once in awhile I have to throw myself in a picture just so you know I'm a real person, and not just some random person making up this whole blog.