Friday, December 26, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
And here we see that God you're movingJubilee is mentioned in Leviticus 25:8-55 and is part of The Law that God gave to Israel.
A time of Jubilee is coming
- forgive all debts
- release all hebrew servants
- read the law at the Feast of Tabernacles
- let the land lie fallow (not plant crops)
- give back any land purchased from others.
- release all slaves
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Kingdom Coming released on election day 2008, as a reminder to me and Christians everywhere that our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20) and it spreads not by sword (John 18:36) but unlike the kingdoms of this world (Isaiah 40:21-24), the kingdom we serve has no borders and no flags and no end.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
Thirty years of trying to use government to stop abortion, preserve opposite-sex marriage, improve television and movie content and transform culture into the conservative evangelical image has failed.
The question now becomes: Should conservative Christians redouble their efforts, contributing more millions to radio and TV preachers and activists, or would they be wise to try something else?
I opt for trying something else.
Too many conservative evangelicals have put too much faith in the power of government to transform culture. The futility inherent in such misplaced faith can be demonstrated by asking these activists a simple question: Does the secular left, when it holds power, persuade conservatives to live by their standards? Of course they do not. Why, then, would conservative evangelicals expect people who do not share their worldview and view of God to accept their beliefs when they control government?
Of course he is right about that. He continues
What is the answer, then, for conservative evangelicals who are rightly concerned about the corrosion of culture, the indifference to the value of human life and the living arrangements of same- and opposite-sex couples? The answer depends on the response to another question: Do conservative evangelicals want to feel good, or do they want to adopt a strategy that actually produces results?
I'll let you read his article for his answer.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
- You have a lot of hyperbole being used. Hyperbole is the use of exaggeration when speaking. We don't do this as well as many other cultures. I work with a man from India who does this quite well. The world is falling in when something goes wrong... Even though I know it isn't. When you hear "The sun will go dark...." or something like that, it isn't a weather report but a statement on their world view.
- The Bible is full of "types and shadows". We typically look at those types all pointing to Christ but it is deeper than that and something that as a non-jewish person, I don't do well in the old testament. Take for instance, the land of Israel. According to what I heard, the typical jewish person looked at the land as their "garden of eden" where they were given the task to care for and dominate it. Those who were not jewish were considered some of the animals to dominate. When an invading country invaded or predicted to invade, they looked at these invaders as monsters overthrowing the poor defenseless people. This is why you have some of the imagery in Daniel and elsewhere.
- Prophets were given dramas to play out used to make a point to the people around them.
- Hosea, for instance, was to marry a prostitute representing God's commitment to Israel. When she returned to being a prostitute, he was told to wander through the streets looking for her, yelling for her, representing God looking for his people.
- Ezekiel was told to lie on his side one day for each year that Israel was unfaithful. He was also told to eat food cooked with human dung.
- Isaiah was told to walk around naked for 3 years to show the shame that Israel would be facing when taken captive.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
By yesterday I am being both a little metaphorical and literal.
Monday, November 03, 2008
- Only one more day to receive phone calls from people I've never met telling me what my opinion should be.
- One more day of advertisements telling me the worst characteristics of the people they are opposing.
- One more day for this country to make history with either an african-american president or a female vice president.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
As of early Friday morning, the Colorado Secretary of State's Office reported that nearly 1.3 million registered voters had cast ballots already, either in person or by mail-in. That's 40 percent turnout.
At this point, I am extremely tired of the advertisements, each either promising their solution will put America into prosperity again or that the other candidates solution will make things worse.
Vote the Bible seeks to provide information to those who wish to be informed about the official and published positions of those who would see public office. These positions are obtained from each candidate for election and each party's official published platforms. We think that Christian voters want to cast their vote in conformity with the Word of God, so we have included scriptures that are applicable to public issues. Vote the Bible does not endorse any political party or individual candidate. We do encourage you to cast your vote in this most important election for the candidate of your choice.I find this to be a rather myopic view of the Bible. Not that these two issues are not important to God. It is that there are a lot of other issues which relate to how his followers should live. I think there is a list around somewhere with about 10 items on it that seemed pretty important at one point... It went something like:
- 'You shall have no other gods before Me.'
- 'You shall not make for yourself a carved image--any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.'
- 'You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.'
- 'Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.'
- 'Honor your father and your mother.'
- 'You shall not murder.'
- 'You shall not commit adultery.'
- 'You shall not steal.'
- 'You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.'
- 'You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.'
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Joel? Do you ever wonder how far off we are from the "Christianity" that Jesus wanted?My answer was... Yes, for several years now. I am also not the only one that has been asking these questions.
6 I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News 7 but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.
8 Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you. 9 I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
I have started a rather challenging book.... In fact, the name is "The Challenge of Jesus" by N. T. Wright.
When I was in High School, I went to a Christian camp in Muscatine, Iowa....
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Last week, the tires, this week, the accessory drive belt. It comes with the territory though, the van has over 178,000 miles.
I don't think I told about the blow-out incident last year.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
I’m so tired of these mortal men
with their hands on their wallets and their hearts full of sin
scared of their enemies, scared of their friends
and always running for re-election
so come to DC if it be thy will
because we’ve never had a savior on Capitol Hill
you can always trust the devil or a politician
to be the devil or a politician
but beyond that friends you’d best beware
‘cause at the Pentagon bar they’re an inseparable pair
and as long as the lobbyists are paying their bills
we’ll never have a savior on Capitol Hill
all of our problems gonna disappear
when we can whisper right in that President’s ear
he could walk right across the reflection pool
in his combat boots and ten thousand dollar suit
you can render unto Caesar everything that’s his
you can trust in his power to come to your defense
it’s the way of the world, the way of the gun
it’s the trading of an evil for a lesser one
so don’t hold your breath or your vote until
you think you’ve finally found a savior up on Capitol Hill
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Sunday, October 05, 2008
- A daily reading plan.
- A Bible reader with many different versions in several languages.
- Ways to add comments to the passages you read.
- A way to take and store notes
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Friday, October 03, 2008
Somewhere between 6pm and 8pm, Central Time, on November 4th, 2008, the eschatology of American evangelicals will become clear. If John McCain wins and the evangelical becomes delirious or confident that the Golden Days are about to arrive, that evangelical has an eschatology of politics. Or, alternatively, if Barack Obama wins and the evangelical becomes delirious or confident that the Golden Days are about to arrive, that evangelical too has an eschatology of politics. Or, we could turn each around, if a more Democrat oriented evangelical becomes depressed and hopeless because McCain wins, or if a Republican oriented evangelical becomes depressed or hopeless because Obama wins, those evangelicals are caught in an empire-shaped eschatology of politics.Where is our hope? To be sure, I hope our country solves its international conflicts and I hope we resolve poverty and dissolve our educational problems and racism. But where does my hope turn when I think of war or poverty or education or racism? Does it focus on November 4? Does it gain its energy from thinking that if we get the right candidate elected our problems will be dissolved? If so, I submit that our eschatology has become empire-shaped, Constantinian, and political. And it doesn’t matter to me if it is a right-wing evangelical wringing her fingers in hope that a Republican wins, or a left-wing evangelical wringing her fingers in hope that a Democrat wins. Each has a misguided eschatology.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
As a Christ-follower, I have heard several different ways fasts are to be done as well as several different purposes.
The other day, however, I was listening to the Daily Audio Bible (I still recommend this by the way) and heard Isaiah 58 and God's perspective on Israel's practices of fasting. From "The Message":
1-3 "Shout! A full-throated shout! Hold nothing back—a trumpet-blast shout!
Tell my people what's wrong with their lives,
face my family Jacob with their sins!
They're busy, busy, busy at worship,
and love studying all about me.
To all appearances they're a nation of right-living people—
They ask me, 'What's the right thing to do?'
and love having me on their side.
But they also complain,
'Why do we fast and you don't look our way?
Why do we humble ourselves and you don't even notice?'
3-5"Well, here's why:
"The bottom line on your 'fast days' is profit.
You drive your employees much too hard.
You fast, but at the same time you bicker and fight.
You fast, but you swing a mean fist.
The kind of fasting you do
won't get your prayers off the ground.
Do you think this is the kind of fast day I'm after:
a day to show off humility?
To put on a pious long face
and parade around solemnly in black?
Do you call that fasting,
a fast day that I, God, would like?
6-9"This is the kind of fast day I'm after:
to break the chains of injustice,
get rid of exploitation in the workplace,
free the oppressed,
What I'm interested in seeing you do is:
sharing your food with the hungry,
inviting the homeless poor into your homes,
putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad,
being available to your own families.
Do this and the lights will turn on,
and your lives will turn around at once.
Your righteousness will pave your way.
The God of glory will secure your passage.
Then when you pray, God will answer.
You'll call out for help and I'll say, 'Here I am.'
I don't know if this is the only answer to what a fast is to be like. I don't think so. I do believe that the purpose of fasting is to "get something" from God for yourself, although, that may be a result.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
Both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions are behind us. I've heard Christian friends raving about Sarah Palin. I've heard others raving about Barack Obama.
If (fill in the blank) gets elected, I'm leaving the country.
Which I find to be an interesting statement.
More importantly, on November 5 I will get up and go about my business no matter who gets elected. There will be people who need to hear about Jesus; there will be people who are suffering from systemic injustices; there will be people abusing power; there will be good reasons to drink coffee and eat lunch with colleagues... ...Changing Presidents will not end those needs and those problems and those parts of my life. So, my task as a Christian is to follow Jesus by loving God and loving others as well as I can. Changing Presidents won’t change that one bit. I don’t see that either candidate has the intent of depriving us of these things.
...I don’t hope in the next President. I think that is idolatrous. In fact, hoping in the next President is the first step toward idolizing empire.Read Scot's full response here. Then decide who you want leading you. A man (or woman) or God!
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
- The writer of Basic Instinct is now a Christian
- The importance of asking the right follow-up question at the Democratic National Convention.
- The conflict (none?) former porn star Jenna Jamison finds with being a "devout Catholic" and having babies without a husband.
- Faith at the Democratic National Convention
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
We were first introduced to this last summer. Put on a music festival. At our church. 10,000+ people in attendance. Why?
Friday, July 18, 2008
It started as a spring project but ended up being finished this summer.
Many of you have heard or asked about Zoe's Imaginary Friend, especially "Who's Zoe"? Zoe is pictured on the CD cover and on the right here.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
One of the basic laws of spiritual life is that you become like what you worship. When you worship an idol, whatever it is, part of you dies as you take on the lifeless image of that idol. But if you worship the God in whose image you are made, you are renewed in that image.-- Bishop N T Wight
You can download the whole speach here. There is quite a bit of introduction (musical and speaking at the front, after that....
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Here are some things that are happening.
Kevin & I finished laying down bass and drum tracks for zOE'S iMAGINARY fRIEND. Glad it is over with and looking forward to hearing the finished product. All involved are great musicians and lend their particular flavor to the soup that is "zif". You can hear some of the work in progress on the site or on the MySpace page. We are looking forward to a "release" in July or so...
As I walked out the door last night, I warned everyone that I may not be at work today. Since I didn't need an excuse, this is that much more enjoyable (not real... but fun).
Lawn work. The real reason I am not going to work today. Due to lots of activity on the weekends with "zif" and church, not much time to fix the back which looks pretty bad after last winter. Also have a spot to patch in the front.
"For me, using drugs wasn't the real problem..."
To top it off... I think our dog learned to spell.... I mentioned to Kyle that "Rocky had to go O-U-T" and he headed toward the door.... hmmm.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Marj's Second Flight
Kyle's Second Flight
You can see more of the videos here.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Stephen replied, "Friends, fathers, and brothers, the God of glory
appeared to our father Abraham when he was still in Mesopotamia, before the move to Haran, and told him, 'Leave your country and family and go to the land I'll show you.' "So he left the country of the Chaldees and moved to Haran. After the death of his father, he immigrated to this country where you now live, but God gave him nothing, not so much as a foothold. He did promise to give the country to him and his son later on, even though Abraham had no son at the time. God let him know that his offspring would move to an alien country where they would be enslaved and brutalized for four hundred years. 'But,' God said, 'I will step in and take care of those slaveholders and bring my people out so they can worship me in this place.'
"Then he made a covenant with him and signed it in Abraham's flesh by circumcision. When Abraham had his son Isaac, within eight days he reproduced the sign of circumcision in him. Isaac became father of Jacob, and Jacob father of twelve 'fathers,' each faithfully passing on the covenant sign.
"But then those 'fathers,' burning up with jealousy, sent Joseph off to Egypt as a slave. God was right there with him, though—he not only rescued him from all his troubles but brought him to the attention of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. He was so impressed with Joseph that he put him in charge of the whole country, including his own personal affairs.
"Later a famine descended on that entire region, stretching from Egypt to Canaan, bringing terrific hardship. Our hungry fathers looked high and low for food, but the cupboard was bare. Jacob heard there was food in Egypt and sent our fathers to scout it out. Having confirmed the report, they went back to Egypt a second time to get food. On that visit, Joseph revealed his true identity to his brothers and introduced the Jacob family to Pharaoh. Then Joseph sent for his father, Jacob, and everyone else in the family, seventy-five in all. That's how the Jacob family got to Egypt.
"Jacob died, and our fathers after him. They were taken to Shechem and buried in the tomb for which Abraham paid a good price to the sons of Hamor.
"When the four hundred years were nearly up, the time God promised Abraham for deliverance, the population of our people in Egypt had become very large. And there was now a king over Egypt who had never heard of Joseph. He exploited our race mercilessly. He went so far as forcing us to abandon our newborn infants, exposing them to the elements to die a cruel death.
"In just such a time Moses was born, a most beautiful baby. He was hidden at home for three months. When he could be hidden no longer, he was put outside—and immediately rescued by Pharaoh's daughter, who mothered him as her own son. Moses was educated in the best schools in Egypt. He was equally impressive as a thinker and an athlete.
"When he was forty years old, he wondered how everything was going with his Hebrew kin and went out to look things over. He saw an Egyptian abusing one of them and stepped in, avenging his underdog brother by knocking the Egyptian flat. He thought his brothers would be glad that he was on their side, and even see him as an instrument of God to deliver them. But they didn't see it that way. The next day two of them were fighting and he tried to break it up, told them to shake hands and get along with each other: 'Friends, you are brothers, why are you beating up on each other?'
"The one who had started the fight said, 'Who put you in charge of us? Are you going to kill me like you killed that Egyptian yesterday?' When Moses heard that, realizing that the word was out, he ran for his life and lived in exile over in Midian. During the years of exile, two sons were born to him.
"Forty years later, in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, an angel appeared to him in the guise of flames of a burning bush. Moses, not believing his eyes, went up to take a closer look. He heard God's voice: 'I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.' Frightened nearly out of his skin, Moses shut his eyes and turned away.
"God said, 'Kneel and pray. You are in a holy place, on holy ground. I've seen the agony of my people in Egypt. I've heard their groans. I've come to help them. So get yourself ready; I'm sending you back to Egypt.'
"This is the same Moses whom they earlier rejected, saying, 'Who put you in charge of us?' This is the Moses that God, using the angel flaming in the burning bush, sent back as ruler and redeemer. He led them out of their slavery. He did wonderful things, setting up God-signs all through Egypt, down at the Red Sea, and out in the wilderness for forty years. This is the Moses who said to his congregation, 'God will raise up a prophet just like me from your descendants.' This is the Moses who stood between the angel speaking at Sinai and your fathers assembled in the wilderness and took the life-giving words given to him and handed them over to us, words our fathers would have nothing to do with.
"They craved the old Egyptian ways, whining to Aaron, 'Make us gods we can see and follow. This Moses who got us out here miles from nowhere—who knows what's happened to him!' That was the time when they made a calf-idol, brought sacrifices to it, and congratulated each other on the wonderful religious program they had put together.
"God wasn't at all pleased; but he let them do it their way, worship every new god that came down the pike—and live with the consequences, consequences described by the prophet Amos:
Did you bring me offerings of animals and grains
those forty wilderness years, O Israel?
Hardly. You were too busy building shrines
to war gods, to sex goddesses,
Worshiping them with all your might.
That's why I put you in exile in Babylon.
"And all this time our ancestors had a tent shrine for true worship, made to the exact specifications God provided Moses. They had it with them as they followed Joshua, when God cleared the land of pagans, and still had it right down to the time of David. David asked God for a permanent place for worship. But Solomon built it.
"Yet that doesn't mean that Most High God lives in a building made by carpenters and masons. The prophet Isaiah put it well when he wrote,"Heaven is my throne room;
I rest my feet on earth.
So what kind of house
will you build me?" says God.
"Where I can get away and relax?
It's already built, and I built it."
What follows is Stephan being killed by the clergy and people at that time. Why? Because he "spoke against the "Holy Temple". Saul, who we know mostly as Paul, was among those that stoned Stephan.