I am many things. I am a follower of Jesus, a son, a father, a husband. I program computers, play with amature radio (KG0IL) and play bass.
Monday, December 28, 2009
The Christmas Snow
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Our Christmas Greetings.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Coverville Countdown again
- Crimson & Clover
- Voodoo Child
- Rusty Cage
- While my Keytar Gently Weeps
- Comfortably Numb
- Such Great Heights
- You're So Vain
- Bizzare Love Triangle
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Quotes of the day
Fig Newton: The force required to accelerate a fig 39.37 inches per sec.
- J. Hart
I loathe the expression "What makes him tick." It is the American mind, looking for simple and singular solution, that uses the foolish expression. A person not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and breaks and has to be put together again, and sometimes stops like an electric clock in a thunderstorm.
- James Thurber
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Scot McKnight at Mars Hill
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Logan found a "forever home"!!!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The fruit of repentance
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Another Great Love Story
Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him,
we will also live with him;
if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
if we are faithless,
he will remain faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.
Logan's Big Day
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
CoverFreak: American Pie
In today's Thanksgiving post, one of the tunes was different enough to prompt me to blog.
If you remember Don McLean's "American Pie", the version from Just Luis is Don McLean meets Techno.
Homecoming Sock Hop
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Drops like Stars
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
The bad, the good and the odd
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Pastor Appreciation Month
Monday, October 12, 2009
To the pain*
Friday, October 09, 2009
Portwiture - What I look like in Twitter
Monday, September 14, 2009
Monday, September 07, 2009
Book Review:"The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views"
- It limits your fellowship with other believers who do not hold those views because you start believing yourself "better" than them.
- It causes you to look at scripture in frameworks that are not necessarily intended by God. As you see through the debate in this book, atonement can be looked at one way by one writer and differently elsewhere, even by the same writer. This is especially true when you look at Paul's writings.
- It causes you to put God into a box of your creation. Remember, God is God (and I am not). God's ways are not our ways.
Friday, September 04, 2009
Western Border Collie Rescue
Ada Oklahoma. In June 2009, 120 dogs were left abandoned on a country farm outside Ada Oklahoma. Rescue agencies from around the country removed the dogs from the property. Six of those dogs came to Western Border Collie Rescue. This is a short look at their story.
Video Courtesy of KSL.comSoldier Hollow Sheep Dog Competition
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, I received the "Whole Lotta Blues - The Songs of Led Zeppelin" CD from Marj for my birthday. If you are expecting to hear the sounds of Led Zeppelin, you would be disappointed. If you like the songs but enjoy delta style blues, you'd be as happy as I was with the CD.
Job in a box...
- The setup for the story
- Job and his "friends" in dialog
- God and Job in dialog
- The teardown of the story
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Another Birthday has come and gone
- The joy in my son's face as he gave me his hand picked gift. "The John Lennon Collection Collectors Tin".
- Beating my parents to the "Happy Birthday" phone call with the phrase "Happy My Birthday" as they answered the phone.
- Finding out that we finally did get the Amazon Wish List to work and I now am looking forward to reading "The Nature of Atonement" and "Hebrew Thought compared with Greek" and listen to "Whole Lotta Blues - The Songs of Led Zeppelin".
- Finding out I now look in my 40's instead of 30's.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
1, 2, 21, 22
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." (Genesis 3:21-22)
So God created human beings in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)While this is true, it speaks nothing of the return to paradise described in Revelation 21-22. If we wanted to stay with the Romans theme, look at Romans 8:20-22.
20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.What does it come down to?
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?
Friday, August 21, 2009
The perfect storm?
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Back from Oregon
- Our car passed 200K miles on the way back. Many people have difficulty believing that a Dodge Caravan could do that well being "American made". Some of this is because we do care for the car, some because it is a good car, 11 years old and this makes just over 18K miles per year.
- Marj and I had a pleasant journey out alone because Kyle flew out a week early to visit cousins, etc. We finished "Transition" on the way.
- The Garmin GPS was invaluable... I like the interface and, with a few quirks, it was accurate. Once, a wrong turn by me proved to be a great re-route through the desert of Eastern Oregon. It helped us find a good Chinese restaurant up the coast and even provided the phone number for it.
- If you have to go through Eastern Oregon, I-84 is a lot more scenic than US-20, until you hit the Willamatte Valley.
- We got a couple of clearer days but the spot we were in on the Oregon coast was somewhat overcast most of the time... But BEAUTIFUL! Living in Colorado all these years, however, I could see that I might start getting a little crazy without nearly daily sunshine.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Listen to the Jesus Manifesto
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The term, Stockholm Syndrome, was coined in the early 70's to describe the puzzling reactions of four bank employees to their captor. On August 23, 1973, three women and one man were taken hostage in one of the largest banks in Stockholm. They were held for six days by two ex-convicts who threatened their lives but also showed them kindness. To the world's surprise, all of the hostages strongly resisted the government's efforts to rescue them and were quite eager to defend their captors. Indeed, several months after the hostages were saved by the police, they still had warm feelings for the men who threatened their lives. Two of the women eventually got engaged to the captors.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Completing the TULIP/BEERS debate
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
From Eternity to Here - Take a listen
Frank Viola has posted chapter 1 of his book in audio format here. If you want to hear what struck me, take a listen.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Interesting postings 2
- First, I've had several discussions with people around many of these points. In fact, while in college, many of the friends I had held fast to many if not all of these points.
- Second, as I listen and apply the Bible (through Daily Audio Bible), I am gaining a different picture of how God has and does work in this world.
- Total Depravity vs Broken Icons
- Unconditional Election vs Eternal Purpose
- Limited Atonement vs Extravagant Atonement
- Irresistible Grace vs Response to Grace
- Perseverence of the Saints vs Shalom
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Save The Antelope
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
A Jesus Manifesto
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Toto’s “Africa” performed by Perpetuum Jazzile
Friday, June 05, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
From Eternity to Here - Part Three...
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
What my dog teaches me about God...
- One of the meanings of the word worship is to lick the face of the one you are worshiping... Like a dog. Kiva likes to lick my face... From what I understand from other dog people, this is a sign of subordination.
- He loves to interact with me when I arrive home. In the same way, I should love to interact with God in the same way.
- Kiva watches me intently as I do things to make sure there is nothing he should be doing in response. In a similar way, I should be watching God as he works, looking for the things he wants me to do.
- Kiva is eager to anticipate my needs. In the same way, I should be looking to anticipate Gods desires.
- Kiva corrects himself when his anticipation is wrong. When I act wrongly, I should correct my actions and align myself with his desires.
- Kiva has a desire to live in his masters house.
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Just some fun
I realized how poorly written my last post was... I really need to be more awake when I post. Rather than retract or change the last post, I figured I'd leave it and, instead, provide you with some amusement.
Friday, May 08, 2009
From Eternity to Here - Part Two...
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Washington DC revisited
Thursday, April 30, 2009
From Eternity to here
Recently, there have been a couple of books that have just made my jaw drop as I read the first couple of chapters.
The most recent was "From Eternity To Here" by Frank Viola subtitled "Rediscovering the ageless purpose of God".
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
We started the day at the National Catherdral. It is a beautiful building. we heard an organ demonstration (3 pieces) on the organ which is believed to be the largest in the United States.
After that, we went to the Crime and Punishment Museum where we got a forensic lab given by actual forensic scientists. The museum was fun as well.
To finish off the day, several of us went to the Jefferson Memorial at night making it a late night.
We only had one kid lost the whole trip and, thanks to him having a cell phone, he was quickly located.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Washington DC - The Weekend!
Today, we went to the newseum... A museum of Journalism. We also went to the top of the Washington Monument. Tonight, my brother and his wife joined us for dinner.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Washington DC - Thursady (Day 3)
In the afternoon we ended up at Ford's Theater.
Washington DC - Wednesday
We started the morning at the Smithsonian and ended up at the Capital. The day was rainy and we got quite wet.
We ended the day at the Crystal City Mall.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Washington DC - Day 1
Our flights left on time from both Denver & Minneapolis. The trip so far has been uneventful... No misplaced kids, etc. So far, so good!
After we got to the hotel, unpacked and went to eat, we climbed onto the metro and rode to the mall between the Washington Monument & the Capital Building. The weather has been overcast with light to ocassionally heavy rain. Tomorrow, we are to get sunny & warm!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I'll not be blogging for the next week or so because Kyle and I will be on his 8th grade class trip to Washington DC. Marj gets to hold down the home, feed the dogs, etc.
Monday, March 23, 2009
re: The Coming Evangelical Collapse
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Thinking in God and Empire
What started me thinking about this is a discussion that we had at the flyball tournament about North Korea. One of the people had seen a documentary of life there and commented how they thought of Kim Il-sung as God. He is the one who provides their meager living and is the center of their thoughts.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Our dogs have their first titles
At flyball today, we decided to have Rocky tested for the Canine Good Citizen. This is basically a "lightweight" obedience test. Being the good and well trained dog he is, he came through with flying colors.
Friday, March 20, 2009
I so believe this, so I am sending on.AFTER A DAY OF CONTEMPLATION AND SOUL SEARCHING, I HAVE DECIDED TO REACH OUT TO MY FRIENDS AND RELATIVES AND ASK YOU TO DO SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN TROUBLING ME FOR A LONG TIME.
OUR NATION IS/HAS BEEN ON THE SLIPPERY SLOPE TO HELL FOR A LONG TIME. IF YOU LOOK AROUND YOU WILL FIND CORRUPTION, GREED, MORAL DECAY AND A STEADY MOVE AWAY FROM THE THINGS THAT MADE US GREAT. THE PRINCIPLES UPON WHICH THIS NATION WAS FOUNDED ARE NO LONGER OUR BACKBONE. HOWEVER, WE CAN REVERSE THIS TREND.
IN GOD'S WORD HE STATES,"IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME WILL HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY AND SEEK MY
FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, THEN I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN AND HEAL THEIR LAND."
I AM CONVINCED THAT WE MUST PRAY FOR OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS AND ASK FOR FORGIVENESS. SO I ASK YOU TO JOIN ME IN THIS PLEA TO OUR LORD.
WOULD YOU PLEASE SEND THIS TO AT LEAST 25 PEOPLE IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK, (SEND IT TO ALL OF THEM). ASK THEM TO
PRAY EVERYDAY. 25 TO THE 5TH POWER IS 9,765,625 PEOPLE. IMAGINE IF EACH PERSON REACHES TEN OTHERS.
IF YOU DO AND THEY COMPLY, WE WILL LIFT UP MILLIONS OF PRAYERS A DAY TO OUR CREATOR. HE WILL HEAR US AND IN
FAITH WILL ANSWER..
I have several issues with the text here... Lets see where to start.
- First, the email is in ALL CAPS. In internet speak, it is equivalent to yelling. While that may have been the intent, it makes it quite hard to read. Now to the content...
- In the second paragraph, the author of this seems to make the assumption that our country was, at one point, a "Christian Nation". We have, as a nation, rarely acted in a manner that would glorify God. For many years, we enslaved people for the profits of the owners. Moved people groups to less desirable lands because we wanted the lands they inhabited. Yes many of the laws of this country are "moral" and apparently based on the "10 commandments" but that doesn't make us a Godly nation.
- Yes, the Bible does state:
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.in 1 Chronicles 7:14, lets look at the context. It was told to Solomon by God during the dedication of the first temple. It is a good principle to follow, however....
- We are told to pray for our leaders, not on a call out by some more or less anonymous email chain letter but by God, himself.
Monday, March 16, 2009
- What is Worship? (it is not just any part or the whole Sunday Morning church service).
- What do you Worship? (The easy answer is whatever you think about most).
- How do I truly worship God? (Read Romans 12:1-2 for an idea, especially in The Message)
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Pegging the "Geek Meter"
Sunday, March 01, 2009
The Kingdom of Heaven vs the Kingdom of God
Matthew 13:31-33 reads...
Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.”
Again he said, "What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade."
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The Magic Purse.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Mold and Mildew
A single mother with 8-year-old triplets says she and her children became ill from black mold after a contractor improperly installed insulation in her condex.
God spoke to Moses and Aaron: "When you enter the land of Canaan, which I'm giving to you as a possession, and I put a serious fungus in a house in the land of your possession, the householder is to go and tell the priest, 'I have some kind of fungus in my house.' The priest is to order the house vacated until he can come to examine the fungus, so that nothing in the house is declared unclean. When the priest comes and examines the house, if the fungus on the walls of the house has greenish or rusty swelling that appears to go deeper than the surface of the wall, the priest is to walk out the door and shut the house up for seven days. On the seventh day he is to come back and conduct another examination; if the fungus has spread in the walls of the house, he is to order that the stones affected by the fungus be torn out and thrown in a garbage dump outside the city. He is to make sure the entire inside of the house is scraped and the plaster that is removed be taken away to the garbage dump outside the city. Then he is to replace the stones and replaster the house.While there is a spiritual application there, I find the medical application more interesting. Some time ago, on the "Extreme Home Makeover", the house was causing a child to become ill because it was filled with mold. It amazes me that God knew this was a problem and made it part of his law of obedience.
If the fungus breaks out again in the house after the stones have been torn out and the house has been scraped and plastered, the priest is to come and conduct an examination; if the fungus has spread, it is a malignant fungus. The house is unclean. The house has to be demolished—its stones, wood, and plaster are to be removed to the garbage dump outside the city. Anyone who enters the house while it is closed up is unclean until evening. Anyone who sleeps or eats in the house must wash his clothes.
But if when the priest comes and conducts his examination, he finds that the fungus has not spread after the house has been replastered, the priest is to declare that the house is clean; the fungus is cured. He then is to purify the house by taking two birds, some cedar wood, scarlet thread, and hyssop. He will slaughter one bird over fresh water in a clay pot. Then he will take the cedar wood, the hyssop, the scarlet thread, and the living bird, dip them in the blood of the killed bird and the fresh water and sprinkle the house seven times, cleansing the house with the blood of the bird, the fresh water, the living bird, the cedar wood, the hyssop, and the scarlet thread. Last of all, he will let the living bird loose outside the city in the open field. He has made atonement for the house; the house is clean.
Yesterday went to the dogs...
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Context, Context, Context.
You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake.
A Flyball Weekend.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The Teenage Song
Friday, February 20, 2009
Monday, February 02, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wellspring: Get out from under the cloud
Feeding the Feedburner
I have know about Feedburner for some time. I just put my blog feed on feedburner however.
- NewsGator (Windows, Microsoft Outlook & Mac)
- Firefox Browser
- Safari Browser
- Internet Explorer 7
Friday, January 16, 2009
Inauguration day preparation
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Looking up from the bottom....
I'm feeling terrible—I couldn't feel worse!
Get me on my feet again. You promised, remember?
When I told my story, you responded;
train me well in your deep wisdom.
Help me understand these things inside and out
so I can ponder your miracle-wonders.
My sad life's dilapidated, a falling-down barn;
build me up again by your Word.
Barricade the road that goes Nowhere;
grace me with your clear revelation.
I choose the true road to Somewhere,
I post your road signs at every curve and corner.
I grasp and cling to whatever you tell me;
God, don't let me down!
I'll run the course you lay out for me
if you'll just show me how.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
One of my favorites
Saturday, January 10, 2009
My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God's Spirit. Then you won't feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don't you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.This isn't the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God's kingdom.
But what happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.