Saturday, September 24, 2011

Much like Mr. Badman?

Perusing Pilgrim's Progress recently, I came across Bunyan's description of Mr. Badman and couldn't help think of how similar it is to many professing Christians today-

Mr. Badman..."whose religion hangs by in his house as his cloak does, and he is seldom in it except he be abroad..."

Friday, September 23, 2011


I am utterly underwhelmed with the current cast of presidential wanna-be's.

There is a rumbling from the East that there may be one worthy...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Great Post on Parenting

Justin Taylor's blog referred to an excellent post on the blindspots of homeschoolers by Rob Bradley.

As I read the article, I realized Bradley's wisdom was applicable to any and all Christian parents. I was especially struck by this statement:

I once believed and taught that a parent could follow the right biblical steps and be assured of raising children who remained faithful to God from childhood into their adult years. In fact, as a parent of young children I judged as a failure any parent whose young adult children were prodigal. However, as my own children aged and I discovered that they were self-determining individuals with their own walks with Christ, I came to the alarming realization that I had a lot of control over their outside, but not their inside. They were like all people who were faced with the choice of whether or not they were going to listen to Christ and follow him. As Christians we all encounter opportunities many times in our lives – to choose to follow Christ or not. It was a rude awakening for me when I saw that even the best parenting could not exempt a person from making the wrong choice when faced with temptation. I do believe that by our influence we can greatly increase the likelihood our children will love and follow Christ, but I see nothing in Scripture that guarantees well-trained children will never succumb to temptation.

Consider the parable of the Prodigal Son – the righteous father raised two sons who turned out sinful – one went deep into sin and then repented – the other stayed home obediently, yet was polluted with self-righteousness and bitterness. Could the Father take blame or the credit for their sinful choices? Not at all, for the story is about God the Father Himself – it is a lesson about His mercy to His children when they fail. May we learn from God’s example!

As usual, by posting a reference and link to this post I'm not giving everything Bradley says my full endorsement. I do think, however, the majority of what he says is helpful, biblical, and worthy of any Christian parent's careful consideration.

Being a Christian "hipster"

I'm always looking for ways to be a cooler pastor. This short video really helped! Off to get my Hebrew tat!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The U.S. Debt problem in terms we can all understand

President Obama gave his big speech on his plan for creating more jobs. As one would expect, he wants to print and spend billions more to create jobs.

It's amazing anyone takes him seriously.

I saw a good illustration of how bad our debt problem is in this country-

• U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
• Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
• New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
• National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
• Recent budget cut: $ 38,500,000,000

Now let’s remove 8 zeros and pretend it’s a household budget.

• Annual family income: $21,700
• Money the family spent: $38,200
• New debt on the credit card: $16,500
• Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
• Total budget cuts: $385

Sure, take on more debt- makes a lot of sense.

Monday, September 5, 2011

HCA Varsity Soccer Braveheart training session

I coach the Heritage varsity soccer team with my trusty assistant, Brian.

We had a Labor Day practice this morning and captured a cool Braveheart like video of the guys running a "hill" from the pond to the field.

Our season starts tomorrow vs. St. Mary's.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Let Thy Will be Done

There is a great mystery concerning providence and God's will regarding our suffering. I like how Columbiere advises we deal with adverse circumstances that confront us-

Every morning as soon as you get up think of all the most disagreeable things that could happen to you during the day. Your house might be burnt down, you might lose your job or all your savings, or be run over, or sudden death might come to you or to a person you love. Accept these misfortunes should it please God to allow them; compel your will to agree to the sacrifice and give yourself no rest until you really feel prepared to wish or not to wish all that God may wish or not wish.

Finally, if some great misfortune should actually happen, instead of wasting time in complaint or self-pity, go throw yourself at once at the feet of your Savior and implore His grace to bear your trial with fortitude and patience. A man who has been badly wounded does not, if he is wise, chase after his assailant, but makes straight for a doctor who may save his life. Even if you wanted to confront the person responsible for your misfortune, it would still be to God you would have to go, for there can be no other cause of it than He.

So go to God, but go at once, go there and then. Let this be your first thought. Go and report to Him what He has done to you. Kiss the hands of God crucified for you, the hands that have struck you and caused you to suffer. Repeat over and over again to Him His own words to His Father while He was suffering: Not my will but thine be done. In all that Thou wishest of me, today and for always, in heaven and on earth, let Thy will be done, but let it be done on earth as it is done in heaven.

- Claude de la Columbière