Saturday, May 31, 2008
This summer I want our students to experience a Divine Romance with Jesus Christ. Thanks to Phil Wickham for writing this song. Thanks to Steve for pointing me to this song as we were meeting yesterday to discuss where this will best fit in he and Bethany's wedding next week.
The fullness of Your grace is here with me
The richness of Your beauty’s all I see
The brightness of Your glory has arrived
In Your presence God, I’m completely satisfied
For You I sing I dance
Rejoice in this divine romance
Lift my heart and my hands
To show my love, to show my love
A deep deep flood, an Ocean flows from You
Of deep deep love, yeah it’s filling up the room
Your innocent blood, has washed my guilty life
In Your presence God I’m completely satisfied
Westmont sent me a return letter in an email letting me know that one of our students was accepted but declined going. It meant a lot to me. It told me that they care about the process. They took the time to type a letter, sign it and email it to me. It showed me that the little things matter.
More and more I am finding that following through on the little things matters a lot. I wonder where I've disappointed people? I wonder where I've communicated that I care about the process?
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Here's a brief description from the website, "Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary — Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate."
I am realizing more and more that one of the "best practices" I can do in my student ministry is to continually sink my teeth into the truth that I am a child of God, that my identity is in the person and work of Jesus Christ. I like how Kenda Creasy Dean said it, "If Godbearing ministry is to lead youth home to their identity as favored ones of God, then as Godbearers we have to get home to our identity in the cross of Christ first."
I must get home first.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
"I've seen a poor blind worm on the top of a slender pole stretching every ring of its fragile form and groping all around in vacant space tingling with impatience to climb higher but doomed to stop at the top of the pole. It was a caterpillar whom a rough wind had shaken from the green tree where it was quietly feeding, and when it found itself on the hard ground it wandered about in dry places seeking rest and finding none till it reached the bottom of this wall, the foot of this pole and then it climbed. But, you see, it has made nothing of it. The green painted pole has a very different thing...is a very different thing from the leafy tree it used to live in. Poor creature. It's hungry and the reason why it runs along and stretches upward so anxiously is if happily it might find the juicy foliage it once fed on. It will never find it there. Up among the branches of the tree of life man once had his home, his resting place. And there he fed sweetly. But a rough storm of temptation shook him down, the fall of man, and now he runs about among the dry places seeking rest and finding none. And you will sometimes find him, poor groveling worm, poor fallen man, trying to better himself by climbing up some painted pole and once he gains its top you will see him exploring blindly around in emptiness, feeling for some higher object on which to rest, some green thing for his hungry soul to feed on, pivoting and balancing himself and stretching outward and stretching upward. But the tree of life is not there until it comes to live on God Himself, the hungry soul of man will never be satisfied."
Saturday, May 24, 2008
“To see a slave beaten and corrected, it argues a fault committed; but yet perhaps the demerit of it was not very great. The correction of a son argues a great provocation; that of an only son, the greatest imaginable. Never was sin seen to be more abominably sinful and full of provocation, than when the burden of it was upon the shoulders of the Son of God. God having made his Son, the Son of his love, his only begotten, full of grace and truth, sin for us, to manifest his indignation against it, and how utterly impossible it is that he should let the least sin go unpunished, he lays hand on him, and spares him not.”
- John Owen, Communion with God from The Works of John Owen (Banner of Truth), 2:96.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I often go to Panera to work. The other day I was watching 5 people on laptops hunt and peck for letters as they were typing. It was so funny to watch them try to go fast and then pound the backspace key. Their faces were constrained as they were hunting and pecking at the keys.
It made me think that one of the greatest skills I have in my ministry toolbox is...
I know what home row is and know how to use it. I don't hunt and peck. Do you?
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
How awesome is that? A student has returned to serve in the church they grew up in. I just gave myself chills again.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
"I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Weak point...pound pulpit." - Scott Wenig quoting someone during my time at Denver Seminary
This week I step into the pulpit of our church after 54 weeks to preach in our series on James. Every time I get the chance to preach I always remember these quotes that I heard at some point in Seminary. I don't know if I should be encouraged or call in sick!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
She argues in this paper that we must recapture a theology of sex in the context of spirituality. Adolescents are longing for both and it's during these formative years that the church must recapture the adolescents desire to be with "another" and link it to spirituality. Succinctly stated, God created us for intercourse (communion) with each other and Him. As she summarizes, "God created sexuality and spirituality as twin paths to Otherness, divinely appointed routes to the God who desires intercourse, or communion, with us."
"You Can't Preach That"
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Who doesn't remember the joy of the shoe kick?
The past two nights I've had the upperclassmen and underclassmen over to my house and one of the things we did together was watch this short video clip. We discussed Psalm 33 through verse 8 then let Louie Giglio take over. I am praying that the truth from this Psalm and the truth about Laminin will change my heart and the hearts of our students for eternity.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Jeremiah 6:15 “Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when I punish them," says the LORD.”
We live in a culture that has forgotten to blush.
10. I love my Mom because she reads me tractor books.
9. I love my Mom because she helps me clean out my room when my sister makes a big mess.
8. I love my Mom when she makes me laugh by telling me knock, knock jokes.
7. I love my Mom because she taught me how to read.
6. I love to hear my Mom sing Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.
5. I love my Mom because she finds time to play Legos.
4. I know my Mom cares because she kisses and hugs me.
3. I know my Mom is smart because she makes me want to laugh.
2. I love my Mom because she works so hard at her Bible Study.
1. I love my Mom because she's the BEST MOM EVER!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
"We shape our words and then our words begin to shape us. We like to think that we say what we believe, but more likely, we believe what we say." Jerry Nelson from Sunday's sermon.
Sunday I realized I have a long way to go.
Monday, May 12, 2008
May all of us who get the privilege of serving in student ministries be able to proclaim this message to our Timothy's (students) before they leave for college.
Last Wednesday night when our seniors were speaking to our group every single one of them that mentioned their i2i group called it their small group. So, i2i is gone and small groups are back in.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
God's grace in my life was the gift of a wife who turned out to be a stellar mother. I love God more as I watch Julie love our kids. So today, on Mother's Day, I thank God for the unbelievable gift he gave me, Julie, the mother of our children.
Friday, May 09, 2008
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
The real battle for this student ministry is not in front of people, but it's in solitude. It's facing my nothingness to find the Someone who is there waiting to call me His child. Once I've been alone, then I can step out into the lives of our students and journey with them, as we seek to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Jesus on a daily basis.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
I got hired to call students to this truth in Mark 8:34-35 "Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said, 'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.'"
There is no hype in Jesus' call. And there will be no hype in my ministry.
Monday, May 05, 2008
Friday, May 02, 2008
Thursday, May 01, 2008
While we were meeting with Christian Andrews talking about
epistemology and ecclesiology he actually walked in the door. We snapped a picture of John Forbes Nash, the Nobel Laureate (Economics) Mathematician writing on out something across this piece of paper. It was fascinating!