Tuesday, January 27, 2004

For Jacob

323.6 Baby!!!!!!

Monday, January 26, 2004

How far can YOU hit a penguin?

Try it and see!

My personal best is 317 ft.

Friday, January 23, 2004

My Jesus, I love Thee

I love this song and just wanted to encourage you all with these great words.

1 My Jesus, I love thee, I know thou art mine;
for thee all the follies of sin I resign.
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art thou;
if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

2. I love thee because thou hast first loved me,
and purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree;
I love thee for wearing the thorns on thy brow;
if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

3. In mansions of glory and endless delight;
I'll ever adore thee in heaven so bright;
I'll sing with the glittering crown on my brow;
if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004


My friend Robert wrote this on his blog:
"Everywhere around me I see dreams, ideas, and inventions. Everything I see, hear, touch, taste, smell, feel, and use once existed as nothing more than a dream in the mind of some idealist at another time, another place. Clothes, food, architecture, telephones, fax-machines, email, automobiles, sidewalks, skyscrapers, governments . . . all of these things at one point or another simply were not, but someone along the way had the courage to dream and now, they simply are. I cannot go anywhere, cannot do anything, without walking on the back of what once was sacred - what was once someone else's dream: I am surrounded by realities that at one time were only dreams . . . "

My thoughts are as follows:
I always wonder what dreams I have that may someday be reality. I already feel the tug of "maturity" that is sucking the desire to dream away from me. I want to continue to reach high and reach big. Dreams keep us creative, they keep us alive. I think this is an essence of our Creator we have failed to capture in our theology. God is big on impossibilities. By that I mean He loves to work miracles with impossible situations. I believe God loves to work miracles. It is in His essence to blow the lid off our cenventional conceptions of time and space and possibilities. Maybe miracles are the continuation of God's creative abilities on earth...God's dreams if you will.

All I have to say is...wow!

Monday, January 19, 2004

Well, I spent most of the weekend reading and my brain is pretty much fried. This morning I rose with a renewed spirit. God has been gracious to be in the past and continues to do so. I am excited because this morning I am going to try and make a video for Sunday. If you watch Conan on Late Night you will know that he takes pictures of celebrities and cuts out the mouth then inserts another person acting like that person. It is stinking hilarious. Well, I am going to attempt that today at the church. I will let you know how it goes.

Friday, January 16, 2004

Ok, so I am so overwhelmed by my course work already. I have a 300 page book to read on top of other class readings. All of which to say, I am kinda stressed already. This bothers me because I am only in my first week of class. I have to be reminded of Ps. 18:29 where David says, "With my God, I can leap over a wall" For David it God was helping him in battle. For me, God will keep me until the end of schooling...And beyond. Please keep me in your prayers, not so much that I get my work done, but that I wouldn't become so engrossed in all this study that my wife, friends and ministry become neglected.

In my eschatology class I have to read a book on the history end times prophecy. It is interesting how many people in Christian history have been willing to place the dominant leader of an era as the antichrist. There has been a strong following of people throughout history who view the world as a "Left Behind" series. Take this site for example. I am intrigued because my seminary has deep roots in prophecy. I don't know where I stand on the issue. My End Times professor has been quick to shy away from date setting and event watching. What we have learned is the Hebrew concept of the end times and how their cosmology should be considered if we want to accurately read scripture.

I think the main idea I get when I read scripture is that God is trying to reconcile all humanity to himself. Whether He does that through the advancement of the Gospel and Christian living or through catastrophic means I don't really care. The point is that one day God and all of His creation (man, animals and earth) will be as it should be...Perfect, holy, and beautiful. I see that the real reason for prophecy is to give Christians a hope that one day all things will be made right. When I hear of cloning and famines and wars and rampant sexuality and brutal killings it is easy to get discouraged, but God says that one day it will all be over and we will not cry or fear any more. More importantly we will be with Jesus. That is my hope.

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

"Lord, give me a head start and nuke the whole planet."

That was one of the first things I heard from one of my professor's yesterday. If that is any indication of how our class is going to go, I am stoked. All of my professors are really interesting. My echatology (End Times) professor acts like Jim Carrey trying to act like Robin Williams in "Dead Poet's Society". I know that sounds wierd but that is the best way I can describe it.

The coolest was my soteriology (Salvation) professor who started the class by playing a Johnny Cash song. In case you didn't know, I am a huge Johnny Cash fan. The huge box set of unreleased stuff I got for Christmas is amazing! I also read a book on his spiritual journey over the break. I love his brutal honesty about his vices and his need for Jesus as a savior. Anyways, that's all for now.

Monday, January 12, 2004

I'm Baaaaaaack!

Well, I am back in the land of the living. My class went well. I finished my project for the class last night. In all I am in good spirits even though I start school again tomorrow. During the class we had a group assignment and I really enjoyed the guys in my group. I am finally feeling like I actually have friends on campus. For the last two semesters there haven't been a lot of guys I could connect with, but I feel like that is changing. Praise God for that.

PS. Could you pray for a friend of mine who is in dire need of cash right now? He and his family are way behind on bills and are asking God to provide.

Sunday, January 04, 2004


Well, tomorrow, I start a one week I-term. That means one full semester crammed into a single week. For me that means getting a class over with sooner rather than later. That means spending my last week of an already short winter break to read four books on Christian Education. Please pray for me that I would not resent this class and that I would seriously apply my heart to it. Pray also that God would give me strength to endure many lecture hours.

See you on the flip side

Friday, January 02, 2004


As I write this I am recovering from an episode of flu type symptoms. Yes, I spent most of New Years Eve and all of New Years Day sick as a dog. This has been my little holiday tradition this past year. Here's the breakdown. On Thanksgiving 2002 I had a bad sore throat instead of stuffing and turkey. On Christmas 2002, Santa brought me the flu and a night of restless sleep. In April 2003 the Easter Bunny delivered a wonderfully painful ear infection. This past Thanksgiving I had another helping of fever and chills. So sure enough New Years was a night of blankets and aspirin instead of streamers and count-downs.

What have I learned through all this? First, it is a great idea to ask for lots of medicine as gifts. More importantly I am learning how to deal with inconveniences. Inconveniences are those things in your life that prohibit you from doing what you want. They hold you back, make you late, and force you to wait to accomplish your plans. Being sick during the holidays is no fun, but I can use these "inconveniences" to learn patience. God calls all of us to be patient. We are to wait for God to answer our prayers. We are to be patient when we realize that becoming like Christ takes time. So, too, I can take what God gives me to learn to be patient during life's inconveniences and apply this patience to all areas of my life.