Monthly Archives: May 2010

The Resurrection Dance

I got this in an email last week, and was instantly impressed. It’s over 1300 young adults dancing about Easter. And I immediately thought, this is one of the greatest proofs of the resurrection. Don’t get me wrong, the resurrection is the main reason that I believe and follow Jesus. I think there is compelling evidence for believing it happened. But I think this is the best apologetic we can offer the world. To dance. Continue reading The Resurrection Dance

Poor In Spirit

So Sunday Rick taught a great sermon on the Rich, Young Ruler. It’s tough to say “great sermon” because it was one of the hardest stories that the New Testament dishes up. We’ve developed a lot of hermeneutical loop holes through the years to pretend that Jesus was just having an off day when he told the young ruler to sell everything and give it to the poor. And while it’s true, this wasn’t a command Jesus made to everyone, most of us have to admit we have a lot more in common with this rich fella than we do with almost anyone else in the Bible. Continue reading Poor In Spirit

Lost

So over the past few years I’ve written several times on the show Lost. I never wanted to be “that guy” who found meaning in a T.V. Series, but for those of us who have watched for the past 6 years, we know that there was something unique about Lost. I know that it ultimately had the same goal for revenue that all TV shows have, and that if the ratings hadn’t been good the plot would have run dry. But underneath all of that was this epic, beautiful story.

I heard one of the producers say something about the show that I thought was interesting. He said that it didn’t feel as though they created it, as much as it was just connecting to something that was already there.

And I think he’s right. Since no story is written in a vacuum, I’d like to ask what cultural ethos produced Lost?Think about it Romeo and Juliet was written in the context of religious tribalism between the Protestants and Catholics, The great American novelists wrote stories shaped by the American Frontier. So what made the smoke monster?

I have a theory. Continue reading Lost

Jennifer Knapp

When I was a teenager, the first and only concert I went to (read was allowed to go to) was D.C. Talk. I remember thinking that this whole world was out there of live music, that had been hidden from me, I wanted to run away from home and join the first Christian band that would have me. Unfortunately, that would require talent of some kind, and I was running dangerously low on that. So I just sat back and enjoyed the show, including D.C. Talk’s opener, Jennifer Knapp.

Some of you may already know that Knapp dropped off the Christian music scene about a decade ago, returning only recently…with an announcement that she is gay. When I heard this, my heart sunk, not just because of Knapp, but because now the same old party lines were going to be drawn, and Christians who shouldn’t be talking at all would be the first ones lining up to say things. And the ones who should be talking don’t actually know what to say or how to say it. Continue reading Jennifer Knapp

Churches and Social Media

So for the past few months, I’ve been working with a team of people at RHCC to help us figure out our Social Media strategy. That’s what we made this video for, and why we started using Twitter and Facebook. And before Leslie and I leave for A-town in August, we hope to have a working system in place for communicating and using Social Media for Gospel means.

But we know that any media has it’s pro’s and con’s.

Did you know that 1 in every 5 divorces that occur in America today list Facebook as a reason for the separation? Continue reading Churches and Social Media

Overwhelmed With Joy

So for the past few days I’ve been spending time in the Gospel of Matthew. Each time I read a Gospel I think, “no, this one is my favorite.” And it’s happening again. This is seriously some powerful stuff he’s dishing out. Matthew’s gospel is about a King and a Kingdom, it’s about an upside down world that thinks it’s right-side up, and it’s about a Jewish carpenter that says the most bizarre things that turn out to be the way things are.

Matthew is about choices.

Like the wise men at the beginning of the gospel. The dominant reality that people are being told is that Herod the Great is King. To be honest he looks the part, he’s regal, wealthy, and knows how to get things done. If you were to see Herod in a line-up of royalty from that time, he’d blend right in. But he’s not the King Matthew is wanting to tell us about. Because Matthew tells us in that the baby being born in a shed is actually the King of the Jews. And the wise men have to choose which reality they are going to choose to believe. Continue reading Overwhelmed With Joy

Yo-Yo Hypocrite’s and Scheduling Revivals

So this week has been quite tiring for our little family. We’ve gone through the entire emotional spectrum over the past 7 days. I’m emotionally exhausted and only have the energy to write about something like kittens, or rainbows, or kittens playing with rainbows. But since there’s no breaking news on that, how about this…

K-Strauss, is a yo-yo expert…or so he says. And he says it everywhere that will let him. He’s been on a half-dozen different news stations claiming to go to different schools with a message about the environment, but he never gets to that. Instead he always starts talking about the broken home he’s from, or how messed up our school systems are these days. Continue reading Yo-Yo Hypocrite’s and Scheduling Revivals

Highland Church of Christ

Let me begin by saying this has been one of the strangest seasons of our little families life. For the past few months we have been in dialogue with the Highland church in Abilene about my coming on board as their new Preaching Minister. But we’ve had a few other things going on as well, like trying to stay plugged into my family as a good husband and father, a full time job (that I already loved) and did I mention that we had a brand new baby?

All that to say that these past few weeks have felt like it we didn’t have solid ground under our feet, everything was up in the air, and we’ve spent a lot of time trying to discern God’s will for us. Today, Leslie and I made public our decision to join the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, beginning in August.

This transition is bittersweet. Continue reading Highland Church of Christ

Pepperdine

So once again, the first week in May is one of my favorite’s of the year. I’ve only been to Malibu for the Pepperdine Lectureships twice now, but they seriously are amazing. This week is one of the best ways to recharge for the rest of the year, not just for me but for the entire family.

Leslie, Eden, Samuel, my parents and I, have all spent the last few days listening, hanging out with close preacher friends and enjoying the creation God says is good (for some reason that’s easier to believe in Malibu). Continue reading Pepperdine

iPad to Malibu: Captain’s Blog

This last Friday was Samuels 1st Doctors appointment. It was the one that every parent dreads, where they hold your baby down and draw blood for their (what I can only assume are sick and twisted) experiments. Because of the nature of the appointment, it falls to me, as the man of the house to go in the room while the baby is tortured in the name of science. Leslie won’t go near. However, I had a problem.

Because I knew that the Ipad 3G was scheduled to come out at the same time as Samuels appointment, and I figured if I wasn’t in line I probably wouldn’t get one in time for our road trip to California. I had a tough decision to make, but really the choice was obvious. Family comes first.

Of course, what I mean by that is that I sent my parents to wait in the line for me. So I was actually hoping that family came first, or at least in time to get an iPad.

And they did.

So now I’m typing this blog on some desert highway in New Mexico, wondering how I ever  lived without this “magical and revolutionary” device. Continue reading iPad to Malibu: Captain’s Blog