“The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.”
I’m getting much closer to the look I’m after for this blog. There is still some work to be done for image, video, and aside post formats but things are really shaping up.
“Rain began falling drop by drop. He said, “Not for such rain have I prayed, but for rain that will fill the cisterns, pits, and caverns.”
It began to rain with violence. He said, “Not for such rain have I prayed, but for rain of goodwill, blessing, and graciousness.”
Then it rained in moderation.”
I was looking at a Tumblr blog and decided I needed to make my site work better for tumble style blogging. I’m already a good long ways that direction, but I did additional updates to how a few post formats look. Check out these archives and let me know what you think of the new look for these formats.
Got a few other minor changes planned to clean things up, but I’m happy with this start.
As a youth pastor, I like to believe that my ministry is more relational. I like to talk to students and hear what is happening in their lives. Not many adults really listen to students. Most are too busy telling them what to do. As a parent I can understand how that happens. You spend so much of your time trying to keep your kids safe and it is hard to really listen to them. We try to ask about their day, but get a shockingly truncated summary. Me: How was your day? C: Good. Me: What did you do today? C: Play, eat, learn. Me: What did you play? C: Games. Me: What … [Read more...]
Just got an email letting me know my credentials were renewed. Every year I have to fill out a form and agree to the fundamental beliefs of the Assemblies of God and make sure I have paid the district 75% of my tithe. It is kind of interesting since I know I don’t “need” a license to do ministry, I can even get approved to do weddings without a license. I go through this because in my mind it is the right thing to do. In any case, I’m happy that my license was renewed even if I might be a tiny bit disenchanted with the process.
Last week I shared about a family I have come to know that is in need. I put a donation button on my site and asked for help. I didn't know if anyone would give but I've been blessed to see how people responded. That night my heart was heavy. I couldn't sleep. I kept thinking about this family, and then all the other families in need. I know we made a difference for this family. But my heart was crushed at all of the families out there who need more from those who can help. I kept getting up to pray, then trying to sleep, then getting up again. I finally gave up on sleep at 4am and saw … [Read more...]
I imagine most people have watched some form of a Christmas Carol in their life. My favorite version is the Muppet's Christmas Carol. It is an annual holiday tradition. We had watched the old VHS tape till it started getting off track and fuzzy so a couple years ago we picked up the movie on DVD. On the off chance that you have never heard of the Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, here is a short synopsis. *****Spoiler Alert***** Not sure I'm actually required to do that, over 100 years has come and gone since this classic was written, which I believe is well past the statute of … [Read more...]
First, I want to say that this is an attempt at humor, quite possibly a squalid attempt. It is not social commentary not even remotely an attack on any church or person. I am familiar with churches and person's following God's will through a wide variety of means. Second, this is not a new concept. It is a conversation I've been having since college, but a random comment a couple of minutes ago brought it to my mind and I realized I've never blogged on this. I'm hoping the age of this makes it retro chic, not just hopelessly out of date. Church 1.0 aka Church Classic Over 2000 years of … [Read more...]
I'd say "Jesus doesn't want you to use his name to support your cause" but guess what? That's doing exactly what I said not to do. It's messed up though. "Jesus would feed the hungry so you need to do what I say because I'm starting a soup kitchen." "Jesus talked about hell so that is the most important thing." "Jesus talked about love, so that is the most important thing." "Jesus would have been a republican." "Jesus would have been a democrat." "Jesus is pro choice." "Jesus is pro life." "Jesus wants us to save the whales." The list goes on and on. The past 2 days I've been seeing the … [Read more...]