Archive for February, 2008

I Won Driscoll’s Vintage Jesus

February 29, 2008 2 comments

Today is starting off great!

I just got this message from my friends at The Vintage Jesus Facebook group (which you should join) :


You are one of the winners of the Vintage Jesus book give away. Please respond with your mailing address so we can send you your free copy.

Vintage Jesus is the latest release from Mark Driscoll. I can’t wait to read it.

Categories: Books, Driscoll

Felling Junky

February 29, 2008 Leave a comment

Yesterday I got nailed with something that put me in bed a soon as I got home from work at 7 pm. My head felting like it was going to explode and I had no energy. Thankfully my wonderful wife kept the wild ones away and let me sleep for something like 13 hours. But yesterday was a bummer of a day.

Categories: Uncategorized

Oprah’s New Religion

February 27, 2008 3 comments

Saw this on Ben Arment’s blog. The influence of Oprah in this country shouldn’t be underestimated. I hope this makes Christian women (and I guess some men) think twice before giving her too much say into their lives.

Oprah has skyrocketed the career of another author on her book club. But this endorsement is a bit heart-wrenching. She’s taking her fans through a year-long “Course in Miracles” by Marianne Williamson. Each day, her book club site features a different lesson on this essentially new religion. Here are some quotes from this book:

  • “There is no sin.”
  • “A slain Christ has no meaning.”
  • “The journey to the cross should be the last ‘ useless journey.”
  • “Do not make the pathetic error of ‘clinging to the old rugged cross.”
  • “The name of Jesus Christ as such is but a symbol… It is a symbol that is safely used as a replacement for the many names of all the gods to which you pray.”
  • “The recognition of God is the recognition of yourself.”
  • “The Atonement is the final lesson he [man] need learn, for it teaches him that, never having sinned, he has no need of salvation.”
Categories: Jesus

Enjoying God as an End, Never a Means

February 27, 2008 2 comments

Just heard something that I hope I never forget because I believe it could be one of those statements that people describe as “when I heard that it changed the rest of my life.”

John Piper gave a talk on distinguishing the Gospel from false gospels and in the end he stressed that the goal of the Gospel is GOD! and nothing else. He went on to say that as preachers we MUST tell people this or….

they will become forgiven TV watchers who will never be able to break free of their idols.

This is a powerful statement. It is easy to be Christian but to not fully enjoy God as an end, rather than a means to something else. May that be increasingly less true of me!

Categories: Faith, Piper

Goodbye Mr. Squatter

February 27, 2008 1 comment

Stephanie blogged about a visitor we had in our house just over two weeks ago. That visitor is no longer here. Cheese didn’t work, but some fresh peanut butter did the trick. Snap. Jacob and I escorted the squatter out of the house this evening. He’snow awaiting a free ride to the county garbage dump.

I feel no sorrow.

Categories: Family, Life

9 Tips for Doing Relationships God’sWay

February 23, 2008 Leave a comment

I haven’t dated much; to be honest I’ve hardly dated at all. But it’s not for lack of trying. The good Lord knows how many times I prayed in middle school, asking for the chance to accompany this or that girl to pizza and a movie. I don’t know if the big guy upstairs was busy or if the line was disconnected but the sad reality is that the majority of the dates I had during high school were in my grandmother’s special sticky-date cake ever Christmas. Read more…

(my latest article for Prodigal Son Magazine)

Categories: Articles

Movie Review: Gone Baby Gone

February 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Cinematically amazing.

Emotionally agitating.

Mentally disheveling.

Ethically challenging.

Parentally disturbing.

I just watched Gone Baby Gone and I am blown away. The movie deals with dark themes of child abuse, drug abuse, systematic corruption, and moral dilemma. The performances by the actors are astonishingly authentic and you simply can not watch this movie without some kind of emotional response.

The dilemmas that arise in the lives of the movie’s characters are both plausible and profound, leaving you the viewer, with the trouble of having to acknowledge and wrestle with your own feelings and convictions. Multiple times during the film a word was said, or an action was taken, that forced me to come face to face with the wondering of what I would say or do in that instance.

If you like to watch movies that demand an intelligent following of the plot and that force you to engage mentally with their themes, and if you like movies that pull out of you an emotive response from heart, and if you can handle the massive amount of swearing (which, I believe, could not have been removed without a massive loss in the development of the authenticity of the characters) than Gone Baby Gone is a must see.

Categories: Movies, Thoughts