Thursday, March 29, 2007

Now that's impressive!

Hey kids guess who's on the map now!? This was headline news last evening.

The Guinness World Records have confirmed it, North Dakotans are the most angelic of all. North Dakota officially holds the mark for the most snow angels made all at once, in one place.

State Historical Society curator Marilyn Snyder got the official certificate from Guinness today. She says she was surprised to get it so soon.The event was held on the state Capitol grounds on February 17th.

A total of 8,962 people got down in the snow and flapped their arms and

We are proud of this good use of time and State land.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Punk Rockers?!

Some may ask, "are your black boys punk rockers?"

Wikipedia defines punk rockers as those who "express youthful rebellion, distinctive clothing styles, a variety of anti-authoritarian ideologies, and a DIY (do it yourself) attitude."

youthful rebellion - yes
distinctive clothing styles - not applicable
a variety of anti-authoritarian ideologies - what?
DIY attitude - no

They may not be real punk rockers but they are the greatest boys we've ever had!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

The voice of the Lord

It's all down hill from here. John Piper writes about "The Morning [He] Heard the Voice of the Lord." He says,

Let me tell you about a most wonderful experience I had early Monday morning, March 19, 2007, a little after six o’clock. God actually spoke to me. There is no doubt that it was God. I heard the words in my head just as clearly as when a memory of a conversation passes across your consciousness. The words were in English...
Is it true? Did John Piper really hear God's voice? Read the entire article here.

(ht - no blog Randy)

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Double Sacrilege

More cheese here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Subdivisions, Craft Stores & Cults

I am reading a new book entitled Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches: Five Perspectives. The five perspectives come from five authors (Mark Driscoll, John Burke, Dan Kimball, Doug Pagitt and Karen Ward). The purpose of this post is not to discuss the book but to discuss the names of the churches in which these five people serve.

They are respectively:

1. Mars Hill Church
2. Gateway Community Church
3. Vintage Faith Church
4. Solomon's Porch
5. Church of the Apostles

What happened to First (fill in the denomination) Church? Why has there been a shift in the names churches choose? Does the church make a statement with the name? If so, is the statement really being made if someone from the church has to explain the meaning of the church? I am a student of art and I have had similar questions about art. If someone has to explain the meaning of their "piece of art" why do we need art? If words have to be used to explain the art wouldn't a more effective way of communicating the meaning be through words? Similarly (and very loosely similarly), should the name of a church have to be explained?

I don't have the answer. I am just curious about the popular shift our culture has taken in making church names sound more like subdivisions, craft stores and cults.

What say ye?

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Can't think of a title

John Piper's father passed away late yesterday. His words about his father's death are an unbelievable blessing. If you don't read any other blog today read about his experience here.

It was 12:55 as I walked out of room 4326. Just before the elevators on the fourth floor in the lounge, a young man in his twenties was sitting alone listening to his iPod with headphones. I paused. Then I walked toward him. He stopped his music. Hello, my father just died. One of the greatest tributes I could pay to him is to ask you, Are you ready to meet God? “Yes, Sir.” That would make my father very happy. You know Jesus is the only way? “Yes, Sir.” Good. Thank you for letting me talk to you.
As I drove out of the parking lot, I stopped. The moon was a day past full. It was cold—for Greenville. I looked at this great hospital. Thank you, Lord, for this hospital. I will probably never lay eyes on it again.
Read the full article here.

Friday, March 02, 2007

A Two Year Old Theology

Today my wife was cleaning out our eldest sons dresser drawers. She was removing clothes that no longer fit him. He noticed what she was doing and asked "why are you taking my clothes?" She answered, "these clothes don't fit you because you are too big." He quickly replied, "when I am bigger Jesus will come back." I think he may be referring to this.

This evening I was going through catechism questions with our eldest son. We use the book posted below. I would recommend this book to anyone who has young children...or actually anyone who has a heartbeat. We are now up to questions concerning God. Here is the way the conversation proceeded:

Me: How many Gods are there?
Ezra: There is only one true God.

Me: How many persons are there in the one God?
Ezra: Three.

Me: Who are these three persons?
Ezra: The Father, the Son and the...I'm gonna be three soon.

Purchase the book here.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Yankee Doodle Jesus - pt. 7

This is a real poster. I did not make this one up. In fact, this is one of many posters about belief in God and being American. What do you think? Does American = belief in God?

To see more Yankee Doodle Jesus click here.