Saturday, August 30, 2008
Today is my wedding anniversary! I don't know how the time has past so quickly, but I thank God for eleven wonderful years of marriage. It seems like just yesterday that Lisa and I were spending the week together to celebrate ten years.
God has blessed me with a wonderful wife, friend, support, and compliment. Most don't know how much Lisa does to support me in the things that God allows me to be a part of. I have tried to do the same for her as she pursues the dreams that God has given her. What a wonderful gift marriage is.
I look forward to the many years ahead and to my beautiful bride I say "I love you forever".
Friday, August 29, 2008
I received my Christianity Today magazine in the mail today. I am always interested to find out what will be inside. This magazines, if nothing else, tells what is being talked about in American Christianity. This issue contains an article written by popular writer and blogger Scot McKnight about often controversial Brian McClaren.
McKnight begins with some context of how he views McClaren and all things emergent and then asks a few of the critical questions that many are asking.
Questions like: What about clarity? Why does McClaren enjoy stirring up controversial thoughts without explaining what he means? What about the cross? McKnight asks some other questions that I would have about McClaren's understanding of the purpose and significance of the cross. McKnight quotes McClaren's descriptions of the purpose of the cross as a movement of peace and liberation. Nothing about total depravity. Nothing about man's desperate need of a savior. Lastly, McKnight poses some questions about the failure to mention the role of the church in the "kingdom" agenda. He points out that the message is always about the kingdom, but never mentions the church.
McKnight states "according to the New Testament, the kingdom vision of Jesus is, is seems, only implemented through the church". So he questions why the church is rarely if ever mentioned in McClaren's writings.
Overall, I felt that Scot McKnight asked some of the critical questions that need to be addressed. I would have asked more, but it was only a magazine article and not a book so I understand.
McClaren has made a habit of making outlandish statements in the name of Christianity. He also seems to enjoy interpreting God's will from his own personal perceptions of the world how he feels about what the Bible says. He really has a problem with people who simply read the Bible and believe that it means what it says.
I have long been concerned for the many Christians who believe that McClaren's opinions are from the Bible so I am thankful for some healthy critique of his teaching in a very respectful way. I would encourage you to read the article for yourself if you have interests in the emergent movement or any forms of post modern Christianity.
If you read the article, what did you think of it?
What are your thoughts on McClaren and his many writings and teachings?
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
If it is anything like the rest of his music, I'm sure that it will be hot. What blesses me is the authentic lifestyle of faith in this brother. Lecrae was in Chicago last week for our Legacy
Conference and I was able to talk to him, observe him, etc. a lot. He even spent the night at my house a couple of nights. I appreciate him more as a man of God than I do his music. Glory to God.
Are you planning to purchase this new album?
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Keri Wyatt Kent, who I have never met, is a Christian author. We have many mutual friends including Arloa Sutter, the executive director of Breakthrough Urban Ministries where my wife works. Keri was indirectly a part of my network. Arloa suggested she contact me this week regarding a young person she knew who need assistance getting to college to pursue his dreams.
This young man, Lawrice, has worked hard, prepared himself, and is on his way. He lacked a network and reached out to Keri. Read her story about this here.
Take time to read her story and if God is leading you, I would ask you to consider helping Lawrice as well and contact Keri about how you can do that. My hope is that Keri's network and my network can become a network of support to Lawrice.
How have you seen knowing people and having relationships help you to succeed?
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Many of these ministers are men that I have met and have a great deal of respect for. But I have serious questions about this method of bringing the issue to the forefront.
I do agree with them that education is still quite separate and unequal in this country. I do agree that children in our neighborhood are served with substandard schools while other communities have a shopping mall of learning opportunities in their schools.
My concern is more to do with why ask children to not go to school to highlight the importance of school. Especially since funding is largely based on attendance. These schools will receive less in funding because of these students not showing up. Some of these same pastors led campaigns last year going door to door to ask parents to have their children at school on the first day in order to help increase funding. The messages seem mixed to me.
Do you agree that education is still unequal in our country?
Do you think having kids protest school is a good way to make a statement about this issue?
What can be done to help bring equality in this area?
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
It is exciting to be a part of bringing this event to our young urban leaders. Please be in prayer that God will use this event to spur on another generation of disciplemakers.
Will you be at the Legacy?
Monday, August 4, 2008
John Piper - "Don't Waste Your Life"
I don't want to waste my life!
How about you?
Saturday, August 2, 2008
The kids watching him
AC giving my son Joshua an autograph
Friday, August 1, 2008
Anyone else hear about the 3BA? It is a new league forming. This summer they are touring in several cities. Tomorrow night, they are at the UIC Pavilion here in Chicago. Our family is going free through Breakthrough Urban Ministries. A.C. Green who is coaching the team from Portland donated tickets to Breakthrough. Check it out here. 3 on 3. Full court. 18 second shot clock. The whole concept is quite different. It can be hard to create a new sport or a marketable variation of a sport. Remember the XFL?
What do you think about this idea of innovating the game of basketball?