Archive for August, 2007

Party In My Tummy

August 29, 2007 Leave a comment

In my quest to find quality programming for children and rid the world of children’s shows that are creepy I have found a new culprit. This is a clip from the show ‘Yo Gabba Gabba’ It is just down right weird. I am also upset with them because they used my likeness on the show without compensation (check out the host). I hope you don’t lose too many brain cells by watching the clip.

Categories: satire, weird

We Are Family

August 26, 2007 1 comment

I am going to Lebanon Valley College today for their freshman orientation to advertise our congregation. I decided to do a little slide show and wanted to share it with you. Enjoy.

Categories: church

My How Time Flies

August 16, 2007 2 comments

Nine years ago yesterday a very immature guy and a beautiful girl made a commitment before God to take care of each other. I know it is only by the grace of God that we have lasted so long. Dana is such a blessing to me in so many ways. She has taught me so much about God’s grace. She has accepted me and my junk when others quickly ran away. She deals with my stubborness and loves me in spite of it. She is my friend and is honest with me about her feelings. She is my joy because she makes me laugh and brings peace to my life. She is my partner because she helps me raise two of the most beautiful girls in the world. I feel it a priviledge to have her in my life. I am looking forward to many more wonderful years ahead with her.
Proverbs 31:10 (The Message)
A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long.
Categories: Family

Poor Leroy Greer

August 13, 2007 Leave a comment

This morning I watched the Today Show and they did a segment on Leroy Greer. This poor man was going through a divorce and decided to secretly send flowers to a female friend of his. The mean people at 1-800-FLOWERS sent a card accidentally to his wife thanking him for his purchase. His nosey wife knew that the flowers were not sent to her and had the audacity to call the flower company to get a reciept for the transaction. Due to the pending divorce his soon to be ex-wife increased the amount of money that she wanted from the divorce. I am not sure why he is getting treated this way. The poor man was only trying to secretly cheat on his wife. Have we lost those rights in America? What has happened to our society? Why can’t a man of integrity break his marriage vows in peace?

Leroy is in the process of suing the flower company due to a breach of privacy. They should know better. I hope this teaches them and everyone out there to let people have their privacy because it only makes matter worse.
Hebrews 4:13 (NIV)
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Categories: satire, weird

Check It Out

August 8, 2007 1 comment

I was reading John Dobbs’ blog today and it is by far the best blog post I have ever read. He talks about how church sometimes equals pain. Do yourself a favor and check it out

Categories: church

Being Relevant in the Community

In my lifetime I have had the opportunity to attend churches with as few as 8 members to as many as 7200 members. I have to admit that I am most comfortable in a congregation with less than 500 members just from the viewpoint of being able to have the opportunity to serve there and having the possibility of getting to know some of the people who go to church there. One thing I have noticed, regardless of the size of the congregation, is that many churches are not relevant in their community.

I once heard a speaker ask “Would your community notice a difference if your church closed its doors forever?” Sadly many communities would go unchanged. Why is that? Is God’s Word still relevant? I know the answer to that is a resounding “Yes!” so that is not the problem. Does the Bible still have the power to change lives? Once again the answer is “Yes!” So the real question is why has the church lost its relevance and connection to the communities that they are in? Why are our churches more commuter oriented than community based?

To answer these questions we must look at our definition of evangelism. There was a time in our culture when we knocked on someone’s door, asked them about their salvation, studied the Bible with them, and then waited for their response. This method was effective for many people, but that model does not work anymore. Some would consider having a car wash and handing out their church bulletin as being evangelism. These approaches can open the door to some people, but I believe we have missed the key ingredient to being relevant: relationship.

In order for the church to be relevant in the community we need to know the people in the community and be able to reach them where they are psychologically, emotionally, and physically. Any attempts to reach them with the gospel without having a relationship usually will not be successful because we need to deliver the Bible to them in a context that they will understand. This will not always be comfortable for us, but God never called us to comfort only to being faithful.

I pray that the church will regain its relevancy in the community once again. I know that as this process unfolds God will be glorified and His people will be more effective in bringing in those who are lost.

Categories: church

Just For Fun

August 4, 2007 1 comment

I stole this idea from my friend Emily Ramsey. I thought it would be fun to do. I am not sure what to think about the women on the picture, but I wouldn’t mind being related to Oprah at all.

Categories: comedy