some notes and folks

13 10 2006

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I am particularly excited headed into this weekend as we are having our annual church conference, The Enemy Within, featuring author Kris Lundgaard. Kris is going to deal with the believer’s fight against sin through the power of Christ. It should be an awesome time of exhortation towards the holiness of Jesus. If you attend the conference you’ll receive a copy of Kris’ book The Enemy Within, but be sure to check out his other book Through the Looking Glass. If you are in or around Omaha this weekend come and join us starting at 8 tomorrow morning. The audio should be up early next week.

The Terrell Owens issue got a lot of attention a couple of weeks ago. In my article that posted on the day of T.O.’s hospitalization I attempted to think biblically about the very public life of Owens. Whether or not he attempted suicide is not the bottom line issue. The guy’s heart is crying out for worship and his actions are seeking to accommodate this insatiable desire. The point of the article was to take a very prominent news story of that day and to think biblically about it not to report news; all of the major networks were doing that and reporting that it was a suicide attempt. All that to say I believe the diagnosis of the patterns in T.O.’s life are biblically diagnosed in the article.

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Weekend Roundup

16 09 2006

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Well Rick Warren holds true to form, drawing a substantial crowd to IrishCalvinist.com. We even had some skeptics and atheists as well as a new age Hindu. You’rs truly was even glossed as a “a flaming grade ‘A’ honking nutjob”. This sounded like a quote from the guy on LOST who was also Mary or something in the Lord of the Rings (I’m bad with names).

Tricky Ricky, man, he can draw them in, nearly 50 comments a new record for the site, (smashing the old Catholic debate post)…maybe they would have stayed if we told them how good they were and how the cross was God’s tangible way of demonstrating their worth…

We also got to meet a few guys (Mike Ratliff, Lazrow, Travis, & Justin) who were willing to step up and defend the faith. Their resolve was encouraging to me and you as well, I trust. If you haven’t read through the comments, I’d encourage you to grab a nice tall coffee (hold worldly wisdom message) and plow threw them, it is encouraging from an evangelistic perspective.

Much of the traffic was no doubt due to the Slice of Laodicea article. Others who wrote on this were Solus Christus, Tim Brown, the Home Church USA, Emergent What? , and Life of Worship (from Singapore).

Also I am excited to note that Matt Fudge has started blogging. This guy always has something to edifying to say, he has even posted here a couple of times (the Billy Graham cracker). The blog primarily is focused towards his youth ministry, but its content is worth your while.

Btw, Omaha Bible Church is turning out some helpful blogs. In addition to Matt’s and this site, make sure you check out Tony Reinke and Justin Potts.

IrishCalvinist.com ended up on a site in Ireland. Irish-Reformation is a site that aims at “pursuing the reformation of the Irish church. Moladh go deo leis!” Well there you go. My cover may be blown though, as one commenter noted: “he’s not even Irish – he was born in Massachusetts?!!!!” True indeed, born in Massachusetts..you got me. In MA we kinda keep track of such things as nationalities and even divide towns up by these things. I may have honorary citizenship through my patronage of Arthur Guinness over the years (joking).

I’m thankful for the help of some techie friends who helped redesign a couple of ministry sites (Omaha Bible Church and Crossroads) for us.

I would also like suggest that any who feel compelled join me in a moritorium on dropping Mark Driscoll references. Let’s go ahead and carry it till the end of September. It seems like here recently my blog reader is filled with more references to “Mark the cussing pastor” than to Jesus. I enjoy reading what the guy writes, but, easy; personality cults are never a good thing (1 Cor. 3).

Finally, if you have not been following the posts over at Pulpit Live! I would encourage you to do so. They are tackling the evolution issue in a very helpful manner. Similiar to what you may have read in MacArthur’s Battle for the Beginning. Good stuff that is worthy of your bookmark.

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All-right I am out, but before I go, I’m calling my shot. Nebraska over USC tonight by 3!! (turnovers that is 8^D). We are coming back, but not that far back (yet!).

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