Saturday, August 30, 2008

Parenting - Lessons About Ourselves

This is the first installment of "39 Lessons, 20 Tips and 10 "Don'ts" For Parenting" by Matt & Elizabeth Schmucker from the most recent edition of 9Marks E-Newsletter on Family and Parenting. Here are lessons 1-11 in which the Schumakers share what they have learned about themselves as parents.

1. To be a faithful steward of your children you must abide in Christ (John 15:5: "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.").

2. "Trickle down theory" – Mom's daily devotion naturally trickles down to encouragement and instruction in the Lord for the children.

3. Not listening to your children causes you to misjudge them (James 1:19-20: "Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires").

4. Our task list is not as important as our children's thought life.

5. Preach the gospel of grace, not self-discipline.

6. Being parented is defining; Parenting is refining.

7. You will parent the way you were parented unless you think things through.

8. Parents should become "smaller" as their children become bigger. In other words, a parent should become more transparent in confessing one's sin and in sharing past struggles as children mature. Your children should hear more about your fight for faith as they grow older. Don't be a plastic Christian!

9. Ordinary times make for extraordinary memories.

10. To have children is to need margin in your life.

11. A disreputable life will undermine the gospel. An exemplary life will commend it.

Matt & Elizabeth Schmucker are the parents of five children who presently range in ages from 3 to 19. Matt is the executive director of 9Marks and an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Papermill Town - Daren Streblow

Last night when I picked Jennifer up from work the "fragrance" which has been gone for a long time in Port Alberni was back. While I know there is great debate in the community over where the "smell" is coming from - it always reminds me of the thoughts of Daren Streblow on this subject. The video is below.

Raising Boys vs. Raising Girls

Here is another article from the recent 9Marks E-Newsletter on Family and Parenting. This time Andrew Nichols asks the question: “Does the fact that we're having a boy or a girl make any difference in parenting beyond the color of their balloons? The answer according to Scripture is emphatically, Yes! “ He then goes on in detail to explain the need to TEACH BIBLICAL MANHOOD TO OUR BOYS and BIBLICAL FEMININITY TO OUR GIRLS. He closes by saying:

The home is full of embedded portraits of redeemed relationships. Parent-child relationships model something of the relationship between the Father and the Son as well as our relationship with God as Father. Brother-sister relationships model our relationships with each other in the church. Children are therefore no afterthought in God's plan, but one of his key means for preparing humans to grasp the basic truths of the gospel.

To read the full article – Click here.
To read the full 9Marks E-Newsletter on Family and Parenting (PDF) – Click here.

Hope in the Amercian Promise?

Thursday evening I watched Barack Obama’s acceptance speech as the presidential candidate for the Democratic Party. The event was hyped as being equally reflective of the infamous “I Have a Dream” speech given by Martin Luther King Jr. on the Mall in Washington D.C. before Lincoln's Memorial 45 years ago. Without any commentary about the speech or about Obama himself, I must admit to being righteously indignant over the last sentence of his speech:

At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us keep that promise - that American promise - and in the words of Scripture "hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess."

The scripture Obama is referring to is Hebrews 10:23: "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful." In the context of the Bible - the “hope” spoken of here is the resurrection, and the “he” is Jesus Christ. In context of Barack Obama’s acceptance speech – “the “hope” spoken of here is the “American promise” and the “he” is - who? I'm sure the "he" Obama spoke of here not Jesus; our Lord never spoke of the “American promise.”

Hebrews 10:23 was clearly out of place in the progressively negative and aggressively political speech that was deliberated that night.

God On Trial

"You are my witnesses," declares the Lord, "and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me." (Isaiah 43:10)

From the 2008/08/23 issue of World Magazine:

Nebraska state Sen. Ernie Chambers, 38, has filed suit against God for causing "widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth's inhabitants." He claims the litigation is meant to make a serious point about equal access to the court system. But the senator's past criticism of Christians and regular habit of skipping morning prayers during the legislative session suggest that other forces are at work.

The court has threatened to dismiss the lawsuit due to its inability to serve God with notice. But Chambers argues that courts routinely acknowledge God's omniscience and omnipresence while swearing in witnesses and therefore should recognize that God is already aware of the proceedings and will be present for all hearings.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

How Families Minister to the Church and the World

Here is another article from the recent 9Marks E-Newsletter on Family and Parenting. This time Andrew Nichols explains why it’s critical that Christians affirm that God intends for families to minister both to the church and to the world - because its in the family of God that the church and the world see a picture of God himself through a redeemed community. “Building families” he says, “is critical Christian ministry.”

To read the full article –
Click here.
To read the full 9Marks E-Newsletter on Family and Parenting (PDF) – Click here.

The True Division of Politics

While I watched the news on Tuesday evening, I was reminded why over time I’ve lost interest in following the political process in North America. ABC News ran a story during the Democratic National Convention this week revealing that while Sen. Hillary Clinton has been praising Barack Obama for knowing "the government must be about we the people, not we the favored few" – at the same time a “favored few” of big money Democratic donors were being treated to an open bar and food in silver chafing dishes while delegates outside the closed curtain of the sky box stood in line for $7 hot dogs because they were not permitted to bring food to their seats on the convention floor.

To read the full story – Click here.
To watch a video on this – Click here.

I do recognize that this is not an issue exclusive to the Democratic party since Republicans run a similar program for their top donors. What is hard to take is the stark contrast between the rhetoric and the reality – between what political parties say and what they really do. Jesus said: "You will recognize them by their fruits" (Matthew 7:20). It’s no wonder that the people of the United States of America are no longer truly united.

In a recent article Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal gave great insight into this dichotomy when she wrote:

Democrats in the end speak most of, and seem to hold the most sympathy for, the beset-upon single mother without medical coverage for her children, and the soldier back from the war who needs more help with post-traumatic stress disorder. They express the most sympathy for the needy, the yearning, the marginalized and unwell. For those, in short, who need more help from the government, meaning from the government's treasury, meaning the money got from taxpayers. Who happen, also, to be a generally beset-upon group.

Democrats show little expressed sympathy for those who work to make the money the government taxes to help the beset-upon mother and the soldier and the kids. They express little sympathy for the middle-aged woman who owns a small dry cleaner and employs six people and is, actually, day to day, stressed and depressed from the burden of state, local and federal taxes, and regulations, and lawsuits, and meetings with the accountant, and complaints as to insufficient or incorrect efforts to meet guidelines regarding various employee/employer rules and regulations. At Republican conventions they express sympathy for this woman, as they do for those who are entrepreneurial, who start businesses and create jobs and build things. Republicans have, that is, sympathy for taxpayers. But they don't dwell all that much, or show much expressed sympathy for, the sick mother with the uninsured kids, and the soldier with the shot nerves.

Neither party ever gets it quite right, the balance between the taxed and the needy, the suffering of one sort and the suffering of another. You might say that in this both parties are equally cold and equally warm, only to two different classes of citizens.

“When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just." (Luke 14:12-14)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Why Families Matter to God

This coming Sunday Pastor Lee Boehm will be sharing a message from Deuteronomy 6 on the biblical admonition as to how and what parents are to teach their children. I thought it appropriate to share over the next few days some articles from a recent 9Marks E-Newsletter on Family and Parenting. In the first article Andrew Nichols explains why families matter to God. He begins by writing:

Is Satan more concerned about the families in your church than you are? From the beginning, Satan has tried to destroy the biblically-ordered family. Adam abdicated his headship. Eve usurped her husband's position. Cain killed his brother. Satan's first attacks were against God-given family roles. The assault continues today, and it may be more ferocious than ever before.

In the remainder of the article Nichols explains in detail of the importance of the family by telling us that the family matters to God because the family is a reflection of God Himself, a reflection of the Gospel, and a reflection of the church. He closes by stating:

God evidently gave his first command to humans—"be fruitful and multiply"—because children and families are a central part of his plan to communicate what he is like, how he plans to relate to us, and how we are to relate to each other—forever. So we don't want a diminished view of families, seeing them as obstacles or tools. Nor do we want an idolatrous view of families, seeing them as an end in themselves. Nor should we view them as mere targets for evangelism, or let Satan be more interested in them than we are. Instead, we should build up and treasure and guard them.

To read the full article – Click here.
To read the full 9Marks E-Newsletter on Family and Parenting (PDF) – Click here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Olympics Off Track

An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. (2 Timothy 2:5)

The following is a web posting from Mark Bergen of World Magazine -

The Games of the 29th Olympiad seemed destined for mixed reviews from their outset. A host country guilty of ongoing human-rights abuses, rampant censorship, and a totalitarian streak as long as the Great Wall was bound to generate controversy no matter the glory of athletic exploit. True to form, China’s government behaved poorly, retracting promises for unfettered media access, expelling house church leaders from Beijing, and even pulling the visa of 2006 Olympic gold medal winner Joey Cheek, who had planned to use the Games to raise awareness of the genocide in Darfur.

Such predictable malfeasance surprised few beyond the na├»ve members of the International Olympic Committee, who had flattered themselves into thinking the “spirit of Olympism” might effect some real change. More surprising, though, was the number of unsportsmanlike displays among competitors. Sprinkled amid a host of stories worth cheering, some athletes provided disappointing reminders that the spirit of Olympism is no cure-all for the sinister human heart. As counterbalance to the widespread reports of class, here now are the Games’ top five moments of crass:

1. Cuban athlete Angel Valodia Matos delivered a roundhouse kick to the face of a Swedish referee after disagreeing with a call in his bronze medal taekwondo match. The blow left Chakir Chelbat bloodied and in need of stitches. The World Taekwondo Federation took swift action in banning Matos for life from any future competition.

2. IOC anti-doping efforts exposed 45 cheating athletes, 39 of them caught before the opening ceremonies thanks to the first-ever coordinated pre-Games testing program. Among the brashest offenders: the entire Bulgarian weightlifting team. But with the recent advent of undetectable substances, some doping analysts fear the use of banned performance-enhancers may have been much more widespread among the Beijing Games’ 11,000 competitors.

3. Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian rushed toward the judges table and had to be restrained after losing his semifinal bout in a close decision. He left in a fury, refusing to speak to reporters and punching the dressing room door. Later, after returning to win a bronze medal, Abrahamian disrupted the award ceremony when he stepped off the podium, deposited his medal in the center of the wrestling mat, and stormed out of the arena. IOC officials promptly stripped him of his medal.

4. Chilean tennis star Fernando Gonzalez went silent after winning a controversial point over American James Blake during the third set of their semifinal match. Replays showed that Blake’s forehand, which sailed long, deflected off Gonzalez’s racket, but the umpire missed the call. In a sport characterized by self-regulation, Blake believed his competitor would speak up. Instead, Gonzalez sheepishly moved to the back of the court and later defended his actions by saying nobody had asked him. Gonzalez went on to win silver, while Blake finished out of the medals.

5. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt delivered the single most impressive performance of the Games, sprinting to victory in the men’s 100 meters with a world-record time of 9.69 seconds. But over the final 15 meters, the 21-year-old betrayed immaturity in throwing his hands out to the sides and pumping his chest in a manner many interpreted as disrespectful to his competitors. The antics also cost Bolt time in the race, robbing viewers from appreciating just how special a talent he truly is.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bluegrass Gospel - I'll Fly Away

This coming Sunday (2008-08-31) we will be worshipping again with bluegrass gospel music at Arrowsmith. In response to a number of requests regarding this style of music, I've added an additional playlist (below my God-centered worship songs on the right hand side of this blog) where I've posted a few bluegrass gospel songs. Below is a music video of Alison Krauss singing I'll Fly Away.

The Olympics - Daren Streblow

At end of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China - a few thoughts from Daren Streblow, one of my favorite Christian comedians.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Olympic Synchronized Swimming

While I was watching some of the coverage of the Beijing Olympics yesterday, I had a chance to see some of the competition in the women's synchronized swimming. We discussed the merits (or lack thereof) of this as an Olympic event at our staff meeting today. Our discussion reminded me of the Saturday Night Live sketch about Men's Synchronized Swimming that was done in 1988 featuring Harry Shearer, Martin Short and Christopher Guest. Here is a short version:

Friday, August 15, 2008

Suffering and the Sovereignty of God

Over the past year our church family at Arrowsmith Baptist has gone through an incredible amount of suffering, tragedy and loss. The most recent has been the accident and paralysis of our dear brother in Christ Alvin Schulz. As we pray for his family in these days of trial, I praise the Lord for the depth of faith and trust his wife Judi has shown in our most sovereign God. In her most recent email she wrote:

"I have great hope in God and rejoice in the day He has given us. There will be many things that will come our way and hurtles that will seem like mountains but our trust is in the Lord. God did not say it would be an easy road. Please continue to pray for us. We will only be able to do this through His strength. I wanted you to know that I am taking joy in what I can and proclaiming God."

By God's providence this coming Sunday I will be preaching on "The Joy of Suffering" from 1 Peter 4:12-19. This is the text the Lord put on my heart last May to put on my sermon schedule for this coming Sunday. He is always one step ahead of us.

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good. (1 Peter 4:12-19)

Here is an audio clip from a pastor's conference I attended a few years ago regarding the faith of Adoniram and Ann Judson in God's sovereignty and providence in the midst of their personal sufferings. May we learn from them - and from Judi - in the days ahead.

Eagle and a Hawk - Yohetta Wilderness, B.C.

"Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars and spreads his wings toward the south? Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up and makes his nest on high?" (Job 39:26-27)

The Fall of a False Prophet

Evangelist Todd Bentley called his ministry in Lakeland, Florida “the greatest Pentecostal outpouring since Azusa Street.” In a gigantic tent, around which ATM machines we set up to ease the process of collecting offerings, Bentley preached to thousands, bringing many to the stage for prayer and supposed miraculous healings – even claiming to have raised dozens of people from the dead..

This week Bentley announced his wife had left him and his marriage had ended, affirming the truth that many had already believed – Todd Bentley was a false prophet. As a Bible-believing student of spiritual renewal (and in also holding a doctorate degree in revival) I sensed in my spirit, like many others, that something has not been right in the manner Bentley went about his ministry. Even many who shared Bentley's charismatic and pentecostal beliefs were divided over his authenticity. Ultimately, for Bentley as for all of us, Jesus was right: "For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit" (Luke 6:43-44).

Here are some thoughts from Dr. John Piper - along with a few links and a video to give some insight into Todd Bentley's ministry.

Test Revival with Doctrine by John Piper

Lee Grady, the editor of Charisma, one of the main charismatic magazines, has written a lament and critique of the Lakeland “revival” which is now in a tailspin over the leader's announced separation from his wife. Grady’s summons to pray for the church and our nation is right, and among his commendable questions and observations are these:

"Many of us would rather watch a noisy demonstration of miracles, signs and wonders than have a quiet Bible study. Yet we are faced today with the sad reality that our untempered zeal is a sign of immaturity. Our adolescent craving for the wild and crazy makes us do stupid things. It’s way past time for us to grow up. . .

True revival will be accompanied by brokenness, humility, reverence and repentance—not the arrogance, showmanship and empty hype that often was on display in Lakeland. . . .

A prominent Pentecostal evangelist called me this week after Bentley’s news hit the fan. He said to me: “I’m now convinced that a large segment of the charismatic church will follow the anti-Christ when he shows up because they have no discernment.” Ouch. Hopefully we’ll learn our lesson this time and apply the necessary caution when an imposter shows up.

Charismatics will not be the only ones who follow the Antichrist when he rises. So will the mass of those who today in thousands of evangelical churches belittle the truth of biblical doctrine as God’s agent to set us free (John 8:32).

Discernment is not created in God’s people by brokenness, humility, reverence, and repentance. It is created by biblical truth and the application of truth by the power of the Holy Spirit to our hearts and minds. When that happens, then the brokenness, humility, reverence, and repentance will have the strong fiber of the full counsel of God in them. They will be profoundly Christian and not merely religious and emotional and psychological.

The common denominator of those who follow the Antichrist will not be “charismatic.” It will be, as Paul says, “they refused to love the truth.”

The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)

Our test for every Lakeland that comes along should first be doctrinal and expositional. Is this awakening carried along by a “love for the truth” and a passion to hear the whole counsel of God proclaimed?

Links for related online articles:

The full interview with J. Lee Grady - Click Here
Charisma’s news story on Todd Bentley’s announcement - Click Here
Good News Online -
Click Here
Baptist Press Online -
Click Here

Video clip of Bentley's methods

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Men's Retreat - Yohetta Wilderness

A few pictures from our Men's Retreat weekend at Yohetta Wilderness. Thank you Hermann - we were truly blessed!!!

“Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord.” (Psalm 36:6)

The Dark Knight

Last week my family and I – because we truly enjoyed the movie “Batman Begins” - went to see the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight.” While the movie was well done, we all left feeling somewhat emotionally empty and bruised in spirit. We tend to watch movies looking either for qualities that reflect God-centered values or themes that are redemptive in nature. It was hard to find either one in this movie.

Personally I am shocked that the movie is so popular. The best theme that came to mind as I watched pointed to nothing more than having faith in people in times of pain and struggle. Yet the unrestrained corruption and evil of the fallen human heart the film reveals does not allow for such a faith – which followers of Jesus Christ already know to be true. While the film could be used as a springboard for discussing total depravity (which is clear in this movie) – it’s hard to see beyond that. I initially thought about seeing the movie again, to try again to see if I missed something. Yet I’m not sure it’s even worth the price of a ticket to do so. If I want to see that kind of depravity, I can just turn on my television and watch the news. Here are a few blog thoughts from others on this issue:
Ray Ortland, Pastor of Immanuel Church in White Pike, Nashville:

Last night, on a whim, Jani and I went to a late-night showing of the new Batman film. Some of my favorite people in all the world liked it. But I left vowing not to go back to the movies for the foreseeable future. . . .

Then the movie itself. Visually stimulating. Technologically impressive. Hollywood has fast-forwarded a gazillion years since my favorite films by Steve McQueen and John Wayne. But peel off the layers of glittering presentation, and what's actually there? A ripping good yarn. I grant that. But not much else. In fact, it comes down to a lie of human idealization being passed off on the public because they're supposed to be better off thinking the lie. That violates everything I believe. I learned nothing. I was not enriched in any way.

Immanuel Church cannot compete with Hollywood in terms of raw momentary impact. No church can. But that's one of the great things about church. It can be real. It can be entry-level discovery, for anyone, of the Lovely One who will amaze us forever.
I'm weary with the world's disappointing stimulants. I want more of Christ.
Michael Spencer, missional communicator and writer, who lives in southeastern Kentucky:
I have begun to suspect that we can’t see the entertainment idolatry in our own lives. We’ve decided to talk about “how to relate Christ to movies” and so on, which I don’t deny is a worthwhile pursuit, and I believe the glory and truth of God shines through all kinds of cultural windows.

But there’s just a lot- a LOT- of garbage out there. A lot of lies. Distortion. A lot of very bad story telling. A lot of poorly executed entertainment. A lot of humor and excitement drummed up from the lowest common denominators: sex, violence, greed. A lot of wasted minutes, hours and days.

I know Christian young people who live- live- in the world of movies, tv and games. And when I’ve suggested they might be wasting chunks of their lives with what wasn’t worthy of their thoughts, I’ve been pooh-poohed.

Don’t get me wrong. I want Christians engaging art and entertainment. I want Christians making good art and entertainment.

But when we are supposedly deeply moved by something that, at its core, isn’t deeply moving, isn’t redemptive, isn’t part of the grand story, but is just a vast, pretentious, technologically overwhelming retelling of the worst kind of human story, I want to have the backbone to say so.

Ortlund did. Good for him.

A Series of Interruptions and The Tyranny of the Urgent

I’ve not blogged for over a week now and apologize for those who check my postings on a regular basis. Eugene Peterson once defined pastoral ministry as “a series of interruptions.” This is the reality of being the pastor of a church at times - where often “the series of interruptions” also becomes “the tyranny of the urgent.” Such has been my life of late. And so now I’m back – until it happens next time.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

One Voice

Below is a video of the Wailin' Jennys singing the song "One Voice" which was written by Ruth Moody. Over the past few years this song has become one of my favorites; I thought of this often during this past summer while I was studying and writing through the sermon series on how we are to live out the "one another" texts together as followers of Jesus Christ.

The spirit of the words and the music reflect a mood and texture of what I imagine the apostle Paul was thinking of when he wrote: "May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 15:5-6). Here are the words:

This is the sound of one voice
One spirit, one voice
The sound of one who makes a choice
This is the sound of one voice

This is the sound of voices two
The sound of me singing with you
Helping each other to make it through
This is the sound of voices two

This is the sound of voices three
Singing together in harmony
Surrendering to the mystery
This is the sound of voices three

This is the sound of all of us
Singing with love and the will to trust
Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust
This is the sound of all of us

This is the sound of one voice
One people, one voice
A song for every one of us
This is the sound of one voice
This is the sound of one voice

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Teaching and Admonishing One Another in All Wisdom

As tomorrow morning we finish our summer season of looking at the "one another" texts in the New Testament, I noticed that last week (28 July 28 2008) John Piper preached a message based on Colossians 3:12-17, with the focus being on the first part of verse 16: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom."

In the sermon Dr. Piper states that true wisdom is forged in fires of community. Those who seek wisdom need God and prayer, but they also need people to know true wisdom. The normal context in which God answers his people's prayers for wisdom isn't solitude but relationships. Cultivating the kind of relational culture in the church that fosters such wisdom is more important and significant than whether we agree on issues within the church. Wisdom from God that rises out the context of community is that which sheds light within the individual heart and gives guidance to the church as a whole. The community ethos Paul develops in Colossians 3 is a happy culture of peace and thankfulness, teaching and admonishing, rich in the gospel, and pervasively conscious of Jesus.

He ends the message by stating that a healthy relational culture in the church where wisdom flourishes is . . .

- A Culture of Peace: "Christ’s forgiveness because of his death for us is the basis of our ability to forgive and live in peace."

- A Culture of Thankfulness: “Wisdom will rise in an atmosphere of pervasive, humble thankfulness.”

- A Culture Rich with the Gospel: “Everywhere you turn people will be speaking the words of Christ, not just their own words.”

- A Culture of Teaching and Admonishing: “The people will not just be together in worship services but in small settings where they speak the word of Christ into each other’s lives.”

- A Happy Culture: “The relational culture that gives rise to wisdom is a culture that sings from the heart.”

- A Culture Pervasively Conscious of Jesus: “Where Jesus pervades our talk and our deeds, his wisdom will rise.”

To watch the sermon Click Here.
To read the sermon Click Here.

Serving One Another - Tony Dungy

Here is part of an interview with Tony Dungy, who is a born again follower of Jesus Christ and the head coach of the Indianpolis Colts (who won the Super Bowl in 2007).

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:10-11)

Friday, August 1, 2008

Tofino, West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia

And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good." (Genesis 1:9-10)

Sea Lions

Grey Whale