Random Thoughts for the Weekend

  
1. I prefer to listen to old men singing sad songs. They are closer to the end.

2. I am glad to know I will hear a clear presentation of the gospel each Sunday because I’m thoroughly worn down by the end of the week, weary.

3. Last weekend Mark Driscoll preached at an Acts 29, which in microcosm, displays the inherent and tragic problems of Acts 29. 

4. Every time I go out to eat I think about how my wife’s cooking is better. And her company makes it even better.

5. Winter in Alabama means cutting the grass in February.

6. I never noticed how the click of the keyboard can sound like the pick against a rock.

7. Baseball is so close…

8. Johnny Cash reminds me of the biblical characters more than anyone.

9. Dying is scarier than death.

10. The coaches at the ballpark nowadays are nicer than most of the coaches I had. I mention this because I enjoy watching the coaches push Dylan and be kind to him and encourage him as he fails and succeeds.

Random Thoughts for Thursday

  
1. I am thankful there is grace to cover my sin of forgetting the gospel of grace and trying to earn God’s favor.

2. I’m reading a book on the history of the blues. It’s fascinating to read the author trace much of what you hear in early 20th century Delta blues music to regions in Africa. Understanding the history of these descendants of slaves and their music help me appreciate the music more. The same principal should be applied to people too, I guess.

3. If you’re going to a concert and getting so drunk you can’t stand up, you’re making poor decisions. And if you’re dating that person, same goes for you. Of course, I also think you’re making bad decisions if you spend $8 for one beer.

4. My RPMs go down just thinking about watching a baseball game.

5. The great blues musicians from the Delta made some of the most transcendent and influential music ever made. And they did it with cheap mail-order guitars. This is a rebuke to our supposed need of the best and nicest version of everything.

6. One of my regrets is I did not dive headlong into the Delta Blues when I lived in the Delta. I saw the crossroads, went to Robert Johnson’s supposed gravesite, and knew the man who owned the rights to his only photographs. But I did not listen like I should have.

7. Am I the only person that didn’t like To Kill A Mockingbird?

8. Last night my wife made blackened fish tacos with mango avocado salsa. Yep.

9. You can hear the coming of Bob Dylan in the voice of Charley Patton.

10. It has taken me many years to see the goodness of God and also feel it, when my idols are revealed. 

Random Thoughts for the Weekend

  
1. There are life-saving wellsprings of the gospel I would have never tasted if I had not left vocational ministry and entered the business world.

2. Roger Angell says that baseball is sport about losing. The best hitters only get a hit 1/3 of the time. Most teams are happy to win just above half their games in a season. You lose? There’s always tomorrow. Maybe that’s why it mirrors life so well. Dealing with loss over a long season.

3. “Ham is the taste of life.” – 6 yr old

4. Mississippi John Hurt

5. The lens through which we see the world wil color the world we are trying to make our way through. Sounds obvious till you realize what lens you are wearing.

6. Our shepherds are more vital than our politicians.

7. There is a second lawsuit coming against SGM and its leaders. When it comes there will be no statute of limitations. There will be sworn testimony. This is being called the largest child sex abuse scandal in evangelicalism and the evangelical elite remain silent except for their support of CJ Mahaney.

8. I now understand how my Dad felt when he would watch me play baseball, having played and loved the game himself.

9. Your arguing about politicians and who is better is like arguing about which poison to ingest.

10. It dawned on me that I’ve not a whole lot of vocational ambition. My ambition? To spend as many moments with Bethany as I can before one of us goes on ahead. And then pick it up again later…

Random Thoughts for Thursday

  
1. The grace of God for us covers the gracelessness we show toward others.

2. Needing to have the best is a terrible slavery.

3. The myth of America as a Christian nation is revealed in our collective hope in politicians and our hatred towards those we disagree with.

4. Ray LaMontagne

5. In all seriousness, how insecure do you have to be to make fun of someone who likes cheap beer? Related, don’t complain about your student debt if you’re drinking the expensive beer.

6. The most engaging political act is praying “Thy kingdom come.”

7. The older I get the less I need to be entertained. I can’t tell if it’s contentment or resignation.

8. I’ve been reading through Keller’s Counterfeit Gods and it’s killing me. In a very painful way.

9. The writer of The God of the Mundane struggles in his cubicle.

10. Last night we watched the scene where Jesus raises Lazarus in The Gospel of John movie. I imagine that Jesus had no doubt that His friend would walk out of the tomb by his command. As God’s Son, his soul swirled with assurance. I want that kind of assurance of God’s love and in the hope of my own resurrection.

Talking About Football on a Podcast

I made an appearance on the Calvin’s Corner podcast, in which I answered as to why I don’t watch football anymore. Before you get defensive and assume I am asking you to do the same, I would ask you to listen first.

I am working on a post where I flesh this out a little more and answer some objections others have made. Enjoy the show…
http://app.stitcher.com/splayer/f/53960/42483115?el=0&refid=stpr

Random Thoughts After a Hard Thursday

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1.  I am at home today because my stomach is in revolt against me. Either the stress of yesterday or the “Moolatte” from Dairy Queen has taken my lactose intolerant self on an all night ride through the land of misery. I barely slept. So I’m home from work and don’t even get to enjoy it.

2. For years we have struggled to understand our daughter. When she was younger she was diagnosed with the severest form of ADHD the experts had ever seen. For a few years we have suspected something more. Yesterday we received a firm diagnosis of what we had suspected. High-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder with learning disabilities in a couple specific ares.

That was harder to type that I imagined it would be.

Our emotions are mixed, to say the least. On one hand the diagnosis names the struggle and gives us an idea of the road we need to travel. (And we know we will not be traveling that road alone.) But naming it makes all the more real.

Nothing about Emma changes. Our love for her and commitment to help her is only strengthened. In the midst of all our frustration and fear, we love the Emma God has given to us. We may never know, “Why?” And yes, we’ve asked that question into what seemed like a silent sky. I suppose it would be enough to encourage another parent in a similar situation.

We are so thankful for the love and encouragement of our friends and family. Thank you for loving Emma and loving us so well. And the kindness and help we have received from Mitchell’s Place is breathtaking. Those people are heroes. I am in awe of them.

If you’re the praying kind, pray for Emma. And for us too.

3. Last night we found out our city’s school board has rezoned our street and the street behind us. This would send our boys to a school outside of our close-knit neighborhood. The Elementary School is the hub around which the community we live in spins. Geographically and historically where we live has been part of this community, we are now made to be separate. Six months ago my sons would not have been eligible to take the bus because they were said to live too close to their school. Now they are deemed too far away to continue attending. More than angry, we are sad to be on the losing end of a decision devoid of logic, which betrays a staggering lack of care for our family and the families we are surrounded by.

4. Yesterday was a hard day. The kind of day we will not forget. The kind of day that wounds and then leaves a scar. But the gospel is still true. The good news of the kingdom established by the King is all the more true today.

My friend Russ sent me a text yesterday as we were walking out the door to get the results. I told him what I was doing and he asked me, “How about a new heaven and a new earth?”

I told him, “Make that a double.”