But I had a lot of fun with my buddies Travis and Andy. It's always good to hang with them.
Mollie had her tonsils and adnoids out yesterday. She's doing OK.
Anyway, all that to say I was thinking last night about how the church is always referred to as "she" or "the bride" in the Bible. I don't think this is an accident and we would all probably do well to remember that our churches (which also means us) are in most ways "female".
In the same way that I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with my wife, I feel very much the same way about the church. I love her. She pisses me off quicker than anyone else. She is pleasing to me. Sometimes she nags me till I want to shoot myself in the head. She gives me companionship that I don't get anywhere else. She won't leave me alone. She appeals to all my senses. She's hard to please. She provides for me. She leaves me feeling empty sometimes. I am stronger when I'm with her. She's always interrupting the game. She encourages me. She's way too sensitive. She loves me and would do anything for me. I can never bring myself to leave her, and have finally decided to stop trying. She's beautiful. She's way too concerned with her appearance, but she looks her best when she's stripped down the way God made her (see Song of Solomon).
I'm almost half-way through Rob Bell's Velvet Elvis. This book is honestly the best book I've read in a long time. He's a bit of a philosopher, but he pulls it off in such a way that the average Joe can grasp it. Not to say it's simplistic - this book will definitely make you think. The chapter (or "movement" as he calls it) titled "Yoke" is worth the price of the book all by itself. This is a book that explores faith, tradition, and what it means to live out the Christian life. I think it would be very appealing to someone who is seeking, but at the same time it's extremely challenging for the long-time Christian, too. Definitely pick this one up!!! (7/20/06, 11:30 am - Finished it last night. I have two words to describe this book: AWE-SOME! This should be required reading for the human race!)
There is nothing holy or righteous (or even patriotic) about war. Thousands of innocent people die every year for no good reason, entire civilizations are held back from what should be a natural cultural progression. The Middle East is never going to be peaceful. And if there is ever a peace, it won't be brokered by the people they primarily view as infidels. The entire Western world needs to wash their hands of the Middle East and let them experience the natural results of their history. Stop arming nations over there, because 10-20 years later the nation you armed has become your enemy. Stop buying/selling anything from/to them and let them hit rock bottom. Evidently their "rock bottom" is way lower than the rest of the world's.
The US needs to limit its military involvement to national "defense" and helping the truly helpless (situations like Rwanda and other places in Africa).
Christians need to sincerely pray for peace! Praying for the safety of US troops is not the same as praying for peace. We need to pray that God would intervene and end these wars, we need to ask how God could use us to end these wars, we need to pray for the salvation and safety of all troops, civilians, and even terrorists. Maybe we need to physically stand in the bullet path to save people and show them what Christian love is all about. We need to vote for leaders who are committed to peace - not weak leaders, but wise, peaceful leaders.
I know times have changed and this terrorist threat is difficult to combat, but I'm tired of seeing people die senselessly.
I've got this friend who asked me for a favor that would require a decent amount of my time. He is totally in need so I said yes, but the whole time I'm just thinking about how I wish I would have made up an excuse and said no. I've known non-Christian people with way more generous and giving spirits than I'll probably ever have. It's like Jesus makes some people shine, but he just makes me a half-way decent human being. Without him, I'd be a complete butthole.
|Our church attends a pretty conservative Christian camp every summer. The camp has some rules that can be a little rough on teens, so some us youth pastors and pastors got together to make this video to ease the rules burden with a little humor.|
|This guy is either a guitar genius or has more free time on his hands than anybody on the planet. Either way, I love this and wish I could do it. (There just aren't enough people paying homage to the greatest TV show ever produced.)|
I got home and did a little research and found that they were all made in 1956 here in the US(they're marked that way on the back), so they're 50 years old this year. Evidently they're relatively hard to find anymore. They are actually personal valets for you to put your wallet, keys, change, jewelry on. I found some guy who ran a Pulp Fiction fansite. He was able to track down a small quantity of them and was selling them for $85 each. However, it looks like you can get one on eBay for closer to what I payed.
Anyway, probably not a big deal to anyone else, but Pulp Fiction is one of my favorite movies and it's kind a cool to own a little piece of it. Here's a pic of mine.