they said what?

With half the world’s population outside the reach of indigenous evangelism; with countless other lost people in those societies that have heard the gospel; with the stresses and miseries of sickness, malnutrition, homelessness, illiteracy, irgnorance, aging, addiction, crime, incarceration, neuroses, and loneliness, no man or woman who feels a passion from God to make His grace known in word and deed need ever live without a fulfilling ministry for the glory of Christ and the good of this fallen world.” 

– taken from the Danvers Statement – the charter statement (Rationale, Purposes and Affirmations) of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

it’s time to rise

You know what?

I am tired of sitting back and taking things sitting down.  Have you ever noticed that there is no command or writing in Scripture that says that we are to just sit down and live our faith?  If you read through Scripture you will notice that it contains phrases such as “walking by faith,” running, marching, advancing, striking down, taking the Kingdom by force. 

This is how we should live our lives.  We should be proactive in all that we do for God because there are so many times when others, used by the enemy, are taking proactive steps to bring down what God is doing.  We should stand up and run towards the goal set before us.  Not merely wait for it to come. 

And just so you all know, I have let my life become merely waiting for God to act, while God is waiting in heaven for me to act. 

It’s time to rise, won’t you stand with me?

Saturday morning break

I have always been a Chuck Norris fan. 

To start this story, let me just say that I needed folders for seminary.  I was in Walmart looking for them and came across a wonderful, majestic aisle in the supercenter that contained them.  Down this aisle was a plain looking box filled with magical jewels. 

They were folders with Chuck Norris on them.  Pictures of him that capture his awesomeness. 
I knew that Walmart contained them, because my roommate got one.  But I did not seem to know of the treasure that lay there.

I got 5 folders, one for each class and one extra for the joy which betook me.  It was a splendid time. 

For your reading please, here are what the folders say:
Chuck Norris had his tonsils removed with a chain saw. 
Chuck Norris does not sleep, he waits.
Chuck Norris can lead a horse to water and can make him drink.
Churck Norris doesn’t wear a watch; he decides what time is.
Chuck Norris beat the sun in a staring contest. 

And all contain this line inside:
Chuck Norris stared evil in the face and it backed down. 

Side note: All of the folders have a Hallmark like emblem on the back that says Chuck NorrisTM.  Read that again – Chuck Norris made these.  His website is on the bottom of each folder – www.chucknorris.com.  Come on, how awesome do you have to be to print folders of yourself.  How many of you can say that when you simply market yourself, it will sell?

the last 10

Here is the last 10 books I read again.  If you missed it before, click here and here.

1) 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
Well this book actually took me a while to read – about a year or so.  It was not a great read – mainly didn’t like his writing style – but the book contains a lot of good information.  Hopefully I become more effective because of it.  Thanks to David Tolbert for suggesting it to me a long time ago.

2) Humility – C.J. Mahaney
This was a book that I really needed to read.   I need more humility, as I am sure that most of you do too.  Hopefully, that last sentence sounded prideful – that was the joke I was going for.  But seriously, I had never heard of a book on this subject so I thought I would check it out.  It was really good.  Not many books are capable of straight-up humbling people but this is one.  Read it, it just might help you with the pride in your life.

3) Letters to a young evangelical – Tony Campolo
Honestly, I really, really like hearing/reading to Tony Campolo.  I always have.  I am not sure why but he just sparks me as completely fascinating in many ways.  He is a brillant guy and although I don’t agree with everything he says (after all, we aren’t the same person), I really love his convictions and his yearning for seeing justice come about to everyone.  This book was written in the format very similar to how Paul wrote his epistles.

4) The Art of personal evangelism – Will McRaney
Ok, so I had to read this book for class.  Still get to put it on here.  It was actually pretty good.  I enjoyed the emphasis that it placed on sharing your faith (obviously it would be there, since that is the title).  Pretty well-written too.  I would honestly recommend it.

5) It – Craig Groeschel
I can’t seem to listen to Craig Groeschel on his podcast much but I love to read his books.  This is a great one for discerning whether or not we are doing church and life for God or for ourselves.  In his words, we either have it or don’t.  Just one quote from the many good ones: “As pastors, we wholeheartedly believe that God exists, but we often do ministry as if he doesn’t.” 

6) The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
This book has been on my reading list for a while, ever since I saw his lecture on youtube.  But it has always been on the top of non-fiction book purchases for almost a year or so.  It is really, really great.  It is such an encouraging book but it is so sad because of the outcome.  Read it.  Seriously, read this book now. 

7) Jesus wants to save Christians – Rob Bell & Don Golden
My favorite Christian author, so far, is Rob Bell.  He just provokes me to ask so many more questions than anyone else.  Sometimes I don’t agree with his answers but his questions are ridiculously good.  This is a good follow-up book to Sex God and Velvet Elvis.  Getting a Rob Bell book to me is like going to a concert.  It is an event that I looked forward weeks ahead of time.  This one left me wanting more though.  A lot more.  Very good and I recommend it but I also wish it didn’t end when it did.  I was sad anticipating the last page. 

8) Introduction to Evangelism – Alvin Reid
Ok, another read for my classes.  But still I read it.  I liked it.  It was kind of boring at times and lengthy at others but good introduction to the subject.  Placing emphasis on evangelism is something I need to do more of.

9) Do Hard Things – Alex and Brett Harris
This was a book that I heard about a long time ago, but I had yet to pick it up.  I am not a big fan of Joshua Harris so I didn’t think a book by his younger twin brothers would be that good.  But it really was.  It is written mostly for teens but it was really convicting for me.  Listen to this quote from the blurb (on the back of the book):
“Most people don’t expect you to understand what we’re going to tell you in this book.  And even if you understand, they don’t expect you to care.  And even if you care, they don’t expect you to do anything about it.  And even if you do something about it, they don’t expect it to last.  We do.” 

10) Inspiration & Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament – Peter Enns
Even though I had to read this book for a class, I got to choose it for a paper.  Out of the 50 or so books, I had to choose from, I choose this one.  And I am glad I did.  It was a really good scholarly book.  Peter Enns talked about how we need to have a greater understanding of the Old Testament in order to see Scripture more clearly.  For those who want a good scholarly-type book on the O.T., this is it.  Go enjoy. 

Until next time…live lovingly.

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“The primary purpose of Scripture is for the church to eat and drink its contents in order to understand better who God is, what he has done, and what it means to be his people, redeemed in the crucified and risen Son.” 

“We study the Bible so we can know better who God is and ultimately what he has done in Christ.  Such study, by God’s Spirit, is a means by which God forms us into the image of his risen Son, with whom we are coheirs.  We must, therefore, be ever vigilant to inspect our own motives, lest we fall into the well-worn rut of thinking that study of the Bible prepares us to lead rather than to serve.” 

2 quotes from Peter Enns’ book, Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament

what’s ahead

I am going to state the obvious.  I have not written many posts lately.  Not sure why.  Don’t even really care about it that much but I want to get back into sharing the daily muses that I have for this world. 

As you must be aware, my mind tends to drift throughout every single day so I will try and let this blog slip into that direction because as those of you who know me best, you know that I am a random and sometimes thought-provoking person.  So I will give you what you want. 

Just not right now.  About to go see a movie.