Al Mohler published a blog article today entitled Is the Abortion Argument Changing?. It’s excellent. At the end, he references a sermon by Russell Moore that makes the argument that Joseph (Jesus’ step-father) was a “single-issue evangelical.”
Yesterday, I was too sick to go to church, so Angie and Ella went. We had a Trunk-or-Treat in which David Stewart, our awesome Children’s Ministry Director told a story about a pumpkin. I have no idea what David said, but Angie used it to spark a discussion when we got home. She had enough insight to see the question marks written on Ella’s face.
John Piper posted a great article about the Christian’s attitude toward voting. I love the fact that voting, though an important privilege, doesn’t ultimately determine eternal outcomes – evangelism and worship do. Voting is not the end-all, be-all of our approach to impacting culture. Read for yourself…
Bethel, of late, has been in the position of helping some folks through an economic crunch. These are our times. These times also involve a lot of debate about the role of government, taxation, spending, welfare and social programs, etc. I think Jason Pettus, a Pastor in my old hometown, states it well in today’s blog…
Today was the first time that we’ve had two worship services. I couldn’t sleep very well over the weekend. I was nervous that things wouldn’t go well, that I would preach all the way through Sunday School, or that people would be uncomfortable with the situation. I was pleasantly surprised.
On the final day of Engage 08, I sat in on a breakout session with Phil Cooke. I was highly inspired to continue encouraging leaders to explore how we’re going to be sharing the gospel as our culture continues to become more of an online culture. The internet was once a web. We could connect, get information, and disconnect. Kids today are growing up in a culture that remains connection continually. I don’t want to share too much of what Phil said since he may share this elsewhere, but I did want to give my own reflections on the talk.
Seth’s blog today mentions something that I try to articulate to clients all the time – there are web subcultures and you can’t sell to one if your site fits in another. I recently saw the site of a web design agency. The front page promoted them as a highly professional firm who wished to work only with highly professional people. It stated this on a little sign held up by a cartoonish guy! Clients choose service agencies that seem to match their own personality to at least some degree. So watch your site’s subculture. Continue reading
Beau came over to meet the Cox’s tonight, via the Clarke’s, who are having to make that difficult sacrifice when a child has some pretty severe allergies. So far we’ve passed the background checks and screenings and hope to provide a good permanent haven for Beau. So far, so good!
This has been a long, but very good day. Angie couldn’t sleep at 3:30 a.m. so I got up too and started working on things. That may explain the mental lapses I endured throughout the day. I dropped Ella off at school and headed to the grocery store to pick up some fried chicken for Bethel’s Keenagers’ luncheon. About 10:30, a church member dropped by and I asked, “Oh, are you here for the Keenager’s meeting?” He helped me remember that it isn’t this week – it’s next week.
One of my favorite daily news feeds comes from The Daily Spurgeon. Today’s thought addressed something that Christians struggle with often. But usually, when someone comes to me with this question, they’re already on the right track. It is “Can I enjoy the world around me, though it is perishing?”