Amazing ER clip

Wow.

This really illustrates the failure of liberal religion. All of the “you can believe in whatever kind of God you want” doesn’t meet our needs because we know that anything we make up can’t save us. Deciding that “the God I believe in wouldn’t do this or would do that” is just like the ancient Canaanites who carved a god out of wood and then bowed down and worshiped it.

Father, may I be faithful to worship you as you are, not how I think you should be. Thank you for forgiving me, that through Christ I can know your love and be transformed. Now I can serve you out of love as an adopted son, not fear your judgment.

Random

They should be thrown under the bus, or at least waterboarded.

Winter Formal pic!

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My wife just keeps getting more beautiful.  Especially on the inside.  =)

Eldredge, The Way of the Wild Heart pt. 2

“A few months ago my family and I were wrapping up a camping trip in the Tetons. It had been a truly wonderful time, and our hearts were full, and though reluctant to leave, we were packed and ready to go. The drive home takes 10 hours or more, so we prepared for an early start, maybe to catch breakfast after an hour on the road… But, I am learning not to assume I know what is best for us. I am learning to ask, ‘Father, what is your plan for the day?’ Eat breakfast here, he said. Here? That didn’t make any sense at all. I ran it by Stasi, and when she prayed she sensed the same thing. So we pulled the boys out of the car and went into the lodge to have a feast…”

“After about an hour, it was time to go, so we headed out of the park. And there, on the side of the road, was a grizzly. Oh, my. We had so wanted to see a bear during our week there, but hadn’t. They don’t show up in the Tetons much, preferring to wander north in Yellowstone and Montana. But they do come down this time of year to prey on moose calves, so there is a chance, however slight, of catching a glimpse of these magnificent creatures. Knowing our hearts, and our plans, the Father had arranged for us to stay, to catch this five-minute window in order to receive this wild and wonderful gift. We stood on the roof of the Suburban and watched him, and then he disappeared into the woods. ‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father.’ (James 1:17 NIV)” (p. 65-66)

This reminds me of a story from my friend Jeremy. He prayed in the morning, “Lord, I really want a brownie.” Went through his whole day thinking nothing of it. At his friend’s house late that night, at the door saying goodbye, his friend said, “oh, wait a minute.” He went back inside, and returned with the gift of a brownie for Jeremy. There is nothing too small for our God! He is a loving father.

Journal: Scopes Trial, evolution, equality

Journal topic today was about the Scopes “monkey” trial, in which biology teacher John Scopes (actually a football coach subbing in a biology class) was defended by ACLU attorney Clarence Darrow. The textbook that he was trying to use labeled the Caucasian race as the “highest type of all.” In class, we discussed whether blind chance evolution can ever lead to equality of people as individuals or as groups. In other words, evolution is all about natural selection and survival of the fittest. Can that possibly ever create lasting equality among humans? I don’t think so, but am open to theories.

So how are we equal? According to Jefferson, we are created equal by God. Just as God can think, feel, and choose, he made us “in his image,” meaning that we are able to also think, feel, and choose, though not as well as he can. Because we all are image-bearers, we have equal value (not necessarily equal ability). Without this belief that we are really equal in some meaningful way, democracy becomes silly, as it pretends equality when none really exists. The Declaration of Independence (“We hold these truths…”) is really our nation’s founding creed. The principle of equality cannot ultimately be sustained apart from the foundation of God-given rights.

from The Way of the Wild Heart – John Eldredge

“Most of the men I’ve counseled over the years understand that Christianity is an offer of forgiveness, made available to us through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross… What they don’t seem to grasp is, there is more. That forgiveness was made available to each of us so that we might come home to the father. Forgiveness is not the goal. Coming home to the Father is the goal. So a man who calls himself a Christian, attends church, and has some hope of heaven when he dies has not received the lion’s share of what God intended him to receive through the work of Christ. He will find himself living very much alone, stuck in his journey, wondering why he cannot become the man he longs to be” (p. 30).

“Often in the evenings, just before bedtime, the boys in their jammies with feet in them, we would play a game where they would get as far back on the landing as they could, get a running start to leap off the stairs, and fly through the air into my arms below. I was blown away by their trust in me, such abandoned confidence. When a boy has this confidence, this security and safety created by masculine strength over him, the whole world opens before him. He is able to live as a boy—an explorer and adventurer” (p. 44).

Father, may I know you and trust you like this. May I leap with abandoned confidence into what you have for me. May your perfect love, and your father’s heart, cast out my fear.

USC’s star recruit loves Jesus!

Mater Dei Junior QB, top recruit in nation for 2009, has commited to USC. And note his strong love for the Lord!

And note that Heisman Trophy Winner Tim Tebow is also a committed believer!  And he was homeschooled!

Cohabitation

Journal topic today in class was Valentine’s inspired: Should couples live together before marriage?  Many students gave responses like “yes, because you have to know what you’re getting into,” etc.  Some students indicated that doing so robs marriage of its specialness.

I tried to help students understand that living together is, in many ways, the opposite of marriage.  Living together is a perpetual audition.  They are both saying, “let’s give this a try and see if it works out”–knowing at any time that they can leave.  As a result, living together typically lacks the security of marriage, and hence, one of its prime benefits.  When I was young, I was very insecure, and am, in fact, still rooting out areas of insecurity in my own heart with the Lord’s help.  But something changed dramatically when I got married.  I realized my wife was not going to reject me when she learned who I really was.  She had promised to stay with me till death do us part, and I could see that she intended to keep her promise.  Her love and acceptance of me became a rock of security that allowed me to grow and become more of what God made me to be.  Honestly, I first felt this from her, and then only later have I felt that from the Lord, which is where it should have started.  It was her commitment to me that provided a place of safety in which I revealed more and more of myself without fear.  Merely living together, as a perpetual audition, lacks this security because the entire premise of the relationship is ‘I can get out easily if necessary.’  Of course, many marriages lack this as well, considering a marriage is always between two wounded people who are trying to recover from their pasts.

Ladies, do you dream about the day your boyfriend turns to you and says, “hey, let’s move in”?  No!  You dream about the ring and the romance and the wedding! Don’t give up your dream!  Make him work for you!  You are worth it!  If he won’t work to win your hand in marriage now, he definitely won’t work for you later when your relationship is having trouble and he needs to step up and make hard choices.  Trust me, that day will come.  It comes to everyone.

We also discussed why couples who lived together before marriage have higher divorce rates than those who don’t.  I’m not sure of all the reasons, but I think I know two of them.  1) Once you live together, a ceremony and a piece of paper doesn’t change your life that much.  You return from the ceremony to the same life, the same house, the same sheets and towels, the same chores and habits.  Nothing is new.  Is this going to really transform a relationship from a perpetual audition to one of firm commitment and safety?  2) the people who live with delayed gratification, who don’t give in to the temptation to move in–by doing so they develop better character.  That character serves them well when troubles come and they have to work to save their marriage.

Any other thoughts?  Please comment!

To other readers (not high school students): please understand that I am trying to help high school juniors and seniors think about their choices.  If you are living with someone outside of marriage, please know that I don’t judge you.  While I do believe that God has a better way for you, he loves you very much and that’s between the two of you.

Winter Formal

In spite of my experiences last year, I actually enjoyed chaperoning Winter Formal. There was some minor freakage happening, but in general the students were just having a good time on the dance floor. I did split up one couple, and asked the DJ to tone things town a bit once, but it was so much better than last time. Els and I even did a little Karaoke with Mr. Hughes and his girlfriend! And it was so fun to see so many of my students dressed up and having fun! We brought some cards to get through the last hour or so.

blogging

I have finally started a blog! Probably should have done this years ago. Here’s a great article about Lincoln’s faith in honor of his birthday. It has my favorite quote from Lincoln:

“Fondly do we hope—fervently do we pray—that this mighty scourge of war might speedily pass away,” he said. “Yet if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man’s two hundred years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid with another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago so still it must be said, ‘the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether.'”

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