October 27, 2008

Amazon Store


I love Amazon...I'm addicted to books really, and Amazon is my dealer.

Anyway, check out my new Amazon Store.

October 24, 2008

The Homeless Don't Want Your Leisure Suit!

I was a youth pastor in Kansas City for about 4 years. Each Christmas season we had a clothing drive for a homeless shelter in our area. They needed coats, sock, and clothing. Whenever you ask for clothing from someone's closet you get some of the worst stuff imaginable.

After several years of this sort of thing our pastor had had enough. One Sunday he said, "As you sort through the stuff in your closet you need to bring your very best. The homeless people don't want your leisure suit any more than you do!"

2 Samuel 24:18-25 offers some insight into this...David, seeking to make an offering to the Lord, asked Araunah for some land and materials to build an altar. Araunah told David, "O King, take whatever you want." But David wouldn't just take it. David responded, "No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing."

Later, Jesus watched the people placing their offering into the Temple collection. As He watched, a little old lady came up and put in a couple of small coins. Jesus called His disciples around and said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on."

God doesn't just want something...He wants our very best. It isn't that we have to give an expensive gift, but we are expected to give the very best we possibly can.

This means giving food we would actually eat (not the canned spinach from the back of our pantry or the outdated cans)...it means giving clothes that we would actually wear (If you are thinking, "I would wear a leisure suit!" you have other issues to work through). This might mean that rather than clean out our closet we go to the grocery store or department store and pick out new stuff for our donation. Maybe not, but it is a thought.

I once read about a Butterball Turkey customer service worker who received a phone call from a lady asking if the 20 year old turkey in her deep freezer was edible. He reassured her that the turkey, as long as it had remained frozen the entire time, was edible, but would not taste very good. She responded, "That's what I thought. I will go ahead and give this to my church for the poor."

October 19, 2008

Political Joking

I love it when politicians can poke fun at themselves. I saw McCain's part of the roast, but laughed more often with Obama's. You can find McCain's on youtube...here is Obama's

October 17, 2008

Write In My Journal

What would you do if someone approached you on the sidewalk, at Starbucks, or on the bus and asked you to write something in their journal? Would you?

Write In My Journal is an interesting blog that gives you an insight into the people who answer "Yes" to that question. The blog owner says, "I simply ask people to write in my journal. What they write is up to them."

Check it out...it is really interesting.

October 8, 2008

Equal Partners But Not Equal

My wife and I met when I was 16 and she was 15. It was love at first spike so to speak. I was wearing a spiked haircut that rose about 2" off my head with a set of bangs that went below my eyes...she had this 80's mall hair that went about 4" straight up. It was a match not even Paul Mitchell could have dreamed up! Luckily our compatibility went further than hair products...we actually liked each other and fell in love (or at least she tolerates me).

We were young when we got married (18 and 20), but we understood the meaning of a lifelong commitment. There was something different about our relationship. In areas where she was strong I was weak. In areas where I was strong she was weak. We both understood that I was in charge as long as she wasn't awake. We complemented each other.

When God created man He took the initiative to find him a partner, a helper, because it wasn't good for man to be alone. The term "helper" has often been used to demean the role of women. They see being a helper as a subordinate role. The problem with this understanding is that the same word is used repeatedly of God in relationship to Israel; God is Israel's helper. With God as the primary example of a helper, the word "helper" certainly doesn't indicate a subordinate role. The woman was to be seen as a partner.

The original Hebrew does something else to indicate the non-subordinate nature of the woman. Not only is this a helper, but, in the English, this helper will be "suitable for him." The original Hebrew can be translated as "one like unto him." This helper will stand "face-to-face" and be able to go "toe-to-toe," to borrow a few idioms. They will be co-rulers and partners in their commission to care for and rule over the world.

It would be wrong, however, to call them equals in ability and responsibility. They had different responsibilities and gifts, but they were called to rule over the earth together. Neither one was given authority over the other. Their relationship was one of mutual love, respect, and submission to fulfill the purpose God had given them. This very literally was a match made in heaven.

Sin's entrance into the world, however, changed everything!

The next post will discuss how things changed in the relationship once sin entered the world. To read the previous posts in this series go here.

October 4, 2008

Moleskine

As though it doesn't make me pretentious enough to carry around a Moleskine notebook...not I have discovered that I am not saying with enough snootiness in my voice!

It is not pronounce Mole-skin...it is pronounced Mole-skee-na.

Now, go forth and be even more pretentious and annoying!

hattip: Later On