November 23, 2008

The Vineyard Dayton Campus

Today I went to the Vineyard's Dayton Campus...what an experience. It is located on Main Street near downtown Dayton. It was formerly Memorial Baptist Church.

I don't think you will find a more broad mix of people anywhere. The worship was exciting, and there was a sense of expectancy as the people gathered to worship. They really got into the worship. I also think the smaller, intimate space and great acoustics helped make the singing fuller. You could hear the people around you singing.

During the message there was a lot of call and response...people shouted amen and responded to the message verbally.

They have a great group of people down there who are excited about what God is doing in their community. I can't wait to speak down there!

November 18, 2008

Everything's Amazing, But Nobody's Happy

I found the quote (used as the title) to be so revealing. For everything we have gain in technology...we have lost something too. On the blog where I found this video clip they made reference to churches that are amazing and people are happy...but that connection misses the point of this video and what is being said.

While I don't want to ride around on donkeys and do away with cell phones...there is a need to recognize the amazingness of the world we live in and how all the things we take for granted really are luxuries. On the Dayton Daily News site there was a comment on one of the articles about the wind storm we had in Dayton. The commenter said, "Doesn't DP&L realize that electricity is a necessity in this day and age and not a luxury!"

The video explains this much better:




I found this link via Monday Morning Insights.

November 14, 2008

Obamagelicals...Really?

The point of this post is not political, and no the picture at the side is not a reference to the people who would be classified as "Obamagelicals." In fact, they probably don't want to be labeled by that term in the first place. If you would like to see survey results about the evangelicals who voted for Obama you can go here (there is some interesting stuff on there).

No, the point of this post is to ask "Why do we need to keep making up stupid words?" The picture may be more reflective of the people who decide that we need some new and snappy word that will fit on the bottom of of the news screen.

I don't know how long they have been using this word (probably only since the election), but please stop.

Alright...here's an idea...in the comment section create your own "Obama__________" word. It has to be an original (No Obamanation, Obamagelical, etc.) Let's see how many of these we can create!

November 9, 2008

Turning a Century

I am not turning 100 years old, but I did reach the 100 mile mark for backpacking this year (actually 110). James and I have hiked the Laurel Highlands Trail, the Twin Valley Trail in Germantown, and the Caesar's Creek Trail. It felt good to reach this milestone...and I am planning to reach 150 next year.

This is actually one of those New Year's Resolutions that can be checked off. Who said those things never get accomplished. Now for that loose weight thing...okay, so not every resolution will be met.

The picture shows what it looks like to reach 100 miles!

November 7, 2008

A Meme

Shawna "tagged" me with a meme. So here goes...

Meme Terms and Conditions
1. Link to the person who tagged you. (check)
2. Mention the rules on your blog. (check)
3. List six unspectacular things about you. (coming) (check)
4. Tag six other bloggers by linking to them. (coming) (check)

Six unspectacular things about me:
1. I love theology and biblical studies. Like I read this stuff because I want to not because I have to.
2. I like reality TV...Not all of it...mostly Survivor.
3. I also like to read history and biography.
4. I go backpacking as often as possible.
5. I have now been blogging for 4 years.
6. I finally entered the iPod herd.
7. I like lists.

Tag six bloggers:
Linda at Crone and Bear It.
Steve at Eyes Outward.
Andy at The Ordinary Saint.
Scott Sliver
Ryan at Beautiful and Grotesque.
Bob Hyatt at Bob.Blog (This is my long shot. I read him regularly, and don't really know know him, but would like to. I think, if nothing else, this will be an opportunity for you to visit his blog.)

November 6, 2008

A New Era


I have taken a few days to consider what I should write in regards to this past Tuesday's election of Barack Obama as the new President of the United States.

Political views tend to divide rather than unite people. Each person is passionate about their political stance, and believes they have good reasons for the stance they take. This election was no different. It was a hard fought political season, and, to be honest, I am glad it is over. Writing about political stuff is like running through a lion cage with ground beef stuffed in your hip pockets. In the words of the great philosopher Norm Peterson from Cheers, "It's a dog eat dog world, and I'm wearing Milk Bones underwear!"

I have political views and positions, but I keep them to myself. I just don't get that worked up over them. I voted and did so based on my convictions. At the end of all elections, however, no matter who wins we must put aside our animosity and move forward as a nation. Wherever we are politically, I think John McCain's concession speech reminds us of our responsibility to support our President and move forward as a nation and try to fix the wrongs.

If we put individual political views aside, we have to admit we have just seen one of the most significant moments in history...the election of the first African-American President.

I don't know what kind of President he will be. He made some promises that I hope he keeps, and he made some that I hope he does not. I do know that the media and comedians will eventually turn on him like they do every other President. I also don't believe he will "fix" everything...no government on earth can do that.

But this is the moment that millions of people have fought long and hard to see...even died to accomplish. I am not naive enough to believe this represents the end of racism, it may create more, but I am glad that I have lived to see this moment.

I am also glad my daughter gets a chance to see this moment early in her life. She gets to see a person weighed by their character and positions rather than their race. She gets to see an example that anyone can break the barriers and become what no one else before them has been able to accomplish. This might just inspire her to do something that no one before her has ever accomplished.

I pray that for her. I want her to know that anything is possible...even the impossible.

Check out these great posts: Scott Sliver and Bob Hyatt.

November 5, 2008

Verses that Are Speaking

Over the last week, these verses have been coming up over and over in various places in my life...

1 Samuel 15:22, "Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord?To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams."

2 Sam 24:18-25, "That day Gad came to David and said to him, 'Go up and build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.'So David went up to do what the Lord had commanded him. When Araunah saw the king and his men coming toward him, he came and bowed before the king with his face to the ground. 'Why have you come, my lord the king?' Araunah asked. David replied, 'I have come to buy your threshing floor and to build an altar to the Lord there, so that he will stop the plague.' 'Take it, my lord the king, and use it as you wish,' Araunah said to David. 'Here are oxen for the burnt offering, and you can use the threshing boards and ox yokes for wood to build a fire on the altar. I will give it all to you, Your Majesty, and may the Lord your God accept your sacrifice.'But the king replied to Araunah, 'No, I insist on buying it, for I will not present burnt offerings to the Lord my God that have cost me nothing.' So David paid him fifty pieces of silver for the threshing floor and the oxen.David built an altar there to the Lord and sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings. And the Lord answered his prayer for the land, and the plague on Israel was stopped."

Micah 6:6-8, "With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

So are there any verses that God is using to speak to you?