Thursday, February 25, 2010

Help Haiti Live Concert

If you live within driving distance of Nashville, this is going to be a great concert for a great cause!  For those of us too far away to drive, we can watch it live on-line and support the cause, as well.  Here's the link.

Compassion has already been providing temporary shelter, spiritual counsel, clean water, food and medicine to about 20,000 Haitian families.  This event, made possible by your support, will allow that care to continue and rebuild the homes and lives of many Compassion families devastated by the January 12th earthquake. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Come together now

It's going to be easy for you and me to forget about the devastation in Haiti now that a few weeks have passed and the story is no longer in the headlines.  It would have been a mistake for all of us to rush to Haiti on January 12th.  Most of us would have only added to the crisis.  It will be an even bigger mistake for us to allow this tragedy to fade from our memory now because, not only is the re-building only beginning, many people are still in imminent danger.  You and I can continue to support the on-going efforts by the many fine organizations working in Haiti right now.  (Links to Compassion  International and World Vision  are located on this blog.) 

Now is the time for you and me to look for ways that we can get more directly involved in ministry to the Haitian people.  If you know of churches, ministries or other organizations that have established ties there, explore with them how you can become involved.  Maybe your call is to actually be a part of a team that will go to Haiti to work and serve.  If  you aren't the person to go, you can do something here to support the teams that will go.  Whatever you do, don't forget those that have suffered so much in Haiti.

Come Together Now (Music City Unites For Haiti) from Music City Unites For Haiti on Vimeo.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Paper-training God

I recently watched the first segment of  Frustration and False Gods: Living in a Fallen World, that is part of Convergence, a new small group discussion series hosted by Donald Miller.  I was especially struck by something that Christian counselor Dan Allender said in the conversation with Miller and Old Testament professor Tremper Longman.  Allender says that many Christians are uncomfortable with a God who is as wild and mysterious as God is and respond by attempting to "paper-train God."  What a great word picture! Can you imagine trying to paper-train God?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Sucked into the vortex

You know how, if you get too close to a tornado, you can get sucked into the vortex?  That same kind of danger exists when my wife goes on a house-cleaning binge.  If you get too close to her, you just get sucked into the vortex and before you know it and you find yourself scrubbing toilets, vacuuming the floor or dusting the furniture.  She reminds me a bit of that Tasmanian Devil cartoon character when she gets into high gear.  I'm not saying she's a Tasmanian Devil or anything, I'm just saying  . . .

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Some things just never get old

I know it was 3 years ago that Miss South Carolina helped us unravel the mystery of why some Americans can't  locate the U.S. on a world map but this video clip is just the gift that keeps on giving. I never tire of watching her articulate answer.

In all fairness to Miss Einstein, I've had my share of times when I wished I could have a "do-over".

When have you wished you could turn back the time or call back the really stupid words that just passed over you tongue and escaped your lips?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Prayer, the lighter side

Yesterday, I posted a serious article about prayer so today I wanted to share a couple of my favorite cartoons about prayer. 

This first one expresses a thought I've actually had, myself.


OK, have you ever been guilty of this?


Monday, February 15, 2010

Afraid to pray BIG

I'm afraid to pray BIG.  There  . . . I've said it.  I'm showing my hand. That hasn't always been the case but it seems that's where I am right now. 

When our friend, Linda Jones, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few years ago, she invited some of her friends to come to her house and lay hands on her and pray for her.   Linda was not afraid of cancer, even a type of cancer that is almost always terminal.  Linda was not afraid to pray BIG.  I wish I could say the same.  Even though I prayed aloud for her complete healing, what I was praying deep in my soul was, "God, let her passing be painless.  Let her die with dignity and peace.  Welcome her into Your presence in a new and completely healed body."  Why is it that I didn't trust God to heal her from the cancer?  It's not that I didn't believe that God could do it, I was afraid that He wouldn't do it. I didn't want to be disappointed so I didn't ask, as though I was saving God from having to explain Himself to me if Linda died.  What was I thinking?  Linda did die and God didn't have to explain Himself to me or anyone else in this matter. 

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Help Haiti Live concert

Under the direction of Shaun Groves, Compassion International has put together an all-star benefit concert to raise money for the continued relief effort in Haiti.  Click here to read the details of the event. If, like me, you can't be in Los Angeles or Nashville for the concert, we can watch it live on line and still support the cause.

Friday, February 12, 2010

"Gimme some Jesus right now!"

I have long appreciated Shaun Groves as a musician, singer and songwriter but only recently have I learned to appreciate him as a writer and speaker.  This 6 minute message is a sampling of how effectively he weaves wit into a poignant message in a way that mesmerizes the listener.

Listen to this timeless message and tell me what you think. 

Kingdom Coming from Shaun Groves on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Learning a foreign love language

The following is an article that I wrote for the February issue of  Bay Area Christian Family:

Some guys have it and some guys don't.  I don't but, thankfully, both of my sons do.  I'm talking about the thoughtful, romantic gene.  It's something that comes in handy in more than just the month of February but this is a great month to show it off if you do have it and a great month to fake it if you don't.  Allow me to explain.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The safe life

I'm not a fan of blogs that just repeat something from another blog but I'm going to make an exception here today. This video clip was on Don Miller's blog last week and I think it's important enough to repeat here in case you don't read that blog.   Watching this short clip from Francis Chan, author of Crazy Love, may just be the best investment of 4 minutes that you'll make today.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Kidnappers or Good Samaritans?

By now, you've read or heard about the group of 10 men and women from Idaho who have been arrested for attempting to kidnap 33 Haitian children.  I won't attempt to restate all the facts of the story other than to say that their position is that they were there to rescue children orphaned by the recent earthquake.  There have been numerous news stories about this case and you can click here to read just one of them. You may also want to read a few of the 352 comments posted to that story at the time that I'm writing this.  I have to confess that I was stunned that I had to read down to the 20th comment before I found the first one that did not completely vilify these people and that one comment was certainly not a ringing endorsement of their actions.  Like you, I have no first-hand knowledge of the events and have to rely on news accounts to try to understand what happened here.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A funny thing happened on the way to lunch . . .

A funny thing happened when my 88 year old mother got in the car with her 83 year old friend to go to lunch at their favorite Chinese restaurant last week. They got lost.  Never mind that both of them have lived in this small town for more than 60 years.  Never mind that the restaurant is less than 2 miles from my mom's house.  Never mind that they have been to this restaurant many times over many years.  They headed in the direction of the restaurant but neither of them could remember where the it was located. 

Monday, February 1, 2010

Behind the technology curve - Part 2

About 12 years ago, I made a career shift and intentionally slowed-down.  I decided that I needed to take a deep breath and that keeping up with the newest technology was one of the things that I would set aside.  I liked techie things as much as the next guy and figured I would catch-up somewhere down the road.  Boy, was I wrong!  It seems now like I just woke-up one day and I was hopelessly behind the times.
  • I've never had an iPod  . . . I still listen to music on CDs.
  • I've never had a Blackberry or iPhone nor have I ever sent someone a text message.
  • I use e-mail and I blog but I still don't buy-into the Twitter phenomenom  . . . Does anybody really care where you had lunch today?
  • I don't have a Wi or play video games but I used to occasionally play pinball, if that means anything to you.
  • I don't have a GPS but I can read a map with the best of 'em. 
  • No DVR at our house so I just watch what's playing when I turn the TV on. If I don't like it, I just turn it off.

Get the picture?  I can't imagine now how I could ever catch-up now.  Excuse me while I reorganize my 8-track tapes.