Jack Bauer Facts

* Jack Bauer’s calendar goes from March 31st to April 2nd; no one fools Jack Bauer.

* If everyone on 24 followed Jack’s instructions, it would be called 12.

* If you wake up in the morning, it’s because Jack Bauer spared your life.

* Superman wears Jack Bauer pajamas.

* There have been no terrorist attacks in the United States since Jack Bauer appeared on television.

* When someone asks Jack Bauer how his day is going, Jack replies, “Previously on 24…”

* Jack Bauer doesn’t speak any foreign languages, but he can make any foreigner speak English in a matter of minutes.

* When Google doesn’t know the answer, it asks Jack Bauer for help.

The Last Word

I just finished this wonderful book by the Bishop N.T. Wright. Wright, is a brilliant scholar and clear communicator. Wright loves the Bible and desires that the church would bring the Bible back to a place where it has authority in the church and in the lives of Christians. He does a great job of breaking down the different views on scripture and how it has been used and abused throughout history. The Whole book is a really wonderful study and I would recommend that anyone who is interested in the scriptures pick this one up. Wright also writes a really great commentary series, that I uses for my studies regularly.

The Creation of the Universe

So I came across this article. I took an astronomy class My Senior year in Highschool. Ever since then I have been facinated with Space. Becuase it’s so huge and beautiful and amazing, and God the Creator is still bigger, more beautiful, and more amazing.

Astronomers have for the first time penetrated the fog of the earliest universe and caught sight of it as a tiny marble-sized infant, just one-trillionth-of-a-second-old.

“We have new evidence that the universe went from microscopic to astronomical in the wink of an eye,” announced Charles Bennett, principal investigator for the space-borne Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) and a professor at Johns Hopkins University.

I’m not trying to endorse the Big Bang Theory or evolution. I just thought this was an amazing article

Transit Site

Well, I created a transit ministries blog/website. I have a free trial through typepad right now, and we’ll see if it gets any traction. I liked typepad for that because even though it costs money it allows for a little bit more funtionality than blogger.

But I digress. I also went with the blog format because it’s easy to update and keeps good archives. Check it out, see what we are talking about, see events, eventually I’ll be putting up pictures from events and stuff on there.

AHH 24 ARGH!!!

So I watched 24 last night. I can’t believe what they are doing this season, first they kill President Palmer, Michele, Edgar, Tony, Now Audrey is in question. I just don’t know who to trust any more. Are they going to Kill Chloe and Curtis too? I just don’t know.

I used to tell everyone to watch 24 because it’s a great show, but it really is addicting so you might not actually want to get hooked.

Finished the Open Secret

What a great book. There were definitely some dry spells there, but the last chapter was what the book was building to and it definitely paid off. I feel that Newbigin was very clear that our faith needs to be risked from time to time.

In the last chapter, “The Gospel Among the Religions” Newbigin reminds the readers that as enter into the religious dialogue with people, we are in essence risking our faith and our beliefs while still trusting the supremacy of Christ. If we are not risking our faith then we are not utilizing our faith.

One of the thoughts that jumped out at me was the need for kenosis, or self-emptying, whenever we go into this dialogue, it’s not about us. I think when we try to jump into the mission of the church, to often we try to go on our own knowledge or cleverness and end up with a one sided conversation. We can’t do this. We need to enter the discussion fully relying on Christ and the Holy Spirit, and we have to be willing to accept that our conversation with people who don’t believe, may end up changing us for the better. We may and can be transformed by an non-Christian, and that can be a good thing. We can learn about compassion, modesty, love, service, all from people who don’t follow Jesus. Is that so bad?

God is the father of truth, so if something is true and good, then it reflects God.

I’d like to add this paragraph from the book that I though was pretty powerful.

There is no substitute for the gift of discernment, no set of rules or institutional provisions by which we can be relieved of the responsibility for discernment. Dialogue cannot be “made safe for all possible risks.” The Christian who enters into dialogue with people of other faiths and ideologies is accepting the risk. But to put my Christianity at risk is precisely the way by which I confess Jesus Christ as Lord — Lord over all worlds and Lord over my faith. It is only as the church accepts the risk that the promise is fulfilled that the Holy Spirit will take all the treasures of Christ, scattered by the Father’s bounty over all the people and cultures of mankind, and declare them to the church as the possession of Jesus.

I read 1 John this morning, a book that is full of love and encouragement to keep serving God. And I think often what keeps us from serving God is this fear of risk.

But God is love and John reminds us that

There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life — fear of death, fear of judgment — is one not yet fully formed in love.

Fear Not — Risk trusting God. If anyone wants a book that will remind them of the mission of the Church then The Open Secret by Leslie Newbigin is a great read.

Interesting Stuff from the Open Secret

I have really been digging this book The Open Secret by Leslie Newbigin. He was a missionary and professor of missions, and this books is all about the mission of the church. As our church is currently going through a replanting process I am finding this book to be very helpful to refocus on what we are all about.

I was challenged by the below quote because it emphasized the fact that there can be no one size fits all church:

The central thrust of all Rolan Allen’s Writing is expressed in the title of a posthumously published work, The Ministry of the Spirit. Allen’s charge against modern missions was that they had been tempted by their alliance with colonial power to act as though the mission of the church could be pursued in the style of a cultural and educational campaign, as though the object was to multiply replicas of the sending churches. In contrast to this Allen rightly saw that in the New Testament portrayal of mission the central reality is the active work of the living Holy Spirit himself. It is the Spirit who brings about conversion, the Spirit who equips those who are called with the gifts needed for all the varied forms of ministry, and the Spirit who guides the church into all truth. The Spirit is not the property of the sending church or the missionary who is sent. It is not part of the missionary’s duty to mold the new church into the style of the old. The Spirit is sovereign and free, and the missionary must trust the Spirit to do his own work. Where Christ is confessed, where the word of the gospel is preached and the sacraments of the gospel are administered, and where there is a ministry that binds the new community to the wider fellowship of the catholic (universal) church, there, Allen believed the Holly Spirit must be trusted to provide all that is needed, and the missionary has done his or here work and can move on.

I was really encouraged by this passage because even though our church is moving only 5 miles north, we cannot be the exact same church. We have to reach the community that we are going to, and we have to trust the Spirit to guide us in that path. We have to trust the Spirit more than our own cleverness or education of experience. Because what worked before is not guaranteed to work again. The Spirit is creative and wise enough to bring fresh ideas to reach the new community.

I am so excited to become Creekside Church, and I am eager to see how the Spirit transforms us and moves us.

God help us to trust you more. Amen!