Genesis 38

so this Sunday we are talking about one of the weirdest chapters in the entire bible. Judah and Tamar, what a messed up story, and yet through it all God’s plan for the redemption of the world moved forward. Jesus was born centuries later from this point, but this odd and disturbingly human story was the catalyst.

Wow, even when we don’t know what’s going ok in our lives god is still orchestrating the details of our lives. It’s stories like this make me want to be a Calvinist, because it shows how sovereign God really is. But well I haven’t made this jump yet.

Beatles and Jesus

I read this interesting article over at Think Christian about John Lennon and Christianity.  I left a comment in their discussion too.  I have felt for a long time that one of the biggest mistakes the church made during the 20th Century was rejecting Rock ‘n Roll.  And I think the worship wars are a symptom of that mistake.  That thinking is hurting the church in huge ways.

Whether or not the Beatle’s fully understood the teachings of Christ or not is inconsequential because in rejecting the people who like Rock ‘n Roll we were not obeying the teachings of Christ either.

Ezekiel – God’s Hand Was On Him

I was reading this evening from Ezekiel.  I just started going through this book and in a couple of passages, it says, The Hand of God Was On Him.  How cool is that.  If you know that Hand of God is on you, what can’t you do?  If you know the Hand of God is on you, that’s the greatest strength, grace and passion that you could ever experience.  I pray that I would be able to live in such a way that the Hand of God is always on me.  

Also I noticed that when Ezekiel was in God’s presence he was face down, prostrate before the LORD.  And it says, the Spirit Picked him up.  It made me think that perhaps God wants us on our feet when he’s talking to us, so that we can be ready to move as he leads us.  

Man I love Ezekiel.  Such a powerful book.  God does some crazy stuff in this book, And Ezekiel could always know that God’s hand was on him.  Awesome.

Grad School Here I Come

I got the phone call today that I was accepted to the Master of Arts in Theology and Culture program at Northwest University.  Woo-Hoo!  I had a feeling I would be accepted but now I know.  Hopefully I can get the money together some way or another.  Prayers and donations are appreciated.

One of my strengths is Learning.  When I am in an environment where I am constantly learning I feel like I can thrive in other areas.  I know this is going to be a huge time commitment but when am I not going to be less busy than I am right now?

Vintage Jesus – Review

Mark Driscoll is one of the most influential pastors in the Seattle area, and arguably the country.  As he says he puts the fun in fundamentalism.  I’ve been listening to his sermons for years and I have read his blog and his books as they are available.  I have posted about some of my disagreements with Driscoll, but by and large I appreciate what Mars Hill has accomplished in our city and the focus that they have brought to church planting.

Mark’s latest book Vintage Jesus is a fresh, witty, and at times combative Christology.  Driscoll and Breshears have taken the Study of Jesus and made it fresh and accessible to a whole new generation.  That is the great thing about this book.

However I did feel a little cheated because I listened to this sermon series when it was first preached, and I hoped the book would be a little more, but it wasn’t.  So if reading isn’t your cup of tea you can catch the content here.

Either way this book is good to have in your library.  I believe it will prove to be a valuable resource in my ministry, and I will probably turn to it many times when I need a scripture reference on Prophecy of Jesus, or what Jesus accomplished on the Cross.

You can buy Vintage Jesus at amazon, Barnes and Noble, or any christian retailer.