Total Dad Brag

I’m really proud of my daughter, Morgan. She is a Freshman at West Georgia and as her mom commented about her, she has blossomed wherever she has been planted. The University took an essay she wrote for a scholarship and turned it into a commercial script. Thank you UWG for doing an amazing job of filming a beautiful soul. Way to go Mo!

Christian Truckers Network Broadcast

Thanks to Steve and the Christian Truckers Network for having me on their radio broadcast on Friday night. I shared “A Whale of a Tale!”

I loved being a part of this as I remember my Uncle Roy who was a long-haul trucker and an avid fisherman – a combination that makes for a great storyteller!

Listen and enjoy.

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/14710571

Podcast Survey

I need your help. I am currently working on developing a new podcast. If you don’t know what a podcast is, it is like a radio show tailor-made for specific audiences that is broadcast on apps such as Apple’s iTunes podcast or Stitcher. Personally, I listen to podcasts rather than the radio because it allows me to choose topics that interest me. Currently, I listen to Revitalize and Replant as well as Rainer on Leadership with Thom Rainer. I also enjoy EntreLeadership from Ramsey solutions and Freakonomics Radio from WNYC studios.

So, if I were to enter the fray of the podcast world, what would you like to hear? And by the way, if you are interested, you can subscribe to our Liberty podcast and hear all of the sermons preached there by clicking here.  Thanks for your help.

The “Me” Monster Church Has Become (from David Prince)

David Prince has posted an article to the ERLC website that I think needs to be seriously considered. The longer I am in pastoral ministry the more I feel like an event planner instead of a  minister of the Word (Acts 6:2).  My week looks less and less like that of the apostles and more and more like that of a cruise ship director.  The staff spends more time choosing whether the next fellowship meal will be chicken or burgers than it does in prayer.  I think this is only symptomatic of the mindset of today’s consumer driven, Me-centric church.  I am appreciative of David for sharing his thoughts on how this mindset is especially impacting church ministry and preaching.  

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A morally Christianized narcissism has invaded many churches where congregants read the Bible and hear sermons in a pursuit of individualized self-improvement. Corporate worship is often understood as a matter of convenience in assembling individual Christians who seek individualized answers to individualized questions. The result is a malformed expression of Christianity in which the church is seen simply as a tool to help each individual grow spiritually. Thus, the church exists to provide us the support we need for our personal discipleship.

Read the rest at: http://erlc.com/article/the-me-monster-unleashed-in-todays-churches.

How Should Same-Sex Marriage Change the Church’s Witness? (From Russell Moore)

The Supreme Court has now ruled on two monumental marriage cases, and the legal and cultural landscape has changed in this country. The court voted to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and remand the decision of the Ninth Circuit in the Proposition 8 case, holding that California’s Proposition 8 defenders didn’t have standing. The Defense of Marriage Act decision used rather sweeping language about equal protection and human dignity as they apply to the recognition of same-sex unions. But what has changed for us, for our churches, and our witness to the gospel?
In one sense, nothing. Jesus of Nazareth is still alive. He is calling the cosmos toward his kingdom, and he will ultimately be Lord indeed. Regardless of what happens with marriage, the gospel doesn’t need “family values” to flourish. In fact, it often thrives when it is in sharp contrast to the cultures around it. That’s why the gospel rocketed out of the first-century from places such as Ephesus and Philippi and Corinth and Rome, which were hardly Mayberry.
Read the rest at Russell Moore’s, Moore to the Point.

Raising Wimps

By Hara Estroff Marano, published on November 01, 2004 – last reviewed on February 19, 2013

Parents are going to ludicrous lengths to take the bumps out of life for their children. However, parental hyperconcern has the net effect of making kids more fragile; that may be why they’re breaking down in record numbers.

Maybe it’s the cyclist in the park, trim under his sleek metallic blue helmet, cruising along the dirt path… at three miles an hour. On his tricycle.

Or perhaps it’s today’s playground, all-rubber-cushioned surface where kids used to skin their knees. And… wait a minute… those aren’t little kids playing. Their mommies—and especially their daddies—are in there with them, coplaying or play-by-play coaching. Few take it half-easy on the perimeter benches, as parents used to do, letting the kids figure things out for themselves.

Then there are the sanitizing gels, with which over a third of parents now send their kids to school, according to a recent survey. Presumably, parents now worry that school bathrooms are not good enough for their children.

Read the rest at:  http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200411/nation-wimps