Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Okay, so here’s a bit of levity. One of our elders, Skeets Simonis, made a point during a Session meeting that perhaps I was pushing the pace of our meetings a bit beyond what the normal comfort level had been previously. We’ve all had a good-hearted laugh at each other during some of the meetings to ensure that everyone is getting a chance to give input, but also that motions, input and discussion doesn’t languish on indefinitely. Jonathan Barnette, James Parker and me produced this video as a fun introduction to the Elder’s retreat held last weekend in Fort Payne, Alabama. Suffice to say we laughed until we wept.
Here are the Lyrics:
Skeets said, “Slow Down! youʼre movinʼ too fast.
Weʼve got to make our meetings last”
he said, “Sit Down,…
Monday, June 13, 2011
In honor of the amount of traveling I’ve been doing this past week to General Assembly and now on to RYM in Colorado I offer to you ‘Airport Day’ a poem written by yours truly to help me cope with travel weirdness. It’s mostly based on what people wear while they travel!
What was she thinking?
What was he thinking?
What are they thinking about me?
Stripper, gotta be.
I’m 60, I mean 30, thanks Doc!
Busier than everybody else man.
Mr. Professional traveler.
I brought my kids, eh.
Beep, Beep, Beep.
Riders like Royalty whisked through the terminal.
I guess you have to be…
Or Very fat.
Can I have a ride?
Please don’t let that one be next to me…
Please no, please no, please no!
Mr. Know it all.
Mr. Dark Lord of death.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
I was driving on my way to work and saw this sign. I passed three of them before I stopped and took a photo. In my mind all I could envision was a cat like “Puss in Boots” but with a tuxedo, cumberbund and bow tie, perhaps a small tophat and a walking cane strolling through Jones Valley singing Sinatra’s “I’ve got the world on a string”, “...I’ve got the world on a string…sitiin’ on a rainbow, got the string around my finger…what a world, what a life….I’m in LOVE!” Hit it boys!!! Then a chorus of mice join in…bop, bop, bopity bop….
Here’s your challenge: Come up with the most creative story of what the cat was doing, who he was with, etc…you may also consider other ‘parallel’ stories i.e. Lost German Shepherd wearing semi-formal attire, white dinner jacket…. or Lost Rabbit wearing cocktail dress and heels…
P.S. Please don’t…
Monday, November 07, 2011
James Parker, our lead musician sent me the text of this song last week. Of all the songs ever written about either I am convinced that this would be a favorite of both. I could definitely see the Younger Brother in Luke 15 writing a song like this if the story had been set in modern times…
George Jones and Jesus are two heros of mine.
One is only human but the other one divine.
When I could not find a friend I found out that I had two.
George Jones and Jesus pulled me through.
When a man is on the bottom he may not cry for help.
But he needs to know he’s not alone in hell all by himself.
Those songs old George was singing they some how eased the hurt.
And Jesus did not turn me out when a bar room was my church.
George Jones and Jesus are two heros of mine.
Jesus+Nothing = Everything
“Jesus + Nothing = Everything will remind you of the ancient yet ever-fresh truth that everything we need is found in the perfections of Christ—not in ourselves, not in our reputation, our relationships or wealth or accomplishments—in Christ alone. If you’ve never rested in the finished work of Christ this book is for you. If you’ve rested in it for decades like I have, this book is for you, too. Why? Because we forget; And, although we love Jesus, we’re blind to the ways in which his work connects to our daily lives and we wonder why joy and zeal are foreign concepts to us.” -Elyse Fitzpatrick
A Scandalous Freedom
Get ready to be bothered by the Gospel. Steve Brown teaches grace in a way that gets under your skin—- Reading Brown is like having a gospel hair in your mouth of your conscience. The more it bothers you the more beautiful the pearl produced will be
The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification
From the publisher: “It is a deep and rich biblical study of sanctification - how Christians grow in holiness and become more like Jesus. In a day when Christians are very prone to pursue self-help methods to grow in obedience to Christ, Walter Marshall lays out the biblical way of growth: obedience comes as Christians live by grace, in union with Christ, by faith.” This book influenced me PROFOUNDLY on the topic of sanctification. The Modern-English re-write makes this a TOP PICK for 2011!
12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (like me)
I ‘accidentally’ picked up this book simply for the title alone. I grew to hate it quickly. It hit a little ‘too close to home.’ Fischer’s book plunges the scalpel of self-awareness and need for deep repentance deep into the hard hearts of Pharisees like ME!
- Redeemer Presbyterian Church
Ricky Jones is the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a trophy of grace. If you want to listen to bold preaching by a man who knows his sin, knows his weaknesses and trusts only Jesus to take what he says and use it to God’s glory then you are heading in the right direction. The preaching is bold, the preacher is humble and you will be blessed.
- Key Life Ministries
Steve Brown is not the most subtle guy you will ever meet. If I were to write an S.A.T. question about Steve this is how it would go: Steve Brown is to legalism what a child hopped-up on cake and ice cream is to an pinata! I love this guy. Check out his website and fair warning: you are not heading to a ‘SAFE’ little Christian site!
- Coral Ridge Presbyterian
As one comment on iTunes said: “Tullian preaches the Gospel in an unadulterated and undomesitcated way…The way it should be preached!”
- Mockingbird Blog
Mockingbird is a ministry that seeks to connect the Christian faith with the realities of everyday life in as fresh and down-to-earth a way possible.
- White Horse Inn
White Horse Inn is a multimedia catalyst for reformation. We believe that each generation must rediscover and apply the gospel to their own time. We long to see a second reformation take hold of our churches and return them to the God-honoring, Christ-centered, Spirit-wrought places of worship they should be.
- On Earth as it is in Heaven
William Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) is a Florida native, the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and a grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham.
Smith is the founding Pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN, avid writer, prolific blogger and tweeter. His nuggets of Gospel wisdom are seasoned by years of service to the Bride. He is gentle and very purposed in his every comment.