Monthly Archives: August 2009

The New Face Of Atheism

Here is a post from Michael Spencer that seems to articulate the new face of atheism well. As great as watching William Lane Craig is, we need to turn around.


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When Do We Become Out Of Touch?

It is inevitable. At some point we will not have any clue what is going on in the world. I don’t care how often you check the most popular tweets, you will eventually be out of the loop. We need to deal with it and move on.

Many of you I am sure have seen the recent Beloit College Mindset List and everything that is says about incoming college freshmen. In case you missed it, bottom line is this:

  • The “green giant” brings up visions of Shrek not veggie picker.
  • Salsa has always outsold ketchup.
  • The KGB never officially existed.
  • They have never used a card catalog to find a book.
  • Gas stations never fixed flats but most serve cappuccino.

This is interesting to me, however not shocking since these studies have been going on since the 80s, but interesting none-the-less since I am in the place where I could go either way with some of them.  A specific example is the green giant. If you were to asks me who the green giant is…I would say the veggie picker. However, I do not remember hearing about a gas station fixing flats except for stories from my dad. Ah the beauty of being an Xer.

So you see, at some point we will be out of touch when we come to the place where we do not see the world as our kids do. It is going to happen at some point. So, are you ready for it? I don’t think I am…well, I am ready to use all those saying like “when I was your age” and “we used to have to …”

It will be great. I just wonder when it will happen.


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Camp Coldwell 09

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Our Town

78% of the music played in the family van comes from the Cars soundtrack. My son is enamored with all things Cars and whenever we get into the car, he asks Now, since the soundtrack is made up of regular music it isn’t usually a big deal. I have found that my ability to listen to the same song over and over grows as the  number of children grows. However a song that has been sitting on my mind lately is Our Town performed by James Taylor. This song speaks to the life of a town changing as society changes and the needs and desires of the people for their town changeas well. I began to think about the area that I live in. I grew up one town over from where I live now. After moving to various locations including out of state in TN, I ended up 15 minutes from where I grew up. So what is my responsibility? I have run into a few people that I knew years ago and in some cases have been able renew friendships. It leads me to wonder what my specific mission can be while here in this place. I am looking at a few local establishments and trying to see if there is an opportunity to live on mission in my community and to point to Jesus.

What do I see? I see at least two local bars that are close to both my house and the gathered worship location of my local church. What can I do in reference to these locations? I have a few ideas but I think that the best option is to hold a Fight Club in one of the locations on a regular basis. We can read the Bible, drink beer, and engage in bare knuckle brawling.

What are your thoughts? Any ideas? This needs to happen in this area. There are too many people who wouldn’t be seen in one of those locations and that is tragic. It’s time to fight.


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Nothing Much

OK here goes. Lord, we just ask that You come and minister to us in this place. We love You and ask that you just teach us Your desire for us. Just reach down and take a hold of us Lord. We come to You as people who need Your guidance and pray that You just lead our lives. We also pray Lord that you would just take our cares and….blah blah blah.

OK so how many of you do that? I am not sure what caused this to click in my mind this week, but why do we say just when speaking to God? I have a theory. We say the word just in order to make our requests sound like an afterthought. Oh Lord, just do this one little thing. I know You can do it so I am asking in a very pagan way in order to try and trick You into doing it. If I can convince You that it wouldn’t be a big deal, then You will do it without thinking.

This is pagan. When we try to manipulate God by choosing our words carefully, we are acting as pagans. I know, you have never tried to manipulate God in your prayers…liar. I can’t tell you how many times I have thrown just into the mix. Yeah I may not have specifically thought about what I was saying but I definitely can see where this attitude would infect my prayers.

Words mean something, pay attention the next time you pray. What words are you using? What do those words mean? Is God not so awesome that we should take care of the words we use to speak to Him?



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