Archive for October, 2011

What iPad Apps and Why?

Posted: October 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

I’m sending out an all call.  What iPad apps do you use and why?  How do you use them?

Having just recently acquired my first iPad, I’m exploring all the ways this machine can benefit my life and ministry.  I’m curious what folk out there are using.  What apps ought I to look at?

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Got an iPad

Posted: October 24, 2011 in Technology

As the title says, I finally have an iPad. The church voted last Sunday to reallocate some funds for this purpose. Now learn how to use this thing.

Praying for the People of Libya

Posted: October 20, 2011 in Life

During Operation Desert Storm I was taken aback when someone in my church suggested we pray for Saddam Hussein. It wasn’t the suggestion I was surprised at; I was surprised the thought had never occurred to me before. Jesus taught his followers to love their enemies and pray for those who persecute them. My brother-in-law was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He came back telling stories of people so hungry they were willing to ignore their own religious dietary laws and eat a pork based MRE. Saddam Hussein was eventually captured and executed, but people still suffer. Osama Bin Laden was been executed and people still suffer. Muammar el-Qaddafi has now been killed and I’m sure people will continue to suffer.

An article in the New York Times described discrepancies between official reports of his death and images (both still and video) which have been circulating the Internet. “The conflicting accounts about how he was killed seemed to reflect an instability that could consume Libya long after the euphoria fades about the demise of Colonel Qaddafi.”

Pray for the people.

The Life of the Mind

Desiring God has begun transcribing and publishing some of Piper’s papers from when he was a college professor in the 70s.  I’m excited about this as they’re a bit more academic in nature but Piper stated in his tweet, “These pieces are so old they scare me.  Test all things.  Hold fast to what is good.”

I think I understand where Piper is coming from here.  When I look back at some of my writings from my twenties I’m sometimes a bit disturbed at what I was thinking – or what I thought was good theology.

Pipers tweet shows a humility which I appreciate about the man.  Though Piper is one of my favorite Bible teachers, I by no means swallow everything the man says whole without chewing it over.  Be like those in Berea he seems to be saying.

I Believe, Therefore I Cry Out

Posted: October 2, 2011 in Faith

I believed, even when I spoke,
“I am greatly afflicted”;
(Psalm 116:10 ESV)

There are a couple ways to read this, and apply it to our lives.

1) I believed and so I said, “I am greatly afflicted.” Read this way, it is belief that casuses the believer to speak, to cry out to God. Humanity seems to instinctively seek to call out to something greater than itself in times of intense stress. The Christian calls out to God the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ.

2) Even when I said, “I am greatly afflicted,” I still believed. Cryout out in affliction is not a lack of faith. Just because we say, “This sucks and I can’t take it anymore,” doesn’t mean we have ceased to believe. We don’t need to feel guilty for being upset over a life circumstance. Job was upset and even told God so. God did not hold it against him, nor was it considered turning his back on God as Satan had expected Job to do.

Not only is it okay to call out to God when we are suffering, He expects us to. It’s okay to complain to God. It’s okay to rant and cry. We are emotional because God is emotional. He understands — and as this psalmist reminds us, he gives ear to our cry.

Christian Charity Fund

Posted: October 1, 2011 in Church, Family

We just got back from a Christian Charity Fund fundraiser held at the Nebraska Prairie Museum in Holdrege. We didn’t really look around the museum, we just ate, talked with some folk and came home. We wouldn’t let the kids run around and play (yes, we’re mean, strict parents). Abbie stated that she didn’t have a very good time at the museum. I explained to her that the purpose of having lunch there wasn’t to have fun but to support the Christian Charity Fund.

The various churches in Phelps County have one of the best cooperative spirits I’ve seen anywhere. Our local ministerial association is comprised of everything from Roman Catholic to Pentecostal and just about everything in between. While recognizing our various denominational and theological distinctives, we also understand that “there is one body and one Spirit…one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6 ESV).

One of the ways the various churches work together is through the Christian Charity Fund. We’ve established a central fund, that our various churches support, which helps people out in times of need. This provides one central location for people to receive financial assistance making it easier for them to receive what they need and also provides financial accountability.

Once Abbie understood the purpose for going, she brightened up and felt much different about the whole experience. Lesson for Papa – next time explain the purpose for something before hand.