Monthly Archives: August 2010

Are We Neighboring?

I have been wondering a lot about how learning about social media has developed into a must for anyone doing ministry.  So much in our lives is done through some sort of technology that is supposed to make our lives easier…though I would contend that the technology meant to free us really serves to enslave us (not a conspiracy theory, just an observation about human behavior).

I can’t help but wonder if all of these outlets, whether its facebook, myspace, email, texting etc. aren’t actually giving us a false sense of community.  I certainly like the fact that I can talk with friends all around the world, but I spend a lot time paying attention to what others who may live just down the street are doing.  Instead of stopping over and seeing them, I feel like I am keeping up with them by checking their statuses. For me this begs the question — Are we substituting virtual interaction with human face to face interaction and calling it community when in fact we aren’t really connecting with each other in any significant way?

I came across this verse in 2 John 1:12 yesterday:

Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.

John was using the technology of the day (letter writing) to communicate with those at a distance. However, that wasn’t good enough for him.  His joy wasn’t complete until he was able to see these folks face to face.  I think John is reminding us that letters are good but face to face interaction is better.  I think we can go a step beyond and say texting/email/facebook are good, but face to face is better.

I am not entirely sure how to strike the best balance all of the time, but I do think it is important that we get off our phones, computers, or whatever serves to keep you “connected” and as the folks in my former congregations described it, do some legitimate “neighboring”.

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You are Loved

I know I posted this video awhile back, but I was thinking about how much God Loves us and this song came to mind.

I hope you remember that you are loved today!


Mo-town…

Mountaineer Maniacs at the 2008 home game agai...

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Morgantown is bustling with its newly acquired WVU students.  It has been next to impossible traveling by car anywhere and college students can be seen everywhere from Burger king to Walmart. There is activity all around and the town seems excited to have back its cash cow – the students. Its exciting to have them back because that means Mountaineer football is not far behind.  The town will rally around its football team and Saturdays in the fall will be beyond crazy.

The atmosphere is certainly exciting, but I can’t help but wonder what will happen to WVU’s infamous #4 party ranking.  Will the students push towards #1 in this next year, or will they recognize that the college experience is more than sex, drugs (alcohol), and Rock and Roll. WVU has a reputation and from what I can tell it is well earned.

As the students are returning for another year, I ask that we all be in prayer for them and for the campus.


Yet again, got my butt kicked by Tozer today

A. W. Tozer managed to work me over pretty good today. I read the following passage and was challenged to think about what  little effort I put into my pursuit of God.

“The idea of cultivation and exercise, so dear to the saints of old, has now no place in our total religious picture.  It is too slow, too common.  We now demand glamour and fast flowing dramatic action.  A generation of Christians reared among push buttons and automatic machines is impatient of slower and less direct methods of reaching their goals.  We have been trying to apply machine age methods to our relations with God.  We read our chapter, have our short devotions and rush away, hoping to make up for our deep inward bankruptcy by attending another gospel meeting or listening to another thrilling story told by a religious adventurer returned from afar.

The tragic results of this spirit are all about us. Shallow lives, hollow religious philosophies, the preponderance of the element of fun in Gospel meetings, the glorification of men, trust in religious externalities, quasi-religious fellowships, salesmen methods, the mistaking of dynamic personality for the power of the Spirit: these and such as these are symptoms of an evil disease, a deep and serious malady of the soul.” (The Pursuit of God)

I am personally guilty of reading a chapter or two saying a a prayer and rushing off to some other task whether I have encountered God or not.  I can’t say it any better than Tozer, so I will let his words speak for themselves save this.  Perhaps our lives are hollow because we fill our lives with hollow things.

James 4:8:

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Maybe, just maybe, God feels distant, because we have not done what we need to come near to him.


Golden Girls

Yeah, that’s right. I am going there.  I know the testosterone levels of any man  may go down significantly after reading this post, but hear me out.  The Golden Girls are awesome…there…I said it.  Well — maybe not awesome, but there are definitely somethings we can learn from their theme song.  Check it out:

I think we all know the value of a good friend.  A person that we can share the joys and storms of life with can is priceless.  I have been very blessed because at for the most part, at every stage of life there has been someone in my life who walked the lonely road of life with me.  Not everyone has those kinds of friends.  I am truly thankful for all those people in my life that I call friend.

However, even when it appears that I don”t have a friend close at hand, I am reminded of the Old Hymn What a Friend We have in Jesus.  May we all find solace and comfort in our friend Jesus.  Jesus, thank you for being a friend.

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Ev’rything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Ev’rything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged,
Take it to the Lord in prayer:
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus Knows our every weakness,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge;
Take it to the Lord in prayer:
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee;
Thou wilt find a solace there.



For a Chuckle

Every once in a while I like to put up something that makes me chuckle.  As both a John Williams fan and a Star Wars fan, I enjoyed this a lot.  Thanks for showing it to me Roy.


C2…

Well, Its just about time for students to come back to WVU and for C2 (college church) to kick things off again. I wanted to take a few minutes and let you all know some important information about things  what will be happening as we gear up for the new semester.

Dates:

August 22nd — Welcome back Picnic at the C&MA church @ 6pm…bring lots of freinds

August 27th — Leadership team meeting at the Hawkins @ 6pm

August 29th — First C2 worship service of the year.

Web Pages:

http://www.c2wvu.org

http://www.cmachurch.net

http://www.ccojubilee.org

You can now follow C2 on Twitter at c2wvu

As you begin your new school year, meditate on these verses from Luke 1:78-79:

“Through the heartfelt mercies of our God,
God’s Sunrise will break in upon us,
Shining on those in the darkness,
those sitting in the shadow of death,
Then showing us the way, one foot at a time,
down the path of peace.” (The Message)