Friday, March 27, 2009

Welcome to Mikayla!

Well our new niece is finally here! Mikayla Ann was born on Tuesday at 9:23! She weighs 8lbs. and 4oz. She was 20.5 inches long. (the exact length of Miss Addie) She's adorable and we finally get to play Aunt and Uncle. She has beautiful long hair and is successfully dirtying lots of diapers for daddy Phil. hehehe...We love her already. Go ahead and oogle...







Ghost Addie

This is what happens when Mommy tries to fold the sheets. Out comes ghost Addie. Not even remotely close to Halloween either. hilarious...



Evasdroping in 2nd Grade...

Excerpt from card to Mrs. Medved:
"I'm so excited you're having a baby. I think Addie and probably your new baby are really cute."

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pandora vomited on me

So for you Pandora users out there, you ever get barfed on by Pandora? You know what I mean, you've got a station based on tobymac, and it is playing a sweet mix of toby, dcTalk, newsboys, etc, then suddenly it plays 6 songs in a row of no-name awful bands? Or gospel from 1940? Usually Pandora is pretty good, but sheesh, when I run out of "thumbs down"s, you know it is bad.

Monday, March 16, 2009

"The Single Greatest Cause of Athiesm"

Heard this in an old dcTalk song, which it turns out is a quote from Brennan Manning:

"The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, and walk out the door, and deny him with their life style. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable."

There is a ton of back-and-forth about this out there on the internets. Most atheists say "no, no it is Reason/Logic/Thinking that causes athiesm". I pretty much disagree.

I think what he is saying goes pretty deep, but basically means this - we don't walk the talk. Most of us anyways. I can see why CVC is so focused on discipleship this year - we don't want to be a church full of people that deny Christ with our lifestyle. I've been thinking alot lately about what a shame it is to have wasted the life we are given to us by God... when we get to Heaven and we're like, "But Jesus, I took a lot of sweet vacations! Look at these TVs! My house was always clean! My kids wore the best clothes! We didn't do any of those bad things those bad people do! What? The BMW? Well, you know, I thought I deserved it...", how many of us will miss out on the "Well done, my good and faithful servant"?

Have you ever met one of those people that takes Jesus seriously? Man, you just know it when you meet them. There is something about what they do that is inspiring, that is undeniable... that is what I think Manning means...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It is getting bad out there - Tent Cities

So if you haven't heard, tent cities have started springing up all over the country.

Here are some links with pictures and video:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26776283/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnnOOo6tRs8

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29528182/displaymode/1107/s/2

This is incredible, and ridiculous... the Church needs to get out there and start helping people. I'm serious - we need to start looking at what we can give up, sell, do cheaper, not purchase, etc to start helping these people. Skip your vacation this year. Pass on that new computer/TV/bluray. The Church can shine when times are bad like this!

Don't think it won't happen here... from one of the above articles, there is a tent city starting outside of Columbus. I'm thinking through what I can do to help - what about you? Any ideas?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Fakers?

I read an article on CNN the other day, which Pastor Rick quoted today on his blog:

"The number of Americans who identify themselves as Christians has dropped significantly over the past 20 years — while 15 percent of U.S. residents now say they have “no” religion, a newly released survey reveals."

My question - do you think there are less ACTUAL Christians, or it is just more socially acceptable to admit you don't believe in God? I wonder if those people who now say "no religion" were people who weren't actually converts - they were just part of the church because their parents were, and going to church was what "good people" did.

I'm not too worried about this report because I think my previous point is true... I'd rather have the "fakers" out of the closet so we can get to the business of actually converting them for real. I'd rather they identify themselves as Christian when they really know what is up with Jesus, not just "Cuz my parents were Christian."

I mean, seriously, I'd rather not have a bunch of liars saying they are Christian but not really being so.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Thoughts on Marriage and Faith

So we've started a new book in our Community Group @ church called "Sacred Marriage" and it got me thinking. One thing that becomes totally obvious within a couple years of being married is that the battle for a good marriage is won or lost in the day to day stuff. What I mean by this is that while the "Oh my gosh, I can't believe you got me this/took me here/made me that" romantic moments are really awesome, it is the willingness to get off your duff and do the dishes that makes the difference every day. Add kids to the mix and this really become true... I can't tell you how much it means to me when Jen will do something a little extra like pack Addie's bag or take out the trash (usually my jobs).

If you haven't learned that yet, there is your golden nugget for the day - I seriously doubt you can have a good marriage w/o knowing and practicing the "do the daily stuff" philosophy.

Next thought - the Bible uses marriage as one way of describing our relationship to Jesus. We (collectively) are called Jesus' bride... so like, we're sort of in a marriage-like relationship right? This makes total sense in hindsight- the relationship is only as good as the day-to-day stuff, just like our regular marriages. Not every day with him (Christ) is a crying your eyes out, touched by God, hallejuah-amen experience. On the regular days, it is the reading the Bible, praying, worshiping, fasting, etc on that keeps us connected and in healthy relationship.

The weird thing is this - if your "marriage" with Jesus isn't going so good, your marriage to your wife is almost certainly not going to be going so well. Conversely, if you're straight w/ Jesus, you find being a servant in your marriage to be an easier endeavor.

Go figure.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Kansas Friends have Baby!




Many of you know that Mike and I are on crazy baby watch lately. We're obviously waiting for our niece Mikayla, but we've also been waiting for several friends' babies. Well our friends Chad and Sondra (from Kansas) had their baby. Chad and Sondra didn't know the baby's gender and he came last week! His name is Luke. Isn't he cute? We're so excited that our little boy will have someone to play trucks and swords with. After all...there are a lot of girls around us! Thanks for evening out the gender odds guys! If you're baby crazy...check out their blog for more adorable pics. They're also going to teach us how to NOT let your baby boy pee on the wall...right as soon as they figure that one out...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Evasdroping in 2nd Grade...

Conversation overheard in my classroom. Names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Nuh-uh
Yuh-huh
Yuh-huh there are such things as aliens. Ben* saw one in his back yard last week.
It was white and it was naked.
You can ask him if you want.