Sunday, November 18, 2007

an alternate city

"Jesus lost the city that was so that you and I can be citizens of the city that is to come, and that makes us salt and light in the city that is."
-Tim Keller

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Flight of the Conchords

Ok, if you are not yet familiar with Flight of the Conchords, welcome.
Check this out, it is fantastic:

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Thursday, May 10, 2007

love?

"But what we called love down there was mostly the craving to be loved. In the main I loved you for my own sake: because I needed you."
The Great Divorce


is this reflective of our own lives?

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Circle of Life

I don't think I can preface this too much. These are my boys in the Beta Sigma fraternity at Grove City College. Had I not transferred, I would have been up there singing with them.



I love these guys.

Monday, April 23, 2007

abandoning the city

For a number of reasons, the city has been on my mind very much recently. The city, as Webster puts it, is "a large or important town". Chris Gonzalez is currently posting blog entries about the city. I found the links below directly from his blog, they are sermons from Tim Keller. Tim Keller is a founding pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Because of this, he is an excellent resource in viewing the city through the lens of the gospel:

The Meaning of the City
Should I Not Love That Great City?
Love for the City
These are excellent sermons.


Also, here is more history about the abandoned church:


When I went to Gary, Indiana in the summer of 2003, I went inside the church above. It was previously a booming church, City Methodist Church. Here is its history:
City Methodist Church

The website says this, "Social change in the 1960s affected the church, and by 1973 the congregation had dwindled to 300 members."

What happened in the 1960s?
Richard G. Hatcher became mayor of Gary, Indiana in 1968. He was one of the nation's first African-American mayors. He served as mayor until 1987.

The guy who brought us to City Methodist Church told us about how after Mr. Hatcher became mayor, many white businesses and families started moving out of the city.
The story of this church is no different.

This is the wrong response of the church. Listen to those Tim Keller sermon. He will clearly lay out the call of the Christ follower to "seek the peace and prosperity of the city."

Go to this website and click on the link to see more pictures of the church, they are powerful.
http://www.forbidden-places.be/urban_exploration_gary_indiana_ghost_town
You can also find pictures of the School and Theatre that are connected to the church.



This is not how it is supposed to be.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

old school

I don't have a deep post right now.
But I do have some pictures of old school-ness.
I am young, and often think my own ways are right. But then I realize that wisdom comes with age, and I am quite inexperienced in life.
So here are some pictures of things which are older than me.

Also, I am moving out of my family's house. Exciting.
I'll be a short bike ride away from campus.


Anyway, the pictures:

This elevator wall has the most old-school buttons I have ever seen. This is in Hadyen Library, ASU. Taken with the cell phone.



This is a building in St. Louis, Missouri. It has a history, but I don't know it. Also taken with the cell phone camera.



Gary, Indiana - this abandoned church used to thrive... until the town got a black mayor (I believe the first in the U.S.) in the 60's and the white folks moved out of the city. This breaks my heart.



This unassuming building was built in 1568 (as it says above the door). Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.


This is a cathedral in Prague. I don't know its name, but Prague is legit.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

the prosperity gospel part 2

Your Best Life Now.

Joel Osteen seems to believe that somehow you can find your best life now.
On the website for Lakewood Church, the page heading says "Discover the Champion in You"

For some reason, I have this idea in my head that my best life will be in heaven, praising my Lord. Also, for some reason I am pretty sure that I am not the Champion. Without sounding too cheesy, I believe Christ is the Champion. Paul, in I Cor. 2:2, says "For I decided to know nothing among you except Christ and him crucified." This is the Paul that many hold in high regard.
He held Christ in high regard. I Cor 1:14-17 says
"I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power."

Jesus did not have a hummer. As far as I know, Jesus didn't really own anything. He just walked around with some dudes and talked to a bunch of people. Yet today we have people proclaiming a Jesus that brings wealth. In John 10:10b, Jesus says "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." Abundance? Does he mean wealth? Coming from a guy that had nothing, I doubt it.

Joel Osteen has sold over 4 million copies of his book.
You need to check out this article in Time Magazine:

Does God Want You To Be Rich?


I found a good response to this article, here is an excerpt:
"The basic movement of the gospel is clear: self-denial and self-sacrifice rather than self-fulfillment. We follow one who had no place to lay his head, who warned us that life does not consist in the abundance of things, who told a wealthy man to sell all and give to the poor, who insisted that we cannot have two masters (God and $$). Followers of Christ in other cultures have often lost all as a result of their faithfulness to him." - Preacher Mike

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

the prosperity gospel part 1

I will now begin a series of posts on prosperity and the gospel. This is a frustrating topic for me, when thinking about America.

First, here are some quotes...

Job, in his final appeal, says this:
"If I have made gold my trust or called fine gold my confidence, if I have rejoiced because my wealth was abundant or because my hand had found much, if I have looked at the sun when it shone, or the moon moving in splendor, and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my mouth has kissed my hand, this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges, for I would have been false to God above." Job 31. 24-28

Cotton Mather said this,
"Religion begat prosperity and the daughter devoured the mother"