Monday, July 25, 2005

Light blogging ahead!

Working on a group paper for Econ, and still working towards my PMP cert. So, blogging will be light in the next week or two.

In the meantime, can anyone explain to me how Napoleon Dynamite garnered a reputation as a funny movie? Worst. Movie. Ever.

Well, maybe not that bad, but I would've walked out of the theater before the half-way point had I gone the theater route. I'm just glad DVD rentals make watching bad movies less costly.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Not of This World

I love politics.

There, I said it, and feel better now that I've gotten that off my chest. Times like these fascinate me, what with a SCOTUS nominee forthcoming (by all recent accounts, John G. Roberts, Jr. is the guy but I'm not going to go with that until I hear from President Bush himself - too many rumors today.) I find it fascinating to see people across the spectrum offer up arguments, analysis and (too often) inanity on the various events that define our times. Give me a topic, and I'll either have an opinion, or I'll inform myself to the point where I can have one I feel comfortable defending.

But. As much as I love a good debate on political and social issues, I refuse to align myself with one political party over another. And I try earnestly to listen to the smart folks on any side of a given issue. For all my fascination with politics - and my deep love of this country - I can't, in the end take it too seriously.

So why...would a political junky not align with a political party? Why would I avoid getting into deep political concerns? Well, part of the reason is pointed out in this recent David Brooks piece, where he points out something interesting about judge Michael McConnell: "he [McConnell] begins with the frank admission that religion is a problem in a democracy. Religious people feel a loyalty to God and to the state, and sometimes those loyalties conflict."

I absolutely, wholeheartedly agree. I am a patriot and love this country. I think it the greatest in the history of the earth in many respects. I honor and respect our leaders, even when their conduct is not becoming. God placed these men and women over me and I need to respect that - and try to - even when I disagree with them. I would never act subversively, or attack this country - and in fact if called to would do my part to defend it.

But this is not where my ultimate allegiance lies. I am a citizen of God's kingdom, an alien and stranger in this world. God has placed even the rulers of the U.S. under Jesus Christ. My ultimate loyalty and citizenship are of a kingdom far greater than even this great nation, ruled by one above even our president.

(This is not to say at all that I am looking to impose a theocracy in this land, as some might think. After all, the Bible is quite clear that we need to submit to the authorities God has placed over us, and commands nothing like a theocracy. Instead, we are to accept whatever form of government we find ruling over us. We are also to obey them for their benefit, and to pray for them. The caveat is that we cannot abide injustice, and must stand up for Godly principles and concern for others. However, our tools against those wrongs need to be of persuasion and compassion, not of violence or anger.)

This ultimate allegiance keeps me mindful of being careful about other allegiances I make. I choose my loyalties carefully, as the one I claim as highest puts demands on me that should not be tied to lesser things. I choose to be loyal to the U.S., and will gladly do so - but my loyalty there must, as with all loyalties, be secondary to my loyalty to God. And this loyalty does not extend to any political party. Instead, I strive to remain true to God first, country and family second - and so far I've been blessed to live in a country where these priorities do not conflict greatly. I thank God for placing me in a nation where I have liberty to serve and worship Him freely, and where I can peacefully advocate for morality, peace, justice, love and mercy.

I don't have anything against those who align with one political party or another based on religious motives, and I can certainly understand the view of those who see politics as a place where they can be influential on behalf of their faith. But God is sovereign over all, and it is to Him that I owe all that I have. I'm glad He blessed me with the opportunity to live in this land, and I am proud to be an American - imperfect though this nation often is. Someday, though, I'll be going home. This is not my world - it's but a waystop between birth and eternity.

God bless!

Monday, July 18, 2005

Trippin' 'Round the 'Sphere - 7/18 Edition

Yes, I know I have posted a few of these lately, but (a) there's been so much good material posted elsewhere of late, and (b) I've been heads-down in my Econ class (and prepping for my PMP certification exam) that...oh, you don't need to hear another story of how someone doesn't have time to blog. On his blog.

But really, there is a great deal of good material out there lately, and I'd be remiss if I didn't point it out. So fasten the reading glasses, and let's take a trip.

Adrian Warnock has posted the results of his challenge on authority, gender and the bible. Yours truly is humbled to be in such good company.

Rev-Ed chimes in on a discussion taking place over at Evangelical Update. There, Alice posts a question about the seeming difference between the OT God and the NT God. Rev-Ed answers with a resounding they're the same God. I wholeheartedly agree. (I lost a comment or two in the comments, so may end up posting a response here as well Still mulling it over.)

How do video games paint a picture of the Gospel? Soldado tells us in this post. That's one of the best things I've gleaned from this whole bloggin' thing - there are a multitude of creative ways to make an intelligent point.

Evangelicals and Catholics - either fellowship and brotherhood, or apoplexy about differences in theology. RazorsKiss asks for input on how Evangelicals see Catholics (and maybe vice versa?)

The serious side of Scott Ott (and Scrappleface is one of the funniest satire sites on the planet) is pretty impressive too. See if this isn't a ministry worth supporting - with prayer or prayer and funds.

God bless!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Trippin' 'Round the 'Sphere - 7/14 Edition

Christian Carnival is up at a ticking time blog. As usual, myriad entries on myriad topics, with this week's organizing theme being baseball. Now that's what I call a good theme!

Early favorites (I'll probably be reading through the weekend to catch 'em all) are"

This post at Viewpoint talking about the folly of saying there's not enough evidence for God. It always amazes me when I hear folks say they'd believe if only God would, you know, write a letter directly to them in the clouds, or appear in person with 3 forms of government issue id. Yet these same folks believe in a lot of other things without requiring the same level of proof.

Pro-Life, Continued is a post at The Common Room that covers an interesting (portion of a) dialogue between a pro-choicer and a pro-lifer.

Louie Marsh talks about how being true to self isn't being true to God. Very valid point.

Scripture poetry - what a grand idea!

And what Christian Carnival would be complete without a post hitting on some stuff C.S. Lewis wrote about? Namely, fellow MOBster Doug, at Apprehension, discusses how we know right and wrong - but don't always do what is right.

Have fun reading...there's much more good stuff where this came from.

God bless!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Trippin' 'Round the 'Sphere - 7/12 Edition

The Christian Carnival is going to be at a ticking time blog this week. Entry deadline is tonight for those of you who like those last-minute deadlines.

The winners are announced at Adrian Warnock's blog. The winners of a free ESV, that is. Difficult to beat the Word of God as a free gift. (Although the free gift discussed within the Bible is the best of all.) Adrian put in a lot of good work in a series on the ESV, the last post of which is here. Links to earlier posts included in that one.

Cross Blogging's symposium this week offers these tantalizing questions:

  1. Why has our society become less loving, so selfish, so intolerant, so uncommitted to anything outside of individual gain?

  2. Why are we so full of selfish ambition and vain conceit?

  3. Is this “perfect” society a place where any of us would want to live?

To find out the inspiration for the question, and the "society" about which these questions are asked, visit the symposium. Then, think and write your own post (says the guy giving orders on this here blog.)

Dory at Wittenberg Gate gives us this wonderful picture of why God wants us to do good instead of doing it all Himself. I love word pictures like this...only hope that I can identify teachable moments so well.

Matt, at Stones Cry Out talks about an issue that ties into my environment series of not-too-long-ago. And there's a new SCO contributor: Thecla Mauro. Welcome her over there, and read her stuff.

There are some interesting discussions going on at Evangelical Update and Idle Rambling Thoughts. The thing I appreciate most is the civility of the participants. The current topic is overpopulation.

Speaking of topics and discussion, I'm still soliciting feedback on yesterday's question: gambling - sin? Or something along that line. I tend to think, as I say in the comments, state sponsorship or casino gambling brings along a lot of problems that are unrecognized costs to society. And, that they enable gambling addiction (as do all other forms, true). Not to mention the whole stewardship of our $ issue. But the details about "casual gambling" are where I start to get a little less clear in how I feel about it. Is losing $50 in a friendly card game between friends taking the opportunity to hang out different, morally, from spending $50 on dinner and a movie? So...your thoughts appreciated.

God bless!

Monday, July 11, 2005

Wanna Bet?

I dunno, maybe this post would be better served as a topic over at Evangelical Update. I've been kinda tossing something back and forth a bit of late, and am curious about your views. And by "your" I mean anyone who feels like commenting or emailing me.

Gambling. Many Christians are against it. Others are for it. We have a governor, for instance, who's an Evangelical Christian from all accounts, yet is dabbling in ways to draw tax revenue from casinos, or opening one owned by the state. Some think it's a major sin, others see it as a harmless pasttime (excepting, of course, those who do become addicted.)

Leaving aside the addiction cases, is gambling in general a sin? Or something else, left as a "debatable matter" which should be left to the believer's conscience?

As an aside, I'm not a casino guy myself, and tend to think state ownership of one (or state running of lotteries) is a bad idea. But other than that, am rather up in the air about it.

Thanks for your thoughts!

God bless!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

I Love Softball, but...

...I can't wait for my wife's league to be over so I can start attending the occassional MOB gathering at Keegan's. You know, meet some of the other Minnesota bloggers, play a little trivia - the usual. (And I'm not just saying that so they don't kick me out of the MOB until I've had a chance to get over to Keegan's and meet the guys in person.)

Being part Irish, Keegan's appeals to me as a meeting place.

Tonight, though, for those of you in the Cities is a special event for MOB'ers. (MOBsters? MOB-ites?) From the Elder himself:

"While we know that everyone is caught up with the horrible news coming out of London, we still wanted to take a moment and remind our local readers that there will be a fundraiser for Soldiers' Angels tonight at Keegan's Irish Pub in Minneapolis. Here are the details:

Where: Keegan's on Hennepin and University in Minneapolis

When: 8pm-???

What: All American Trivia Night and fundraiser for Soldiers' Angels. Reps from SA will be on hand to collect donations and a portion of the night's drink specials will go toward the cause.

Thanks for your support.

UPDATE: My wife caught this at the Soldiers' Angels web site:

Soldiers' Angels currently supports thousands of American Service Members stationed wherever we raise our Country's Flag and the number is growing daily. We also work tirelessly supporting our Wounded Soldiers, with transitional backpacks, personal visits, phone calls, etc. Additionally, we send our thanks via letters and email to the military of Great Britain, Poland and Australia who serve by our soldiers side in Iraq."

A wonderful cause. If you're in the area, stop by and show SA your support.

Trippin' 'Round the 'Sphere - 7/7 Edition

After writing the novella that is yesterday's post, I'm not inclined to write anything in depth. So, let's just go trippin' around.

Pray for the victims of the attack in London. I can't understand at all the desperation or hatred that goes into such attacks. May God's glory be revealed in the aftermath, and may healing be quick.

Speaking of London, and yesterday's post, Adrian is okay - and he's extended the challenge deadline by a week. So, you can now write your own novella.

Rey at The Bible Archive has posted this week's Christian Carnival with a Jedi theme. Interesting choice, and being the SW geek I am, I found it an entertaining method of organizing the myriad posts. Some posts that have caught my eye to date:

A post at FunkyDung about cursing. Actually, more of a dialogue with the comments section, but it works well. Interesting takes on the topic from more than one person.

I'm a sucker for news like this from Allthings2all regarding the underground church in China. I love how God is working in the hearts of the oppressed - and it encourages me to hear of the faithful standing firm in the face of persecution. And over there, the persecution is real - over here, not so much (rare exceptions noted, of course.)

JC talks about faith vs. works - and notes that we can't "earn" salvation.


I found this beautiful post at Questions and Answers. Hopefully we don't need to suffer a similar loss to recognize the value of those extra five minutes.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Humble Thyself in the Sight of the Lord

Adrian Warnock's challenge posits an interesting task: take a series of verses, and discuss them, in order, so as to complete a picture. Not wanting to make this too easy (he says, guessing at Adrian's motives) the general theme is authority and submission. Crowd favorites, always, those two concepts - especially in this age of individualism and self-centric thinking. Naturally, I want to give this a try. Please let me know what you think in the comments section, and I'll warn you in advance this may be a bit verbose.

Let's start at the very beginning - Isaiah 66:2
All these things my hand has made,
and so all these things came to be,
declares the Lord.
But this is the one to whom I will look:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit
and trembles at my word.

It all starts with God. He made it all - He owns it all. The Master Artisan has sole rights to brag, to claim glory and honor. We creatures were formed by His hand; we have no right to pride. God sees good in us when we recognize this and are appropriately humble in the face of His sovereignty.

And Yet He Humbled Himself - Philippians 2:3-10
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth

This God, though, Creator of the universe, found great value in humbling Himself for us. We have no right to pride, and God seeks our humility. Yet He gave up His own rights to humble Himself for our sake - that we mere creatures can have the greatest prize imaginable: a relationship with Him. He set forth the example for us. In the person of the Son, Jesus became God incarnate, submitting humbly to the authority of the Father. In Jesus was no pride, finding "equality with God" a thing not "to be grasped." As God seeks out the humble man, as Isaiah says above, God raised up the humblest of all men, Jesus Christ, to the supreme place in heaven. If God Himself found it good to be humble, how can we do otherwise?

The Greatest is the Least - Matthew 23:11-12
11 The greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

It is counterintuitive in this age to believe that the least in society may be the greatest. Get ahead, work ahead, stay ahead...don't worry about those you step on while climbing the corporate ladder - just keep climbing. The greatest is the best athlete, the slickest politician, the most intellectual philosopher. That is not God's way though, only the folly of man. Jesus humbled Himself, and was exalted more than any other. He lived out His own instructions - that in order to be exalted, He first had to serve. And He served in everything.

A Serving Family - I Corinthians 11:3
3 But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.

If Jesus could serve in everything, and set forth an example that directly proved His teachings, then it behooves us to follow it. We should submit to Jesus, the ultimate servant. And to us should our wives submit. The husband has been given authority in the family - and here I lose my audience. But authority as practiced by Jesus was of the serving kind. Husbands have the authority of servanthood, of humility and selfless love for their wives. Wives, likewise, have the humble role of submission within the family. Real authority is servanthood; real submission is too. In our families we need to emulate our Savior, and serve each other in the roles to which God has called us.

Serving the World, Serving the Lord - Colossians 3:18-24
18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22 Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Jesus served His earthly family, the Apostles. Having full authority over them, He washed their feet, cooked breakfast on the beach, and taught them the way of truth. So we need to serve our families, even from positions of authority. Wives are to serve their husbands in humility as if they were serving Jesus. Husbands are to love their wives, over whom they have authority, which as Jesus demonstrated meant serving their interests over selfish ones. Children are to submit to the authority of their parents, and fathers - both parents even - are to serve their children by raising them without provoking them. Workers are to submit to employers, even if (as in the case of slavery) the employer is not kind or fair. This rubs us the wrong way today. When our boss treats us poorly, we seek out the first lawyer we can find. That wasn't Jesus' example though. He loved those who mistreated Him, even asking the Father that they be forgiven for killing Him. We need to follow His example of authority/servanthood, pointing the way to the Savior through our submission. This is good in God's eyes. Submit to authorities and serve them as if you were serving God Himself - for really, you are.

But It's not Fair - I Timothy 2:11-14
11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.

It's not fair, though, we think. We are not given a choice in who should submit to whom. It wasn't through negotiations, or a coin flip, that anyone determined Adam would be created first, or that Eve would be given a role of submission. That nasty word. Sexist. Demeaning. Insulting. God isn't giving consideration to merit, which we don't like.

Tell that to Jesus. He submitted more than any wife is called to do. More than any employee, husband, child or slave. The authority given to husbands is, as we've seen, the authority to lead as a servant as Jesus did. Authority is not something to be grasped, but instead is something ordained by God. As we'll soon see, giving up authority leads to ruin, and rejecting submission causes trouble.

Submission, too, is a righteous calling. Otherwise, Jesus would not have been called to submit. God's ways are not ours, and we need to stop pretending we know better than He. That way is pride, and God looks to "he who is humble and contrite in spirit." God does not look, by implication, to those who would usurp authority not granted to him or her.

Teaching Others to Love - Titus 2:3-4
3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children

Jesus is not to be our only example of submission, though He is obviously preeminent even there. Our elders are to teach us as well. Women need to mentor others how to submit as God requires, with love. Note, though, that this same parent who has authority over her children (see Col. 3 above) is to love them as she loves her husband. This involves submission and authority. But as we've also seen, the two are also one and the same thing. The exercise of authority is to submit one's own good for the others' benefit, and is a part of every role we can play.

Something else we miss, often, is that this mentoring is to be from woman to woman, and implied above, from man to man. A woman cannot understand what it is like to be a man, and a man cannot understand what it is like to be a woman.

Why Mentoring? - 2 Timothy 1:5
I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.

By serving, we bring people to God. When an older woman teaches a younger woman how to love her family, she enables that younger woman to preach the Gospel through actions, and to bring her family with her to God. When a husband uses his authority to serve his wife, he leads her humbly to the Christ to whom he submits. Faith is passed down through authority and submission - from servant to served.

Submission Equals Authority? - Acts 18:26
He [Apollos] began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him and explained to him the way of God more accurately.

But the Bible says, we claim, that women need to submit and shut up. Men are to take charge and dominate. Not so. Submission and authority go hand in hand. Priscilla has authority over Apollos, who humbly submits to her correction. Yet Priscilla was to recognize the authority of Aquila, and submit to him. Leaders are to submit to others, and servants are to teach their masters. This is a tricky thing for us, as we believe teaching means speaking and "leading." While that is a part of it, teaching also means acting as one should, or setting an example. The church is a partnership of submitters and authorities, as Priscilla and Aquila were a partnership as husband and wife. By submitting to others, Apollos set an example that should be followed - and was written down I suspect for that very reason. Yet Apollos was a man, one who (allegedly) should not have been taught by a woman, and he accepted correction from both a man and a woman. At the same time, Priscilla was called, as a wife, to submit to her husband.

Whence Comes Authority & Submission? - Genesis 1:27
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

God created both the husband and wife in His image. The authority and the submitter are both made in the Imago Dei. Neither is better or worse, more valued or less valued, than the other. Submission is not a relinquishing of value, and authority is not a claim on superiority. It is easy to think, with the current connotations of those words, that having authority means one is better than another, or that one who is selfless and gives up her own benefits for another is inferior. Nothing could be further from the truth. We all - men, women, children - are made in the image of God. Nothing could be of greater value than that.

The church is not for men only. The home is not a husband's roost to rule. God's image is in us all, and as we are to serve Christ, we need to serve each other. If we're serving God, we should certainly serve those He loved enough to make in His own image.

So Why is it so Hard? - Genesis 2:18, 20-21, 23, 3:1, 9, 16-17
Gen. 2:18 Then the Lord God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him." ... 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh...23 Then the man said,
"This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man."

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?" ... 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?" ... 16 To the woman he said,
"I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be for your husband,
and he shall rule over you."
17 And to Adam he said,
"Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
'You shall not eat of it,'
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;"

Servanthood is a blessed calling, one humbly embraced by Jesus. Yet we seek to reject that calling and grasp authority instead. Selfishness replaces selflessness, and pride overtakes humility. Adam and Eve found the results of this rejection of God's design disastrous.

Adam had authority, yet he did not serve (by protecting) Eve. Eve therefore fell, and brought Adam with her. Instead of leading, Adam followed - right into sin. Instead of seeking her husband's counsel, Eve listened to another who did not have a heart of servanthood and her best interests. So she rebelled against God.

This led to the curse, and a result of the curse is our present mindset. The wife who refuses to submit, who rejects God's role for her (thinking herself wiser than He, rejecting equality of value for something less worthy of her) is succumbing to God's own punishment, laid out in Gen. 2:16. The husband who rules (thinking himself superior to his wife and seeking his own way) instead of leading with authority as a servant, is also affected by Adam and Eve's sin. Rejection of God's roles was the first sin (along with pride and disobedience.) Adam didn't lead his wife as her servant, and Eve did not submit to her husband. The earth and its people have not been the same since.

Today we still refuse to accept God's ordained way, that we should submit to others and seek humbly to place their good above our own. We reject the old-fashioned notion that husbands have authority at home, or that employees need to work as if God were their boss. This selfishness is at the heart of so many of our problems: divorce, spousal abuse, infidelity, fraud, lying, cheating, hatred - the list goes on.

The church needs to reclaim this message. God gave us each a role, and God wants humility and selflessness from all. Leaders are to do what's best for those who follow, and those who submit are to do so in order that they may follow the most perfect example of all, Jesus Christ.

God bless!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Trippin' 'Round the 'Sphere - 7/5 Edition

After finishing my recent series on the environment, I was encouraged to see this series on Evangelical Activism started by Dr. Mark Roberts. He discusses a new statement, called the For the Health of the Nation: An Evangelical Call to Civic Responsibility, put out by the National Association of Evangelicals. He points out in the 2nd post that concern for "God's Creation" is something the NAE espouses too.

Nooooooo! Seriously, God's blessings to David. Hate to see a brilliant blogger go, but it's not really "goodbye" so much as "catch you later."

Christian Carnival will be hosted at The Bible Archive this week. Entry deadline is tonight.

Sure, Kristen's moving a few short months before a (planned) trip to Cali...makes it harder to see if a fellow blogger wants to MIRL. Ha! I just hope our proximity to Southern California sometime this fall isn't the impetus for the move, and that God blesses Kristen and Ryan's move, especially by allowing her to keep blogging!

I haven't heard anything about this anywhere else...but it's an interesting thesis that will soon be put to the test with a SCOTUS nominee (or two) coming before the Senate this year.

She's baaaaaack! Yippee, and welcome back Alice! (And oh the temptation to comment -politely of course - on her kudos to the UCC. I'll give her some time to reacclimate to the 'sphere first.)

What a wonderful document, this Declaration of Independence. It's something we should not ever take for granted, and I hope that it was discussed across this nation yesterday - though the cynic in me doubts it is sufficiently passed along to our children nowadays. However, there is an even more important and vital source of freedom: Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. While patriotism, IMO, is good, we are not of this world, and our home is elsewhere. We should embrace the freedom found in Christ. That is the ultimate Independence.

God bless!

Friday, July 01, 2005

Let all Nature Sing

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Okay, in a combination blogger experiment/series wrapup, I'm going to post some pictures that we took on our 10th Anniversary trip to Colorado. If they end up loading too slowly, I will pull them. (I also apologize for the lack of, well, perfection - these are from my wife's Web site, which has low-res scans for space considerations. Apparently, our scanner - which I was going to use to scan my latest Colorado pix - doesn't feel like playing with the new computer.) But for goes!

Pike's Peak

Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains...


Stream near Mt. Evans

The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it.


Echo Lake

As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man.


When I get my scanner hooked up, I'll add more pix. I have a few wildlife and flower pictures, as well as more of the mountains and forests.

As I find, though, every time I visit Colorado - or Northern Minnesota - or anywhere, really, God is evident in creation. This long weekend, visit Him there. See what He has to tell you.

God bless!