Kung Fu Grandpa

I struggle in this world of smartphones with how to be present in the moment. The Holy Spirit often uses my wife to let me know when I’m too glued to my phone when I should be present to my surroundings. That’s an incredible gift (that I can usually admit later).

I often think of this tension and how each of us must learn how to navigate it. How do you stay present in the moment while also connecting yourself to the larger, digital community? How do you have an awesome Twitter and Instagram account without your friends becoming annoyed by how often you document what’s happening?

As an example, the video above has gone insanely viral this week. It’s a video of a older man practicing nun-chucks in a parking lot. Despite the awesomeness included in that last sentence, that isn’t even the best part. The best part of the video is the guy filming it and narrating it. His quick wit and spur of the moment capturing allows this to truly become an incredibly awesome video.

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March with C.S. Lewis

Year with C.S. LewisThis post is part of my series through A Year with C.S. Lewis.

Here are my favorite quotes from the assorted C.S. Lewis books that are covered in the month of March in the book. The last quote is especially insightful.

The difference is that Christianity thinks this Dark Power was created by God, and was good when he was created, and went wrong. Christianity agrees with Dualism that this universe is at war. But it does not think this is a war between independent powers. It thinks it is a civil war, a rebellion, and that we are living in a part of the universe occupied by the rebel.

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Easter Reflections

I love Easter. The truth of the resurrection changes everything. I’m especially fascinated with John 21:1-7 this year. When the apostle John says, “It is the Lord,” time stand stills. Peter jumps into the water. God is alive. Amazing.

Above is the video of my message at Central this year.

We got the kids all dressed up for a service and snapped a photo that has quickly become one of my favorites. Make sure you notice Madsen’s face.

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The Biblical View of Gay Marriage

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Did you click on the title of this post hoping for everything to suddenly make sense? That you would finally know exactly what God thinks about gay marriage and how you should culturally live that out? I understand the desire. Just so we are clear, you won’t get that from this post. But keep reading.

I’ve watched recently as social media has been flooded with opinions about gay marriage. I’ve had numerous people ask me to weigh in on the issue. Truthfully, I’m not sure what to say. Not because I don’t have opinions but because I don’t know what is healthy and productive and what is destructive. Jesus didn’t answer many questions He was asked. I’ve taken a cue from Him and tried to be selective with the opinions I carry.

So I’m not ready to fully dive into the topic myself quite yet. I’m still praying for wisdom and discernment in navigating the complexities and the implications of this topic. Like I mentioned in my post about Obama and the end times, I think issues like this one are fueled by fear (especially from Christians). That isn’t a healthy environment to find your stance. The Church has survived cultures that have included far more extreme behaviors than gay marriage and it did just fine. So relax.

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God Can Move Mountains (and Trash Cans)

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“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20b

Have you ever wondered if certain things are off limits to pray about? Maybe not off limits, but are there inappropriate things to ask God? Or maybe you’ve wondered if some things are a waste of God’s time or attention to get involved with? I can understand this tension and I have a tendency to over-think much of my own prayer life.

About a year ago we moved into a new neighborhood. While the house has worked tremendously for our family, the problem has been one of our neighbors. Let’s just say they have a tendency to over-extend themselves. The picture above shows a regular trash day in our neighborhood. If you look closely you’ll realize that there are two bins on our side of the property. While this certainly isn’t a big deal, there have been times where I don’t have room to put my trash bin out, or we can’t get our vehicles out of the driveway, or our trash collector has commented to us that there isn’t enough space to collect our trash. This is the norm, not the exception.

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That’s Not Yours

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I’ve been reading through the book of Deuteronomy the last week or so in my daily Bible reading. Deuteronomy has some great spots and some very tedious spots. Maybe it’s because I’m fresh off of an Israel trip in January but I noticed something uniquely this time through it.

Consider what God tells the Israelites as they are about to enter the land that He had promised to them and delivered them supernaturally into.

“Give the people these orders: ‘You are about to pass through the territory of your relatives the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. They will be afraid of you, but be very careful. Do not provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land, not even enough to put your foot on. I have given Esau the hill country of Seir as his own.’” 2:4-5

“Then the Lord said to me, ‘Do not harass the Moabites or provoke them to war, for I will not give you any part of their land. I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession.’” 2:9

“When you come to the Ammonites, do not harass them or provoke them to war, for I will not give you possession of any land belonging to the Ammonites. I have given it as a possession to the descendants of Lot.” 2:19

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