Seal Team Six vs Civil War Reenactors

May 19, 2011

“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”
(2 Timothy 2:1-7 ESV)

When I’m reminded of the call to be a good soldier of Christ Jesus, I like to think of myself as one of the Navy’s Seal Team Six, the elite military group that made news by killing Osama Bin Laden. They’re the best of the best … highly trained, super tough, and thoroughly committed to accomplishing their mission, regardless of how dangerous.

But all too often, I think I’m more like a civil war reenactor. I’m a weekend warrior with a homemade uniform. Sure, I’m putting on a good show, but I’m play fighting with a weapon that shoots blanks. Once the “battle” is over, I hop back into the minivan and drive back to my civilian comforts and diversions.

Truth is, I’m in a battle that never ends with an unseen enemy taking pot shots at me. I am a soldier, and so are you.

By the grace of God, let’s endeavor to be good soldiers. Let’s aim to please our commanding officer. Even when we run away from the battle, the Lord will find us, as he found Gideon hiding from the Midianites in a winepress. And God’s messenger will likewise say to us, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.”

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I was captivated by this image from the royal wedding

April 29, 2011

I caught just a couple minutes of the royal wedding on television this morning. Watching the newlyweds riding in their gilded carriage down the historic avenue between Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, I joined billions of people around the world who were caught up in the pagentry and spectacle of the event.

Nobody on throws a wedding party like England’s royal family. Nobody on earth anyway.

Truth is, the celebration thrown by the Queen of England will pale in comparison to the one hosted by the King of Kings:

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
“Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

(Revelation 19:6-10 ESV)

May the wonder of today’s celebration, in a small way, ignite the fires of anticipation for the wedding celebration on that day.


Dave’s Faves 04.23.2011

April 23, 2011

For your enjoyment, a collection of this, that and the other thing:

One Man’s Treasure

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
(2 Corinthians 8:9 ESV)

One Man’s Treasure from jesse bryan on Vimeo. HT: The Resurgence

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Punch In The Nose … Bacon-Scented Cologne!

Believe it or not, this isn’t the first carnivorous fragrance for men. Burger King had Flame body spray, infused “with a hint of flame-broiled meat.” Sniff out the rest of the story here.

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If I Had A Hammer, I’d Hammer In The Morning …

During last year’s Super Bowl, a Volkswagen commercial featured a tiny Darth Vader. Now, Marvel comics get in the act with a pint-sized Thor to promote its upcoming movie. I’m not gonna lie, I want to see it.

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Top 200 Church Blogs

Looking for some inspiration, information or entertainment? Kent Shaffer of Church Relevance has assembled a list of the top 200 Christian blogs in the world. For some reason, my blog didn’t make the cut. I know, weird huh? Check out the roster here.


He is risen. He is risen, indeed!

April 23, 2011

Thank God it’s Friday …

April 22, 2011

… Sunday’s coming. Have a blessed Easter!

HT: Justin Taylor


Love Wins controversy continues as Rob Bell’s views land hell on the cover of Time magazine.

April 14, 2011

Just when I thought the controversy over Rob Bell and his new book was starting to die down, Time magazine adds fuel to the fire with a cover story on the debate.

Not a lot of new information here if you’ve been following this on blogs by Justin Taylor, Kevin DeYoung and Mark Driscoll, but it’s interesting to see the secular media grappling with a theological issue. In fact, they seem to work hard to discredit the Christian faith by connecting it to behavior that most believers would find reprehensible:

“… religion heals, but it also kills. Why support a supernatural belief system that, for instance, contributed to that minister in Florida’s burning of a Koran, which led to the deaths of innocent U.N. workers in Afghanistan?”

You can read the Time magazine article here.


Time management tips from the Grinch

April 6, 2011

“The nerve of those Whos. Inviting me down there, on such short notice. Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn’t allow it! (flips his datebook open)

4:00: Wallow in self-pity.

4:30: Stare into the abyss.

5:00: Solve world hunger. Tell no one!

5:30: Jazzercise.

6:30: dinner with me. I can’t cancel that again!

7:00: wrestle with my self-loathing… I’m booked!

Of course, if I bump the loathing to 9:00, I’ll probably still have time to lie in my bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear?!”

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:8-10

Although the Bible calls me to offer hospitality without grumbling, all too often my attitude towards having people over to the house is positively Grinch-like. My schedule just seems too cramped to allow for much entertaining. (Although I seem to have plenty of time to slip slowly into madness.)

But I don’t think that the problem is that my schedule is too full. It’s that my heart is too empty.

If I’m going to faithfully steward “God’s grace in its various forms,” I need to love others deeply.

Any suggestions on how I can grow in faithfulness in showing hospitality?