Thursday, September 20, 2007

A Pledge From Me

Johnathon Edwards had 11 children that lived past infancy. That's right 11!!! (Obviously he was pretty good at something else besides preaching.) In one lecture in his class on the theology of JE, John Gerstner made an amazing observation , in all the sermons that are published and/or acrchived (at Yale) - which is A LOT- JE never used his children in an illustration. That is amazing given the great opportunity he probably had to do so with 11 of them. Now, I am not saying that it is wrong for pastors to use their children in illustrations but I think many fall into overkill and it is very annoying. Why? Because using your family, like using yourself, is very me-centered and not very creative at all. Many, people already have a hard enough time with not making an idol out of their pastor. As you can probably detect, pastors who use their families as illustrations in excess is a pet peeve of mine. Oddly enough, these pastors are usually illustration recyclers - another pet peeve of mine and a one of the cardinal sins of preaching. So, I pledge that I will not use my children (child at this point) as sermon illustrations. To me, it is annoying and the pastor's kid(s) does not need any more extra attention from the church. So, there it is! Be willing to call me out on it.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Ethan Beckham Holloway!!!

September 12 - 5:48 pm
8 pounds 0 ounces
19 inches long

Thursday, September 6, 2007

I'm a Christian But I March to the Beat of My Own Drum (Part 3, Final)

I wanted to follow-up to a comment that was made on part 2 on the front page. I normally would not do this, but I can't resist for two reasons: 1) The comment is extremely relevant to the conversation because I think it probably represents a popular reaction. 2) It was posted anonymously so I do not feel as though I am singling anyone out publicly. If a name were attached to the comment I would not put the comment on the front page, rather I would only respond through another comment as is my usual practice.

So here is the comment and my response...

Anonymous said...
Diff'rent Strokes to move the, Diff'rent Strokes to move the wooooorrrrrlldd. Watchutalkinbout Trevor!

Trevor Holloway said...
While the "different strokes" mentality may be popular in our politically correct world, it is absolutely antithetical to Scripture. Jesus calls us to be "all in" (Matt. 16:24) and I am afraid that many of us fail to recognize that our lethargic attitudes in the areas I wrote about are discipleship issues. In fact, Jesus was saw right through the people who were not all in - "the crowds" in the synoptics. (Check out Luke 14:25-33. Renouncing all that we have includes our selfishness that we so cleverly individual freedom or rights. As Christians, we are called to give up our rights and selfishness to fully follow Christ.) These people, "the crowds" showed up when they wanted to and where they wanted to and when the bar was raised on them to deny themselves and follow Christ fully, they bawked. I'm afraid many of us are naive to the possibility that our 'different strokes' mentality/actions may place us in "the crowds" and not in "the twelve." Respectfully, TH

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

I'm a Christian But I March to the Beat of my Own Drum (Part 2)

I was made aware that maybe not everybody would read the title to my last blog and have the reaction that I wrote about. In fact, I was told that it could be that some (most?) people might read that title and say, "Yeah! Me too!" So, I should add that if you read that title and it gave you a positive vibe, you fail the test - big time! Why? Because Jesus calls us to march to the beat of His drum and this is done through a multitude of ways including, but not limited to: acknowledging and living out the authority of his Word over our lives (2 Tim. 3:16-18), joyfully submitting to the spiritual authority he has placed over us (Hebrews 13:17), and doing our journey with other believers by our side to encourage, exhort, teach, and rebuke us (Hebrews 10:24-25).