Monday, October 22, 2007

The 2008 Presidential Campaign Has Been Decided!

That's right it's over. And the winner is...Mike Huckabee. Why? Because Chuck Norris said so! That's right, Chuck Norris recently endorsed Mike Huckabee and guess what... Chuck Norris does not vote for president of the United States. He gives the voting machine a swift roundhouse kick and Mike Huckabee wins.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Willow Repents: Bill Hybels a Picture of Humility

Willow Creek has recently come out and admitted that the way they have approached "doing church" over the last 30 has been wrong and has not fostered deep spiritual growth for its people. They now realize that spiritual growth doesn’t happen best by becoming dependent on elaborate church programs but through the age old spiritual practices of prayer, bible reading, and relationships. Now, I know the small clientele who read my blog may be thinking, "Ha! I could've told them that a long time ago." But before we get too puffed up with arrogance and the "I told you so's", we must realize a few things.
1) It grieves God that we would even think like that about another local expression of Jesus's bride who are really believers with good intentions.
2) We should be saddened that it got this big and went this long before Willow realized this truth.
3) We should rejoice at the change of direction at Willow.
4) We should truly commend the leadership at Willow for their humility and surrender to Christ. Their humility, honesty, and willingness to deal with this straight on is a breath of fresh air in the evangelical world.
5) We should pray for them as they move forward.

To read the whole article click here. I would also suggest watching the videos linked in the article. And if you are in ministry full-time I would really encourage to watch the Greg Hawkins video.

Picture of the Day! Barak Obama: The Ultimate Empty Suit

Has anyone ever heard this guy stand for something besides what ever the group he is in front of stands for!? Will he ever go on a show that he has to answer real questions or will he stick to the Tonight Show and Tyra?

Monday, October 15, 2007

#1 Husband

Now before any of you get the wrong idea after reading the title of this blog, Trevor is not conceited or arrogant, to the contrary really. Trevor just happens to keep the same password for everything, and I just happen to know what that password is.

I just wanted to take the time to share what a wonderful husband I have. He has a quality that I think is hard to come by, servant leadership. There is no doubt that Trevor is the biblical head of our household, and I try to be his helper. However, that does not exempt him from helping me; rather, because of the love he has for me he serves me. Trevor woke up this morning two times in the middle of the night to feed Ethan so I didn't have to. He's also feeding him right now as I write this (he eats a lot). On Saturday and Sunday Trevor helped with many of the household chores (without my asking) because he knew I wanted the house clean for a baby shower we had at our house this past weekend. Tonight, Trevor is cooking dinner. I have no doubt of Trevor's love for me.

Trevor is also a great spiritual leader. I know this is an area Trevor struggles in sometimes, but only because he wants to make sure he is helping us grow in our relationships with Christ. Trevor and I pray each night together, just the two of us. Now we have placed praying in Ethan's regular bedtime routine. It is so refreshing to hear Trevor pray for me and Ethan as well as his own needs. His prayers are always so humbling. I can't wait for Ethan to grow up and experience the candor of his mother and father's prayers each night. Trevor is also always searching for different ways we can experience God together. Right now we are going through John Piper's book The Passion of Jesus Christ then just spending time reflecting on each of the 50 reasons as to why Christ died for us. I value and treasure the time Trevor spends with me in the Word (even when I act like I don't).

Finally, I am so happy I have a husband worthy of my respect. Yes, I know a wife is to respect her husband regardless of whether or not he deserves it, but Trevor is definitely worthy of it. He lives his life is such a manner as to try to please God, not man. His love for me is evident in all he does. I hold him in high esteem, the highest esteem actually.

Trevor, I love you.



Thursday, October 11, 2007

Contrary to Liberals, Socialized Healthcare Stinks!

There is a major lie put forth mostly by ultra liberals like Barak Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards - yes, don't let the rhetoric of these people fool you, they are ultra liberal - that socialized health care is the answer to making America's health care system better. They often use Canada as a model for their argument. However, that position is now being made absolutely laughable in these last few days as Canadian doctors are sending large numbers of pregnant women to the United States to have their babies delivered because they do not know how to perform high risk deliveries. Moreover, it is now coming out that the Canadian doctors are not equipped to perform many high risk procedures so many of those people get sent to the U.S. Here are a few obvious reasons why socialized health care is bad for you and me.

1. The government-run agencies, programs, and operations usually stink! Example: Have you ever been to the DMV? Do you want your doctor's office to run like that?
2. The free market works! Even with its faults we have the best health care system in the entire world precisely because doctors and hospitals compete for your business which makes them provide better care and specialize in certain areas.
3. The programs in place now don't work so why would you want to expand that failure to everyone. Health Connect (the government subsidized health care for children in IL) is already a massive failure because almost no doctors will accept it - only one does in all of Dekalb County. Why? Because the government is not reimbursing them for the care they are providing.
4. Building on point 3, our best doctors will leave the profession because if they do not they will go bankrupt.
5. This will deter people from becoming doctors - the money is not there! Many people become doctors because they are compensated well for the long, hard hours, and the care they provide.
6. Guess where the money comes from to pay for this. TAXES!!! That's right people in countries like Canada that have socialized health care pay over 60% of their wages to taxes. The government is BAD with money.
7. Socialized medicine is founded on the lie that the government is better at running your life than you are.
8. There are unbelievably long waits to see sub-par doctors.
9. There is no competition to make better medicines or find cures because there is no monetary incentive.
10. Government workers are usually lazy. That is why many of them are in a union. Unionized doctors is not a good option.
11. No free market to encourage better care and service.

There are many more reasons (obvious and less obvious) of why socialized health care is a terrible idea. You may disagree, but then of course you would be wrong:)

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Yet ANOTHER Buffalo Bills Let Down

Cowboys 25 Bills 24 Romo 5 INTS and one fumble lost

After watching the Bills some how lose a game in which they forced six turnovers, and not to mention 4 straight super bowls and the music city miracle, I was once again reminded by my favorite sports team that it is senseless to put your hope in or seek satisfaction in anything but Jesus. I know this sounds funny but I truly believe that through all my traumatic experiences with the Bills (and losing 4 straight super bowls is traumatic especially when one treasures the Bills more than anything else) the Lord was preparing me to see that only He is worth treasuring above all else. I truly feel sad for all the Buffaloans that will be in a mild state of depression today (I have been there myself after many disappointing games) because they are putting their hope for fulfillment and satisfaction in the Buffalo Bills winning. The amazing thing is that even if they were to win the super bowl that happiness would last a few months at the most as the next season would come around. People say that Bills fans are so passionate about their team because they have nothing else in Buffalo; I pray that they would find the eternally satisfying joy of knowing Christ. It is very freeing to have perspective after a game like last night - yes, football is great to watch and it is great to have a favorite team to go crazy for, but at the end of the day it's football. Jesus is what matters above all else. My position in Christ because of what he did for me on the cross will never change and He will never let me down. It is easy to see that God loves the people of Buffalo. Why? Because He repeatedly shows them that teams and people will always let you down so it is foolish to seek joy and satisfaction so that maybe someday they will turn to the One who promises those things and delivers - unlike Scott Norwood.

Yes, this is definitely my weirdest blog and is full of theological holes to say the least, but give me a break the Bills blew a game that was impossible to blow last night! Sports are great!