Wednesday, September 29, 2010

So when do we wake up?

You know what word I am tired of....

sacred....


Now please don't get me wrong...I am not tired of the sacred...I am simply tired of the word...it has become one of those code words...
Sacred too the church has been another in a long line of labels that we use to separate good from evil...us from them...

The church uses it to tell us what is appropriate and what is not...The reality is for many the word sacred means...old, stuffy. & boring.

I guess I just don't get what this dualism is between secular and sacred. I read the bible and I am led to believe that it is all sacred...

Why does all the creativity have to live outside the realm of the church....

We can't continue to set up this barriers between God and the people..tell them what is the "right" way to express themselves or to experience the world around them...I suggest we simply find ways to bring people into relationship and experiences of God...and then get out of the way....

Let God take over...

I'm just saying


Monday, September 27, 2010

A Piece of the Puzzle

Tonight the Phillies clinched the N.L East....again. Tonight Jayson Werth got a huge hit...again. I guess there are lots of names I could have used. Roy Halliday pitched a strong game...again. Carlo Ruiz played a good game...again.

The names go on and on and that to me is the point. It is why I love sports so much, especially baseball and football. It is not about one person it is about the team and each player and/or coach doing their part at the moment it is needed.
puzzle_20pieces_20resized.jpgI didn't get to see the game tonight as I am at a training event. I am one of several pastors here, I am simply part of the team. We are sharing together and learning together and striving together. Tonight we are just a piece of the puzzle. I like that though. I am a piece of a puzzle that God is putting together. God is doing great things and all I want to do is be a part of it. A bit player in God' puzzle. I want to do what God has called me to do and be exactly who I need to be for the people God has called me to minister to. Just as Jayson Werth did exactly what the Phillies needed tonight. Exactly what he was called upon to do.

So I guess the question is where do I fit in?

I need to find the place God is leading me to. I need to find my spot in the lineup (sorry I can't drop the baseball thing just yet).
God is calling me of this there is no doubt. I need to listen again to that still small voice.

So maybe the question is not where do I fit in but instead where does God want me?

I am listening



Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Time Away

It has been a great few days away with Ginny. We got to just relax and enjoy each others company, along with the company of some good friends.

In addition it has given me time to take a step back from church and clear my head. So much has been happening week after week this summer it has seemed non-stop at times. It seems as if when I look at the calendar it won't be slowing up for awhile more. So this time away has been just what the doctor ordered.

Comedy clubs, restaurants, pools, hot tubs, playing cards these are the things that have helped clear my head. Perhaps the most important thing was just time with Ginny. It enabled me to refocus in on those things that are most important.

As we pack up and head to South Seaville for the night I am looking forward to the weeks to come. They will be busy but I know the Spirit is moving in the two churches and I think great things for our community are right on the Horizon. I can't wait!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

It's Temporary


Today at 1 pm I will be settled into my seat the beverage of my choice in my hand and I will be ready for football, Eagles football to be precise.

Another season is upon us and its time to get out the team colors and root for the home team. Yet as I start this season I know in many ways the team uniform is the only thing that may be the same (and even that has changed).

I won't be rooting for Donovan, BDawk or BWest. They are gone replace by others. The players are only temporary yet the team remains. I can choose to try and live in the past with the team or move on and root for who I have on the team this year.

Today as I step up to preach that will be my message as well. It's only temporary. The car I have been longing for, the bigger house, the pay raise, the new clothes, it all goes away. The only thing that will remain is us...we are the only thing eternal. This is what we as Christians believe. We may view the eternal differently but in the end we share the thought that it is people not things that go on.

So why do we try so hard to get more stuff. In the end it all goes back in the box. In the end it all turns to dust. How about today we make a pact, let's start treating each other like we are priceless. Let's start treating each other like we are golden...

Because we are.

And by the way.

Go Birds!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Checking our list and checking it twice

Ginny is going down to South Jersey tomorrow morning for a couple of days. So we went out tonight and grabbed some dinner and then went to PetSmart to pick up a crate for Marlowe. Now we are sitting around setting our lineups for Fantasy Football. We are both in two leagues and just happen to be playing each other in both of them.

Sure dinner at Perkins, then shopping at PetSmart, and setting Fantasy Football lineups is not what some people would call
an exciting Friday night. But tonight, for us, it works!

I find myself in a relationship that seems to get better each day. We fill in the empty spots in each other and we are comfortable with each other doing the simplest of things. God did another great thing when we were brought together.

So the night is winding down and while I love Ginny very much...my fantasy football lineups are set and she us going down!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

When I am King of The World

Sometimes when you go through your day you notice certain things. You see some injustices ot some things that really upset you. Perhaps you wish there were some way to change those things or "make it right". It could be the biggest things or the littles things...well when that happens to me I often wonder what it would be like to be The King of the World.

Well If I was King of the World:

The media and the politicians would no longer be able to use labels to describe people.

We would no longer have to hear words like tea party or progressive or left wing or right wing. It would force people to discuss issues instead of labels
The church would be more known for our commitment to free the imprisoned, healing
the sick, helping the poor and proclaiming the Gospel than we would be known
for fighting and excluding and judging.

No explanation needed is there?


People would spend more time listening than they do talking

How can we learn if the only voice we ever hear is our own?

Parents would make decisions about life understanding the impact it has on their children

You are a parent now, grow up and realize what you are doing!

Andy Reid would use a little of that creativity he has and bring it to the 4th and 1 calls
Sorry still bitter about that game on Sunday

Sunday, September 12, 2010

It's Time....

I got up earlier than normal for a Sunday morning and headed off to church. I was working on some of the visuals for my sermon as we get set to start another sermon series this morning.

Now as I find myself pretty much prepared I popped over to Twitter and was given that final nudge by my good and very talented friend
that another football season was upon us.

I have been doing my best to keep my focus upon the important things in life....God, Family, Friends ....but those three have company.

It's time for Football! I love Baseball and I love the Phillies but there is something about opening Day(not counting the thursday night game) that really gets my heart racing. I am so excited about this sermon series I am getting ready to start and it ties in so nicely with this time of year.

Are you ready....ahhhh you know the rest. Go Eagles!