Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Go Mavs!

Can you say a perfect month of February for my Mavericks? Check it out HERE.
All the way this year!

The Environment

We had a great vision gathering for the Round Rock plant on Sunday evening as we begin to see everyone own the vision for the new church and connect to a ministry team. We have so many gifted people, and I'm excited to see how God is going to use their gifts to build up the body of Christ in Round Rock. I'm holding on for the ride at this point, hoping and praying that God will renew our team so that we are not exhausted when we get to September 9th, but that our team is energized and ready to go when our new visitors arrive.

On a different note, I watched Al Gore's documentary last night on the environment, An Incovenient Truth, all about the reality of Global Warming and the impact higher CO2 levels have had on the environment. I really appreciated all that he had to say and the fact that he intelligently presented himself without beating up on Bush too much. He admitted that politicians in both parties have been slow to respond to the environmental crisis that humanity is producing. I liked the show - of course it was produced to show Gore in a positive light, but after his stiff performance as the Democratic candidate in 2000, anything showing Gore having fun and speaking with passion would be an improvement. I really appreciated his presentation of environmental devastation as a moral issue - not just a political one. I think the church has been late to the environmental discussion (creation care as some evangelicals are calling it), but finally some evangelical leaders are agreeing that this is a moral issue Christians should have concern about. You can read this well-written statement from influential evangelical leaders calling the church to action.

Any thoughts about how the church should respond to environmental issues?

Thursday, February 22, 2007

New Movie coming out

I'm excited about a new movie coming out about the story behind the song Amazing Grace. We'll have to wait and see if the film is any good, but the director who did "Ray" is behind it, and the trailer looks well done. You can check it out at http://www.amazinggracemovie.com/

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Sorry for the break...

Life is running at a pace that is beyond what I can really get my arms around, but I've got a little down time tonight to draft an update. The last weekend has been wild as two of our boys have been incredibly sick with a stomach virus and we had company in town at the same time. We're having a great time getting to know some of our neighbors better, and hoping that we can continue to learn about living in authentic community with those in the church and those outside the church. Barie, as always, has been a great host to have others into our home.

I wanted to throw up a funny picture tonight of Kade from REALife group - seems this last week when childcare was hosted at another family's house, my boys found the dress-up clothes that the girls in the host family wear. Let's just say the teenager babysitters had fun snapping a few shots to send to me - I'm wondering about how long they're going to keep this job. ;)


Monday, February 12, 2007

On a roll...

Since I'm on a roll with funny videos, I can't remember if I shared one of the funniest preaching moments I've ever seen with you guys. Here it is...

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Super Size Me

We watched the docudrama Super Size Me on Tuesday night, and I was intrigued by the information that Morgan Spurlock put together about the history of fast food in America. If you haven't seen the show, Spurlock was in good health when he began the documentary (6ft2in, 180lbs) and decided that he would eat McDonald's for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a whole month. Of course, no one eats that much McDonald's in real life, but the premise of Spurlock's show was to see what kind of impact this experiment would have on his body. The rules were simple: he had to eat at least one of everything on the menu once during the month, and he had to finish every bite of his meals, and he had to super size his meals when asked. The results were astonishing: he gained 25 pounds in that month & blood results showed that his cholesterol and blood sugar were through the roof, and his liver was dieing. Thoughout his documentary of his own journey, he intersperses facts about the development of fast food companies in America and what our kids are eating in the public schools. His work is really amazing, & it has really challenged me again to think about what I eat. The main point though is always the same: everything is okay in moderation, but our nation struggles with doing anything in moderation because of our addictive tendencies and our cultures' wealth of available resources for us to splurge on. Another good reminder to eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. After typing this review, I'm feeling guilty again - I'm going to eat a salad and walk on the treadmill.

Friday, February 02, 2007

A Super Bowl Update

If you haven't seen it yet, I wanted to pass along this link where you can see the faith of Coaches Dungy & Smith in their own words. This is a great site - I love seeing men who are not ashamed to talk about their daily walk with the living Christ. The site is www.beyondtheultimate.org. Enjoy & share with others!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

SBC Craziness

Wanted to pass along this interesting article about Southwestern Seminary's (the one in Fort Worth) decision to fire a female professor of Hebrew because she is a woman. Sad day for the movement of Southern Baptists - continuing their own decline among my generation because of their narrow theological interpretations & failure to interact with young leaders. As an interesting corollary, one of my favorite profs at DTS was Dr. Coover-Cox, a female professor of Hebrew who was one of the best language teachers on the faculty.