Archive for January, 2010

January 31, 2010

In Celebration of the Anniversary of Last Week

…to the mighty shores of the Mississippi in Minnesota…

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January 30, 2010

Where Are Your Thoughts This Saturday?

January 30, 2010

…from Canada….

January 29, 2010

Does your church hold its pastors to a high enough standard?

Voddie Baucham Jr asked an interesting question on Facebook yesterday. He asked, “Does your church hold its pastors to a high enough standard?”

He then quoted this following text:
That he is determined by God’s grace out of the holy scriptures, to instruct the people committed to his charge, and to teach nothing as required of necessity to eternal salvation but that which he shall be persuaded may be concluded and proved from the scripture; that he will use both public and private admonitions, as well to the sick as to the whole within his cure, as need shall require and occasion shall be given, and that he will be diligent in prayers, and in reading of the same; that he will be diligent to frame and fashion his own self and his family according to the doctrine of Christ, and to make both himself and them, as much as in him lieth, wholesome examples and patterns to the flock of Christ; that he will maintain and set forwards, as much as he can, quietness, peace, and love among all people, and especially among those that are or shall be committed to his charge.

Some very interesting conversation ensued. He then notified us that the quote “is from the Constitution of the State of South Carolina in 1778!” He concluded by noting “If the State of South Carolina puts us to shame, what does that say about our adherence to the Biblical standard?”

January 29, 2010

Bernanke Job Option

January 29, 2010

Apple’s Pick

January 28, 2010

…Up to Jersey Shore…

…Oh, I want to be in that number…

January 27, 2010

Why Beggars Beyond Our Door?

Why change the blog name from “Out of Season,” which fits within the normalcy of blog titles to “Beggars Beyond Our Door,” which admittedly sounds a bit archaic? The answers lies, in part, in what a blog title does for me, which is it aspires me to who I want to become. Generally blog titles seem to fall into two categories: 1) Who I am and 2) Who I Hope to Be.  My approach has been to reflect who I hope to be.  Therefore the two following reasons are the overarching influences in this name change.

1. “Out of Season” corresponds to 2 Timothy 4:2 where Paul instructs us to “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. ” In many ways this has been my pastoral passion – to be bold and preach God’s Word. But it also reflected a desire to be witty. By choosing a title like “Out of Season” a “me against the world” mentality can take place. Well, the truth is that I don’t think God gives a flip about my wit, nor does he care for my individualistic mentality.

2. On the other side, ministry is much more than just preaching and teaching. In fact, I would dare say that a pastoral passion necessitates taking action with our words. I must not be a hearer and speaker only, but a doer. I turn through God’s word and am convicted for action as part of the Gospel. Of course we all know this, but I fear, explain it away in little ways with our lives so that we continually fall into mediocrity. But the proclamation of the Gospel continually means a lifestyle of self sacrifice, make yourself available to uncomfortable positions and going to those who know they need help. People like beggars. So the title change is an effort to remind me – and you – that there are beggars outside our door. What are we going to do about it?

January 27, 2010

Down Poydras

And the music plays!

Dat’s how we do it down in da ba-you!

January 26, 2010

Too delicious!

I can barely handle the overwhelming satisfaction. This just tastes too yummy. I actually need someone to call me and talk me down. Can you believe the Minnessota Vikings actually changed their Home webpage in the 4th quarter to this….

OUCH!!!

Someone needs to tell them the general idea behind 48 minutes…