Monday, October 26, 2009

I went this way last week!

It will be a while to repair the rock slide on I - 40, our favored way to take Margaret to Covenant. I guess we will go though Atlanta for a while - it just seems so out of the way!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Don't do the Math - have kids and trust Jesus

Preached the Gospel to myself and others last Sunday

You can listen and or watch it here.

These are dear people and the pastor, Bill Heard, is one of the best guys that I know. If you live in the area you ought to worship with them!

Tim Tebow - a discussion.

As a Alabama fan I agree with Jeff and what he says below. My caution to a young boy and picking heros is not to pick a hero that is alive. You do not know how he will turn out over time. Tim Tebow is trying to live out the gospel - love that. I even pray that he never falls morally. He is my brother in Christ after all.

I just hope in God's providence that humility will happen in the SEC championship game when he plays against the University of Alabama - Roll Tide Roll!

Jeff Robinson
September 29, 2009

For nearly four years, Tim Tebow has presented a dilemma in my home. He is an all-American quarterback, perhaps one of the two or three best players ever to play the college game. He is, as we say in my rural Georgia hometown, "tougher than pig iron," often battering his body and willing his troops to victory like Aragorn at Helms Deep. Opposing players see Tebow in the huddle and shudder. He plays every down as if it were his last. I really like that.

But, herein lies our dilemma: he plays for the Florida Gators, the national champions, and my family has for decades bled the red and black of the Georgia Bulldogs, my alma mater's entry in the toughest sports conference in America. For us, the operative equation goes something like this: Dawgs plus Gators equals mortal enemies. But here is my recent problem: Tim Tebow is my brother in Christ. He shares the Gospel, undertakes missions work, and seeks to live a Godward life with the same tenacity that he displays when it is third-and-goa

l on the opponent's one-yard line. Tebow wears eye black emblazoned with John 3:16 and he plays football the way a Christian should: smash mouth, grit-and-gunpowder, all out all the time, to the glory of God. It is exceedingly difficult to root against such a brother. Tebow's full story is available here.

Last season, after Florida suffered its lone defeat of the year, Tebow publicly shouldered the blame for the loss. In a memorable post-game press conference, he pledged to apply every ounce of his strength toward winning the remaining games. Florida won 10 straight (steamrolling our beloved Bulldogs along the way), its final victory coming in the national championship game against Oklahoma. Florida's streak began with Tebow exhibiting a concise summary of biblical manhood - tenacious humility. And Tebow's tenacious humility became the tracks upon which the streak rode. Last weekend, Tebow suffered a concussion against Kentucky, but I suspect he'll be back very soon. He's not the game-missing kind.

Recently, my oldest son asked me if it would be okay if he adopted Tim Tebow as a hero so long as he maintained his primary allegiance to a certain team from Athens, Ga. (where, incidentally, head coach Mark Richt, a vibrant follower of Christ, is also a wonderful example of biblical manhood). I didn't have to think very long. "Absolutely," I told him, wondering if I had really just signed off on such a request. This dilemma has stretched me; it has made me pray for the grace to live in accord with the difficult imperatives of Romans 12, which is always a good thing. In the same manner as Paul admonished believers to imitate him insofar as he imitated Christ, I want my boys to be like Tebow because he is a very clear and winsome example of what biblical manhood should look like in a young man.

One does not have to delve very deep to find a vibrant and orthodox faith living within college football's brightest star. This past summer, Tebow was asked about his commitment to stay pure until marriage. Could it be true? "Yes," he told a cynical media corps, without blinking. Tebow believes the Bible teaches that sex is the exclusive privilege of a man and woman within the bonds of marriage. He said so without blinking, later admitting that he does not date. And so authentic was his answer and so authentic has been his walk before a watching public, the usually snarky fifth estate received the answer without the customary ridicule. "How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word." (Ps. 119:9)

Tebow is unashamed of Christ and all the implications that come from following Him. He is willing to endure mockery and ridicule for Christ because, as he recently told ESPN in an interview, living for Christ is life and death. And football? Well, he told ESPN, it is just a game and it is by no means ultimate; Christ and the Gospel are.

This is what biblical manhood does. Biblical manhood carries out assigned tasks with diligent effort to the glory of God. It walks unashamedly with Christ and risks alienating the city of man on issues such as sexual purity because it lives with a greater city in view. It lovingly, humbly, and with biblical tenacity, leads and protects those placed under its care, manfully shouldering the blame and repenting when it fails. Biblical manhood enjoys the good gifts God has given while worshiping the Giver as the supreme treasure. And it pushes fathers to teach their sons that love for the body of Christ trumps affections for their favorite football team.

Go Dawgs, but God bless you brother Tim. Thank you for giving my sports-crazed son a snapshot of Christ and a reminder of the supremacy of the Gospel.

You can find this article here.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Covenant College WeeKend for Karen

Who knows where Karen will go to college but she visited Covenant College with some friends a week ago. Her sister Margaret wants her to join her there for sure!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

What David Letterman Can Teach Us About the Gospel

What David Letterman Can Teach Us About the Gospel

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fast facts

The top-10 words kids search online are:

  1. 1. YouTube
  2. 2. Google
  3. 3. Facebook
  4. 4. Sex
  5. 5. MySpace
  6. 6. Porn
  7. 7. Yahoo
  8. 8. Michael Jackson
  9. 9. Fred (A popular fictional character whose YouTube channel has become a hit among kids)
  10. 10. eBay
from 10/7/09 edition of
Church Leaders

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

How is this for a Quote about the Church?

Sam Storms, p 17 To the One Who Conquers

“The only thing that ultimately matters is the degree to which a church corporately and the lives of its members individually are shaped and fashioned according to the likeness of him who is Lord indeed.

In the final analysis, Jesus cares comparatively little about numerical size, cultural relevance, social influence, or financial prosperity. What matters most to him and must therefore matter most to us is whether a church holds forth his name, proclaims the gospel of which he is the center, and heeds his words as guidance to govern its life and loves. Is your church Jesus-driven? Are the ministries and programs of your corporate existence energized and given shape by what pleases him? Is he prized above all earthly treasures? Is faithfulness unto death an easy choice to you and those of your congregation?”

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Karen's Sr. Pictures

Pics taken by Aphrodite Photography Inc.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Miracle in Franklin video

Take 5 minutes and this will challenge and encourage you! It did me.