Monday, September 27, 2010

Picture Frames and Time Travel

And so we sit and wait
For memories of glory days to fade
When love was more than just a song we sang.

Those years and miles,
That all got traveled
Are left behind for nights of sorrow.

What becomes of picture frames
That hold our dreams
And photographs of two in love?

Somewhere in time all things worked out,
On some distance star in some unknown world
The place where time stands still
And you will never forget.

But tonight all the leaves will change colors
And all the trees will become bare
Showing their limbs
Lifted to the sky.

For love once filled this heart of mine
And your smile could light up my room,
But now the fatigue has set in
And I can only lift my hands to the sky.

Monday, September 13, 2010

My Favorite Four Letter Word

I like to talk, mostly just to hear my own voice. I also like to use four letter words. My favorite of these words is well, it’s a complicated word. The reason is that in English there is only one word used for this term. The Greek have four words for this one each with their own special meaning.

Storge, Philia, Eros, Agape…Love

It’s difficult because we only have one word in English. One four letter word to express how we feel. Sometimes we only get one chance to use it, or, we use it without limit.

We say we love our car, we love our meal, we love our sports team, or we love our significant other.

So, what do you love?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Can A Christian…

…be a sports hero?

Yes. Tim Tebow is a name that you may or may not recognize. He is a quarterback for the Denver Broncos…well a rookie quarterback for the Denver Broncos. He had his start in Florida and made quite the impression on the field as well as off.

He is an outspoken Christian who plays in a league where gun fights at clubs and dog fights are encouraged (not literally but you have to wonder). He plays the game of professional football and is probably going to make millions of dollars. Which is fine.

Here is the problem. Anything he does, will be picked apart and scrutinized. Every comment he makes, every ball he throws, every speeding ticket he gets, every move he makes…they’ll be watching him (sorry I couldn’t help it!).

Which leads me to as this question. Shouldn’t we as Christians already hold ourselves to that same standard. If the world is going to scrutinize everything we do, should we have an even more watchful eye on our own behavior?

What do you think?   

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Can A Christian…

…burn a Koran?

Yes. He can also burn a Bible, an American flag, a cigarette, or any number of things.

I say this because of one reason and one reason only. He is protected by the Constitution of The United States of America to do so.

The problem is that this go so much further than his rights. It goes to the core of who this man is and what this man stands for. I don’t personally know Terry Jones so I cannot comment directly on his character but I can comment on his actions. From his actions I can assume that Mr. Jones comes from the old school of Christian thought that everything that isn’t of Christ needs to be killed off. Now, before you go an hang me please understand that there is only one way to heaven. Christ and Christ alone.

My question is how are we to bring people towards a loving relationship with Christ if we can’t show them love and compassion. The people entangled in Islam need God’s love just as much as you and I.

What do you think?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Praise You in the Storm

Say what you will about the theology of Casting Crowns, but I like this song.

Sometimes, we just need to let it all out. We just need to shout, yell, curse (maybe not curse), grit our teeth, not hold our punches and just let it all out…before the Lord. I think if I know one thing about God (and only one thing!)  is that He respects honesty. No matter what our situation we just need to let it all go. I’m not talking about blaming God, or being angry with God. I’m talking about just falling to our knees and humbly excepting that we don’t have all the answers or resources to do it on our own.

I can tell you one thing, it’s not easy. It’s not easy to say, “I’m wrong”, or “God, I don’t have the answers but you do!”

So there you have it, praising God amidst trials. Because, trials bring perseverance, and perseverance must finish it’s work so that you may be complete! (James 1:2-4)