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May 31 2009

Proverbs 31:10-31 ->Why do we expect women to be all this and let deacons and pastors pick and choose from 1 Timothy 3?

Proverbs 31:30-31 ->Again, though, do not praise your self or seek out praise, but let praise find you.

Revelation 9:20-21 ->Hardened people just flat out refuse to change.

1 Timothy 6:18-19 ->Don't allow earthly wealth to pull you aside from that which is best.

Quote: "Do not make riches, but usefulness, your first aim; and let your chief pride be that your daily occupation is in the line of progress and development; that your work, in whatever capacity it may be, is useful work, honestly conducted, and as such ennobling to your life." - Andrew Carnegie

Thought #1: Money cannot be your chief aim of life. Take it from people who had it!

Thought #2: Hm, this sounds similar to what Paul said in 1 Timothy 6:17-19 about not enjoying riches but good works & righteousness.
Moving toward the Horizon,

The promised randoms

Ok, I left you hanging last week, with no random thoughts. Here's what I've got so far:

1. (This was already on my twitter feed, but it's worth repeating) is thinking that many more trees must die before I go this route:

2. Redneck Axiom of life #47: That which does not kill me makes a great home video.

3. I was watching ESPN the other day, and they were advertising Nutrisystem for Men, to help men with weight loss. Who's in the commercial? Dan Marino, good idea. Mike Golic, another football player, also a good idea. Some lady in a bikini? What are they saying? That if I use Nutrisystem, I'll look good in a bikini? No thanks....

4. I just finished Unit 1, Level 1, of Polish in Rosetta Stone. I'm now capable of asking for a plate in Polish. I can't ask for the bathroom, the airport, or how I woke up in Poland, but I can ask a doctor for a plate or a policeman for an apple. So, in certain circumstances, I'm good.

5. Memorial…

Repost from Emil Turner's Blog

I haven't been reposting Dr. Turner's posts from the ABSC, but I thought this one needed to be seen. Check out Dr. Turner's blog on Fridays at

An old joke: she turned the wrong way on a one way street, and then increased her speed. “We’re going to be late,” she said, “Everyone is coming back.” Wrong. It’s funny from a distance, but up close it is dangerous and wrong. Some things I have observed in churches that are just wrong: Someone wants to terminate the pastor while he is out of town on vacation.A pastoral candidate has an agenda that will require a major change in the church, but he never mentions it in the interview process. A church staff member does not tithe. A deacon does not tithe. A pastor preaches a sermon about the people who don’t come to church. A church leader plans to be out of town during a revival or high attendance emphasis, even though he voted on the dates in business meeting. A church staff member thinks his only responsibility…

Many Leaders

Today, I read Proverbs 28:2 in my morning reading. (I read, usually, the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds with the date, and I rotate translations to keep me from reading to deep of a rut in it.) What is Proverbs 28:2? Well, if the RefTagger is working, all you have to do is hover the link, it'll show. Here it is in ESV:

When a land transgresses, e it has many rulers,
but with a man of understanding and knowledge,
its stability will long continue. Proverbs 28:2 (ESV)

Here it is in NIV:
2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers,
but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order. (Proverbs 28:2 NIV)

Dla przestępstwa ziemi wiele bywa książąt jej; ale dla człowieka roztropnego i umiejętnego trwałe bywa państwo (Proverbs 28:2, Gdansk Bible, from

I see the obvious implications here, for our nation, for the nations of the world, that many countries, including our own, do not have stable leadership. We are fractured under many rulers, ma…

May 28 2009

Proverbs 28:2 ->A sinful people has no clear leadership.

Proverbs 28:8 ->Not for the government. For individuals with a heart for the poor.

Proverbs 28:13 ->Forsake is a critical piece here.

Micah 7:18 ->God takes no pleasure in anger, but that doesn't mean He doesn't get angry.

1 Timothy 6:17 ->All things that we should enjoy come from God.

Quote: "The truly great general views reverses calmly and coolly; he is fully aware that they are bound to occur occasionally, and refuses to be unnerved by them." -J. Paul Getty

Thought: Expect & plan for things to not always go perfectly!
Moving toward the Horizon,

For amusement

I subscribe to the feed from, where I saw this post the other day.  I've been wondering what to do with it, whether to use it to illustrate a point, or as a joke.  Then, I thought I'd just rip it off and post it here.  Hopefully Walter Olson feels he's getting appropriate credit, since he's a lawyer, and could sue the stuffing out of me if he wanted to.  Which, though, would counter him illustrating unnecessary lawsuits.

Subscribe to Overlawyered, or at least give them a look.  Between illustrating legal system abuses, Mr. Olson does a great job highlighting the overall bad situation that the CPISA law has made for small businesses.
Jonathan Lee Riches sues Guinness Book of World Records
Jonathan Lee Riches sues Guinness Book of World Records

by Walter Olson on May 24, 2009

The notoriously litigious inmate, also known as Irving Picard, has sued the records book for calling him the world’s most litigious guy; he also “objects to the names Guinness intends to…

Convenient Culture

This past Monday was a holiday here in America. Officially, it was Memorial Day(Observed), as the traditional date for Memorial Day is May 30th, although I can't find a reason for that date. I might not be looking hard enough, although some accounts indicate it's a date that is not a battle anniversary, thus including all those who died in battle, instead of focusing on one day in particular.

Of course, we don't always observe Memorial Day on the 30th. In fact, we use the last Monday in May as Memorial Day. Why? In truth, I can't find a good reason for that. I know what happens, though. We take an important time for our nation and reduce it to a travel holiday, an extended weekend. A chance to get away, travel home on Monday, and have a shortened work week.

It's a part of our general American culture of convenience. Which is something that, I think, is kiling us slowly as a society. Everything we want, we want adjusted for our best interests. We want ever…

May 27 2009

Proverbs 27:2 ->Better to let others praise you then to be rebuked by them!

Proverbs 27:5 ->So should our churches also behave.

Micah 7:7 ->How do we watch? Expectantly or with pessimism?

Micah 7:8 -> I will rise. Not I might, not I should, I will.

1 Timothy 6:16 -> Yet, someday, we will be allowed to approach the unapproachable One!

Revelation 8:3-5 ->Prayers become judgment on the evil.

Quote: "No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you." -Althea Gibson

Thought #1: This is true. Even if you were raised by wolves---there's the person who left you for the wolves. And the wolves themselves.

Thought #2: You owe a debt of gratitude.

Thought #3: You never know who you're helping.

Prayer ->Lord God, help me be more positive toward your work today.

Moving toward the Horizon,

May 26 2009

Proverbs 26:13 ->And you think you're dealing with bad traffic!

Proverbs 26:27 ->Beware scheming! It will get you in the end.

Revelation 8:1 ->Breaking this seal reveals something so substantial that it stops the typically continual praise of God.

1 Timothy 6:14-15 ->Jesus will come back exactly when He should. ->Also, the only Sovereign, the only one Timothy needs to worry about fearing!

Quote: "What is strength without a double share of wisdom? Strength's not made to rule, but to subserve, where wisdom bears command." -John Milton

Thought #1: Seek the wisdom first!

Thought #2: Why do we make superstars of strength without wisdom?

Prayer: Lord God, today, let wisdom guide, but give me the strength to act.
Moving toward the Horizon,

May 24 2009

Proverbs 24:9 ->That should change the way we plan a lot of things.

Proverbs 24:32 ->Learn the lessons that are visible in others.

Hosea 6:6 ->When will we grasp this? Obedience, loyalty, heart, not checklist living!

1 Timothy 6:14 ->is Timothy be told to keep the commandment unstained? This reads as Paul charging Timothy not to mar the Gospel, or the calling to preach it, by his behavior. A charge we must take seriously as well and not harm the word by our actions!

Motivational quote: "I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty." -John D. Rockefeller Jr.

Thought #1: Um, Luke 12:48 anyone?

Thought #2: Somehow, we lose this idea when we're not "rich" enough, yet it is universal

Prayer: Lord God, without You, nothing has value, not even life. Let us celebrate the value You bring.
Moving toward the Horizon,

Another thought or two on the GCR in the SBC

I thought I'd sure a few more thoughts on the Great Commission Resurgence that's circulating through the SBC. For some of my previous thoughts, see here.

I want to point you to Charlie Warren's editorial in the Arkansas Baptist News. I can't get the permalink. Click on "Opinion" when you get to the website.

Now, having read both my opinion and Charlie's, I can understand where he's coming from. There has been enough bitterness and infighting in the SBC to poison a thousand wells, and a lot of it has gone on between people that are all, in truth, conservative, Bible preaching people. It's ridiculus. We fought for the Bible, then, apparently, fought over the people that didn't fight for the Bible as much as we expected.

I was barely born then. In fact, while the Conservative Resurgence was happening was one of the few times in my life I wasn't faithfully attending or being drug to a Southern Baptist Church. I was 3, we were in the Phili…

May 22 2009

Proverbs 22:2 ->Whoever you are, you are not greater than God. Nor too insignificant for Him.

Proverbs 22:7 ->Yep.

Proverbs 22:13 ->Any excuse works for some people.

Revelation 7:16 ->It does get better

1 Timothy 6:13 ->God is the source of all life. He is also our driving force in ministry. It's not about pleasing any other person.

Motivational quote: "He is a wise man who wastes no energy on pursuits for which he is not fitted, and he is still wiser who, from among the things that he can do well, chooses and resolutely follows the best." William E. Gladstone

Thought #1: The key is to find what you are fitted for, and that requires self knowledge and good counsel.

Thought #2: You have to balance this against doing what is needed. If you're the only one around, you can't claim "I'm not fitted to call the Fire Department, your house will just have to burn!"

Thought #3: Churches, be wiser!! We are not fit for many of the things we do.


May 21 2009

Proverbs 21:3(NKJV) ->Which do we focus on?

Proverbs 21:27 ->God is not interested in your phony sacrifices. Your life will show better what you mean, what you are truly about.

Revelation 7:3 ->God knows His own.

Revelation 7:14 ->It's good to admit you don't know. Especially to heavenly messengers.

1 Timothy 6:12 -> Life of faith is not easy, otherwise there wouldn't be the direction to fight it.

Motivational Quote: "The applause of a single human being is of great consequence." -Samuel Johnson

Thought #1: Go find someone to applaud!!

Thought #2: If you seek the wrong person's applause, the consequences could be greatly dire!

Prayer: Lord God, let me not seek the applause of the world, but of You, and keep me from being bitter towards those who have the applause of the world.

Moving toward the Horizon,


I just came back from a quick "Run to the Border," where I needed to feed an urge for nachos and Mountain Dew (NOT the nasty Taco Bell exclusive Baja Blast). While I was walking over there, sitting and eating, and coming back, a few things happened that brought some thoughts to mind.

First, there was the point at which I placed my order. Now, in restaurant work, especially quick-service, everyone should be trained to do what is called suggestive selling. This is the system that breeds the ubiquitous question "Do you want fries with that?" This takes what a customer orders, and makes a suggestion connected to it. For example, someone who orders 3 tacos and 2 burritos should be suggested a drink. Or, perhaps a jar of Tums. But I digress. The point is to take what someone knows they want, and recommend an addition. This is what your server is doing every time they ask "Did you save room for dessert?"

The basic suggestive sell is a flat line, with no th…

May 20 2009

Proverbs 20:1 ->Wisdom is found in maintaining control of yourself

Proverbs 20:3 ->Drop it! There are senseless quarrels, and they do you no credit to start, continue, or even solve them.

Proverbs 20:10 ->Twisting your business practices is wrong. You can't have one standard for rich, another for poor, another for those you don't like, another for those you do.

Proverbs 20:10 ->Also, though, be an honest consumer. If you get more than you paid for, try to make it right.

Proverbs 20:18 ->When are and conflict are necessary, do so with much counsel and consideration.

1 Timothy 6:11 ->I must pursue these things, rather than earthly reward. Also note that gentleness does NOT equal weakness.

Motivational quote: "In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it." Norman Vincent Peale

Thought #1: He's right. We look for what we expect to find, and often find it. Do you look for God to work in your life? Do you look …

Cubes, puzzles, and what-not

Long, long ago, I was a senior in high school. And, one of my classes was a lovely 2-hour block called AP Chemistry. Which was a great class. It had, essentially, a room full of nerds, a few non-nerds, and some wannabe nerds, in one classroom for 2 hours. Occasionally, it had this group of people in a chemistry lab for 2 hours. Which was borderline scary. This was the group of people smart enough to be concerned when the chemistry teacher let us know that someone had stolen the jar with the 1-pound block of sodium in it. We didn't think it was cool, we knew it was dangerous for someone not among the nerdy to be roaming about with a chemical that would catch fire if it contacted water.

Trouble came to AP Chemistry when our teacher had a heart attack, or needed heart surgery, or something like that. It's one thing for a substitute teacher to hold kids down for 50-minutes. It's a whole different story to hold them back for 100 minutes. Especially when they are bright, …

May 19 2009

Proverbs 19:20 ->We should always be listening, not setting out to learn everything ourselves in our own way.

Proverbs 19:21 ->One set of plans will endure. Which would you choose?

Micah 5:4 ->The Lord God is not promising just to shepherd Israel but the whole world.

Revelation 7:3 ->God withholds the next phase of judgment until all believers are identified:to themselves, the angels, each other, and the world under judgment...

1 Timothy 6:10 ->Yet Christ was already pierced for us. We should not go out and pierce ourselves. It's pointless.

Motivational quote: "There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the makeup of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success."- George Adams

Thought #1:All of us are made by God, who uses the world around us to shape us into what He intends us to be.

Thought #…

May 18 2009

Proverbs 18:1 ->Lord God, help me not isolate myself!!

Proverbs 18:4 ->You don't harm wisdom or diminish wisdom by acquiring as much as you can!

Proverbs 18:17 ->Hear both sides! This cannot be overstated!! Jumping to conclusions is not so good...

Micah 4:5 ->Context shows that the Lord is the One True God, that all may walk in their own way, but salvation comes only from the One!

1 Timothy 6:9 ->Seeking wealth cannot be our goal. Seeking godliness must be. Wealth is not intrinsically evil, but the desire for it is, and the longing can cause us to fall into much sin.

Motivational quote: "We treat our people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you." -Mary Kay Ash

Thought #1: People will see straight through you if you do this for them to serve you. You have to have a mostly clear motivation, a genuine heart of service.

Thought #2: This must be done, not lip-serviced. If you would serve people, you have to fi…

Book Review: The American Patriot's Bible

My next book review opportunity for Thomas Nelson Publishers is The American Patriot's Bible. I received this book free through the Book Review Bloggers program, at

So, what about The American Patriot's Bible? Well, what you have a is a hardcover New King James Version Bible. The added content involves brief episodes and quotes from American history, primarily from the Colonial Period through the establishment of the Constitution. There are also other quotes from American leaders, especially Presidents, and the publication is fresh enough to include President Obama.

How you might enjoy this Bible depends on your expectations. If you are looking for a study Bible, that gives you verse-by-verse insights, this is not the Bible for you. While each book does have an introductory page featuring authorship, dating, and theme information, these pages do not have a discussion of authorship, dating, and theme. For the Pentateuch, as an example, Moses is…

Tomorrow's Randoms Today

Ok, I've got a powerpoint project I need to be doing for church, but my laptop and MS Office aren't on speaking terms. So, I'll blog now, and tomorrow use the desktop at home to wrap up the project.

Randoms for this week:

1. I haven't blogged all week, basically. Why? Who knows? It's just been a week that I haven't felt like it, and since I do have real work to do, I've tried to focus on that. But, I've got some things to do, like a book review I warned you about last week.

2. I think I've found more evidence that God is southern, as Lewis Grizzard often claimed. First of all, there's the accent issue. But, I found more! In my Bible listening, I heard this verse: 13 And the grain offering with it shall be two tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, a food offering to the Lord with a pleasing aroma, and the drink offering with it shall be of wine, a fourth of a hin. [3] Lev 23:13 (ESV)Now, when you mix flour with oil, you make: …

May 12 2009

Sorry for the lag in publishing.

First things today: Read the quoted article in this link at Triablogue. Then, later, if your brain really wants to hash out some of the great issues of life, go back and read other posts there.

Motivational Quote: "It is characteristic of genius to be hopeful and aspiring" -Harriet Martineau

Thought #1: Tell that to the people at

Thought #2: I think we're missing an indefinite article. Some geniuses are brooding and melancholy, because they see and expect human nature. And human nature is informed by a state of total depravity.

Proverbs 12:4 ->Yet men will seek out wives based on pure earthly standards, and we perpetuate that method in the church.

Proverbs 12:10 ->Wicked people do what they think is compassionate, yet it can, in reality, be cruelty. It's not wicked to question actions, whatever the motivation.

Proverbs 12:15 ->Seek guidance. It is foolish to think that you are the only right person in the world. …


This week's random thoughts:

1. It's probably better that an anti-God President skipped the National Day of Prayer. After all, since he's all for child sacrifice, and God called Molech 'the detestable god of the Ammonites' over the child sacrifice issue, would we want someone praying to a detestable god? Didn't think so...

2. That one was heavy. To lighten up: If you hope to receive a pessimism award, are you automatically disqualified? Or should you give up on it?

3. How is it McDonald's can make great fries, but lousy burgers? Can you not have the same quality requirements for cows as potatoes?

4. You shouldn't leave your weather radio off when storms are predicted...

5. Who had the bright idea to create iced coffee? And then apply the idea into the 'Frosty-cino' at Wendy's? Because that thing is hideous.

6. Check out a great 'Mom Job Description' here at Herding Grasshoppers!

7. Everyday Mommy's doing a giveaway at her…

May 8 2009

Motivational quote: "You need to plan the way a fire department plans: it cannot anticipate where the next fire will be, so it has to shape an energetic and efficient team that is capable of responding to the unanticipated as well as to any ordinary event." --Andrew S. Grove

Thought #1: And you should use time between events for training and preparation---not use your fire department to mow lawns like some cities have done. Keep your people trained and focused on what they are intended for.

Thought #2: The other thing a fire department spends their time on is prevention training. For churches, we should find a way to be constantly involved with prevention training and preparation training. Prevention training as outreach, where we engage with the non-churched world, and preparation training, where we strengthen our church folks. Prevention is sometimes mundane, but sometimes big, preparation is the same.

Moving toward the Horizon,

Good things in the SBC

Okay, the past few posts I've taken a shot or two at some things in the Southern Baptist Convention that I think could use changing. To be fair, though, I'm a lifelong Southern Baptist, and, further, I think I should share some great things we have as Southern Baptists:

1. Local Church Autonomy: We here at Calvary Baptist can vote tomorrow to paint the building in pink camo, and the SBC has no say. We can choose our worship style, our leadership, set our budget. All that's really required of a participating church is to give $1 a year to the SBC. (I don't count doctrinal agreement as required. See #2)

2. Doctrinal agreement: We have a fairly short, extremely straightforward doctrinal statement. It is specific where it needs to be (Basic Trinitarian Concepts, Atonement, Divinity of Christ) and generic where it needs to be (Election/Predestination, Spiritual Gifts). It allows churches to develop their own character, but makes clear what beliefs we associate with …

Why I signed the Great Commission Resurgence Document

We've managed to stir up another mess in the SBC.


Well, since we've gotten so off-track with all the other messes we have in the SBC, our current national leadership, such as Johnny Hunt and some of the seminary presidents, like Danny Akin, wrote up a 10 statement article called the "Great Commission Resurgence." You can click the link and read it.

Now, I attached my digital "Doug Hibbard" to this statement, you can find me under the "H" header. I signed this because I agree with the points that are stated in it. Let's look at a few of them:

V. A Commitment to a Healthy Confessional Center. We call upon all Southern Baptists to look to the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 as a sufficient guide for building a theological consensus for partnership in the gospel, refusing to be sidetracked by theological agendas that distract us from our Lord’s Commission.

Why did I agree with this? Because we have been sidetracked before over adding things to t…

May 6 2009

Motivational quote: "Why not be oneself? That is the whole secret of a successful appearance. If one is a greyhound, why try to look like a Pekingese?"--Edith Sitwell

Thought #1: Except that, as you are, you are totally depraved, and unable to do anything worthy of the God who created you. So, you know, fix that and then be who He created you to be.

Thought #2: How does one jive this with people who don't act like who they are? Like men that don't want to be men?

Proverbs 6:15 ->The wicked get sudden destruction, not warning after warning.

1 Samuel 25:10 ->Don't answer kindness with rudeness.

1 Timothy 5:18 ->Paul refers to Luke as 'Scripture.'

1 Timothy 5:18 ->Churches have a responsibility to meet the needs of those who serve and to do so adequately.

Prayer: Lord God, thank you for your protection in storms. I pray you will protect those who are in danger from them now.

Moving toward the Horizon,

Church Administration

Ben Stroup tweeted a question yesterday about what one church admin responsibility would you drop.

My response was Sunday School attendance taking.

Since he works for Lifeway, he was rightly dismayed by my answer.

Now, I'm not against taking attendance for Sunday School. What I'd do away with is the multiple redundancy system that we use here. However, I'll roll with the wider question:

What good does taking attendance in Sunday School do?

Really. If you don't know that someone isn't there only if they aren't on the roll sheet, then you have failed the relationship purpose of Sunday School. Either your class is too big or your eyes are too small.

What about visitors? What about them? You can't get a person to go one-on-one and get their name and information?

What about recording the attendance? What about it? Any SBC church going to cancel Sunday School because attendance is down? Or do we use the numbers either to create an artificial target or perpetu…

May 5 2009

Motivational Quote: "Happiness, happiness...the flavor is with you--with you alone, and you can make it as intoxicating as you please." --Joseph Conrad

Thought #1: Happiness can be affected by outside circumstances, but also our own mentality towards it.

Thought #2: The horror...the horror...I actually think Conrad was one of my favorite authors in Lit classes.

Proverbs 5:1 ->Wisdom can be acquired by listening to others, by learning from others.

Proverbs 5:15 ->Maintain your fidelity: this is evidence of wisdom and honor.

1 Samuel 25:3 ->Intelligence is of first importance.

1 Samuel 25:33 ->Discernment is useless without actions.

Micah 8:11 ->Do we want prophets with the word of the Lord? Or do we want prosperity on this earth?

1 Timothy 5:17 ->Preaching really is work. Also, those who lead the church should receive honor, not disdain (look back 2 chapters, see who should be leading the church. Disqualified individuals should not be leading)

1 Timothy 5:2 ->Min…

Re-imagining the SBC

I was recently able to go on a 'Vision Tour' with the Kansas-Nebraska State Convention and the Kansas City Kansas and Kaw Valley Associations. While we were visiting various mission sites, one of the missionaries we were talking with said something that struck a chord in my mind.

His name is Daniel Goombi, and he's a NAMB MSC Missionary, working with the Native American Nations in Kansas and Nebraska. He said that his work is effectively international missions, because the Nations have separate languages, cultures, and laws that govern life. Even though they are within the US, there is a major difference, and a level of autonomy within the boundaries of a Native American Nation that make it separate from our own.

This got me thinking: Why do we, as Southern Baptists, have a North American Mission Board and an International Mission Board? What purpose do the dual mission agencies serve?

Looking back, the existence of dual mission agencies makes sense in the past. Also, th…