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UPS invented a Teleporter!

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Here's a screen capture of an Amazon.com order I placed.  If you look at the details, you'll see my package Departure scanned Lexington, Kentucky at 4:58 this morning.  It then arrived in Little Rock at 4:59.  As UPS has obviously therefore created a teleportation device that takes approximately 1 minute to work, I'd highly recommend you invest in this new technology!And yes, I'm jealous because when I worked there, no one told me that the company had teleporters.  I would have stayed and become a teleporter expert.Doug

Sunday, June 27 Services

Go To FileFactory.com Text: Matthew 12:22-37Theme: JudgmentDate: June 20, 2010 AMLocation: CBC MonticelloUnitedThe Kingdom of God has a singular focusDo you? If we do not, then we are working against the KingdomForgivenUnforgivable: to blaspheme the Spirit:How? I want to avoid this, really.Do not ignore the Spirit as if He is not GodListen to the conviction: of sin, of need for salvationForgivable: anything elseIncluding insulting the Son of GodNot an exhaustive listRather a “this really awful thing is forgivable so everything else is too”VisibleHypocrisy shows un—Kingdom involvementVisible evil shows against the KingdomMake it all goodWords: the things we speakWords and deeds go hand in handIt will be obvious by your words and deedsThis is how you will judged:That your life has been Christ's or not:Your words will be evidence.Evening Sermon Outline:Text: Philippians 4:4-7Theme: Rejoice when?Date: June 6 2010 PMLocation: CBC MonticelloWe are here commanded to rejoice always. It'…

Book Review: The Portable Patriot

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As we start towards Sunday's observance of Independence Day here in the United States, it's the perfect time to remember where we've come from as a nation.  We should be stopping to remember what price was paid for our freedom, and what we struggled with to reach the point of our freedom.Into this situation comes The Portable Patriot, compiled and edited by Joel J. Miller and Kristen Parrish.The Portable Patriot: Documents, Speeches, and Sermons That Compose the American SoulThis is the second book I've read with Joel Miller as an author.  The first, The Revolutionary Paul Revere, is also available from Thomas Nelson Publishers.The Revolutionary Paul RevereBoth books show Miller's passion for the Founding Era of the United States.  It's not an entirely bad passion.Now, to The Portable Patriot.  A few things about this review: 1.  I'm not about to criticize most of the content of this book.  While I may have my agitation with various interpretations of the U…

Calling out the followers

Now, this is not a theological post, although there are many ways that title could be used for that!No, this is a little more personal, and much more light and fluffy.  Ever since we started blogging, Ann and I have both used Statcounter to measure blog traffic.  We also have Google Analytics, but Statcounter responds quicker, even if there are things you can't do with it.  Since all we're really interested in is a visitor count, and that just for fun, it doesn't much matter.However, one of the fun things Statcounter does is provide visitor paths, which shows, in a general sense, where a visit came from.  For example, if you access my blog from a computer at University of Arkansas, it tells that I had a visit from a computer on the UA network.  Maybe someone could ultimately track down where, but I can't.  And I don't have any real interest in doing so.  If you want to be anonymous, be anonymous.We have, though, noticed some interesting locations that reveal return…

1 Peter 1:2

Reams of paper and digital ink have been spilled over the words at the end of 1 Peter 1:1 and the beginning of 1:2.  There's even been blood, unfortunately, spilled over this:Who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father.  1 Peter 1:1-2Now, what's the problem?  Well, the problem comes in the "chosen" part.  We as people like to believe we're in control of our lives, that we're ultimately in charge of our own destiny.Yet, how does this reconcile with being "chosen?"  I, for one, cannot fully answer you.  I firmly believe that God is more capable of ruling the universe than I am.  So, we'll pass on that.  It represents one of the pitfalls in Biblical study: you can bog yourself down trying to solve one argument and miss reading and doing what you can actually understand.So, let's take a look at the rest:1.  The foreknowledge of God the Father: this is God as we understand we are to pray to.  Without His foreknowledge, our pra…

1 Peter 1:1-2

Continuing an intended long look through 1 Peter, I'm still in verse 1.  Yep.  3 weeks, and I'm still commenting on the first verse.  I've read more, but I'm still here.  Partly because the SBC had a negative impact on my blogging time.  Well, the SBC and the 16-hour road trip to get there.  So, 1 Peter 1:1-2:1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen 2according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and besprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure. Three words stood out to me:1.  Reside: I started thinking of the time I spent living "in residence" in college. The train of thought moved on to that time in medical school called "residency."  Both evoke the idea of someone living, working, and studying in a place not their home.  That their is a defi…

Sermons—June 20th

Go To FileFactory.com No outlines---both were hand-scrawled.  Have a great day.

Promises that shouldn't have been made

The following is a basic synopsis of a paper I wrote for a Spiritual Formation class I took through Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  I was, for a time, a student in their Semlink program, which I highly recommend for anyone pursuing graduate theological education.  Even if you intend to residence and graduate elsewhere, take 20-30 hours from GCTS.  Make sure most of it will transfer, but the added viewpoint will be of great value.  Especially for us Baptists---get a little bit from outside.  Anyway, the paper had to do with a case study book we were using for the course.  The book featured various cases of situations that ministers were facing, whether personal or professional.  Many of them dealt with the crisis that happens when those two collide.  I selected a case study dealing with a minister that had gone through a divorce, and had been vaguely promised re-instatement of his ministry credentials after a certain time.The minister, and the study called him "Pete," h…

In Florida

I don't know when this will post, since where I am right now I have no internet access.  But right now, I'm in Florida.  Zellwood, Florida.  You've probably eaten carrots from here.  They're good carrots.Anyway, I'm on my way to the Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, Florida, and it's been a day on the road.  I left home in Monticello, Arkansas, at 5:30.  We got here at midnight.  Thursday we'll do it all over again.  This is not something that qualifies as fun, but it's what I'm doing this week.  Why?Well, it's not because the SBC is the world's most exciting 2 day business meeting.  It's not because I'm about to crash on the sofa at my grandfather's house and I was just dying to see him.  It's not because I thought it would be a good time for my kids to practice life without daddy around.Neither is it because I have marvelous contributions to make to the SBC.  It's not because I have a sense of duty that, as a Sout…

1 Peter 1:1 Part II

So yesterday we looked at the opening of 1 Peter.  Now, into the verse:Peter addresses his letter to "those who reside as aliens in " and goes on to list several Roman provinces.  They're all in what is now Turkey, but we'll leave geography for the present time.  Instead, what about residing as aliens?The first thing that comes to my mind, having been raised in the Star Wars/Star Trek era is, of course, ALIENS!!  You know, critters from another planet.  Whether benign ones like ET or bad ones like the Borg.  Aliens.  Sometimes like Vulcans, sometimes Klingons.  Sometimes Wookiees or Jawas or Gungans or….well, you get the picture.  Hopefully.  If not, go watch Star Wars and take in the cantina scene.  That's aliens.  Watch Star Trek VI and see the clash of cultures.  The fact is that aliens stick out, because they don't belong.  They have their own rules of conduct, manner of dress, and language.  They even have their own dietary requirements!The next thing ab…

1 Peter 1:1

Ok, I'm going to try and take a different angle on the blog for a few weeks.  I've started reading through 1 Peter and I'm going to focus on sharing my thoughts about it.  There may be a few comments about life in general, but I'm wanting to stay focused.  Why?Well, let's look at 1 Peter 1:1 to start with: "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,"  and then he goes on to address the specific audience. I'll touch on that in a different post.Peter had a great many things he could have worried about.  The Roman Empire wasn't exactly godly.  There were problems among churches and church leaders.  There were economic issues and other problems.Yet he identifies himself first and foremost as "an apostle of Jesus Christ."  I want to be more like that.  I have allowed myself to spend a lot of time catching up and trying to stay current on SBC issues, American Christianity issues, and politics.And I'm tired.  Really.  It's been too much of a di…

June 6, 2010 Sermons

Text: Matthew 11:25-28Theme: WeightDate: June 6, 2010 AMLocation: CBC MonticelloEvery where we look, we see tired peopleThey are burdened by lifeThey try to ease their burdens the wrong ways:DrugsAlcoholGamblingSexBad relationshipsWays we misunderstand thisWe don't have to do anythingGod won't put more on us than we can bearThat we work for God but not with HimWhat it meansThere is effort to following ChristThere is Never Solo EffortWhat we should doOur weariness shows that we are not working with ChristTypically by attempting to bear burdens He hasn't given usBy not following His commandsCome to Him, let Him give us restCarry what He expects, and nothing elseBeing yoked with Christ allows us:RestGuidanceMeaningful workI didn't preach my outline for Sunday night---changed sermons and scribbled notes between 6 and 6:30, so there's audio but no outline.Go To FileFactory.com

Book Review: The Last Christian

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Confession time:  This book review was due last week.  I failed to deliver.  Why?  I have no idea.  It's on my to-do list.  It just didn't get to-done.If you'll read Disclosures! you'll discover all the truth about me and book reviews.  This one is from WaterBrook/Multnomah's Blogging for Books program.  Good times.  Free books.The Last Christian: A NovelA few weeks ago I read The Last Christian: A Novel by David Gregory.  It was a good read, although I didn't find it quite the gripping page-turner a few others have.  If you'll click the title above, you'll hit the description page including a link to download the first chapter of the book, which will be a good tease for you if you're interested.  What's to like in this book?  Well, you've got adventure, in terms of people hiding from evil businessmen bent on ruling the world.  You've got intrigue, with businessmen and politicians in secret alliances.  You've got romance between majo…

Two Weeks Later

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Well, it's been 2 weeks since I've written a blog post.  A couple of things happened in those 2 weeks, and I'm going to comment on them both.1.) The world failed to come to an end due to my lack of blogging.  I received no emails clamoring for me to restart my blogging, neither did any major religious or political figures call me to seek advice, since it wasn't forthcoming on the internet.Neither did any of the issues that I thought had been thoroughly settled, since I had blogged the exact right answers in the past few years, go away.  There's still much digital ink being spilled over politics, taxes, Baptist life, and the upcoming end of civilization as we know it.  (It's true.  This fall.)2.)  I realized that I missed writing.  I recognize that I don't write well, and the numbers don't lie that I'm not reaching a huge audience.  However, I enjoy typing out my little thoughts and ideas.  I find it somewhat satisfying to read rebukes of bloggers an…