Archive for March, 2009

What’s in a Youth Group

March 23, 2009

I have recently contacted several old friends from my youth group back in the day via facebook.
Wow! It is fun going back in time and trying to remember everyone. After being contacted, I immediately check out their profiles. Interesting enough, it seems most of us have kept the faith. What I mean is, most are still professing Christ or to be Christians.
Proverbs tells us to train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
We are not children anymore, and we haven’t departed from the faith. Good job to all our parents and youth leaders back in the 80’s.
Hopefully we can get in touch with everyone and some day have a reunion of sorts. Facebook is helping out.
The second thing I do is check out their pictures to see if any one has aged like me, and/or gained weight. It seems that the women have aged graciously and still look the same. Oddly enough, the girls look like their beautiful mommas. Good thing! That is, the mommas I knew.
I plan on writing more about these facebook reunions in the future as I hope to see all those youth group girls I accidently kissed. I say accidently because our youth pastor kept us busy with studies and all.

Then I look at the pics of their kids. It brings a joyous smile to see that everyones quiver is full.

More on this later

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What’s in Junstifying Grace

March 6, 2009

I’m giving a talk in a couple of days on Justifying Grace. So, I’m extending the invitation for you, my friends, to give me some insight on what you think Justifying Grace is.
Comment as long as you like. I have some illustrations and some thoughts on delivery, but you might something better I could use.
Look forward to hearing your thoughts.

What’s too much

March 4, 2009

If you haven’t kept up in the baseball world, then I will let you know that $45 million over two years is too much money.
I’m a baseball purist and love the game, but I also feel that some players can make too much green.
Arguably one of the best hitters in baseball today, Manny Ramirez will play for $45 mil over the next two seasons.
If you know much about the history of baseball in the 20th Century, then there are those who believe players should get every penny they can. I disagree. I wish players would play for the love of the game first. Obviously there is nothing wrong with getting paid, but who on this earth is worth this much money for anything they do.
Of course Ramirez might be a great humanitarian that is going to touch countless lives with his cash. Maybe he is going to support those who have given their lives to touching eternity. He could give 90 percent away and still be considered a wealthy man for the rest of his life.
Baseball has truly sickened me this day. I’m not jealous, I’m just sick of inflated egos getting paid to have inflated egos.
I ask the baseball nation to stop this insanity.