Monthly Archives: August 2010

soccer stuff…

English Premier League – Weekend Roundup

PL: Weekend RoundUp

& worst goalie mistake of all time ??

HT: JordanCooper


Music Monday

this relates to more of worship songs — but I read a great article this week & got some thoughts from Eric & Krissy here at Kairos.

Here is the article — I, my and me

a few songs that might work…

Also — N.T. Wright on the hunger for worship

music Monday

love anything by the Avett Brothers. Here is their video for “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise
creative & well thought out…

and the Canadian group

praying the Psalms (Ps 112)

read Psalm 112 early this morning & it brought me back to maybe 20 years ago & one of the earliest passages of Scripture that I had memorized….

Ps 112:6-8
Such a (person) will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. God’s constant care of him will make a deep impression on all who see it. He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him. That is why he is not afraid, but can calmly face his foes.

Not fearing bad news….
Not living in dread of what may happen
But to be settled and centered – that Jehovah will take care of me.
Then & only then – will I live unafraid.

Jesus & the mosque

I read this on BW3‘s website & decided to copy it – in its entirety here – because it was that good to read. The article is written by Leighton Ford, who worked closely with Billy Graham.


Jesus and the Mosque

“On a shelf at home I have a copy of Pilgrims of Christ on the Muslim Road, the story of the Syrian-born writer Mazhar Mallouhi. As a young man who grew up in a Muslim family he had a profound spiritual hunger, read widely, learned of Jesus in the Bible, and became a follower of Christ while remaining loyal to his Muslim culture. His novels are read by millions in the Middle East. Through them he has sought to bridge misunderstandings between Muslims and Christians.
In the book is a photo of him in the famous Al Azhar Mosque in Cairo, sitting with a group of Muslims as they read the Gospels together. It is his custom to say, “I am a follower of Christ. Here is what Jesus said. Tell me honestly, do you think I am living as Jesus said I should?”

I thought of Mallouhi’s question during the heated dispute over the location of a Muslim mosque and community center near Ground Zero in New York. Among the voices being raised – some harsh with anger, some deep with indignation about “rights”- I wonder if the missing voice is that of Jesus? If I were a Muslim I might want to claim rights, but also want my leaders to consider whether another location would work and help to heal some deep hurts. But I am not a Muslim. Those issues are for the Muslim community to decide.

What I need to ask is: what does Jesus say to us who say we follow him? Suppose we, like Mallouhi, sat down with some Muslims in the new community center, and read with them some of the words of Jesus, words like “Do good to those who hate you.” That could apply to radical terrorists who want to blow us up. So how can it not apply to Muslim neighbors who are living among us?

Many years ago my late friend J. Christy Wilson was pastor of the first ever Christian church in Kabul, Afghanistan. Through the good offices of President Eisenhower permission was granted to build the church, attended by Christian expatriates. The time came when the Afghan authorities revoked permission and announced they would knock the church down. When the bulldozers arrived what did the Christ followers there do? They served tea to the workers who were destroying their church building! They were living out a central tenet of our Christian faith – that we are “saved by grace” -God’s grace freely given in Jesus Christ – and they showed grace.

How can we do that? I hope the churches and the Christ followers in New York can figure it out. Perhaps delivering a cool drink to the workers who will build the center? After all Paul went so far as to write (and this was about enemies, not neighbors) “If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.”

Does this mean we naively accept real evil? Not at all. I understand the rage that 9/11 stirred. Force is often needed to protect the innocent. But ultimately I have to follow Jesus and his follower Paul in the baffling reality of Paul’s admonition to “Overcome evil with good.” What does the love of Christ compel me to do? Perhaps whether in New York or Charlotte to extend a little more grace – actually a whole lot more. Wouldn’t that be the best witness we could make?” –Leighton Ford

Saturday links

Bill Gates favorite teacher

lets not forget Pakistan

Les Misérables: Quotes to Ponder

This is the way it ought to be
“In The Four Loves, C. S. Lewis mentions two friends, Ronald and Charles. After one of them died, Lewis realized there was no consolation to be found in the possibility that he and the surviving friend might now actually “get” more of each other as a result. “Far from having more of Ronald, having him ‘to myself’ now that Charles is away, I have less of Ronald.” He would never again, for example, observe Ronald’s unique reaction to one of Charles’s jokes. Lewis notes, “In each of my friends there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out. By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity; I want other lights than my own to show all his facets.”

global issues

Gardeners or Mechanics

vox of the day

“The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and the devil are fighting there and the battlefield is the heart of man.” – The Brothers Karamazov (Dmitri)