Several weeks ago I wrote a brief article on our third anniversary in Wales. Well, today’s the day! Being a consummate procrastinator, I mailed a HUGE package of documents this afternoon to the UK Border & Immigration Agency, needed along with our visa renewal applications. Now it’s “hurry up and wait” time as the immigration folks take four to eight weeks to decide our future.
Please pray for several issues related to our continuing ministry in Wales:
- That we will be given either a three-year extension OR permanent residency. We only need one more year before we are eligible for permanent residency, so there is a remote chance they might recognize that fact and go ahead with it. We would be absolutely amazed and overjoyed! Continue reading
Timmy Brister has posed a challenging question to those within the Reformed resurgence, “Are We Creating a Reformed Celebrity Culture?” I would encourage you to read the comments and leave your own thoughts regarding this issue.
This past Saturday afternoon and evening, I spent nearly five hours at a music festival with 10,000 other people, most of them under the age of 25, who reminded me of monochrome mannequins walking amidst the brilliant colors of Spring in South Wales. Everything was blackâ€”nail polish, earrings, lipstick, t-shirts, and even the music/lyrics were blackâ€”punctuated with chrome piercings of every description and location, plus an occasional, irreverent streak of flourescent pink or purple in the hair. Continue reading
Here’s an audio version of chapter 2, “What Jesus’ Disciples Didn’t Know,” from Wayne Jacobsen’s book, He Loves Me.
I just discovered the amazing fingerstyle guitar talents of Andy McKee!
The folks over at Family Room Media have been busy putting together some short video clips. According to the FRM website, these clips "are intended to point out contradictions often encountered in religious institutions." Depending upon your perspective, you may found them funny, sad, or outrageously heretical; however, I believe that our brothers and sisters at FRM are doing us a tremendous favor in raising these issues. I see them as high-tech "Chick Tracts" aimed at bringing us face to face with our inconsistencies in the body of Christ. Here's one of my favorites, dealing with the issue of "Qualifications for Ministry." Can't you imagine hearing the words of Pastor Bruce—almost verbatim—from any number of one-man-show pastors out there, especially in our Reformed evangelical churches? Yes, I know it would be impossible to accommodate and "control" those who might like to share a word of encouragement or exhortation in most church services: but doesn't that, in itself, form an indictment against the way we do church? What happened to Paul's guidelines to let several people speak in an orderly fashion to the edification of the assembly. Oh, what was I thinking, that would be raising the "priesthood of the believer" to dangerous heights!
I came across the quote a couple months ago, in Paul Anderson Walsh’s book, The Bonsai Conspiracy,
It is hard to be who I am because it does not seem to be what anybody wants. ((Paul Anderson Walsh, The Bonsai Conspiracy (Sao Paulo: Grapho, 2006))
When I contacted Paul to inquire about the source of the quotation, he could not remember where he picked it up along the way, possibly from his experience in the secular Continue reading
Another great quote from Frank Viola’s new book, God’s Ultimate Passion:
One of the great problems in the Christian faith today, I believe, is that we Christians are taught to be salt and light in the world as individuals. We are exhorted as individuals to change the world for Christ. We are motivated as individuals to be agents of God’s Kingdom. “Church” has been redefined as the place you attend to be educated and Continue reading
A friend of mine recently posted a comment, "What are we ever going to do with you? I think your time across the 'pond' has been good for you." I really hadn't thought much about it, but I began blogging three years ago, shortly after moving to a new mission field in Wales. Coming here has forced me to rethink a lot of issues that I had filed away in the "Sorted" (for you Brits) or "Mysteries Solved" folder of my Reformed mind: especially things that would fit under the headings of ecclesiology (things related to the ekklesia or church), pneumatology (things related to the Holy Spirit), and missiology (things related to missions/evangelism). It has taken a culture shift to make me realize Continue reading