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Yes!!

Thu, 05 Mar 2009 19:07:00 +0000

We love the game Rock Band in my house. But I was noting the other day that there is a large hole where U2 and Beatles songs should be. Well my longing to sing Yellow Submarine is ending as Rock Band has announced a Beatles track pack out this September. I know what to get Sarah for her birthday!!!

Here is the article on Rolling Stone



Ok already...

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 18:48:00 +0000

I have been tagged by multiple people, and so I bring to you my random 25 things:

1. If I could afford it I would drink nothing but Coke and Mt. Dew - in that order.
2. I am secretly hoping that belly button lint is discovered to be a precious resource, I produce enough to keep everyone happy!
3. I have only dreamed of being two things - a professional basketball player, and a professional musician. So far 0 for 2.
4. I love my church. No really, I LOVE Pump.
5. I have entertained the idea of becoming a vegetarian, twice.
6. I once met Danny Glover in a Fred Meyer downtown, he looked like a bum.
7. My oldest son is so much like me that I can look at him and tell you what he is thinking.
8. I have always been able to beat my dad at a game of horse, always.
9. I really enjoy a bag of Haribro Gold Bears.
10. I am blessed to be married to my best friend.
11. All of the software, digital music, and digital movies we have in our house are legal.
12. I would play video or computer games all day, and I have no moral issue with that.
13. I could eat Taco Bell every day.
14. I have built 4 computers from scratch, and rebuilt one lap top.
15. I must put shoes on in order to feel like I am awake.
16. My nickname in high school was buns of steel. No really, and I didn't name myself.
17. I have only had 2 male best friends in my life, one in elementary school, and one last year. I have only had 1 girlfriend, and I married her.
18. Deliriously I cheer for the 49ers. There is always hope.
19. I believe there is no better treat on a hot day than a pickle.
20. I love to be with people, but I need quiet alone time to feel sane. I learned that from my mom.
21. If Sarah and I had no children we would likely be living in another country.
22. I don't sing in the shower very often.
23. I would rather cheat than loose at a race.
24. In high school I lettered in choir, band, and theater. You may call it dorky, I call it cultured.
25. I don't have a dream car.

well there you have it. I will not tag anyone else, this ends here.



My Birthday is coming up!!!

Sun, 25 Jan 2009 06:40:00 +0000

If you are looking for a present for me for my birthday, here is an idea...
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Fri, 05 Dec 2008 20:44:00 +0000

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This video will steer some of the worship I lead at Pump going forward. I love it because it is raw and transparent. I feel that we approach the throne of God best when we come as we are and let go of what others may be thinking about us. I love my church family because they bring it every Sunday.



Who are you...

Wed, 29 Oct 2008 07:49:00 +0000

As Christians we must learn from our inherited tradition's ancestors. Like our Jewish cousins, we must be willing to question Yahweh. We must be willing to wrestle with our maker as Jacob did. Wrestling is not a sport in which the one with the most strength wins. Rather, the one who learns from his opponent and counters with the correct moves wins. Wrestling is an intimate activity, we can learn much about who we are and our place in His creation by wrestling.

And so I ask...

Who are you that you will allow an institution which so greatly blesses the Church family of the Northwest to close it's doors?

Who are you that you will watch a 4 year old girl suffer from leukemia?

Who are you that you will not stop a babies head from fusing forcing an emergency and scary surgery?

Who are you that you will not protect children from the selfish choices of their mother?

Yahweh,
I thank you for these times when I can see that I am but a small part of your creation. I thank you for reminding me that it's not about me. I thank you that I can feel remorse, sadness, fear, and disgust. I thank you that you are bigger than my feelings, and that you know better than I. I thank you that in all these things you will have an opportunity to save me - again. I thank you for Cascade, Caitlin, Zion, and Emily. I ask that in all these things you will teach me who you are. I ask that these times of heart ache are a reminder of the wonderful story of Jesus, and that these hard times will stir my excitement about his story. May I never be quiet, may I never be afraid, may I never be ashamed. Give me the strength to be a soft spoken servant, and a brash mouthed prophet; and guide me with your spirit that I may know when.
Amen.



I've got Joy, down in my heart...

Wed, 08 Oct 2008 04:15:00 +0000

I have been thinking about joy quite a bit lately. I don't consider myself to be an overly joyous person, in fact I would think most people would see me as cynical and frumpy. I long to be a person who shines joy into others, but it doesn't come easily to me.Paul has some interesting thoughts on joy. In Galatians 5 he mentions that joy is a fruit of the spirit, not a state of being but the effect of some cause. Outside of this writing Paul and other new testament writers don't generally excite me with what they say about joy. Here are some of those thoughts:Paul says in 2 Corinthians 8:2 that "Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity."The writer of Hebrews says "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning it's shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."James writes "Consider it pure joy my brothers when ever you face trials of many kinds..."If you were to ask average Americans what the definition of joy is, they would largely give you a definition closely related to happiness if not that it was happiness altogether. The new testament writers seem to think of joy as the effect of trials or persecution, they seem to say that joy and happiness are somewhat contradicting. Both seem to be effects of different causes, one from desires of the flesh and the other from desires of the soul. I have heard it said that money can't buy you happiness, and I think that is largely false. I have had money, and it made me very happy. In fact the more money I had the happier I think I was. That happiness came at the cost of not being a very joyful person, it brought emptiness, and no matter how happy I seemed to be it didn't last long before I felt I needed to buy more.As a disciple of Jesus I am now trying to live with as little money as possible so that happiness is not a temptation, and so that through my trials of making ends meet and relying on God's providence to take care of me I will bear more fruit called joy.[...]



I hate politics

Tue, 09 Sep 2008 04:29:00 +0000

(image) I'm not a big fan of politics. I don't enjoy talking or listening about the direction of our country, nor do I generally care. Having said that I am thinking about voting this year for the first time in my short 10 years of eligibility. Honestly the newest Poli-star Obama has me captivated. Not because of his good looks, his well articulated speeches, or his diverse background. It's because of his thoughts on abortion.

the democratic party has largely been pro-choice, and Obama's stance will follow. But the thought process he went through to get there is beautiful. Don't get me wrong, I believe abortion is wrong, and as an adopted child I believe in alternate options. Obama states that abortion is wrong and that human life is valuable even at early stages in pregnancy. But at some point in time there are going to be unwanted babies, and Obama believes that until we as a  nation are ready to take in unwanted babies we should allow other people to choose their own path.

Jesus says: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." Matt 7:3-5

I think he meant what he said. I am not willing to take a stand on abortion until I am ready to start adopting babies.

This wise thinking is exactly what we need as a leader for our country, and since I don't think Jesus wants the gig, I may vote for Obama.



The Mystery of Water

Wed, 25 Jun 2008 19:59:00 +0000

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Hannah has never been a big fan of water. Sure the idea of joining the other kids in the pool sounds great, but she has always been a little skeptical. In fact taking a bath is nearly past her threshold for water tolerance. Washing her hair is a battle. But at the community pool last night she "had what alcoholics refer to as a moment of clarity!" She started holding my hands and swimming by herself and finished with multiple jumps into the pool from the edge while I caught her. In fact before her last jump attempt she said to me, "Daddy? Can I get those glasses so I can jump in by my self?" I was shocked! the same girl who screams bloody murder in 4 inches of water in the bath tub when it's time to rinse her hair is swallowing gulps of pool water!

And I realized at that moment that we are not far from walking her down the isle, or attending her graduation, or the birth of our grandchildren.



Say what you need to say

Wed, 18 Jun 2008 05:21:00 +0000

I learn some of the most profound things about my faith from non-Christian elements. John Mayer has a new song out for the soundtrack of "The Bucket List"

Take all of your wasted honor
Every little past frustration
Take all your so called problems
Better put 'em in quotations

Say what you need to say
Say what you need to say

Walking like a one man army
Fighting with the shadows in your head
Living out the same old moment
Knowing you'd be better off instead

If you could only
Say what you need to say
Say what you need to say

Have no fear
For giving in
Have no fear
For giving over
You better know that in the end
It's better to say too much
Then never to say what you need to say again

Even if your hands are shaking
And your faith is broken
Even as the eyes are closing
Do it with a heart wide open

Say what you need to say
Say what you need to
Say what you need to
Say what you need to say

And now I am asking: "what is your purpose?" I don't want to hear any answers like "to carry forward the work of Jesus..." I want your REAL answer. Search your heart and the REAL answer will be something you don't want to think about or consider. I realize that one of the reasons I am called to be the hands and feet of Jesus is because that is the most dirty part of the body. They are not glamorous, they are abused and weary.

What is your purpose for living? Are you living that way? How do you need to change to live for your purpose?

Please spend sometime in silence thinking and praying.



Clouds in the day, and fire at night

Fri, 18 Apr 2008 16:32:00 +0000

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I taught a lesson a couple weeks ago, and then was blessed to hear a similar sermon this last Sunday from a friend, about the authority of Jesus.

Matt 7:28-29
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

The ideas that I had were echoed by my friend's sermon (which is encouraging because he is a veteran in the pulpit. Yes Ike, I called you old!). Jesus, and to a great extent the 12 apostles and Paul, carried themselves differently than most. They had no fear other than an incomplete mission. I believe the reason for this was deep adoption of identity in Yahweh. These men understood that they were who Yahweh says they are, no more, and most important in our society - no less. Authority was born from this awareness.

I have been studying some Jewish theology lately in order to better understand my Rabbi. This idea of identity in Yahweh holds deep Jewish roots. Israel found their identity in Yahweh on a regular basis. It is largely thought that Israel's identity was found in their obedience to Torah. This is only slightly true. The Jewish thought is that obedience to Torah is required, yet no one was capable of obeying completely. Identity was found in Yahweh's deliverance, which is not a far thought from the Christian idea of identity in Yahweh's grace and mercy through Jesus Christ.

As I dive deeper into Jewish thoughts and ideas, I find that our beliefs are not that far apart. We seem to be following the same pillar of clouds and fire.



Old Friends!

Fri, 18 Apr 2008 15:23:00 +0000

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We were blessed to spend some time with old friends in Portland at the PUMP Church of Christ. We love you guys!




my new computer!

Fri, 11 Apr 2008 05:00:00 +0000

I just built a new computer, I love it cause it's fast! Here is what I got:
Asus MSN32 sli ready premium motherboard with IR port for remote, and aux lcd screen for hardware readouts, email reading, and RSS feeds while I'm in full screen apps!
AMD dual core 6000 3.0 ghz processor
2 - 2gb sticks of XMS 800 speed memory
Evga nvidia 9600 video card with 512mb ram
Ultra full tower case
2 120mm fans - 110 cfm, other fans run max at about 35 - 50 cfm!
Western Digital 500gb sata HD
Windows Vista x64 (Vista is awesome and worth the money!)
I'm having fun and geeking out!

Also, on Sunday we had church service in our living room. We had visitors as well as regulars. I wore slacks and a t-shirt, tell all your friends.



I was tagged! v 2.0 - 123

Fri, 29 Feb 2008 18:21:00 +0000

[Directions]
  • Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more.
  • Find Page 123. Find the first 5 sentences.
  • Post the next 3 sentences (in other words start posting at sentence #6).
  • Tag 5 people.
"Yet Adam was created in God's perfect image, with no scars and nothing to hide until after the Fall. This question may offend some Jews, and for that I apologize in advance, but within this context it simply must be asked: Could the hidden disfigurement of circumcision symbolize the idea that the priest - representing all the people - had something to hide, just as the fallen Adam did? Similarly, could a new mother's uncleaness come from her part in bringing another sin-addicted soul into the world? And could a woman's pain in childbirth - which is unnatural according to Genesis - be intended to remind us of our loving God's pain at the other end of life, at our death, which is also unnatural?

For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declare the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!
- Ezekiel 18:32
Every painful birth heralds an eventual death, and both are part of the curse that Adam and Eve received as the result of the original sin."


I am breaking the rules, I will not tag 5 people. If you read this and have not yet done it, you are tagged!



I was tagged!

Fri, 29 Feb 2008 17:51:00 +0000

Four jobs I have had in my life:1. Service Level Coordinator for T-Mobile2. Chapel Coordinator for Cascade College3. PSP Director/Intern4. Lawn Mower - this was my own business when I was about 13Four movies I've watched more than once:1. Transformers2. Fight Club3. Elf4. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (my favorite Disney movie)Four places I have lived:1. Portland, OR2. Redmond, OR3. Vancouver, WAthat's all folks!Four TV Shows that I watch1. Good Eats 2. Sponge Bob Square Pants3. Man vs. Wild4. What's with that house?Four places I have been:1. Muncie, IN2. Danville, KY3. Prescott, AZ4. Caldwell, IDFour people who e-mail me (regularly):1. Kayte - my boss2. Various sales guys from Sweatwater3. Urban Dictionary word of the day4. Washington Mutual - when the balance on my checking account is low (more often than I wish!)Four of my favorite foods:1. Ice Cream2. Popcorn3. Hebrew National Hot Dogs (Jews really know how to make good meat!)4. Raw carrots and celeryFour places I would rather be right now:1. Anywhere in Mexico (preferably in the mountains)2. Outside working in my yard3. In & Out Burger4. PUMP Sunday morning praise timeFour things I am looking forward to in the coming year (next 12 months):1. Financial Peace University2. Camping3. Going to a University of Oklahoma Sooners football game with my friend Jim4. Taking a trip to the coast with my wife and no kidsFour significant/memorable gifts I have received:1. Isaac2. Andrew3. Hannah4. MoriyahFour Books that have impacted me the greatest:1. Matthew inspired by Yahweh2. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey3. Everything I need to know I learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulgham4. Through Painted Deserts by Don MillerFour People who have changed my thinking and continue to do so:1. Jesus the rabbi2. My best friend Sarah3. The Apostle Paul4. The Reverend Ike Graul[...]



Question

Wed, 16 Jan 2008 03:01:00 +0000

What is the difference between faith and courage?

I look forward to your thoughts!



I love my job!

Thu, 23 Aug 2007 06:22:00 +0000

I had a training workshop today at work before I start in a new department. Many thoughts were passed on and some were very good. The one I can't let go of is the T-Mobilized version of the serenity prayer:
"Grant me the serenity to accept the people I can not change, courage to change the people I can, and the wisdom to know it's me."
This is an internal saying we are using to develop better customer service. But I love what it says about how to make disciples. I almost cried right there in my training.

T-mobile is the best!



Where is that damn narrow gate?

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 19:27:00 +0000

When Jesus said: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” I don't think he meant that we should try to disciple everyone...

After Jesus had healed the demon possessed man in the region of the Gerasenes, sending the demons into a herd of pigs (a much more dramatic conversion story than that of the apostles) the once possessed man wasn't even invited to follow Jesus. “The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.” Luke 8:38- 39. For one reason or another this man was not disciple material. Luke even tells this story following the parable of the sower in which Jesus tells us that there is good and bad soil. I have found that Luke is very intentional in how he crafts his writings, so I don't think this combination is a coincidence.

This teaching difficult to adopt in our current “more is better” culture. Jesus clearly tells us that more is indeed not better. And yet we are consumed in our 'evangelism' efforts with numbers. The amount of people we baptize or have in service on Sunday mornings defines our success. It has become an extremely daunting task to develop a culture of quality in our church family. It is a discussion we have weekly, something like: “we need to set a goal of 200 souls saved by October of next year!” While I appreciate the ambition and passion that accompanies this statement, I am not sold it is what Jesus asked us to do.

Pleas don't misunderstand this to mean that I will not Goodnews anyone I come into contact with, but not everyone will find that mysterious narrow gate. I feel the biggest problem with our discipleship efforts is that we get constipated on evangelism. The Gospel is not something we should take time out of our busy day to do, it is our purpose for our busy day. The business is our ministry, and until we understand that 12 people completely sold out for Jesus are far more dangerous than 200 people who are not, we are swimming up a waterfall trying to accomplish the incredibly large mission Jesus gave us.

I am thankful Yahweh is big enough that the mission can be completed some day, but we better follow Jesus.



And by the way...

the reason we didn't move back to Portland is because our pillar of cloud/fire is still here in Redmond. I am confident that Yahweh will lead us back eventually, but we will only move when he says “GO!” and it won't be only to be with our friends and family again, but to plant a church in SE Portland. Until then we will wonder in the wilderness.




To Redmond, or not to Redmond

Fri, 13 Jul 2007 15:59:00 +0000

So we took a trip to Portland a few weeks ago and came home aching to move back to Portland. We almost did it, really, almost. Our time in Redmond has been bittersweet. There are parts of this place that we would miss greatly, and there are things that I would love to forget. My vision is to someday plant a church in SE Portland, it is my favorite part of the city, and the neighborhood that I grew up going to church in. I kind of feel being in Redmond is part of my Pauline journey. Most of my Bible hero's spent time growing in the desert before they were ready for their ministries. Jesus, Paul, and Moses all spent time in the desert maturing into the leaders we know them to be. I feel like that is what we are doing.

Some really good things are happening:
  • I have a fantastic job - T-mobile treats their employees very well, my benefits are better than what Sarah would have as a teacher, I am promoting fast, and I have an opportunity to win a trip to Las Vegas for 4 days based on my performance!
  • We spend good quality time with Sarah's Mom and Step dad - we have not had as many opportunities of late, but every time I hang out with Herald we have discussions about spirituality. *please pray for Herald and Jean (and kids Hayley and Hunter), Herald is in a very serious level of alcoholism, at this point in his life if he were to stop drinking he would die of shock to his system, only hospitalized treatment will cure him, but he is not willing.
  • We are working on a church plant with some friends who went to Columbia College and Southwest. We are three families strong now and praying for opportunities to grow. This process is bursting with pain. I have taken more of a backseat/observer/follower role to the more wise and experienced leaders in our group. However I think we are going about his thing the wrong way, it has been a great experience for us, and we really love our new family.
We really miss Portland and more importantly our dear family and friends there, we will come home sometime, just not yet.



Healing Power

Thu, 05 Jul 2007 14:49:00 +0000

By request, I post again:Act 3:1One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer–at three in the afternoon.Act 3:2 Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.Act 3:3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.Act 3:4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!”Act 3:5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.Act 3:6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”Act 3:7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong.Act 3:8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.Act 3:9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God,Act 3:10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. As we work on panting a Church here in Central Oregon, I can't help but think that healing people is the key to ministry with Jesus. I have not yet discovered how to physically heal people, I think it takes more faith than I have. But I think we have a different ailment now than was in New Testament times. Physical hurting in most cases can be fixed with treatment from doctors. Our ailment is false sense of self. We struggle with understanding how we fit in with those around us. We all desire to be cool, and yet we make it so hard for others to feel accepted. I believe the gospel calls us to heal people, and I think that comes in the form of relationships. I don't have enough resources to feed all the hungry people in Redmond, nor do I think a meal will solve the true problems for those who are hungry. Being a friend and letting that person know that God cares about them, and I care about them is really what most people are hungry for. Even those who stuff themselves at every meal. So at our Church I am trying to convince people that they have the power to heal. Well, actually that Jesus has the power to heal, and we just need to get out of the way.[...]



Keep the villain in Christmas!

Wed, 20 Dec 2006 01:48:00 +0000

Conversation in the car after our visit to a church on Sunday morning:

Andrew: "You gotta see these villains I drew!"
Isaac: "Cool!"
Sarah: "Did you draw villains in the nativity scene coloring book you got at church today?"
Andrew: "Yeah..."

A wiseman is a great disguise for a supervillain!



Mt. Jefferson

Wed, 13 Dec 2006 05:53:00 +0000

I woke the kids up early on Sunday and we set out to play in the snow for a few hours. We tubed, hiked, and played in a great snow fort. The day was great, I love being 30 min from great snow!(image) (image) (image) (image)
Eat your hart out!


*These pictures were taken from a BlackBerry*



Theologically Themed Video Game

Tue, 12 Dec 2006 05:57:00 +0000

So this is what I want for Christmas.
Imagine: you are a foot soldier in a paramilitary group whose purpose is to remake America as a Christian theocracy, and establish its worldly vision of the dominion of Christ over all aspects of life. You are issued high-tech military weaponry, and instructed to engage the infidel on the streets of New York City. You are on a mission - both a religious mission and a military mission -- to convert or kill Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, gays, and anyone who advocates the separation of church and state - especially moderate, mainstream Christians. Your mission is "to conduct physical and spiritual warfare"; all who resist must be taken out with extreme prejudice. You have never felt so powerful, so driven by a purpose: you are 13 years old. You are playing a real-time strategy video game whose creators are linked to the empire of mega-church pastor Rick Warren, best selling author of The Purpose Driven Life.

Check out the rest of the article here - www.talk2action.org


The only thing better than this would be if Brad Pitt and Ed Norton would share in the Lord's Supper before commencing "Fight Club" activities. When I find that branch of the club I am so in.

Also, go listen to the song "White and Nerdy" by Weird Al, it is every Church of Christ guy I know, including me!



It's been a while!

Mon, 30 Oct 2006 23:23:00 +0000

A few random thoughts floating in my mind:

1. Please forgive my absence in blogger land. Two things have been keeping me from interacting with all of you lately. First we now have 4 children and life is moving at an unbelievable pace. Second, I sit in front of a computer screen for 10 hrs a day at work, it is so freeing to stand up at the end of the day and see real life.

2. John Legend is amazing. He has a new album out now called "Once Again." And he will change the face of R&B as we know it with this album, much like Lauren Hill did years ago. Oddly enough he helped write, produce, and perform the "Miseducationoflaruenhill."

3. Four children is much different than 3. The difference between 2 and 3 was not that noticeable, but 4 has Sarah and I scratching our heads.

4. I got a new phone, a Blackberry Pearl (8100). It is the most awesome phone I have ever see(image) n, you should buy one right now!

5. Oikos church is wonderful! We have gained one member in the last month due to another member having a baby. We also had our first visitor a couple of weeks ago. She seemed overwhelmed, I don't know if she will come back, but I don't care that's between her and her maker. We are currently working to move services to Sarah's mom's house, pray for us.



Oikos

Mon, 25 Sep 2006 04:08:00 +0000

I was privileged today, to attend the most awesome church I have ever been too. It was small, but very effective. We had but 6 people show up: Me, Sarah, Isaac, Andrew, Hannah, and a partial Moriyah. Service was around 10:30, in the living room. Dress code was (at least for me) pajamas. Isaac lead singing, Andrew lead the Lord's Supper, and I lead the discussion. This was an impromptu church service on the day of Sarah's birthday, born of the frustration I have been feeling to praise and worship in a community unbound by cultural expectations. I have not felt free to celebrate Jesus since we moved, until today. We clapped, danced, sang, and stomped. It was lively. We were preached to from Matthew chapter 4, the great temptation, and a challenging discussion followed. It was a day of liberation for me. My favorite part was being with people who are as interested in following Jesus as me. Even though I live with these people I had been blind to this attitude among them.

And so, I would like to publicly declare the opening of a new church in Redmond, Oregon: Oikos Church of Christ. Oikos (pronounced hoi-kos) means house or home. Or rather the community that you would find in one's house or home. I don't know if we will meet every Sunday, or once a month, or if we will ever meet again at all. But I think that the Kingdom revolution looks like dancing, singing, and praying children. Keep us in your prayers.



A very good ego hit

Thu, 21 Sep 2006 00:50:00 +0000

I am a stubborn person. I have named all three of our earth walking children, and so I assumed that the fourth (and last) I would name as well. But my beautiful wife is also a genius, and beat me this round. However I will beat her to the punch and announce Wolfgang baby #4's name:

Moriyah Jean

Moriyah is Hebrew for "instructed by Yahweh," and Jean means "God is gracious." Jean is Sarah's mom's name, and my mom and sister's middle name.