Archives For April 2009

Took some senior pictures for my sister Kelsie.Tell me what you think

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This question was asked in one of my recent assignments for my Anthropology class. I would like to hear your response to it and to the other question that I got out of the first question.

1)    Is there such a thing as a “Christian Culture”?

My response:
The short answer is yes. Where there are people, there is culture. Most cultures are defined by religion, which in turn makes sense to have a Christian culture. I think the real question to ask is a Christian culture bad? And the answer to this question is it can be bad. “When a person has been raised in one culture as a Christian and enters another culture to bring the gospel, the person brings more than just the gospel. The person is bringing his or her cultural understanding of the gospel and cultural manifestation of it. In other words the gospel has been contextualized in the culture of the Christian” (Grunlan & Mayers 26). Contextualizing plagues the “Christian culture” the most. Contextualized can be defined as doing something inside a system, forming ideology inside a set system. There are all kinds of systems set up, and ideologies inside these systems. That is not necessarily a bad thing. Where it gets to be a problem for the “Christian Culture” is when they cannot get outside the system and be a Christian sharing the gospel. Contextualizing God puts Him in a box that cannot be shared outside of the system that you picked the box up from, the culture that you learned about God from. Naturally this is how we learn about life, from parents, school, friends, jobs, etc…The question is how do we respond to something when it does not fit into our system of context? Can we survive? The problem with the Christian Culture is that often it only flourishes in the culture that it represents, Christians. Outside of that it flounders and struggles to find any meaning because it has been contextualized. Which the message of hope, the Gospel, is something that goes way beyond culture or race, but spreads to the whole world. The problem is when people start to take the gospel to only fit inside their context.

The question that I got out of this answer was this:

The question is how do we respond to something when it does not fit into our system of context? Can we survive?

Thoughts, Opinions, Don’t care?


As I was reflecting on a message I heard a couple of days ago
about starting and finishing the race
I started to wonder when does that race begin?
Some think the race begins when you leave high school.
For others they think when you get married.
For me I think it begins around 6th grade.

Now you might be wondering what this race is I am refering too?
Check out what 1st Corinthians 9:24-25 and Philippians 3 have to say
about this “race” and then check back in.

I hate running, therefore I hate racing. But this is a metaphor for life.
Life can be looked on as a race that will be completed some day.
Along the race we have many hurdles, times of exhaustion, and
of utter agony. And yet at the end of the race, there is a reward.
A reward that last way past the medal ceremony, it last forever.
What I was wondering from you the blog world is when does
this race begin for most?
What was presented was that Seniors in high school are getting
ready to start the race when they graduate. I really think guys and girls
that are in 6/7th grade are in the race of their lives right now.
Trying to make it through the first turn without falling.

What do you think? Has it begun?


I am going to be honest here, I mostly trust myself. I think most of us are like this. Granted there are some of you out there that are very trusting of others, but for the rest of us are naturally self-reliant. I wonder why this is? You might be thinking that the reason you trust yourself is because others have let you down, or maybe because we live in a corrupt society. I don’t really know what it is, but for some reason, we don’t trust others easily. In fact, God, the One who is perfectly trustworthy, is the one we have the hardest time trusting. Do you have a hard time trusting God? Are you like me and often make decisions on your own without even consulting Him? I know I do. It is easy for me to give people lip service and tell them that I am praying about my future or a decision, but often times I do not do it. Often times I revert to the trust I have for myself and for what I think is the best decision. When faced with a situation, I think about it and make the decision, but I never first ask God if it’s what He wants me to do. As I write this I realize how cheesy this sounds. I realize that it sounds too easy. Like I am giving the typical Bible answer here. This idea that all we have to do is trust God and things will work out. But I wonder, why does it sound cheesy to trust in God? Well, I learned something in the book of 2nd Samuel. 2nd Samuel tells the story of King David, a trusting man. He trusted God in everything he did. There is another book of the Bible that talks about David’s life, and that is the Psalms. I have been reading in the Psalms all the places where David is talking about his trust in God, how he has a major decision to make and needs God to tell him what to do. And I realize at that moment I don’t do this. I don’t ever really ask God what to do. I like to think I do, but I don’t. Maybe because what God wants me to do is hard, or maybe it is because it is something that I don’t want to do, but I have a hard time trusting God. I think about where I am today, about the decisions that I have made to be where I am at today. I now realize, even though I made a lot of decisions on my own (at least what I thought was on my own) God is still using these decisions to teach me, to shape me, and to tell me that He is guiding my life. For a long time I thought that every decision I made had to be perfect, because if I didn’t make the right decision I would mess things up and not get to do stuff that God had in mind for me. But over the last couple of years I have learned that God makes a masterpiece out of a mess. He takes my bad decisions and my lack of trust in Him, using them to teach me, and to shape and mold my life. This means that no matter how many times we mess things up or look to ourselves first before looking to God, nothing we can do can separate us from the love of God.

You could say the reason why Worship leaders do well on American Idol is because they have God.
Maybe so maybe not, you can argue that with your Bible study group on Monday nights.
After Tuesday nights performance by American Idol contestant
Kris Allen (watch here) of “she works hard for the money”
I started to realize that he has an advantage over
the other contestants, he’s a worship leader.

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Seriously, when you ask anyone what their favorite app is on the iPhone
the response is almost (an exception for the lame people) always PandoraIn this post I would like to give out some very important information.
I know I have talked about Pandora before, but this is another chance
to list out your favorite stations and learn from each other.

Here are mine:
1) Death Cab for Cutie Station
2) Radiohead Station
3) Anathallo Staion
4) LoveDrug Station
5) Deas Vail Station

So your turn, what is your favorite station?


I read this today from the devotional “Solo“:

Proverbs 30:1-9
The skeptic swore, “There is no God! No God!—I can do anything I want!
I’m more animal than human; so-called human intelligence escapes me.
“I flunked ‘wisdom.’
I see no evidence of a holy God.
Has anyone ever seen Anyone
climb into Heaven and take charge?
grab the winds and control them?
gather the rains in his bucket?
stake out the ends of the earth?
Just tell me his name, tell me the names of his sons.
Come on now—tell me!”

5-6 The believer replied, “Every promise of God proves true;
he protects everyone who runs to him for help.
So don’t second-guess him;
he might take you to task and show up your lies.”

7-9 And then he prayed, “God, I’m asking for two things
before I die; don’t refuse me—
Banish lies from my lips
and liars from my presence.
Give me enough food to live on,
neither too much nor too little.
If I’m too full, I might get independent,
saying, ‘God? Who needs him?’
If I’m poor, I might steal
and dishonor the name of my God.”

Hopefully this challenges you today as much as it has challenged me to examine how much I am consuming and “eating” rather than relying on God. In concordence with the verse I also read Ezekiel 37, the dry bones section. Read it if you have a chance today.

A Confession:
I feel like all I have been doing for the past month is eating everything in sight and have become so reliant that the “pantry” is stocked with food that I forgot who is providing this food. I have become so reliant on what I can do and provide for myself that I have lost the testimony of what God is doing in my life and how He is giving a messed up sinner like me grace and love. This is what I want to consume and live on.