Monthly Archives: October 2006

Lilly Gordon

Dear friends,

Please visit “www.lillydrive.com” and seriously consider supporting this.

My brother from a different mother Lane Gordon and his beautiful wife have a blessing in their life named Lilly. She is amazing. She was born with cystic fibrosis and can use all the prayers that we can muster. If you are looking for a place to give to, please consider this. Go to the site and watch the videos that Lane has put up, you’ll instantly fall in love with this precious child.

Peace to you

Happy Reformation Day!

On this day in 1571, Martin Luther nailed his famous “95 theses” on the wooden door at Wittenberg. If you want a basic idea of what “Reformation Day” is, go to the Wikipedia site.

Today’s Daily Office Reading:

O Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth will proclaim your praise.


Come, let us worship the Lord, the great God.

Come, let us rejoice in the Lord, let us acclaim God our salvation.
Let us come before him proclaiming our thanks, let us acclaim him with songs.

Come, let us worship the Lord, the great God.

For the Lord is a great God, a king above all gods.
For he holds the depths of the earth in his hands, and the peaks of the mountains are his.
For the sea is his: he made it; and his hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us worship the Lord, the great God.

Come, let us worship and bow down, bend the knee before the Lord who made us;
for he himself is our God and we are his flock, the sheep that follow his hand.

Come, let us worship the Lord, the great God.

If only, today, you would listen to his voice: “Do not harden your hearts
as you did at Meribah, on the day of Massah in the desert, when your fathers tested me –
they put me to the test, although they had seen my works”.

Come, let us worship the Lord, the great God.

“For forty years they wearied me, that generation.
I said: their hearts are wandering, they do not know my paths.
I swore in my anger: they will never enter my place of rest”

Come, let us worship the Lord, the great God.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Terce Prayer for the morning:

1 Corinthians 12:4 – 6 ©
There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them.

All Hallows Evening

Tomorrow, on “All Hallows Evening” (or Halloween) I get the privilege of attending a “church planters” gathering at Western Theological Seminary in Holland – where I am enrolling to complete my MDiv studies. It should be a good time. I can’t wait to see George Hunsberger, who has become a friend and hero of mine in the past three years. If you haven’t, I STRONGLY recommend picking up a copy of “Stormfront” and read it, then read it again. Here’s a link to buy it for you.

I have been watching a lot of history programs on the origins of Halloween as we know it. Pretty interesting.  I have read many times how early Christians would repeatedly take pagan practices and try and “christianize” them. St. Patrick was pretty well versed in this during his time in Ireland. Isn’t it interesting that still today, the contemporary ‘modern’ Church still copies popular culture and its hangup’s in order to “attract” outsiders? I would go into how there shouldn’t even be any “insiders” and “outsiders” but I digress. *if you want another take on that idea, go read my friend Spencer’s new book “A Heretics Guide to Eternity

Back to my point, when will the Church wake up and seize its birthright? When will we stop trying to copy and begin to innovate? As God’s beloved, shouldn’t we strive for originality, creativity, integrity, subversion, culture-shaking belonging?

Another thing::::

Yesterday, our new community began talking about what it REALLY means to be a community that loves everyone. Do we honestly mean that ? Can we really accept ANYone? My theory is that many church communities in all sincerity believe that they accept anyone, but put invisible boundaries up that don’t allow those in the margins to really belong. With this thought, we then pushed on the idea of what does it look like for me to be in community with people I completely disagree with on different topics (gay marriage, doctrine, truth, Kingdom…) and what does this all mean for us moving ahead?

Then, tonight I had to drop my kids off at a close relation of ours who is completely opposite of myself. This person doesn’t share one of my same convictions/ideals/or anything…we couldn’t be more different. In a conversation, I was trying to describe a baptism in our community, something that is to be celebrative and wonderful – but the conversation quickly became uncomfortable and un-fruitful. Then, I get in the car with this stress on me only to realize that I have just experienced the reality of my conversation yesterday! Great, now what do I do with this?

and then there were two…

this morning, mel and the girls and i drove to grand rapids to meet with our loved ones (jes and katie) to begin a new type of community there with them. i can honestly say it was very refreshing, and not just because we had some amazing coffee from Rwanda. any time with these two is blessed, but as we began to re-think church together and what dreams we may have of being the church together….well, i was thrilled.

i am so excited for this new adventure we get to take with them. they are so wonderful, and i can’t believe i get to spend more time with them!

well, it’s late so i am going to bed.

Will Williman

Yea! Will Williman is now a blogger!!!! Click on the link on my blogroll>

michael j. fox is my hero

As you may have noticed, I’ve had a link to the Michael J. Fox foundation for some time now. Mr Fox has tirelessly devoted himself to raising funds and awareness for not only Parkinson’s Disease, but also for finding a cure that would impact most neuropothy’s (like mine). He is indeed a hero of mine, and to millions of others who suffer from these types of diseases.

It sickens me to hear ass’s like Rush Limbaugh. In fact, it makes me so mad I can’t write about it here….

Anyway, I remember back in July when I was lying in an ER bed watching the Senate pass two critical stem cell research bills. One of these, would have allowed reasearch on 200,000 embryo’s that have been frozen and were about ready to be thrown away. As expected, Bush veto’d the bill and the 200,000 embryo’s were destroyed. I am not a big fan of abortion, but I am a big fan of finding a cure to these diseases if for no other reason than to see a brighter future for my own two girls. I am not saying I’d advocate ANY embryonic research, only that I realize that scientisits are to the point where they don’t need to use aborted fetus’ cells. They can use embillical cords, they can artificially create spinal colomns in labs to use…and on and on.

It’s easy to sit back and have black and white opionions when you aren’t suffering each day, Mr. Bush. I can no longer afford the luxury of ideals like he excersizes. And Rush needs to have some decency.

The Saints are Coming – u2 and Green Day

This video/song is unbelievable. My all time favorite group joins up with Green Day for the new “Sunday Bloody Sunday” for these days. What a statement on our governments total lack of common sense. And outside it’s America….outside it’s America….

What a time in the life of our country. We are in a war virtually no one believes in, and was started on false information. The majority of the people in this country voted for the other guy, but that doesn’t matter. Now, the majority of our country thinks that our president is doing a terrible job. Is this the 60’s again?

In the midst of all of it, we are still yelling about political adds and have to listen to a blowhard put down a disabled person on national tv who asks to back another person in order to seek for a cure for the very disease he’s stricken with. Crazy.

Now, the biggest news out of the white house ISN’T that they’ve changed their goals, and course in Iraq. NO, it is that they have changed how they TALK about the war! Ooooo that’ll make a difference (what idiots). Now, the president can’t say the words “stay the course” anymore. That makes up for the weapons of mass destruction, the thousands of innocent lives lost, the young men and women put in harms way based on false precepts. Yep, that’s makes it all better.