switchfoot

I think it’s fantastic that a musician, who happens to be a believer, would not only have this opinion, but be able to articulate it. This is very well said…

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Lead singer Jon Foreman was asked if Switchfoot is a “Christian” band. His response is worth pondering.

“To be honest, this question grieves me because I feel that it represents a much bigger issue than simply a couple SF tunes. In true Socratic form, let me ask you a few questions: Does Lewis or Tolkien mention Christ in any of their fictional series? Are Bach’s sonata’s Christian? What is more Christ-like, feeding the poor, making furniture, cleaning bathrooms, or painting a sunset? There is a schism between the sacred and the secular in all of our modern minds. The view that a pastor is more ‘Christian’ than a girls volleyball coach is flawed and heretical. The stance that a worship

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earthly

Have you ever felt liked you couldn’t escape something God was trying to teach you? For example, a word that keeps popping up EVERY. WHERE. In music, scripture, conversations…no matter how far you run. It’s still there!

Well, lately…that word is dust. Ironic…because there is no dust to be found in KC right now. We’ve gotten too much snow to even imagine it’s under there somewhere.

In scripture Jesus sends the disciples out, tells them not take anything with them…and share the message. Tell the story. But…if people refuse to listen, shake the dust off their feet and leave the town.

Seems drastic, right? To shake off that earthly dust in holy protest?

But it begs the question…what if our earthly words are not going to get through? What if we’ve done our part and its time to move on to what God has next…to leave the rest to Him?

It all comes down to what you believe, and what you choose to hear…

Feb 28 - earthlyI tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? [John 3:11-12]

If we cannot believe God’s words about earthly things…we will never understand his Kingdom language. And without Kingdom language…what are we truly living for? This earthly world is not enough for me, and it shouldn’t satisfy you, either.

third places

Here is what I love about the amazing God that I serve…sometimes he is doing things that I am participating in, and have NO idea that it was happening.

Third places…if you’ve heard Amy or I talk about missional living, you’ve heard us talk about the idea of a third place. It feeds into the idea that wherever you are, whatever you normally do…be who God created you to be.

A third place is somewhere that you are deciding to be intentionally about it. Amy talks about how her ‘third place’ is aisle 10 at Target at the same time every week. She’s not just checking out, she and the worker at aisle 10 know each other. It’s not like Amy is spitting scripture at her, instead it’s a smile, a hello and over time discover things they have in common and the names of those in their family. It is caring about another human being, because of the love you have for God and His love for you.

It is definitely being real, not overly sappy and ‘religious.’ Please, oh please, don’t go and be ‘religious.’ I once broke the ice with someone who wasn’t into the whole church thing by throwing a cuss word out onto the table. (Yes, I did just say that.) Do I spit out ‘unwholesome’ words all of the time, probably more than I should, but is it a salvation issue? No. Does it interfere with my relationship with Christ…well it’s not necessarily good things coming out of my mouth…but…

The point is…be real…don’t be fake, and see where God will take you when you start paying attention to those around you instead of being in a hurry.
Which is where I found myself today…

Every Wednesday, I meet with a super awesome student who wants to get into the Bible more…and she has a passion for mission…go figure, I’m kinda drawn to those folks.

Bearing in mind the whole third place idea…we’ve been meeting at Panera. I keep telling myself that I am paying attention around me, but apparently not, because today I walked in and one of the ladies said,

“Do you want the coffee drink you normally get?”

I was thrown off guard, and replied with, ‘Uh, maybe not today.’

She recognized me, and I have no idea what her name is…so…next Wednesday I am learning her name and make her assumption of what I am getting correct. If only I hadn’t already had my Crackbucks for today!

So much for trying to live where I find myself on a consistent basis…proof that it’s ok to realize you can do better. And here’s to making a new friend!

a gift for a friend

A friend tagged me on her blog, and since she is in my banner photo I feel obligated to play along. I also want to tell the story about how we met. Zhenya was a translator on several of our trips to Kurlovo orphanage in Russia. She was also on the last trip into the orphanage with me, and got to put up with me as a roommate. It was actually the only time I ever roomed with a translator, and we had the best time. So, my dear Zhenya, this is for you…I’m just cheating on the tagging 11 people at the end :), my love to you my sister!

This is how it goes…

  • You must post the rules
  • Post 11 fun facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions that the tagger posted for you & then create 11 questions to ask the people you’ve tagged
  • Tag 11 people and link them in your post
  • Let them know you have tagged them.

Fun Facts about me:

1. I love photography. (Check out my Photo tab at the top!)

2. I was born on my grandpa’s birthday and loved sharing that day with him until he passed away.

3. I spent a summer in China that changed my life.

4. I am a complete dork.

5. I still watch Survivor…I’m not ashamed.

6. I am a mission junkie. It’s an addiction, and I am not seeking treatment.

7. I love to cook, but I never write anything down.

8. My degree is in journalism and political science.

9. I laugh…a lot…

10. I have been to Liberia, Guatemala, Peru then to Russia 13 times…if you ask me, it’s not about the travel or a passport stamp. It is so much more.

11. I have an addiction to art, and consequently, framing. Just check out my office. I blame my parents.

 

And here are my answers to Zhenya’s questions:

1. If you had to be named after a city, state, or country (etc), which would you want it to be?

I think I would like to be named after Tanzania, so my nickname could be ‘Zani.’

 2. What did you do for your latest birthday?

I actually spent it with a great group of people dedicated mission during the day, then was blessed to participate in a great conference called Sentralized that night. Heard of Michael Frost, or Alan Hirsch…I was with those folks!

3. What is your favorite commercial?

The commercial from last year with the little boy who tries to move things as Darth Vader…I laughed SO hard! Then decided it was probably a futuristic look at what my kids may be like eventually.

4. Have you ever been in a food fight? Where and when? And who started it?

Yes, on a mission trip throwing car to car…not my proudest moment, and I think I had something to do with it…

5. Have you ever sold/donated your blood? If you haven’t do you want to?

Have not…they don’t like my foreign experiences on paper, and feel my veins were contaminated.

6. Which cartoon character do you resemble the most?

Mulan from the Disney movie…she may have had to dress like a solider, but she still kicked some serious butt, gained some great friends and got the guy in the end!

7. What do you think Victoria’s secret is?

She’s a man.

8. You can select one person from history and have them truthfully answer one question, who would you select and what is the question?

The apostle Paul. What did it feel like to leave the communities you felt connected to the most and move forward on your journey?

9. If you join the circus, what would you perform?

I would be the crazy person in the cage with the lions.

10. Have you ever eaten a crayon, or glue? Or what strange thing have you eaten?

Nope, I wasn’t THAT kid. The strangest thing I have had is probably chicken’s blood and it looked like red tofu. Oh, yah, it also was nasty.

11. What is the strangest name someone has introduced themselves as to you? What is their real name?

Someone once said their name was Zhenya, turns out…her name really was Zhenya. 😉

 

The ‘rules’ state I should tag people and give them questions…instead, I am going to pose 5 questions, and ask that if you got to the end of this post you put them in the comments. That’s how confident I am in not that many people getting to the end 😉

If God were to send you outside of our borders, where would you hope that would be and for what purpose?

If you were to be be a cartoon character, who would you be? (Mostly because this one stumped me!)

What was the last thing you read, and why?

What movie could you watch on an endless loop for an entire week?

What scripture verse do you want me to check out this week?