Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Earlier in the day, Anna skied the East Wall at Arapahoe Basin with me.
The lean-to fort we built on Labor Day last year was still standing!
And as the sun went down, the alpenglow was much more brilliant than this picture suggests.
"...children are a heritage from the LORD..." - Psalm 127:3
Saturday, April 26, 2008
The spring skiing at A-Basin will stretch into summer this year - a closing day of June 8 was announced this week.
While some guys get out their bikes and golf clubs and start talking baseball, I'm still gleefully focused on carving turns in the corn. Spending a sunny spring day in the snow above 10,000 feet is about as good as it gets in this life. (Of course the skiing in heaven will be WAY better...spring skiing is just a foretaste of joy to come.)
I've now embarked on a new mission to top my record number of consecutive months skied on Colorado snow (19 months from October 2004 to April 2006). I have been skiing at least one day a month since October 2007. May & June will be easy with A-Basin staying open and my Colorado Pass still valid. July & August should be a cinch with a quick hike up to St. Mary's Glacier. September is the tricky one (your hike-to suggestions are appreciated). And with A-Basin's perennial battle to be the first resort to open each year, the 2008-2009 ski season is sure to start in October. Breaking 20 consecutive months could be a breeze...depending on what my options are in September.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
But as I was reading Matthew 23 this morning, I was reminded that the most important thing about leadership in our churches is not the titles leaders are given, but rather the heart of those spiritual leaders. In Matthew 23, Jesus takes on the spiritual leaders of his day, and he calls out the hypocrites. Having a true heart of spiritual leadership demonstrated in self-sacrificing service to others is so much more important than the titles we give our ministry leaders. In truth, we too often make even our ministry titles into idols.
Matthew 23:1-12 (ESV): "Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat, so practice and observe whatever they tell you—but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted."
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
What was this great joke, you ask? Here's how I set it up.
Have you ever thought that you might be the only real person in the world, and that everything else and everyone else you see is just a figment of your imagination? (or maybe that we’re all just brains kept in vats of nutrients, with electrodes causing us to perceive a false reality...like in the Matrix?)
Philosopher Alvin Plantinga tells the story of a medical doctor he once met who believed this was true of himself. (This belief that “My mind is the only thing that I know exists” has a name: Solipsism). The Philosopher Plantinga set an appointment to meet this doctor one day at the Hospital. (Apparently the doctor found it reasonable to set appointments with figments of his imagination.) After meeting with the doctor, Plantinga was stopped by another doctor on his way out of the hospital who said with a smirk: “We take good care of Dr. So-and-So, because when he goes, we all go.”
Thursday, April 17, 2008
1) A renewed conviction that biblical & systematic theology is essential for life & ministry. Thank you, Ligon Duncan.
2) A growing sensitivity to ethnicity and at the same time a solid rejection of the concept of racial discontinuity based on human biology, since the Bible teaches so clearly that all human beings are descendants of Adam's fallen race, no matter our ethnicity or culture. Thank you, Thabiti Anyabwile.
3) A growing hope for church-planting & pastoring in Colorado and across the world. Thank you future Christchurch interns, Philip, Eric, Hilary, & Tom. Thanks also to Elizabeth, Jerilyn and Nikki.
4) A longer-term perspective on pastoring. Thanks, Charlie Davis.
5) A more clear and complete historical theological perspective on the current assaults on the essential gospel doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement. Thank you, Al Mohler.
6) A passionate reminder that God creates radical Christian sacrifice by enabling us to treasure our greater future reward in heaven -- Christ -- more than the stuff of the world. Thank you, John Piper.
7) Clear teaching on how to be a more joyful pastor. Thank you, C.J. Mahaney.
8) A big stack of books. Thanks, T4G conference staff and publishers and authors!
9) A lingering echo of singing loud songs to God with more than 5000 others. Thank you, my brothers and sisters who gathered at T4G.
10) A reminder of how great the gospel of Jesus Christ is, and how vast and free is the love of God. Thank you, Jesus.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Don't miss Thabiti Anyabwile's talk, and his 19 Reasons Why He is Looking Forward to Together for the Gospel.
You won't miss anything if you follow Tim Challies liveblogging this week.
Please pray for the staff at American Airlines to get me there safely and on time.
Pray that I will hear from God through His Word this week.
And pray that I will make some new friends, perhaps find some new mentors, and meet guys who might benefit from participating in our internships at Christchurch.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
And so I'm looking forward to my week.
My Sabbath started after church today and continues into the afternoon tomorrow.
From Tuesday through Thursday I plan to be in Louisville, Kentucky, joining 5,000 other pastors and ministry leaders from various churches and denominations around the country for Together for the Gospel. I'll also be meeting with the interns that we're planning to bring to Christchurch this summer.
By Friday, I need to submit some papers for a class I'm taking on the history of hymns. And we've already got a weekend full of ministry scheduled for Saturday and Sunday...but I look forward to seeing what God brings this coming week. Some days bring joy, some days bring pain, but all days are better than I deserve.
Have a great week!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I suppose this could also be the verse of the day for the business-person & entrepreneur, the financial planner, the private equity analyst, the atmospheric chemist, the window cleaner, the biotech firm operations manager, the behavior analyst, the firefighter, the nurse, the teacher, the student, the husband, the wife, the parents and the kids.
May we all work today as if it all depends on us and pray like it all depends on God, knowing that the good things we are working for really are impossible with merely our own work. But with God all things really are possible. Keep trusting Him!
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
CVS also identifies gender (Even at 13 weeks gestation! Amazing!) That's how we know that it's a boy.
Thank you to all who have been praying for us! You're the best.
The obsessive skier is now taking entries here at this blog for our "Name the Baby Contest" so post a comment with your name ideas today.
My favorite so far is Scott Jr.