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On Not Being a Runner

It was 1:30am the last time I looked at my phone, desperate for sleep. Then I hear Green Day’s “Longview” blaring before I realized I’d fallen asleep. It’s 5:30am and I’m supposed to go run the race I’ve been looking forward to for months. I barely resisted the urge to throw my phone across the room, and hit snooze instead. Ten minutes later I’m staggering around my apartment trying to convince myself I can do this as I get dressed, despite knowing that I’m not ready for it. I picked up my phone to look at the weather app: 41 degrees.
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life:unmasked – Of Contrition and Desperation

Life: UnmaskedSeveral months ago I started doing something new, in an effort to become more authentic on the blog, and joined Joy, a writer I’ve come to know, in sharing about life: unmasked. I’m grateful for Joy’s allowing me to participate in this blog meme, and look forward to sharing some of my struggles, questions, and failures.
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The Sanctifying Work of Waiting

If nothing else, my generation and those that follow are impatient to the core. We want fast food, fast cars, fast computers, and fast answers. Even those that are willing to cook at home just go to the store and buy food. We don’t have to plant crops, wait for them to grow, and trust that there will be enough to last until the next harvest season. We have what we want, when we want it. And it’s killing us.
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I Can Die Happy Now

As I was eating breakfast this morning, I started kind of spacing out and thinking about where some of my friends are in life now, and how awesome it was when we were all together back in the FBC Sunnyvale days. I’m not sure what spawned that trip down memory lane, maybe it was because that was the first time I really felt connected to the church. Maybe it was because it was during this time that I was introduced to my favorite band, U2 (I know, I grew up living under a rock). Maybe it was because it was the first time I was really able to be involved in ministry. Whatever the reason, during the course of this odd flash of memories I remembered a conversation with one of the youth leaders about how he managed to get tickets to U2’s Vertigo tour. I remember thinking one thing when he said that, and felt myself echo that thought today: I’d be able to die happy if I went to a U2 show.

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Then There’s Jesus…

This entry will make more sense after reading the latest blog from the pastors at The Village Church: http://fm.thevillagechurch.net/blog/pastors/?p=716


Apparently, I need to start watching the news more often, cause I had no idea this was even an option.

This is where I’ve often been conflicted lately. As an American, I have been taught that we’re right, they’re wrong. We’re “good”, they’re “terrorists”, though not all of them, to be sure. We should stand up for our rights and freedoms, at the expense of their rights and freedoms, because they’re the “bad guys”. And that if they don’t know our language, they need to go back home.

So much of this resonates with what I was taught about patriotism and taking pride in where I live.

Then there’s Jesus…

Jesus shatters all of those ideas. In the Old Testament we see Jonah being sent to the Ninevites, who were “terrorists” to be sure. Was he sent there to wage war and to go in as a wolf among wolves? No, He was sent to preach God’s judgment against them so they might repent and turn toward God. The only repentance we have is through Jesus. Then in the New Testament, God the Son, Jesus, comes down as a sheep among wolves, dies to show God’s love, and then commands us to do the same.

How are we, any of us, really taking the gospel that seriously??

The disciples were murdered for the sake of the gospel, except for John who was exiled, but only after being boiled alive! Paul tells us to be “all things to all people” for the sake of the gospel. And we tell immigrants to learn our language or go home, rather than learn theirs for the sake of the gospel?

We think it’s amazing and glorious to go reach THESE SAME PEOPLE overseas on “missions trips” but we ignore or disdain them in our own backyard? Really? It seems as though one may claim their identity in Christ, or their identity in America. Those two seem to be polar opposites today, regardless of how this nation was founded.

We are to boast only in the cross of Christ, for us to take pride in anything else is idolatry. Does that mean patriotism is idolatry? Well, if you’re patriotic at the expense of the gospel, then yeah, it looks like it.