Archive for February, 2009|Monthly archive page

Sunday Sermon: Sent (Mark 6:7-12)

The sermon for yesterday dealt specifically with explaining what it means to be sent by Jesus. For us as followers of Jesus Christ we are called and commissioned through the authority of Jesus Christ to go and be His representatives. We don’t need to wait until we are perfect to go or we will never go. We just need to be obedient, realizing that we are completely dependent on Him and that we have an urgent message to deliver which contains a call to action.

Once again, if you have a slower internet connection you can right click on the file, choose “Save Target As” and dowload the file to your hard drive. Once that is complete, you can listen through the media player of your choice. If your internet connection is faster, just click on the file and listen. Here is the link.

Urgent Truth: Sent

Sunday Worship

Here is a great video of a song that we will be doing for worship soon. I hope that you enjoy.

Southern Baptists Under 40

I read an outstanding article tonight written by Steven A. McKinion, who is a professor at SEBTS, that I believe captures very well where the under 40 age group is among the SBC and what they believe. As I was reading, I felt like he was describing me and where I am at as a pastor and as a Southern Baptist (I turn 38 in just a few months). Please take some time to read this well written article and ponder how we can better understand one another and ultimately learn to trust one another. Here is the link:

http://www.baptisttwentyone.com/?p=1440

Sunday Sermon: Rejection (Mark 6:1-6a)

Here is a link to a sermon from the series that I have been preaching through the Gospel of Mark. This passage deals with Jesus’ return to His hometown of Nazareth and the subsequent rejection that He experiences. The text reveals to us the answer to the question, why do people reject Jesus?

If you have a slower internet connection (dial up), I recommend that you right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” and then save the file to your hard drive. Once the file is saved then you can open and listen through Windows Media Player, etc. If your internet connection is fast, then streaming the file by clicking below should be fine. I hope that you enjoy listening and here is the link…

Urgent Truth: Rejection

An Amazing Guitarist

Some people think playing guitar is too difficult. If you don’t have any arms, most would say it is impossible, but not if you are this guy. Just watch and be amazed…

Another Hero Falls

Baseball and SteroidsAfter reading the news today about A-Rod’s apparent fall from grace I am saddened. Baseball for me as a kid was a noble game, a game where guys with less than stellar physical physiques (Fernando Valenzuela) could step on a mound or in a batter’s box and do amazing feats. Now, it appears that the current sports environment we follow is only going to continue to reveal more and more stories eerily similar to the one we heard about today. If we continue to push our sports heroes to achieve more and more, then ultimately they will end up on the front pages of magazines to their shame instead of on baseball cards to the amazement of little fingers who toss aside stale gum to read their favorite player’s bios and stats. Do kids still trade baseball cards? If they do, I’ve got a Dwight Gooden rookie card in the other room…wait a minute…

I never imagined putting A-Rod in the same category as a Barry Bonds or Pete Rose, but it certainly appears that he has joined this illustrious group. For a fan like me, steroids is cheating, period. There is no rationalizing the use of steroids, it is cheating no matter what spin one tries to place upon the situation. Oh, and be certain…Bud Selig, The Yankees, A-Rod and his agent have already wound up and set loose the spin machine. Today is truly a sad day for baseball. I hope that A-Rod is the end of the story, but I fear it is only the beginning. Who is next? Who will be next to step up to the plate and be discovered not for their achievements on the field, but their posterior injections in the back corner of the locker room? I love the game, I will watch, I will take my boys and buy them a hotdog and peanuts, I will stand and sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” but I will not cheer, overlook, or fawn over players who feel they have to garner a competitive edge through a needle.