Sunday, February 8, 2009

Pretty sad.

I have to leave tomorrow for Nashville to Chicago and back home run.
It's going to be cold. I'm going to miss Mal.
Tonight I don't feel like going.
I know it's what I have to do, cause it's my job.
But sometimes don't you just want to try and thwart the will of God?
Honestly... I'm really that selfish.
Man, my prayer life needs to be so much better.
Lord, give me grace.
I love my wife.

Monday, February 2, 2009

This is for Malerie.

I suck at this. I confess.
Now I move on...
Let's see if I get better.
Here is my fulfillment for Malerie.
She tagged me, and so I respond.
I can only fulfill Letter A since I don't really have blogger friends, sorry.

A. First list 10 honest things about yourself - and make it interesting, even if you have to dig deep!
B. Pass the award on to 7 bloggers that you feel embody the spirit of the Honest Scrap.

1. I honestly don't understand why God loves me, but I'm glad He does. Grace is amazing.
2. I honestly have the sexiest wife on this planet. It's really great.
3. Not only is she sexy, but it's so tough to lead such a godly chick.
4. I am a church dork. I don't get crushes on rock stars or celebrities, I get it on pastors. Biblical ones.
5. I unashamedly hold to reformed theology, and don't apologize for it. Grace is amazing, I say again.
6. I want more lost friends. My job and ministry makes it difficult to build meaningful relationship with anyone.
7. I am a libertarian, politically speaking. The less government in my life, the better. Yeah, I'm scared.
8. I really love beer. Real beer, not girlie beer (most american brews). I think it's amazing, like grace. Draft is the best.
9. I hate dirty socks. I usually pack at least two pairs per day.
10. I can't wait to be a dad. I want kids of all colors and pray that God will let that happen.

I really can't tag anyone.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Losing my wisdom.

Teeth. They're officially gone. Turns out, I only had two to start with, so I didn't have a lot to begin with. I had so many empathetic friends prior to the surgery, and I must thankfully admit that it really wasn't a big deal... at all. Seriously, I can't stress enough just how little any of my 'surgery' on Wednesday affected me. On Thursday, we were out and about doing our normal business around town, and by Thursday night, I could eat our turkey spaghetti without any trouble at all! 

Now I'm in LA. Louisiana that is. We are playing tomorrow night in Alexandria for the YEC here, and it should be a great time with 6,000 new friends. Once we're done tomorrow night, we are OFF and AT HOME for the rest of the week. We will head out Sunday night to start our Christmas tour, fun times. I'm sleepy. And I'm on drugs. Prescribed. So it's time to take it to the bed. Peace.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Election Day:
Do NOT read if you are republican or democrat.

I officially take the stance that you've been previously warned.

My friends by and large know that I stand as a libertarian who was in full support of the godly, pro-life limited government-minded Ron Paul as our next president. Unfortunately, because we live in a society that allows the media to decide who should be our elected officials due to their extreme bias towards a two-party system, he decided to end his campaign after a well funded and well organized fight. But his revolution to the fight for liberty continues to this day.

Here's to the meat, and to the part where many people might be upset if they knew my view on this. I have decided not to vote this Tuesday for our next president. By and large, many negative responses come to mind:

- You're not being the citizen you're supposed to. This is an obligation!
- You have no excuse to complain about the results.
- What does this say about your involvement in politics?
- You should at least vote for _____ to keep _____ out of office!

But let's go to the Bible for a moment. I've read a good bit of it, and no where in it have I ever read about the calling of God on His people to vote for elected officials. I understand where it says to follow the laws of this land, but voting is not a law, it's a privilege. And once you study the scriptures to also find that's it not in there, you can feel a little less mad at me. I do, however, reserve the right to be wrong here. I really believe this Tuesday's voting is not an obligation. Apparently, many people on facebook agree, cause I can't tell you how many times I've been "invited" to election day, which is where the idea to post this blog came from.

I do read in the Bible that God is sovereign, even over rulers and all authorities. I believe that God ordains all events in this world, and that nothing can thwart his plan just as Isaiah explains. I'm not playing the hyper-calvinist card, since I all but hate those guys apart from the grace of Jesus. But I am saying that God's will rules even in our voting booths. But here's the deeper issue for me concerning this Tuesday...

Though I agree mostly with Bob Barr (Oh, who is that? It's the libertarian candidate for president that you haven't heard about because our freaking country is that jacked up.) on the major issues, I'm not sure that he's convinced me of his leadership capabilities. He's sort of a Ron Paul knock off, and he doesn't have the natural leadership qualities that Dr. Paul possesses. With that said, I'm so weary of people saying, "Why would you waste your vote on him?" My obvious response is, "I think it's the two major party system votes that are the wasted ones, this one would actually be worth supporting." Yeah, it's funny because it's true.

And so I'm left with this dilemma. Most people are so concerned of "the other guy." I hear the neo-conservatives frightened by an Obama presidency, while I hear moderates and liberals desperately seeking "change" and desiring so much to keep out "Bush #2." Here's the heart of the issue. Everyone is hearing, "I'm just going to vote for the lesser of the two evils." Listen. I mean read, haha. This is my question and response to that statement:


If you are truly in disagreement with both major party candidates, do you really think that you are serving the country's and your own better interest just by voting for someone you feel would be "not as bad as the other guy"? If you do, we can respectfully disagree. Most people will take the stance of saying something like, "Well, if you don't want your voice heard, then you have no reason to complain," in which my reply is, "My voice is heard by non-association and refusal to vote for someone(s) I disagree with." If there is no one worth voting for, I truly believe that if your convictions are strong enough against them, your best option in having a real voice in the matter is saying, "No. I'm not voting for either of these pathetic options." 

The Lord may do a work in me and change my mind, but as of now, I refuse to vote for the lesser of two evils. I believe the Lord is more honored in my stance to sit out of this voting season based on the fact that my convictions are that strong in the politics of our nation. I disagree with both senators on multiple "major" issues regarding the economy, foreign affairs, military involvement in preemptive wars, as well as true pro-life stances. For these reasons among others I may have not mentioned (yet), I will not cast a vote for any candidate running for the president of the United States this next term.

Please put the stones back down. I still love Jesus.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

New TV, new TV show

So we bought a new television. Neither one of us are really tech-savvy, so I just read some reviews and we picked out one that seemed pretty to us. It's a Samsung. Mal can post a picture of it up soon and post a comment giving you the link. We like it, and are currently in the market for finding the right tv stand. 

Also, I've fallen in love with a new tv show, Lost. Ironically (or not), I haven't actually seen it on my new television, but we have been obsessed with it on the bus. We have purchased seasons one and two, and are on like the third disc of season two. It's stinkin' awesome! 

I may get better at this (posting), I may get worse. Who knows? Jesus.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

If you haven't been to this site, you must.

Read about the things that are so true about the common white guy (or gal).
If you enjoy laughing, visit this site frequently.

Monday, August 18, 2008

I sleep in my bed all week.

And that is awesome. Even more awesome than the book I'm reading right now, The Kite Runner. You should read it too. It's really great. And Michael Phelps can really swim. I'm sitting at Starbucks right now, stuck here for like two hours, but I'm almost done serving my time. I'm getting Malerie's brakes worked on down the street, so I will be walking in the summer heat here pretty soon. I have also just picked up The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World, which comes from a conference back in 2006 held at Piper's church in Minneapolis. I've listened to most of the lectures, but now I have them in print! That's about it for now. I'm glad to be free for a whole week.