Announcement: Guest Blogging for Everyday Liturgy This Week
November 11, 2008, 2:42 am
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Announcement: I will be guest blogging for Everyday Liturgy this week so my friend Thom Turner have a break after he put on a killer Emergent Mid-Atlantic Conference. Most of my creativity will be focused there. I will post links to the site on this blog so you (all two of you) can always keep up.



What’s Cookin’? 108

Sinbad: “You’re in Sinbad’s House. Rob Thomas. Matchbox 20. Sing something. Shut up.”

(-It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: “Dennis Reynolds: An Exotic Life”)

Highlight(s) of the week: (1) the Emergent Mid-Atlantic Conference (#emergentma08) was a great time. More than anything, I enjoyed hanging with all my friends – Todd, Thom, and Tim – over some beers and meeting Peter Rollins [author of How (Not) to Speak of God] for the first time and spending various times over 1 1/2 days talking with him. Also, I spent time on Saturday with Derek Cooper (a good friend of mine) and John Franke from Biblical Seminary. Great guys. (2) During the conference, I met some new people from other Emergent cohorts. It’s always nice to meet new people who are in the same “conversation” as you. I actually accompanied Charlie from Princeton to 30th Street Station since we were both picking up trains there. (3) Throughout all the curve-balls my life has been throwing me, Amanda has been incredibly supportive, and I love her more than ever because of it [plus, I think she said something in our vows about supporting me no matter what]. (4) Giselle says “Da-da” but not in reference to me. So, all I have to do is make that connection. “Da-da” is beating out “ma-ma” right now. (5) Amanda and I had a good laugh with Giselle the other day when she smacked her head really hard on the mirror from her dressing table – I thought she would cry, but, instead, she cracked up laughing. Kids always keep us laughing, don’t they?

What I’m reading: Hey! I finally finished Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw and The Historical Books by Richard D. Nelson. Two books in one week, woo-hoo! Currently, reading Relevant Magazine’s November-December issue. Also, my friend Derek’s book So You Thinking About Going to Seminary: An Insider’s Guide and The Art of Reading Scripture edited by Ellen Davis and Richard Hays.   

Listenin’ and lovin’:

  • Podcasts: As always – Mars Hills podcast every week. Emergent Village which announced that it is making some changes for the better (i.e., Tony Jones is no longer the head of Emergent Village. He didn’t do anything wrong, but they are attempting to break down hierarchy). But besides that, not much.
  • Music: I listened to part of Oh Sleeper’s When I Am God. Underoath’s newest CD – Lost in the Sound of Separation

What I’ve been vegetating in front of: (1) A&E’s Biography on Barack Obama helped me understand more of who our President-elect is as a person. (2) I set up my Xbox and played EA Sports’ UEFA Euro 2008 for some time. I want to buy FIFA 09, but I don’t have a job to make money to buy it. (3) I’m all caught up on Heroes, which has gotten a little weird for me, but I still like it. (4) It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Office put some humor into my life.

Something(s) that blew my mind: (1) Not sure if this blew my mind, but it is mind-blowing – Barack Obama is the President of the United States of America. He is our first black president, and I don’t think that can be overstated. Todd had a great post in reflection about the election (whoa, that rhymes). I’m really interested in seeing how things play out. (2) Barack Obama becoming the President-elect brought about a lot of hate, but even more love. I was really surprised by staunch McCain supporters who said that they will be supporting and praying for Obama – very cool. 

Job update: I haven’t really made much progress in this area. I’m not sure where I want to go with all of this. I’ve been looking though, but I’m confident that God will provide.

Seminary update: last assignment (take-home final exam) for Gary Schnittjer’s class on the historical books of the Hebrew Scriptures is due tomorrow. Also, starting tomorrow is my class with David Lamb on the poetic books of the Hebrew Scriptures.

Looking forward to: (1) What God has in store for me. (2) How Barack Obama’s presidency will go. (3) If “Barack” and “Obama” will stop coming up as an incorrect spelling in spell-check (e.g., for “Obama” spell-check offers “Abeam”). (3) Finding a new place for our family to live. We’ve been living at my in-laws, but we’re looking to move on. (4) Exit-interview with Great Valley Presbyterian, which should provide some closure.

Why every Christian should read “Jesus for President”

Seriously. Everyone should.

I swore I’d never write about politics on here. I’ve really come to despise politics. And I really like the book Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw, but that’s actually not the point here. Thom Turner pointed out this photo to me…


…and I was pretty upset. 


Why was I upset? 


Well, I mean I’m against anyone who murders babies, but…

First, I’m upset because this is degrading to Obama (which I assume is who this man is against). He isn’t Muslim. He’s been Christian for at least 20 years. He isn’t for all abortion – he’s particularly against partial-birth abortion. Second, Christians pledge allegiance to Jesus Christ our Lord. We do not pledge allegiance to any particular candidate – McCain, Obama, Ron Paul, or Mickey Mouse. I’m not for or against Obama. I’m not for or against McCain. I’m for Jesus Christ. Third, I highly doubt that all Ohio Christians are against Obama so…yeah.

Fourth, what happened to love? Are we loving people by lying (yes, if I’m being honest, it is lying) about other people? [Please check out other false rumors that have been started about Obama and proven incorrect here (supportive of Obama, but I think for the most part it’s fair) such as his views on abortion, raising taxes, and involvement with Islam.] 


Dear America, Dear World

This is not my Jesus. My Jesus does not make false claims about reality. My Jesus does not support one candidate. My Jesus does not fit into one party. However…


My Jesus does claim to be King. My Jesus does claim to be the Son of God. My Jesus does claim to be greater than Caesar. My Jesus does have all authority on heaven and earth. 

[In fact, I think if Jesus ran for President, people (wherever they fall on the political spectrum) would want to crucify him again. For all I know, I may be one of those in the crowd though I sure hope not. People still don’t like to hear what he has to say (I mean, that’s why we spiritualize a lot of his sayings, right?).] 


Remember: Ohio Christians, “my kingdom is not of this world…my kingdom is from another place” (John 18v36). If that is true, let’s stop looking for the hope of the world in any candidate (even Obama said that America is the last great hope of the world). Let’s instead give our full allegiance to Jesus Christ alone and love others as we love ourselves. In other words, let’s believe the creed of Jesus, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10v27). America, politicians, presidents, the United Nations, capitalism, communism, or any other human-created system is not our savior. That title belongs only to Jesus Christ.