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Categories : blogs i read, book review
Craig Groeschel is the founding pastor of LifeChurch.tv in Edmond, OK. Under his leadership, LifeChurch.tv has become one of the country’s first multi-campus churches, with over fifty weekend worship experiences currently at eleven different locations throughout the United States.
Craig is one of the few mega-church pastors that actually responds to his blog. When you read his blog, he actually reads it and even comments back. What a concept! He also takes certain weekends where he prays for those who read. I had the privilege of meeting him for a few moments at Catalyst back in October. Craig is real and it comes through in his blog, his Biblically inspired messages and his books. I read Chazown last year and it really inspired me to find out who Craig was. I began listening to his messages and reading and participating in his blog. Craig is one of the most passionate and dynamic speakers I have ever heard. I’ve always been a huge fan of Andy Stanley but Craig is now up there with him in my book. Craig’s message on Practical Atheism was one of the most powerful messages I’ve ever heard.
Now to the book Going All the Way. This is a great book about preparing for a marriage that goes all the way–in other words a marriage that lasts! This book had me literally laughing out loud as I read it. He gets you laughing and then sticks you with an important point. Then he gets you laughing again. But through it all I was challenged Biblically to have a marriage that goes all the way.
Craig is open about his life before Christ and how it was filled with promiscuity. Then God rocked his frat world when he was forced to lead a Bible Study because they were on probation. Even though he was not a believer, God used His word to penetrate Craig’s heart and Craig accepted Christ. Then Craig decided because of his past he would “date” Jesus for a year. When it was finally time to start dating in a Biblical way many girls thought he was too out there. One young lady told Craig he needed to date a girl named Amy Fox. He said “fox” was a sign from God. Anyway after a few months Craig finally called Amy and left a message on her machine that was actually played at their wedding.
” Hey you Christian Babe, take me to church or lose me forever!”
Yes it is that kind of book. Craig deals with preparing for marriage, engagement and what to do after you get married. By the way he and Amy have 6 children because Craig says his wife can’t keep her hands off him! He talks about remaining pure before marriage or if you were like him and messed up that God can begin again today. This will be a book I will use for pre-marital counseling in the future. It was a great read and I highly recommend it to those who are single and feel you will get married someday, those who are married and want a better marriage, those who need improvement in your marriage and pastors to use in counseling.
Going All the Way receives 4.71246 hockey sticks out of 5. (That’s for Phil Hoover)
BTW: I’ve had a little extra time to read this week.
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Categories : blogs i read, who's now?
ESPN must be experiencing low ratings this summer. Have you seen the made for TV Who’s Now Competition? Talk about bubble gum journalism, whew! Anyway it got me thinking which is always dangerous. So we are going to have our Who’s Now Blog Edition. You the reader will have the opportunity to vote for Who’s Now among the blogs! Voting will begin Monday July 16th!
Here is the Complete Bracket
BILLY GRAHAM REGION
July 16: (1) Marty Duren vs. (8) Volfan007
July 17: (4) Scott Freeman vs (5) Bowden McElroy
July 18: (2) Micah Fries vs. (7) Kevin Stilley
July 19: (3) Alan Cross vs. (6) Ryan Day
PAIGE PATTERSON REGION
July 20: (1) Ben Cole vs. (8) Jeremy Green
July 23: (4) Tim Rogers vs.(5) CB Scott
July 24: (2) Bart Barber vs. (7) Dwight McKissic
July 25: (3) Wes Kenney vs. (6) Robin Foster
ADRIAN ROGERS REGION
July 26: (1) Art Rogers vs. (8) Bryan Riley
July 27: (4) Les Puryear vs. (5) Geoff Baggett
July 30: (2) David Rogers vs (7) John Stickley
July 31: (3) Bob Cleveland vs (6) Paul Littleton
LOTTIE MOON REGION
Aug 1: (1) Wade Burleson vs (8) Peter Lumpkins
Aug 2: (4) Kelly Reed vs (5) Joe Kennedy
Aug 3: (2) Debbie Kaufman vs (7) Tim Sweatman
Aug 6: (3) Dorcas Hawker vs (6) David Phillips
[Update] Thanks to Dorcas for pointing out that I had Ryan Day listed twice. Last night when I was moving brackets around I meant to put Volfan007 on the list. Thanks for your understanding.
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Categories : blogs i read, friends
A few of my closest friends came to the same conclusion I did a few months back. Here are their stories:
It’s just not worth it.
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Categories : blogs i read, friends
I offended my friend Monk in Training the other day and I didn’t even know it. I posted a story about the former governor of New Jersey enrolling in an Episcopal Seminary. I was posting it to ask MIT how the process works.
Unfortunately he read the post as an attack of the Episcopal Church. That was not the intent. I was trying to understand why the governor would be accepted into an Episcopal Seminary. He e-mailed me to tell me how he felt and I felt bad so I deleted the post. MIT didn’t want me to do so but because I value his friendship and his views so I’m glad I did. We exchanged e-mails several times and we realized that we were having trouble understanding each others views.
So late yesterday afternoon MIT called me and we had a great talk for almost an hour. It is so interesting to me that two followers of Jesus can view life so differently. MIT is a wonderful man. He loves Jesus. He views portions of the Bible as stories where I view them as literal.
I have learned a lot from MIT. He explained to me that just because someone goes to an Episcopal Seminary doesn’t mean they will be a priest or get ordained. That is different from what I’m used to.
I have also learned a lot about grace and mercy from my friend MIT. He has a good heart and I consider him my friend. We don’t have to agree on everything to be brothers in Christ and friends. I appreciate learning from those who see the world differently than me. I don’t understand it but it makes me a better person and a better follower of Jesus. MIT said that he would pray the rosary for me last night. I can use all of the prayers I can get.
Why do you think two followers of Jesus can see life so differently?
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Categories : blogs i read, coffee
My buddy and fellow Tuscaloosa boy, Adam Feldman was kind enough to send me some coffee from the coffee shop that he works at in Ellicott City, MD called Bean Hollow Coffee Shop.
They roast their own beans and Adam roasted these especially for me. The blend that he sent me is called the Hollow Blend and it retails for $10.95/lb. The coffee arrived in a nice Priority Mail box and was insulated with paper. The bag of coffee was sealed in a zip-lock bag for freshness. Adam didn’t ask but he must have assumed I had a bean grinder because he sent me a bag of beans–of course I have grinder!
The coffee smelled wonderful coming out of the bag. I brewed it in my Cuisinart Coffee Maker that has a charcoal filter. (Starbucks replaced our Aroma Grande because it was recalled just last week) I must say this was a delicious cup(s) of coffee. I have had 5 cups today! (yes, I’m wired). It was strong but not too strong. Adam, you are the man–Roll Tide!
I give Bean Hollow Hollow Blend Coffee 4.75 out of 5 beans!
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Categories : appreciation, blessings, blogs i read, friends, grace, legalism, thanks
I want to thank those who comment on this site. I admit I have a long way to go in my relationship with God. The “Inner Pharisee” wants to come out more than I want to admit. Your comments and corrections are helpful. I really appreciate Francoise and Geekwad’s points of view because they don’t believe in God. I pray you encounter Him someday but I accept you and consider you friends. Big Daddy Weave and Texas in Africa often point out things I never thought about. Janna gave me some great insights yesterday. I have learned from Atheists, Charismatics, Anglicans, Fundamentalists, Moderates and Liberals.
I guess I’m like any recovering person. When I see what I was in someone else it repulses me. I am a work in progress thanks to God. But this forum has given me a worldview I never saw before. I’m sorry when I revert back to my old ways. I’m trying.
I just want to say thanks.