Everything That's On My Mind (Almost) - Sept 6, 2016

  • Reading Why Write? by Mark Edmundson lately. Gotta figure out how to wake the muse.
  • Football season is here. I love college football! 
  • My children are "back to school" today. It's been a good summer, but the third grade calls.
  • I was asked to teach Latin this year. "ikay Okay".
  • The degree in which we attempt to make discipleship a formula is the degree in which we disconnect discipleship from relationship. 
  • I am more convinced that the more the evangelical church ignores the doctrine of Union with Christ the more likely we are to make up other things to mark our "holiness". 
  • I love how Stephanie jumps in fright watching Stranger Things. 
  • So far Need to Breathe's HARDLOVE is the album of the year. 
  • I think my fantasy football teams will be abysmal this year. Actually I'm pretty confident they will.
  • I'm grateful for the pastors that see far beyond attendance numbers and budget size into the very heart of the gospel – people being formed into the image of Christ. 

The Day After

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I'm the dope who wrote this. I guess I have to now be the guy to apply it. Here's an excerpt from a Super Bowl article that I wrote last year at GCD. Click through the link below for the whole thing.

It’s the day after. The game is over. The commercials have finished. The parties have been thrown, the crowds dispersed, the trophies awarded, and the annual ritual of American sport has run its course for another year. But not everyone is happy. Given the make up of American football only 1/32 of us are happy today. Chances are you might have actually cheered for a team last night, even if it wasn’t your regular, tried-and-true team. However, if your team didn’t win, even the team you rented for the night, you feel a distinct disappointment today. There is, in most of us, a bad taste left in our mouths that isn’t the cheese from too many nachos gone bad. We wanted something spectacular.

Super Bowl; Super Disappointment

Fall, Family, and Football

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I love the autumn months. Really October and November are the two that I enjoy most. September still feels like Summer, and December brings Father Christmas along and all that spells is winter. But October and November are the perfect months to me. The temperature begins to drop to the "NorCal Standard Temp" of warm in the day and cool in the night. We also get a beautiful array of color on the trees. You can't beat it. 

But Fall also brings a few other joys to me. One is my family. Fall is the season of the year that it seems our family is together a little bit more often. Maybe it's that we've finally gotten used to the rhythm of the school year and know a bit better our schedules. A few birthday parties and the Thanksgiving holiday in the mix doesn't hurt either. We're together, and I am grateful for that.

Fall also brings football. Now I'm a baseball first sort of fan, and I do enjoy the month of October for the MLB. But football has a new pace and pattern to it that just fits the fall. Be it a Saturday afternoon college football game or a Sunday evening prime-time show down watching football for me is a pattern of rest. Of course I'm doing a little bit more than resting when the Broncos are playing, but football is a way that I enjoy the pattern of work and rest that the Lord has given us.

After churning out a pretty hectic pace over August and September, this first week of October is bringing some delightful rest that includes Fall work, family time, and maybe a little football. I am grateful for a season like Fall.