Monday Morning Musings for 04.11.16

  1. This Sunday, April 17, I will preach one of the most important sermons in my time at FPCO, titled "Racism and the Gospel of Jesus Christ." Based on the text in Acts 6, I will look at the way the early church dealt with majority culture/minority culture tension and division. We cannot deny we are a "racialized" society, meaning that racism is against the law, but inequality still exists in our social structures. Part of our call as Christians is to "do justice" meaning we are to restore the right order of God's original design. How do we change those social structures, recognizing as Paul said, "When one part of the body suffers, all suffer." This is a tough topic and will not necessarily be a comfortable one. We're all human. We're all products of our own history, but we must discover that Christ unites us more than any social barrier can divide us.
  2. For all the reasons behind #1, I was overjoyed by our SERVE DAY experience on Saturday. 200 of our members joined with other community groups in District 5 for a community SERVE DAY around the Northwest Community Center and the Mercy Drive corridor. As we gathered for instructions, it was a people "of every tongue, tribe and nation" (Rev 7) together for a common purpose. As I drove from site to site, watching black, brown and white laboring and laughing, serving and smiling, I was filled with such hope. We built community gardens, planted trees, picked up trash, painted and fixed up houses, had eye doctors and dentists giving treatment, stuffed packets for the homeless plus several other projects. As good as those were, the most important thing that happened was the breaking down of relational barriers among all of us. Kudos to Commissioner Hill, Robyn Haberbusch Barnes (FPCO Serve Day Chair) and Carol Hafer (FPCO Director of Mission)! ‪#‎unity‬ ‪#‎community‬ ‪#‎tasteofheaven‬
  3. For you House of Cards fans, I think Megyn Kelly and Claire Underwood have the same fashion/hair consultant ‪#‎creepy‬ ‪#‎wheresfrank‬?
  4. SABBATH. What a needed and oft forgotten concept. I had the unusual experience yesterday of being off, but in town. I got to live like a normal person! Made coffee and took my time reading the paper. The weather was beautiful. I sat outside in a park, prayed and read. And listened. I wasn't hurried. I had no place to be. I listened to the sounds of children playing with their parents. Dogs barking. People walking and biking. Planes going over. Sirens. Leaves rustling. Birds. Mostly, though, I listened to the Lord - listened to what was rattling around in my own head and heart - and brought those things before Him. It was as settled as I have been in some time, and then I had that thought: Why do I not do this regularly?‪#‎creatingspace‬ ‪#‎margin‬ ‪#‎sabbathrest‬
  5. If I hear one more ad for a Zyppah on ESPN Radio, I am going to do something unChristian. ‪#‎deliverme‬ ‪#‎getanewspokesman‬‪#‎nailsonachalkboard‬ ‪#‎insanity‬
  6. I am sad to share that our wonderful DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY, Sarah Savage, will be leaving us in mid-July as she moves with Jim and their children to Tulsa where Jim will begin a new position. We will form a search committee shortly and begin our work in early May. If you know of anyone who would qualify to lead a large, complex, and dynamic Children's Ministry, please send me their name!! ‪#‎bigshoestofill‬
  7. The MASTERS golf tournament is one of my favorite events of the year, and this year was unique in several ways. Watching Ernie Els putting/mental meltdown on the first hole was as painful as anything I have witnessed in any sport. Watching Tom Watson putt out on 18 to finish his final competitive round, then walk away arm in arm with his wife to the cheers of thousands, what man wouldn't cry at that? And then to watch Jordan Speith come apart on the back. With all due respect to Willett, I would rather see someone surge to win rather than someone back up and lose. 
  8. ANOTHER POINT FOR HANDWRITING: Students at Princeton and UCLA were studied to see if writing class notes by hand or typing them on a computer were more effective. Students who took handwritten notes outperformed those typing by a significant margin, plus they showed greater focus, understanding of the material, and recall even though they could only take 2/3 of the notes that a person typing could take. The researcher said, "The very feature that makes laptop note-taking so appealing - the ability to take notes more quickly - was what undermined learning." ‪#‎lostart‬ ‪#‎writeitdown‬ ‪#‎makingwordsmatter‬
  9. In honor of World Down Syndrome Day last month, a diagnosis after which doctors in many countries counsel abortion, a new study shows that families with a Down's Child are amazingly happy, thankful and full of pride in their child. 87% of families said that of their experience, and very few expressed any regret. I find that those with Downs are some of the most purely loving people I know. ‪#‎Godsgifts‬