Monthly Archives: September 2008

A Striking Afternoon

Today at about 3:30 in the afternoon lightening struck a large Live Oak Tree in our front yard causing the tree to explode.  It sounded like a bomb and looked like…well…an explosion.  Bark, limbs and branches went flying far and wide some landing over the house in the backyard. As I write this at 7:30 pm a crew from the city is taking the tree down.

I’m Back

I’m sorry about the lengthy hiatus so soon into the Savannah Project.  I was computerless for the weekend and so was only able to access the internet intermittently.  The laptop I have been using for the last three years was suddenly (and somewhat inexplicably) recalled.  But the Lord has provided a desktop computer that is perfectly adequate and in fact much faster than my old HP.   I haven’t used a desktop consistently for quite a while now so I have had to get used to using a mouse again.   I’ve written before about my love for keyboards so I won’t go into that here but I am very pleased with this one.  Laptop keyboards just don’t have the feel of a desktop keyboard.

New Blogger

This afternoon my good friend Jeremy Schambach leaves for England to attend Capernwray Bible School.  He has started a new blog to chronicle his adventures in the British Isles.  If you know Jeremy be praying for him as he travels far away from home and check out his blog

Lucy and Jake

There has been a request for pictures of Lucy so here you go.  In case you’re just getting to know us Lucy is my 2 year and 10 month old daughter.  She is pictured here with my nephew Jake who I am told looks just like me at that age. 

This reminds me of that episode from the Brady Bunch when Jan found an old picture of Aunt Jenny as a little girl looking just like Jan. Then the aunt turned out to look like this.

Two Steps Forward

Two months into what is currently being called the Savannah Project I can report that church planting is a two steps forward, on step back kind of operation.  Patience is the fruit of the Spirit that seems most often to be in play as I try to move forward.  I am happy to report that yesterday was a two step forward kind of day.

Last week , as a result of this blog no less, I discovered that a friend from The Master’s Seminary moved to Statesboro, GA in July to start a ministry there.  Rob Wilkerson and I met for lunch in Pooler and it was awesome to reconnect and hear how God brought us both to South Georgia.  Statesboro is about an hour north of Savannah and is home to Georgia Southern University.  This was an unexpected blessing.  Having Rob and his family nearby is really cool.  You can check out this new ministry in Statesboro here.

Together For Adoption

Three years ago God called us to adoption and since then we’ve been hooked.  God has blessed us with two children through adoption and we are hopeful that He will provide for us to adopt again. One of the great things about the concept of adoption is that God chose adoption to be a picture of the gospel.  God, through Jesus Christ, becomes our Father by adopting us into His family. Here’s a quote from John Piper:

“The deepest and strongest foundation of adoption is located not in the act of humans adopting humans, but in God adopting humans. And this act is not part of his ordinary providence in the world; it is at the heart of the gospel. Galatians 4:4-5 is as central a gospel statement as there is: ‘But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.’ God did not have to use the concept of adoption to explain how he saved us, or even how we become part of his family. He could have stayed with the language of new birth so that all his children were described as children by nature only (John 1:12-13, ‘But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.’). But he chose to speak of us as adopted as well as being children by new birth. This is the most essential foundation of the practice of adoption” (from the sermon “Adoption: The Heart of the Gospel”).

This fall we hope to attend the Together for Adoption Conference as a part of our commitment not only to adopting children but also to promoting adoption as a ministry of the church.  The conference takes place November 1st in Greenville, South Carolina.

Some Thoughts on “Crisis”

“Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the Lord our God.”  Ps. 20:7

In our present political season everyone is throwing around the word crisis.  Some claim that there is a crisis.  Some deny the crisis.  Some say we are on the verge of crisis.  I’m not much of an economist but I’ve been listening to the reports about the government bailouts over the last few days and in my non-expert opinion, while I am not ready to proclaim a crisis I am willing to concede that this sounds bad.

I was glad to find this post from Justin Taylor this morning which is a helpful Q & A about the banking crisis.  I like this sentence: “For believers this is just one more reason to ‘not love the world or the things in the world’ which is ‘passing away along with its desires.'” (I John 2:15,16)  I have seen a little glimpse of just how much my own heart places confidence in our economic system.  As I ride down the road watching the price of gas go up a lot and then down a little I have had thoughts ranging from anger to discouragement to outright despair about the situation.  I didn’t factor rising gas prices into my budget when I was planning our move to Savannah.  What I’ve come to see, by the grace of God, is that in my heart I am sinning by worrying about gas prices or anything else related to the economy.

My heart is constantly seeking things to trust in other than God.  I constantly trust in myself, my abilities and my reasoning. I have definitely trusted in this country and its military and economic might.  As a pastor, I have trusted in the evangelical church system of the day.  Rather than trusting in the Lord through His church to meet my needs I tended to think in terms of a paycheck that I earned.  As I move forward as a church planter and hopefully as a pastor this is something I would like to guard against in the future. 

I also have never spent time thinking about gas as something that God provides.  I thank the Lord for my food before every meal but I certainly don’t thank the Lord for gas every time I fill my tank.  I’ve thought of gas as something I obtain for myself rather than God’s provision.  What will happen if gas prices continue to rise?  I can be sure that God will provide for my needs.  Maybe I will realise that I NEED to drive less than I thought. And should God in His providence allow that gas prices would go down, I’ll need to remember this lesson.  God forbid I go back to assuming I got the gas for myself.