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Month: May 2016

30 Years!

Today is our wedding anniversary – Dawn and I have been married 30 years today. I used to think that only old people stayed married that long, which is apparently true!

In 1986, Top Gun was the hot movie, Magnum P.I. was a super cool TV show and I played my Bruce Springsteen Born in the USA cassette tape all the time. Loud. Over and over.

My wife put up with it all and much more for 30 years. I’m so grateful. We got married and honeymooned in Colorado on our way out to San Bernardino, CA, where Dawn joined the staff of Cru. 30 years and three great kids have made it an adventure which I didn’t imagine and one that I would never trade!

 

 

John the Baptist got a raw deal

In a cathedral in Seville, Spain, I ran across this painting. Sorry it’s not a great photo, but you get the idea. It’s a painting of John the Baptist’s head on a platter. I’ve been reading about John the Baptist recently and I’m always impressed with his devotion to Christ, right up to his death. Did you know that he first met Jesus when both were in their respective mother’s wombs? And John jumped for joy when he heard Mary’s voice? It’s a remarkable story that you can read about in Luke 1:39-45. Being a Christ follower from the womb is impressive.

A wild-looking man, John lived on locusts and wild honey and wore a camel skins, which was odd even back in the day. He pulled no punches as he called on people to change their lives. Herod locked him up in prison and eventually took his life, angry at John’s calling him out for taking his brother’s wife as his own.

Such a short yet powerful life. Jesus tells us that there has been no one ever born who was greater than John the Baptist. High praise for someone who has a brief sojourn across the pages of scripture and who ends his life in such a grisly style.

I Once Was Lost

I recently finished this book on communicating the Christian faith in today’s postmodern culture by Don Everts and Doug Schaupp. As I read, I found myself intuitively agreeing with the five steps to belief they identify that young people go through today – first, trust a Christian; second, become curious; third, open up to change; fourth, seek after God; and fifth, enter the Kingdom. The author’s observations and insights are helpful and on point and people involved in communicating the Christian faith with young people will agree.

This book is short and practical. This should be resource you own and use if you believe that communicating your faith is worth the time, energy and thought to do it well. FYI – we’ll be giving this book to the students participating in the Cru Study Abroad program starting the fall of 2016.

Cool Dude on a Horse

While traveling in Spain last month, Dawn and I followed a crowd (9 times out of 10 a good idea in a foreign country) and luckily caught the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace of Madrid. Imagine our surprise when several dozen Spanish cavalry came riding down the street. Some carried swords, others hoisted pikes and still more rode in playing trumpets. All were serious, like this gentleman. We watched the elaborate ceremony for an hour – the best free show I’ve stumbled upon in a long time!

The Purpose of Education

The purpose of a good education is to show you that there are three sides to a two-sided story.
― Stanley Fish (American author and literary theorist)

 

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