Thursday, June 27, 2013

Roundup of Articles on Supreme Court Ruling

Here is a collection of what I’ve found to be the most helpful articles that have been posted about the recent ruling on Prop 8 and DOMA by the Supreme Court. This is an important issue that we need know about. I’m no legal expert but I do want to understand what is going on in our world. I’m thankful for these who have taken the time to get in the weeds to help us understand. 

Trevin Wax explains that this whole conversation can have some positive effect for the church. We need to use the opportunity. 

Jesse Johnson walks through the legal maneuvering that has brought us to this point. The process is fascinating and sad. 

Dr. Mohler gives a synopsis of what has just happened, what is at stake, and where this thing could likely go next. 

Similar to Trevin’s sentiments, Dr. Moore explains how the church must leverage this for gospel purposes. Marriage isn’t incidental to gospel preaching. 

Marvin Olasky of World Magazine walks through the logic of the dissenting opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

38 Years of Faithfulness

Most of you who will read this post have some connection with me. That means the vast majority of you already know that 2 weeks ago, on June 6, 2013, my Dad went to be with Jesus. 

One of the added pains of June 6 is that’s only 2 days before June 8. On June 8, 1975, my mom and dad made a promise to one another. They said that it would only be death that would separate them. That’s exactly what they meant. 

I am grateful that my parents were faithful to one another for just shy of 38 years. The morning of the funeral service, my mom prepared an anniversary card, a Father’s Day card, and a birthday card to be placed in the casket. There are some things in life that you simply will never forget. 

The news today is flooded with stories of those who pervert this sacred bond and revel in  our cultural “progress.” I’m glad that my parents did not just teach me, but lived in front of me what it means to be committed to one another in a true marriage. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Your Ultimate Father

This is the first Father’s Day without my Dad. As I browsed through Twitter this morning, the pics and kind words about having and being fathers is interspersed with those sad that they can’t celebrate this day with their own Fathers. It got me thinking about those who never had a Father involved in their life. Many people live without knowing their dads at all, or maybe the only memory of Dad is pain and heartache. 

If that’s you today, I want to remind you of one simple name of God: Father. The best dad in the world is not perfect. God the Father is the only father that never dies, he’s the Eternal Father (Is 9.6). He is the only one who perfectly gives good gifts to his children (Mt 7.11). He is the perfect disciplinarian as a Father (Heb 12.7-11). The best earthly fathers are just models that point to the true Father, God the Father. 

If you are hurting today, remember that this world is broken. The role of earthly fathers is designed by God to point us to himself, the true and everlasting father who loves his children more than we can even comprehend. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

In Loving Memory of My Dad

Last night the world lost one of the most energetic Kingdom workers God has ever made. My Father left his earthly body around 10:30 on Thursday night, June 6. He had gone to the store and walked back to his room. My mom found him on the floor. He was unresponsive to CPR. There was nothing the paramedics could do. His body was here but he had gone to be with Jesus. 

The flood of emotions and thoughts is impossible to convey right now. I did want to point all or our thoughts to some glorious truths that are serving as anchors for my soul this morning. 

God decides when someone leaves planet earth. "And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment". (Heb 9.27). We learn some valuable insights here. All people are going to die and all people die by appointment. You cannot leave planet earth without God's permission. 

A life lived for The Lord is never tragic. My dad loved God more than anything else. He ordered his life around Kingdom work. Though it may seem untimely to die at only 59 years old, the bigger tragedy is living a life that has nothing to do with God and his glory. Praise God that though we grieve, we grieve as those who have hope. (1 Thess 4.13)