Friday, April 30, 2010

excited & expectant.

The past few months have been spent praying and asking God for a community of like-minded believers who desire to see God glorified and the gospel demonstrated in Montgomery. I knew that if God wanted me here that was something to start praying about. Long story short, I reconnected with some "old" friends and found out about City Church. It literally happened the week I made some big decisions that would require me staying here and is a beautiful example of how sometimes those "signs" we ask God for follow faith.

I am excited about this group of people I am beginning to call friends and the heart and passion behind this Church!
Greater things have yet to come and greater things are yet to be done in this city!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

another reason i love david crowder.


"Here in the city, the visible expression of what is both possible and what is also wrong is unavoidable. Desperation and hope, beauty and terror, all in one place. The word "grandeur" comes to mind."

david crowder (in the photo essay/book "awakening")



i made the paper!

Well, folks...I made the paper. It's just one quote. Here's the proof

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

beautiful things.



I'm known to "overplay" songs...I've been known to press the repeat button on several occasions and make those in my company endure a song "One more time!" i.e. U2, Brooke Fraser and most recently this song. In this case, I've also posted it on my gmail, twitter and various facebook friend's walls...i love it that much. Who knows, you may hate it. Detest it actually and if you do...excusez-moi. The lyrics, to me at least, are just what I need to believe and be reminded of in this place. It asks the questions we all ask in different seasons and circumstance (or are afraid to ask). We wonder if things could really be different? Can things change? Do we really believe He can do ____? Ultimately, if I can ask the same questions that the Israelites asked in the 4o years of zigzagging through the desert: "Can the Lord spread a table in the wilderness?" In the end, this song turns my heart to the hope and promise we have that yes, He can. He is making all things new! You. Me. Us. Now. Today. Tomorrow. Forever and ever...Amen! Take a listen...then listen again...and again and again...or not.

All this pain
I wonder if I’ll even find my way
I wonder if my life could really change at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found
Could a garden come up from this ground at all

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

You make me new, You are making me new
You make me new, You are making me new

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

Sunday, April 4, 2010

narnia & easter.

Every year, Easter and Holy Week become more and more beautiful and richer to me as I gain a greater knowledge of Him and what His sacrifice meant and means with each passing year. I love C.S. Lewis and especially love the Chronicles of Narnia. Lewis felt that sometimes theology was best taught through story, and the exchange between Susan and Aslan that happens in the Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe is one of my favorite examples of this in his work and commemorates this day where we celebrate the divine exchange.


"But what does it all mean?" asked Susan when they were somewhat calmer. "It means," said Aslan, "that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know ... that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death... itself would start working backwards.":the lion the witch & the wardrobe: c.s. lewis:


"O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?"

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God,who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 corinthians 15:55-57