Monday, February 24, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Measured in Hamburgers

I've burned off 14 Hamburgers in 22 days. There's no secret--just get up and do it. Finishing dead last always trumps not starting at all.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

"New Creation Living"

coming up in #2Corinthians 5 at Calvary Chapel Blythewood. #spirituality.

Remembering Dr. Larkin

Longtime Columbia International University professor and friend Dr. Bill Larkin passed away on Feb. 18, 2014 following a battle with cancer.

Dr. Larkin taught for 38 years at CIU until his retirement in 2013. His life included a long list of accomplishments. He was an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and joined the faculty of CIU after a year of pastoral ministry in Philadelphia and the completion of graduate studies in England. He authored or co-authored several books, including Bible commentaries.

More information will be posted as made available.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Photoblog: Tomes

Art Display at Richland Library

Saturday, February 15, 2014

"We're Your Friends To The Bitter End."

Every time I go for a run at home then collapse in the back yard after my final sprint, these guys show up. I feel dead; I'm sure I look dead, but really guys?

Courageous #Spirituality

Study #2Corinthians 4 ("We Do Not Lose Heart") with us this week at Calvary Chapel Blythewood (CCB). It's how we live out True Spirituality. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Love is in the air?

I love my wife anyway. Every day.

Thursday, February 13, 2014


How Not To Pray Like A Pagan

Great advice here! Machines don't help with the functional movement we enjoy in CrossFit.

Pictures of kids crying. The reasons are hilarious!

20 Things People Over 20 Should Stop Doing.

Nye vs. Ham Debate: No True Scotsman. A lesson in fallacy.

Meanwhile, back on the ice-planet Hoth . . . Snow Day, part 2

Courageous Suffering

Feels like Ranger School with Paul this morning in #2Corinthians 4. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

My Talented Boys

No More Excuses

Evangelical Missiological Society to Meet at CIU

The 2014 Southeast Regional Conference of the The Evangelical Missiological Society will meet Saturday, March 29, 2014 on the campus of Columbia International University. The theme will be “Missions and Diaspora.” The conference is open to professors, students and mission practitioners.  

Session speakers include: 
  • CIU alumnus Leiton Chinn, (international student ministry organizer with the Lausanne Movement) will speak on “Reaching the International Student Diaspora in North America.”
  • CIU alumnus Ken Katayama (President of Crossover Communications International)
  • CIU alumna Jessie Udall who recently defended her thesis, “Preparing Ethiopians for Cross-Cultural Ministry: Maximizing Missionary Training for Great Commission Impact.”
CIU professors making presentations include:
For registration and more information visit

Snow Day Workout

I'm doing: 50-40-30-20-10 of Burpee, Squats and Sit-ups. Post your at-home workout!

"We Do Not Lose Heart"

Study for Sunday's message turning up exciting principles for "Courageous #spirituality" with "Courageous #suffering" from #2Corinthians 4. Read ahead!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Jesus, Our Owner

"Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ's, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he [is] Christ's, even so we [are] Christ's." (2 Cor 10:7)

If you belong to Christ, know that you are individually owned. “He is Christ’s.” Twice in his previous letter, Paul reminds the Corinthians of being “bought at a price” and with that purchase we are free to glorify God and no longer be slaves. The chains are gone!

If you belong to Christ, know that you are corporately owned. "We are Christ’s.”

Have you ever visited a model home? The Church is a kind of model home, a preview house of what the rule of Christ should look like, a sample of what will be. Our doors should be open to invite future residents to Christ. We are not isolated survivalists who hoard for the apocalypse of the end times, but a local version of the new city within the old city.

“Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, ‘The kingdom of God does not come with observation; ‘ nor will they say, “See here!” or “See there!” For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you." (Lk 17:20-21).

The land is already His, so in this model home we live a lifestyle as citizens of the heavenly city that one day will come. We do not abandon our jobs or desert the city that is; rather, we are to 'seek the peace and prosperity of the city' to which God called us in exile (Jer. 29:7). Our business should be that the Church becomes as large as the development tracts.

Jesus is our owner, which underscores His Divine Position (from John’s Gospel):

  1. “The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand.”(3:35) 
  2. “All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.”  (16:15)
  3. “and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them.” (17:10) 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sunday, February 09, 2014

"True Spirituality"

Join our study in #2 Corinthians 3 at 11:00 a.m. (EST) livestreaming at Calvary Chapel Blythewood.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

"True Spirituality" Is Not A Contest

What is true #spirituality? Can the matter be discussed at all? Is spirituality a contest?

Study #2Corinthians 3 with us this week at Calvary Chapel Blythewood.

Let's go for a run . . .

Friday, February 07, 2014

A Divine and Supernatural Light

"And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit." (2 Corinthians 3:18)

“He that is spiritually enlightened truly apprehends and sees it, or has a sense of it. He does not merely rationally believe that God is glorious, but he has a sense of the gloriousness of God in his heart. There is not only a rational belief that God is holy, and that holiness is a good thing, but there is a sense of the loveliness of God’s holiness. There is not only a speculatively judging that God is gracious, but a sense how amiable God is on account of the beauty of this divine attribute.” 

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

Prayer Focus: Adyghe

Olympics open today in Sochi, Russia. We are praying for the Adyghe people @Calvary Chapel Blythewood. Join our study of "True Spirituality" this week at 10:30 (live) and 11:00 (streaming).

Thursday, February 06, 2014

"Old guy in the house!"

Walked into the Cardio room at the gym and everyone stares. What'd I do, people?!


Review of the Ham-Nye debate.

5 Really Bad Reasons To Leave Your Church.

How much snow does it take to cancel school in your area? This map takes a look at just how much snow around the country it takes to have a snowday.

I have to disagree with someone who said of Sir Ian McKellen, "I think I'd pay to see him read the phone book." No, no. I would not have to think at all.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Jesus, Our Gift

"Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!" (2 Cor 9:15)

How does one describe an indescribable gift? With words! It's not a trick question because we are not trying to describe that the indescribable, but the gift. Just because something is difficult to explain does not mean that it cannot be explained at all. We are thinking of the gift of Jesus.

A gift is something given from one person to another for the purpose of the receiver to have possession of what is given. So, what kind of gift is Jesus?

Charles Spurgeon said, “Heaven itself is nothing, as compared with Him! If a man had to wade breast deep through a thousand hells to obtain Christ it would be well worth the venture, if at the last he might but say, ‘My Beloved is mine and I am His!’ Jesus is so precious that He cannot be matched! There is none like Him. The most lovely of the lovely--are vile and deformed, when compared with Him. As Rutherford would say, ‘Black sun, black moon, black stars; but, O bright, infinitely bright Lord Jesus!’ If you ransacked time and space eternity and immensity you could find none that could even be compared unto Him He is so precious! He is all that your souls can desire; yes, He Himself is all.  You could not buy Christ in any market if you gave the price of heaven and earth for Him.”

What kind of gift is Jesus that makes Him so unusual, so extreme?

  1. He gives the love of the Father. Each one of us sinned yet in spite of who we are, God set His love on us and proved it through the life and death of His Son. 
  2. He grants forgiveness. Because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, when we turn from our sin by we are granted forgiveness. We are no longer under the condemnation of sin. His gift to us is preventative: the believer does not face eternal death, and is able to enjoy God forever. 
  3. He garnishes peace. We are no longer enemies of God and are able to enjoy war-lessness between one another. He is the Prince of Peace, of unbreakable contentment. He ends self-rule.
  4. He is Eternal, so what Jesus brings lasts forever. Starting from the moment of our salvation, Christ’s Spirit dwells within us and never leaves. We are forever children in God’s family, with an inheritance that can neither spoil nor pass away. 

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Jesus, Our Substitute

"For He made Him who knew no sin [to be] sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV)

A substitute is when one person or thing stands in place of another, but that which stands in place must meet specific criteria:

First, the substitute must be similar to the original.

Let's put this to the test: What replaces a burned out lightbulb? Something made of glass with a threaded end that can be screwed into the socket. A condiment bottle (though made of glass with a threaded end) will not work because it is NOT similar to the original.What replaces a flat tire? Another tire, right? Why won't a cinder block work? Because it is not similar to the original. The acceptable replacement must be similar to the original.

Jesus qualifies as our substitute because He was fully human.

  1. "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
  2. “who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, [and] coming in the likeness of men.” (Phil 2:6-8)
Second, the substitute cannot be identical to the original.  

A substitute is necessary because something different is required from the original. For example, we don’t replace burned out bulbs with burned out light bulbs nor do we replace a flat tire with a flat tire.

Jesus qualifies as our substitute because He was fully God--perfect, without sin.

  1. “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Heb. 4:15)
  2. “Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth” (1 Pe 2:22)

But meeting the first two requirements is not enough:

The substitute must actually be put in the place of the original.

A burned out bulb doesn't work, neither does a good one in the box on the shelf. The old must be removed, then replaced. The spare tire must be taken out of the trunk and fastened.

Jesus qualifies as our substitute. He said something that could only be said as a substitute, of one bearing the sins of others “My God, my God; why have you forsaken Me?”  (Mt 27:46) 

Take some time to let that sink in.  

Monday, February 03, 2014

Photoblog: Last week's South Carolina Snow Day

Can't believe it's been a week already.

Taken 1/29/2014

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Soooo . . .

. . . if my wife makes the muffins, does that make me The Muffin Man? 

Family Movie-night Recommendation

I was a small when I first learned about Kon-Tiki and read the book of the experiment/adventure a couple of times. This movie came out two years ago, limited release in America. When I saw it on Netflix Instant View, it was instantly added to my queue. This film hits the high points of the experiment/adventure with one graphic scene (I don't remember in the book, most likely added for the film) involving angry fishermen and one shark.

Beautifully photographed, not burdensome in story but (as always) the book is always better.


Was looking forward to a run outside today in the fresh air. Saw it was overcast, but was not going to let that stop me. As I stepped out to run an errand with my darling bride, it started drizzling.


Though not wild about going to the gym, I silently prepared myself for an inside workout when I returned from our errand.

We were on the way home (about mid afternoon) when we saw him.

The sky: still overcast, grey. If it was a few degrees colder, it would be snowing.

But there he was, trudging along the road.

If I had to guess I'd say he's in his mid 70's. Tall. Slow. Many could walk faster than he runs, but there he was. Step. Step. Step. Step. Step. Running. In the drizzle. In the cold.

If he could do it, I can do it.

So I did.

I got home, changed clothes, bundled up, cranked up the MP3 player, started my stopwatch and put one foot in front of the other. 50 minutes and 4.53 miles later, I lay down gasping in the backyard on the cold, wet grass. Done.

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