Saturday, May 31, 2008

boys state

I have been gone this past week and so I apoligize for not being able to update my blog.

This week I was at Boys State at Tennessee Tech. Despite all the speculations I had about going, I decided to go just to have the experience, and as it turned out... the experience pretty much sucked. I did come away with a very good idea though..

While most churches I know of have abandoned Judgement House, I think we should bring it back just for this one purpose. See, basically the purpose of Judgement House is to explain the Gospel by showing how much more amazing Heaven is than Hell. So at some point during the Judgement House program there is a hell scene to try and depict exactly how terrible it would be to spend eternity without having Jesus as your savior.. and it's been pretty effective over the years. Normally they make it extremely hot in the Hell scene, lots of loud noises, and very very dark, which makes it pretty confusing when you go to walk around the room and all the lights are turned off. So here's the idea.

Rather than spend all the time, effort, and resources on putting together a top notch Judgement House program, we should start holding sign ups at church for all nonbelievers to go to Boys State. Not only is boys state extremly hot, it also has very loud noises, and is very very confusing. I think it's a pretty perfect idea. "Hey, this is what it will be like in Hell, you don't want to do that... so you should become a Christian or risk being put in a boys state camp for all of eternity..."

Saturday, May 24, 2008

the levatation principle

My friend Duke is a very talented musician. He's one of those sterotypical rockers who kind of lives in this false sense of reality the majority of the time. His initial reaction to things is not a logical approach, it's more of a random approach. For instance- we were trying to think of a cool way to advertise for our next message series at church, and duke's first response is.. "Free monkeys to the first 100 people!"

So, what's cool about Duke is he applies that mentality to every aspect of his life, even the Bible. So as a student band a long time ago we were going through the book "The Heart of the Artist." It was pretty much a disaster except for this one occasion. Somehow the story of Jesus and the turning of the water to wine came up, and Duke wanted to share with us his new "theory" on Jesus and miracles. See, even though the Bible SAYS that the water-wine deal was Jesus' first miracle, Duke had come to a different conclusion.

John 2:3-5 When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."
"Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied. "My time has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."

Duke pointed out an interesting idea. If what was ABOUT to happen was Jesus' first miracle, then how did Mary know he could figure out a way to get more wine? Well your typical church answer would be, "she knew he was the son of God..."

Duke's theory: When Jesus was at home and none of the Gospel writers were around, Jesus was levatating rocks around the house.

Now, while Biblical scholars may ridicule Duke for "adding" to the Bible, I actually think there's a principle there. This principle is true for both Duke and Mary. The prinicple is that faith is the key ingredient for this miracle. Mary had absolute faith that Jesus could do whatever it took to make more wine, and Duke has absolute faith that if Jesus wanted to walk around the house levataing rocks... then Jesus could do that too.

The levatation principle is this: My imagination is so much smaller than God's ablity. Whether Jesus levatated rocks or not, becuase He is the savior of the world He could if He wanted to.

Thanks Dukey Balls

Friday, May 23, 2008

the dc experience

The past 2 days I've been at the white board conference in Washington D.C. It was different than I expected, but it was still good. I always try to take away one big principle from each session or talk, and this is what I got:

When doing ministry, leverage the culture or risk losing your impact.

A lot of times the church pushes away things in culture because they're percieved as "worldly", but the idea here is that the people who need Jesus the most are IN the culture, so in order to have influence with them, you have to know about things that they know about.

Last night at the hotel my dad was snoring so loud that I had to go and sleep in the car. It turned out to be a pretty good thing because I actually got to sleep. Oringinally I tried sleeping in the bathroom with my noise maker and iHome turned all the way up, but I could still hear it! I think it has something to do with the frequency of his snoring.. Anyway so I slept in the car and this morning when he went to breakfast I moved back inside to sleep, and in the process lost my wallet (which doesn't really make much since).

The misplacement of the wallet would come back to haunt us around 2:00 when we were leaving for the airport, becuase now we had to stop by the hotel and still make it to the airport by 4:00. So, that was pretty stressful and we ended up leaving the wallet and the hotel is going to mail it to us, but the traffic in DC is ridiculous! We waited 2 hours just to go maybe 30 miles!

Once on the flight, I had the privledge of sitting next to a basketball player that is 7'3". The good news is we both had loads of space...

Anyway, I had lots to talk about because I went on a trip, but that pretty much sums up the experience.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

the debut blog

Well, I'm new to the blogging world. I'm a little confused on how blogging differs from journaling. I mean I guess journals are a little more private and exposing them to the world can cause the whole school to hate you, but all of this is public, so how can you actually talk about anything you're really experiencing without eventually hurting someone's feelings? I mean once you put something in a blog it's permanent, there's no going back. But, on the other hand maybe I'm confusing blogs with livejournal (the hit website for middle schoolers about 3 years ago). Hopefully as my blogging continues I will improve and become a very successful writer and someone will publish all of my blogs.

Before you become a daily subscriber to my blog, you need to know that I use lots of verbal irony and hyberbole. Also, if I die while being held captive in a nazi concentration camp and my dad publishes my blog in a book and millions of 7th grade students take tests over my writings, no student shall recieve less than an A on any grade over the Moons from Burma Reading Unit.

Nate