Monday, June 30, 2008

the female

I have this theory that there is a magnetic forcefield of some kind revolving around all women. Not only that, but men have some kind of metal substance buried deep within their retinas that causes them to be drawn towards these women. I don't really believe that, just while I was typing I thought it would be kind of funny if that really is how it worked, but now that I'm re-reading it I really don't find it all that humorous, but I'm going to leave it in there because I started typing this in response to what I had just previously written and deleting the first 2 sentences would require me to delete this sentence as well and that would result in me losing everything I've typed in this entry thus far...

So, all that aside, I have titled this post "the female" (singular) because I have come to the conclusion that all girls are the same. Granted there are personality traits that vary from girl to girl, but there are a few key levels in which women are all the same. Unfortunately I haven't figured out how to use the fact that I've realized this to my advantage yet, which is why I'm currently single. (However if you are interested, follow the lead of another blog-reading friend of ours and leave a love comment anonomously but leave a call back number, this way I can get in touch with you.)

Anyway, without giving away any details that would sacrifice my chances with this particular girl, this last week I adopted somewhat of a middle school crush. Basically I saw this girl in a public place somewhere here in Clarksville, and for whatever reason I was hooked. I know this seems like a pretty shallow way to begin liking someone, but I'm sorry that's how it started. Now, 1 week later I'm a little confused.

For one, how did a stable, firmly planted guy like me stumble onto this path of confusion? I mean I've never in my life just had a time when I started liking someone at first glance, so it doesn't make sense that it should start now. For two, why am I writing about this situation in my blog? Shouldn't the details of such emotion be kept private? No, they shouldn't. Here is why:

I think that there have been way too many jokes tossed around about guys not being able to understand women. There have been far too many women call men stupid for not being able to understand what she is thinking/feeling. There have been far too many men pursue a girl only to have their confidence shaken because of the mind games they enter with women. So, the reason I'm publicizing this is to let all people everywhere (although by that I mean all the people who read Moons from Burma) know that I am done playing the game. I'm only 17 and I have had enough. While this new strategy of mine may only last a few short weeks, as of right now I am finished. If I am pursuing a girl I should be able to just ask her out and her say yes or no. There is no reason anyone should have to go through the mental agony or awkwardness that is associated with dating a girl, because in all honesty awkwardness sucks for everyone.

So to sum things up, I am going to pursue this girl, but I'm not going to play any mind games. I am not a Jedi Knight and I am not fleeing from Imperials, therefore I should not have to play mind games. If the girl is cool with that then we will have a relationship, if she is not then I'll be writing back to let everone know that the plan didn't work. Wish me luck gentlemen!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

superheroes

For whatever reason I've always loved super hero cartoons. When I was 3 my dad bought me a video collection with 2 superman tapes (featuring a total of 12 episodes), and one tape (6 episodes) of the Super Friends and their adversaries. Cartoon Network used to do a special on the Justice League during the summer around lunch time and I can remember taping all of the episodes and watching them over and over again. It's so crazy how the awesomeness grows exponentially when you add more and more superheroes to one episode.

I'm not sure why but I've never fully grown out of my fascination with super heroes, and I find myself from time to time watching those old videos in my VCR before I go to bed. There's nothing like Brainiac triggering a laser beam to destroy the planet earth and Superman escaping the thresh-hold of kryptonite just in time to save the day.

This summer at Grace our kids ministry is going through this series called Superheroes. Each week there is a video that has a real life problem that the kids could face, and it takes that problem and uses these superheroes to give advice on how to handle the situation. Each Superhero has a character trait that serves as their special ability. There are like 5 or 6 different superheroes: Kid Confidence, Guts Girl, The Forgivenator, Captain Compassion, and a couple others. Those superheroes then take a story from the Bible and show how the story in the Bible used whatever character trait they're focusing on.

Being the superhero fanatic that I am, this has been just as exciting for me as it's been for the kids. The graphics they use for this series are incredible, and I actually look forward to seeing what story from the Bible they'll use for each of the superheroes. Here's what I think is cool about this whole series:

They don't try and turn characters from the Bible into "superheroes". If you've grown up in church you've sat through enough lame sermons or kids programs that tried to make Moses out to be a superhero. While Moses is one of the most Godly men in all of the Bible, there's nothing appealing to an 8 year old about an 80 year old with a big white beard. Typically when churches do this whole "Superhero concept" they are like.. "well we've all heard of superman and batman, but who's heard of Noah?!?? Now he's the real superhero! Real superheroes don't need to fly around and use weapons! Their strength comes from doing God's Will!"

While all of that is true... it's also all incredibly lame. Rather than try and convince everyone that Moses and Noah actually are superheroes in their own way, this series takes a made up superhero that has an awesome looking costume and uses them to tell the story of the REAL superheroes. I think this is much more effective with the kids because after they see the awesome looking guy they're already engaged when you start talking about the Bible character, and the Bible character is what we ultimately want them to know.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

christianity oratory


At school there's this club called the NFL (National Forensic League). When I first heard of this club I despised them because they called themselves "The NFL". Now I don't know about you, but to me there's only going to ever be one NFL and it certainly does not deal with Forensics... it deals with football. To me it was almost a mockery to even consider calling your organization the same thing as the most watched sport on tv, but prejudiceaside I joined the club my sophomore year. Basically the NFL is just a complicated name for Speech Team (apparently though speech team isn't official enough).

So anyway I joined the speech team and began doing debate. I hated it. It's pretty much the dumbest thing I've ever been apart of (besides boys state). My passion is to speak. Even though I'm very much an introvert I've always seemed to be good at public speaking. Debate dealt with very little speaking and a whole lot of research... research is most definitely not my passion. So I got out of debate and moved to an event called Original Oratory or OO.

OO is a 10 minute persuasive speech about anything you want. So I decided to do my speech about Risk Taking last year. The premise of the speech was the game Truth or Dare. When I was in 5th grade I played truth or dare with a group of friends and ultimately ended up having my first kiss. So the tension in the speech is that even though I really wanted to kiss this girl, it was actually one of my biggest fears, and to see the vision for our life come true, we must be willing to face those fears. So that was the idea behind last years speech and I ended up placing 3rd at the NFL qualifier, so I was one place away from going to Nationals.

So this year I'm going in kind of as a front runner so to speak. Whenever you go to a competition you go into a classroom with 6 other people and you all give your speech to the same judge. As you're looking around the room you immediately are intimidated by certain people because you know they're really good. So it's been cool ever since the NFL Qualifier to look around and see the people's faces when they realize that the great Nate Edmondson is competing against them haha.

With all that in mind, now I have to start writing my speech for next year. I'm not sure the exact direction I want to go with my speech yet, but I want the topic to be Christianity. That's a pretty broad topic I realize, but I really think it will be cool because it's so different. No one that I've ever heard has done a speech on Christianity. I'm not talking about like a salvation message or anything, just a speech about problems that the church has created and what Jesus intended for the church to be. Like I said I don't have a clear direction yet, but I have a feeling lot's of blogs will be written soon as I begin brainstorming on this speech topic, so stay tuned and subscribed!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

jesus freak

This post may be somewhat more of a controversial one, but I guess that's ok considering the fact that no one would read my blog if I said the exact same thing someone else is already saying... which is kind of the whole purpose of a blog anyway I guess. Although I'm not sure that last sentence made any sense, so we're just going to move on to the actual reason for this post.

In the mid-early 90s a hit song by the name of "Jesus Freak" was released by a band by the name of dc talk. (take the fact that it was released in the early 90s and then try and explain to me why Way-FM still plays it...) Anyway the purpose of the song is basically to encourage people to stand up for their faith and be willing to look ridiculous and be humiliated for Jesus... which I guess is why the title "Jesus Freak" is so appropriate.

Another song talking about freaks is the 1981 hit single "Super Freak" by Rick James. It's safe to say this song offers a tad bit different message, but I think it's ironic that here we have 2 songs talking about freaks, but one is intended to be a positive kind of freak and the other is intended to be a negative kind of freak. Not to be cynical here, but I want to propose the idea that there is really only one kind of freak... and it's not ever a good thing.

Freak- noun; a person or animal on exhibition as an example of a strange deviation from nature; monster.

That is dicitionary.com's definition. Obviously based on this definition the word Freak is not a good thing. So, why then does dc talk urge us to be Jesus Freaks? Here is why: There is this huge misconception in the christianized "church" world that being "different" because you're a Christian somehow involves being a social outcast and getting made fun of. Apparently there's a verse in the Bible that says "be in the world not of the world" (I'm just kidding.. yes I know it really IS in the Bible). But I don't think that that verse is suggesting Christians should be dubbed "Freak" just at first glance.

Think about the movie Celtic Pride. If you haven't seen this movie, I wouldn't suggest watching it. It's really not all that funny and it's pretty long. Basically these HUGE Boston Celtic fans kidnap a star basketball player for the team they are playing against in the NBA Finals. Anyway, they’re sitting there, trying to watch their team in one of the most important games of the entire season and then out of nowhere some annoying “Christian” comes up and proceeds to get in between them and their view of the game. He’s holding a John 3:16 poster and says, “Jesus loves you!” What do they do to this man? They beat him up. Why, because he was annoying, REALLY annoying. In fact, some might venture as far as to say he was a "Jesus Freak".

Now, initially us Christians' first thought would be to applaud this behavior. "We're taking a nonchristian activity and promoting the Gospel!" While this is true, we are "promoting the Gospel" at a non-Christian event, we're also ruining a chance to reach people! We are forever crafting an annoying image in people's mind when they think about this man named Jesus. Because we decided to be "Jesus Freaks", we've actually just annoyed someone and turned them away from the Gospel.

I'm not saying that Christians should be unwilling to stand up for their faith, but there is a HUGE difference in standing up for your faith, and getting in people's faces and looking like an idiot for the sake of the Gospel.

Bottom Line: A freak is a freak. To a non-believer who knows nothing about Jesus or anything that He did for them, there is no difference in a Jesus Freak and a Super Freak... there just both freaks.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

grace is the word

This post is about how I first encountered the concept of Grace.. sorry if it's long.

I guess I should probably go ahead and tell you that I’m one of those stereotypical kids who was raised in a Southern Baptist house with “Southern Baptist” ways of thinking and a very conservative political stand point. When I was little, I was pounded pretty hard with the Christian morals and philosophies and what not, which I think is a good thing. My dad always told me that there were people out there who didn’t think the same way as me, but I never really knew any of them.

So, in elementary school I was for the most part surrounded by Christians and people who thought the exact same way as me and as everyone else in my family. It wasn’t until middle school that I really got to see anyone who thought differently than me. His name was Ted. At that point everyone called him Teddy, not really sure why, he doesn’t really look like a bear or anything. He is like 100% different from my family. My family isn’t real artsy, his family is. My family doesn’t read a lot of deep intellectual type stuff, his family definitely does. We love steak, not sure if he eats steak, but as liberal as he is, you’d have a hard time believing that he does. I don’t think he’s a vegetarian, but if he eats meat, it's like the little chocolate covered ants or something, not steak, and his family will definitely be voting for Obama not McCain (Although lots of republicans say that McCain is kind of liberal too, so I'm not sure that's a great example). So, throw all that together, put us in 6 classes together when there’s only 6 periods in a school day, and chances are you’ll have to talk at some point. I’ve known Ted for 6 years now, and we are still good friends. We’re not the types of friends to go spend the night at each other’s houses or anything, but we talk at school and stuff.

The first year and a half or so that I knew Ted, we just debated all the time. It didn’t matter about what, politics, religion, Shakespeare/Donald Miller, evolution, whatever, we were just always debating. Then, my dad was called into full-time ministry. That basically means he had to go to church all the time instead of going to a real job haha… He then discovered something. It is a little word that I can say now has really changed my entire life. It is called Marijuana… just kidding. No, seriously though the word is grace. This word has absolutely, without a doubt, changed my life forever. It has taught me to look at Christianity from a whole new perspective, but also to look at people who want nothing to do with Christianity differently. It has shown me that there is a way for people who have never been labeled “good” to actually stand a chance in the world. The concept of Grace has also been the single most influential idea in Grace Community Church's dream.

After I was introduced to this new concept of grace I started to look at my friendship with Ted differently. In the beginning I basically just thought the best way to "live for Christ" or whatever was to argue with him constantly. I thought if I could ever prove him wrong then maybe he'd suddenly believe Jesus was the son of God or something. Just so you know, that typically doesn't work. Typically if you argue with someone nonstop and eventually prove them wrong, they'll end up hating you. Thankfully that didn't happen with me and Ted. Once I understood the grace idea, I started just being his friend. I tried to stop arguing about big world changing concepts and just see how he was doing and what was going on in his life. Ted isn't a Christian, but he has started attending church at the Unitarian Universalists place, so that's an improvement.. haha just kidding. So even though Ted has not chosen to believe in Jesus yet, at least he knows one less Christian that's a jerk.

Here's what I think is sad though: I grew up in church and at church and under church and every other prepositional phrase ending with church that is possible, but it wasn't until I was 12 that I started being taught what it meant to live by grace. I still in no way understand it fully, but it took 12 years for me to even hear about it. So, I think that Christians need to stop talking so much about politics and judgment day and just start being nice to people.

That's pretty much a condensed version of my spiritual autobiography I guess.

Friday, June 20, 2008

the pickle story


So, you've heard about Whataburger, and now it's time for you to hear (or read I guess considering this is written out and not being spoken to you... much like a book) the 2nd great adventure that I have partaken in this summer. This story will go down in Gcom Church history for all of eternity.

The old animated Godzilla tv show on cartoon network used to start out with a song that went like this "Up from the depths, thirty stories high, a rage of fire, stands in the sky. Godzilla!" Something like that. The words may not be exactly right.. but it's definitely the right amount of syllables. Anyway, Godzilla for those of you who don't know is a giant green fire breathing dragon of sorts. He threatens the existence of such phenomenons as King Kong, dirty pirates, and Orientals (not to single them out it's just that typically they are the ones in the film). So, with that being said, Grace Community Church has found their Godzilla. He is not a dragon/dino/lizard, nor does he breathe fire or reek havoc/destruction, but he IS green! And Godzilla is the only mythical creature I feel is worthy enough to be compared to the pickle.

It all started as a small joke in a gas station on the way to bigstuf. It was then that I saw this gigantically large pickle resting near the check out line for 99 cents with the reading "Tart and Tangy!" "Snack on the run!" The thought then occured to me that this pickle looked awfully like something that I am not going to name(you're going to have to use your imagination with me as I walk you through this process... I'm going to be as honest and mature as possible about this, but you should know on this trip in a van of 10 guys there was no way we were going to be mature or responsible or even spiritual for that matter about the events that were about to take place.) Now, being a guy striving for attention I could not pass up this opportunity to amuse. So I bought the pickle.

After revealing the pickle to the entire van, and hearing the dozens and maybe even thousands of jokes being tossed around, we decided to name this pickle. It's name is as follows: Dong.

Enough said. I still have the pickle and it is still the mascot for Relevant Student Ministry. Lanny Donoho had his picture taken with this pickle, and it has also been to student life camp.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

whataburger

This blog was made possible by Amanda Balls.

Well, this summer I've made 2 very interesting trips down I-65. The first one was to bigstuf and the second one was to student life camp. I've shared various stories and experiences about those 2 trips in previous blogs, but there's one key ingredient that I've failed to mention: Whataburger.

If you're new to the phrase, you should know... it's actually not a phrase, it's a word (which is the reason no spaces exist between the individual words what, a, and burger). Much like Captain Planet, when these 3 powers combine you are left with one incredible superhero, or in this case supermanager. (Although there were actually 5 powers needed for captain planet).

As we were driving to bigstuf the desire to feed on delicious food overtook all of us and so naturally we decided to eat at Chic-Fil-A.. God's chicken. However, unbeknownst to us the sovereignty of God was at work on that trip, and He directed our path (Psalm reference) to the whataburger. One could draw the conclusion that Whataburger is God's red meat.

No but basically we saw it and the guys in the van voted and came to a unanimous (which i don't really know how to spell) decision that whataburger seemed like the wisest food choice. If you're as confused as I was as to why it's called whataburger, don't worry, you're not alone. Apparently the name in and of itself is a mystery. Think about all the possible ways to say Whataburger.

"What? A burger?" WHAT A BURGER! What a... burger?

Ok.. there were more in my head before I began typing.. however, I think you get where I'm going. Anyway, the question "what is a whataburger?" has been asked SO many times... they even carry little brochures inside explaining exactly what a Whataburger is. I found this so enthralling that I had to make a big deal about it. So I called the manager over and began asking him questions about this "Whataburger". Little did I know, this guy was a walking whataburger advertising campaign. So he pretty much talked for about 4 minutes (which is pretty good while talking just to be talking about some random restaurant) on the history and vision of Whataburger Enterprises. Because I recognized the passion inside of this man for his restaurant, I decided my good friend Duke Boles (see levitation principle blog post) needed to hear this. So I gave Duke a call and then the guy proceeded to talk to Duke for another 4 minutes about what a whatburger was/is/and will continue to be... over the phone!

In conclusion, Whataburger may be 2nd only to Five Guys in the race for the greatest burger joint on the planet. Not only do they have great food, a great name, and very nice restroom facilities, they also have great advertisement superheros... or in this case, Supermanagers.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

jr high drop out

What a week. I've been in Taladega, AL for the past few days at Shocco Springs for student life camp. This year we took our high schoolers to bigstuf and our middle schoolers to student life, and they were both awesome! It's been a great summer as far as camp experiences go and I think Shocco Springs is definitely the best place you could take a middle school boy. They've got 2 key features that everyone in our group was ridiculously excited about all week:

1. The Blob
2. Paintball Course

If you've seen the movie heavy weights it's pretty much the same concept. Basically they have like 10 different inflatable types of deals in this big lake, and you just run and go crazy all over those things. Then the paintball course. I've gotta be honest, paintball's really not quite my thing. I mean, I like the idea of running and shooting people and stealing flags and getting dirty, but I've just got a few minor things that make me dislike it. For one, paintball is really just an opportunity for egotistical guys to BOOST their ego. Not saying that everyone who plays paintball is egotistical, that was just an observation I had while I was there. Pretty much all conversations at the paintball course go something like this, "Aww man, d'you see me runnin up owwwn dat man down er' in dat bunker? I would'a shot em but he was hidin down er' in da brush. Then one of their guys sneak up behind me and shot me in da leg. I woulda seen em' but I thought I saw a giant raccoon bout to attack up at da base."

It's like... hmmm, interesting story. Reality check: You shot and missed at a guy about 6 times before another guy ran up and shot you.

Princple you should know: If you ever play paintball, the stories people tell afterwards will take longer than the actual paintball game.

Reason 2 I dislike paintball- my mask always fogs up and I can't see.

So, mix the blob and paintball together, plus the fact that we had only middle school boys with us at this camp, you come up with a big fat tired Nate Dog who is about ready to become a jr high counselor drop out. No but seriously, as exhausting as it was hanging out with those guys, I learned a TON about ministry. You can't go into a middle school camp stressed out or that's exactly what you'll be the whole time. If you're going to effectively connect with middle schoolers you've gotta be relaxed mentally, rested, and willing to be crazy and loud and obnoxious... typically 3 things that get on my nerves, BUT to middle schoolers, theres no characteristic better than that.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

lanny donoho commented

Probably the coolest thing in the world just happened.. Lanny Donoho (REthink, Bigstuf, Northpoint, Kidstuf.. that Lanny Donoho) just commented on my blog called "broadcast". I'm not sure how Lanny found my blog, or if he even read anything other than that one post, but I'm afraid I may have just ruined my chances with ever interning with him..

In the post I said that Lanny talked a lot at bigstuf. This is true, however, I am a huge fan of Lanny. I think he's hilarious! His sense of humor and mine are very much alike, and people call him the older version of me. So, to clarify for Lanny, I really like you and am honored that you stumbled upon my blog. If I could throw a virtual frisby to you right now, I would!

I hope you keep coming back and reading!

asg

At bigstuf I also spent lots of time thinking about ASG stuff.

In April I was elected Associated Student Government (ASG) president.. or student body president. This has been something I've wanted to do since I was a 6th grader, so it's really cool to have fulfilled that dream.

The last 3 years I served as VP for the class of 2009, so I was involved with ASG but pretty limited as far as making an impact is concerned.

So the past 3 years I've been pretty dissapointed with a few things and so I used those things kind of as my platform to run for President. My problem was I felt like student council didn't do enough. The majority of the school didn't/doesn't even know what ASG is. When asked what ASG does, there's really not much to say because in all honesty, I feel like ASG didn't really do anything aside from set up for 2 dances each year.

So as president I want to make ASG involved- but also excellent. So here's the outline for the year and the plan on how I'm going to go about doing that. I wanted to find a way to make this public, and this is the best way I know how to do that right now. This is a brief overview of the entire plan, so if you want a more detailed guide or have any questions, email me at nathanieledmondson@yahoo.com

Here it is:


Theme: Go Public- opposite of going private.

-in order to “Go Public” you have to have a product that others will buy into; we want others to INVEST in what we're doing.


Vision: Make Rossview stick out publicly as the best school.

The environment as a whole will be better if people feel like Rossview is

A: Their School
B: Something to be proud of


Goals and Systems:

1. Improve Productions:
-Creative Team
-Evaluate


2. Promote Clubs:
-Spotlight club of the week in morning announcements
-Set up club stations around school


3. Implement Activities
-Publicize school
-Have big events sponsored by ASG

2 Dominant Factors:

1. Engaging

2. Memorable

In everything we do we have to first make sure it is engaging and will be something they remember. The systems need to stick.


I could probably give a 60 minute lecture on all of that if you need me to. Email me with questions. Again sorry for length.. this will not be a habbit.

two big ideas

These are the bigstuf thoughts continued...

When I was on the beach I was skimming through the Bible(...skim boarding the Bible you know.. on the beach.. skim boarding... the Bible...) (ok that was lame I know sorry) and so these are 2 verses that really had a huge impact on me.

John 17 is a big spill of Jesus crying out to God. First he prays for himself, then he prays for his immediate disciples, and then he prays for us. As I was sitting there reading what he prayed for me, I was blown away.

John 17:18-20 - "18As you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19And I give myself entirely to you so they also might be entirely yours. 20I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me becuase of their testimony."

This verse is so huge to me because of the faith Jesus had in the disciples. Everything He lived for on earth He was handing over to these 11 guys. He gave them a mission to go into the world spreading the Gospel, and they did! But what's even cooler to me is that He knew they would! He was praying for us in verse 20! The only reason we know anything about Jesus and what He did is because of the mission that he gave the disciples! Because these 11 guys took the mission that Jesus gave them and ran with it we are still gathering today around that mission.

So I was thinking about the mission the disciples had, and how I wanted that to be my mission as well, and then I read Ephesians 4:1:

"Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. "

So the mission and calling that God has for us in John 17 is the same calling that Paul is talking about here. So if this gospel and this mission is going to continue to go to all of the world like Jesus prayed for then what he wants is someone willing to do it! Ephesians 4:1 and all these ideas are so cool because I do feel called into the ministry, so this challenge to live a life WORTHY of that calling is really humbling and makes you feel like crap for just a second, but then you realize that you're called BY GOD. Like this isn't a burden it's a privlege. Why would you want to do anything else but live a life worthy of the calling you've recieved?

It's kind of like being invited to a birthday party when you're in little league. This kid on your team that you're just starting to get to know invites you over to swim after the game but you really don't know him that well. But since he invtied you, you immediately start to feel like maybe he likes you more than you thought... which in turn makes you start to like him more. From that moment on you feel like you need to be a good friend because afterall he did invite you to his house, so you begin to hang out with that kid more. Eventually you move across the street from him and you become best friends... or at least thats what happened to me and David Reece.

Anyway, even though I screw up and do lots of stupid things and don't spend nearly as much time with God as I should, the fact that he CALLED me to be apart of this same mission He gave His closest friends just makes me want to be that much better of a friend to Him. He had faith in the disciples to go into the world so that more people could believe in Him, and he has faith in us to do that too! Hopefully I'll get better at living the life he called me to live.

confusing passage

The next few blogs are going to be based on thoughts and ideas I was thinking about while at Bigstuf.

When I was on the beach the first night of camp I was reading through 1 John 5. Before I go on you should know that I was raised in a Southern Baptist Bible Belt downtown church (I understand if that make you hate me). I've always been taught that sin is equal and that even the smallest slightest sin is enough to lead to a spirtual death or separation from God for eternity. So with that in mind read 1 John 5:16-17:

16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask andGod will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death. NASU

Now I used NASU for those accuracy gooroos out there (as if anyone actually reads this blog anyway). If you have my background this is a very confusing passage of scripture. The first reason is because John is making a distinction between sin. Apparently there is a sin that LEADS to death, and a sin that DOES NOT lead to death. The second question is what kind of death is he talking about? Does he mean spiritual death or physical death?

Romans 3:23- "For all have SINNED and fall short of the glory of God."
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord."

In those 2 verses it seems like sin is sin and any sin resluts in the need of a savior, and I still believe that, but what is John talking about? Another thought that comes to mind is the fact that we are BORN into sin. Romans 4 and 5 talk about how through Adam we are cursed from birth, so wouldn't we already be sentenced to DEATH just for being born? I mean what difference does it make what degree of sin you commit during your life (if there is a degree.. JOHN!) if you're destined for Hell and need a savior anyway?

Anyway this was just a confusing passage. For someone in church and as involved as I am it's easy to fall into the idea that I pretty much know everything there is to know, but that's probably the biggest bunch of crap I could think about myself.. so, maybe I'll understand this one day.

broadcast

Man, these last few weeks have been crazy. I haven't been home for more than 2 days since school got out, so it's nice to finally be home!

This past week I was at Bigstuf in Panama City, FL. Bigstuf is just a summer camp that has 1500 kids each week for 8 weeks. They put together an awesome production with the best lights and graphics out there, so it's a really cool experience. The only problem is Lanny Donoho talks a whole freakin lot. I really like Lanny and think he's funny, but I'm pretty much the only one in our church who feels that way..

The theme of Bigstuf was Broadcast. The idea was that we need to make Jesus known publicly with our lives. Jared Herd made a pretty cool statement: "Whatever you desire the most is what you will broadcast the loudest."

That's so true. If I claim to be a Christian and claim to want to serve Jesus full-time, then He is first going to have to be what I desire the most. I can never fully broadcast Jesus with my life if I don't ever fall in love with Him. Michael Bayne was talking about this with me while we were there, but I don't think he realized I was paying this close of attention. He said that many people try to change their behavior so they'll become closer to God, but the reality is that your bad behavior will begin to change once you love Jesus more. Obviously he didn't make that principle up because it's been around since the beginning of the world, but he made that stick out to me and so I'm glad I discovered these truths.

Whatever I desire the most is what I'll broadcast the loudest.
My bad behavior will begin to change once I fall in love with Jesus.

Thanks guys

Nate