Values

Earthquakes in Indonesia

  Photo by Reuters       So much has happened in our 3 months in Indonesia. Not only in terms of the church plant, but we have been welcomed by a terrorist bombing in Jakarta, an earthquake (that we actually felt), and now another earthquake in Sumatra Island. The death toll is slowly rising as more bodies are being found underneath the rubble. The 7.9-magnitude earthquake in the coastal city of Padang several days...

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Enough is Enough

  Photo by pdesigner.com       I don’t know how many of you have been following the news this past week, but there are a lot of global things going on right now. Recently, the United Nations (U.N.) had their 61st General Assembly session in NYC. Not only was this meeting a bit tense due to all the political issues around the world, but I am still trying to understand what good came out...

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Making Changes

  Photo on Flickr       Even though it has been a little less than 3 months since we have been here in Indonesia, God is showing us a lot of different things. By His grace, God has allowed us, not only to transition well, but to reinforce a lot of the values that we took for granted in the States. It is funny how God had to send me all the way to...

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The Concept of Personal Space

  Photo by Reuters       As you can tell from the picture above, things are crowded in Indonesia. This picture describes not only the massive amount of motorcycles on the road, but also the chaos on the streets as people are all trying to get home for the Hari Raya Idul Fitri holiday. I am coming to understand the magnitude of being in a country that has the 4th largest population in the...

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The “I” in Idolatry

  Photo by Anne Elliott       The American Heritage Dictionary defines “idolatry” as, “blind or excessive devotion to something.” It is interesting that throughout the Bible one theme that keeps on coming up is the topic of idols. It is germane to who we are as God’s people. God created us to worship Him and to have no other gods or idols before Him (Ex 20:3-4), but we have not taken this command...

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True Freedom

  Photo on Diane Beeler website       In class yesterday, we had a good discussion on the topic of freedom. I challenged the students to think about the true meaning of freedom as we were going over the Old Testament. I pointed out that we see the plight of humankind constantly disobeying God, even though God clearly marks out the boundaries for us. Then I imposed the question, “Can we say that we...

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Kanye West and Manners

  Photo by Getty       It has been a couple of days now and I was debating whether to write some of my thoughts on what happened at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA). At first I wasn’t going to write anything, but then I decided for the sake of reinforcing the values of manners to my kids, I decided to write some brief thoughts. For those of you who are not familiar...

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Producing Racist People

  Photo by Smart Expressions       There was an interesting Newsweek article entitled, “Is Your Kid a Racist?” It caught my attention to say the least. What parent wants to raise their child as a racist? I guess there are probably some but that is for another blog entry. If a parent knew that they were raising a racist kid, wouldn’t they want to do something about it, especially if they are a...

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The Greatest Ever

  Recently, in light of Michael Jordan’s induction to the NBA’s Hall of Fame, I was reminded of the inspiration Michael Jordan has been to so many people who played and play the game of basketball. It is hard not to get a bit nostalgic, since I grew up in Chicago. I still remember in my younger years, when my friends and I would play basketball and try to imitate some of his moves on...

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The 8th Year Anniversary of 9-11

  Photo by Derek Jensen       It is hard to believe that eight years have passed by since the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States. It seems like a distant memory. As every year passes by, more people will either get numb to what happened or they will feel distant from the actual event. Just think about the memorial for Pearl Harbor. Now that several generations have passed by, we feel...

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Doing the Father’s Will

  Photo from Craziestgadgets       This morning, I was reminded of this quote from Charles E. Hummel’s book, The Tyranny of the Urgent: “Jesus did not finish all the urgent tasks in Palestine or all the things He would have liked to do, but He did finish the work which God gave Him to do. The only alternative to frustration is to be sure that we are doing what God wants. Nothing substitutes...

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The Impact of One Person

  This week has been a sobering week for me – not only in trying to prepare for the Inaugural Sunday Celebration, but more importantly because I attended a funeral service for a woman that I just met once. It is hard to believe that a person that you have only met once can make that much of an impact on your life, but that is what happened. Ibu Irene Ishak was introduced to us...

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Success Cannot Measure Us

  Photo from csuohio.edu       We live in such a success oriented culture, not just in the States but even here in Asia. I think it starts when we are young. When we do well in school, in sports, and extra-curricular activities our parents and friends praise us. When we win awards and recognition, we are noticed. What is it about success? In many ways it is like a drug. It just takes...

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Back to Preaching

  Photo by Barry Dean       This Sunday, we are going to have our Preview Sunday Celebration here in Karawaci at 10:30AM. This is the service before the official inaugural launch on September 6th. The team and I are so excited to get things officially started. Even though we have started LIFE groups in Karawaci and Jakarta several weeks ago, there is something special about being able to gathering together as a whole...

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