Thursday, December 30, 2010


My daughter coined a new term: "silkying" (silky-ing), a verb, that means rubbing a "silky" cloth with your fingers, which is a pacifying action. specifically applying to her silky stuffed animal/blanket she sleeps with.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Pacific

Last night I finished watching the HBO series "The Pacific". I own and enjoyed the DVD set "Band of Brothers", and purchased The Pacific on blu ray hoping to learn more about WWII and to gain a deeper respect for those who suffered and died for my freedom.
The series is rated TV-MA, which should have raised a red flag immediately. I understand the violence necessary in a series like this, but I think Tom Hanks went overboard with the sex scenes and profanity. Through most of the 10 parts, the f-word is by far the most frequently used word. If I owned a profanity filter for blu ray, I would have missed half of the series. I can imagine the brutal reality of war being obscene, but my guess is that reality is tame compared to the shock value Hollywood aspired to in this series. The sex scenes and even male frontal nudity in The Pacific go beyond adding a flavor of reality, to making it the focal point of the series.
The storyline is interesting, and unlike Band of Brothers, The Pacific follows 3 US Marines through their trek across the Pacific Ocean, in bloody combat sequences to the end of the war. The acting was excellent, the visual and special effects outstanding, and the history well told, however, the overkill of profanity and nudity make the series hard to recommend.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Free Music Download

Free download of a song I wrote with Johannah Sherrill earlier this year; "Holy Again'. This is intended to be a worship song. This version is electric guitar driven, and a bit heavier than I would play in church. I will also post a link to a piano driven version of the song, and a chord sheet.

Electric Guitar version

Softer piano version

Holy Again chord sheet

Monday, September 13, 2010

All things work together for good

I tried to post my first sermon audio here as a podcast, but haven't been able to get it to work. Instead, I posted a link below where you can download the MP3 file. This sermon was delivered to Gatlin Baptist Church on September 12, 2010. The text is Romans 8:28.

[28] And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. [29] For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. [30] And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
(Romans 8:28-30 ESV)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Patience of God

In my class at church we have been studying "The Attributes of God" by A.W. Pink. This week was "The Patience of God". This is a remarkable topic that is seldom written on. The chapter can be read online here. Patience is often considered with mercy, but the two are different. "mercy respects the creature as miserable, patience respects the creature as criminal; mercy pities him in his misery, patience bears with the sin which engendered the misery, and giving birth to more." God's patience with us is to be emulated. More specifically, "The patience of God is that excellency which causes Him to sustain great injuries without immediately avenging Himself." Ultimately, God's patience is not for our benefit, but for His own glory. Multiple examples are given in the Old Testament of God forbearing punishment. This is looked upon by evil men as weakness, but "the anointed eye adores what they abuse". Probing further into God's patience, one must recognize His patience in his own life. It truly is miraculous that He doesn't strike dead "those who so brazenly defy Him". All back to His Glory though, and such will be revealed in time.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Facebook isn't for everyone

With the rise of Facebook, it is interesting to me, the number of Christians who jump on the bandwagon, seemingly throwing caution to the wind. I'm not referring to the pragmatic crowd who have already abandoned the gospel in favor of an adjusted, more sin friendly gospel. No, I expect it from them. I have noticed a trend toward embracing this phenomenon even by those who love and preach the true Gospel. Some, even seem to be scolding those of us who haven't joined the facebook culture. I want to be clear here that I'm not saying facebook cannot be used for ministry, or that it can't be beneficial. What I am saying is that Christians should know and acknowledge the dangers associated with any new technology, including social media.

Specifically, I want to point out three issues that concern me.
1) Time management: This applies to all areas of recreational or personal pursuits. There are only 24 hours in a day, and for me that must include time for earning my living, being a husband & father, sleeping, eating, ministry, study, and all of the challenges that come with these categories. Spending hours each day reading and replying to my friends facebook updates doesn't seem like a wise use of time.

2) It is well documented that the instant connection with a full array of people from one's past doesn't always have positive effects. Here is a link to one such article, suggesting Facebook to Blame for Divorce Boom . It doesn't take a great amount of common sense to know that some things are better left in the past, specifically ex-girlfriends an boyfriends for married men and women. Being above reproach means knowing when to avoid temptations, even as some people are more susceptible than others. (If King David was susceptible to adultery, so are you. Guard your heart, eyes, and relationships.)

3) Privacy and guarding of personal information is also a concern. It should go without saying that users of social media should be diligent in guarding their personal information. Many in the Y and Z generations are learning or will soon learn this lesson the hard way. This applies to my blog as well. The internet is a permanent record, that could come back to bite you, years down the road.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

What we can learn from Jonathan Edwards

I have almost finished the "Lover of God" volume of the the Essential Edwards Collection by Owen Strachan and Doug Sweeney. This excerpt is from page 129.

The way in which Edwards responded to his firing is a model for all Christians who find themselves in grievous circumstances. Terrible things can happen to faithful Christians, including the loss of a job, the onset of a disease, and difficult family situations. In such circumstances, we should embrace Edward's model, and make the best of our situation. In his case, Jonathan used his firing as an opportunity to evangelize an unreached people and write an important theological texts. All this after the most embarrassing moment of his life! If Edwards can make the most of his awkward situation, so can we. When we find ourselves in such moments, then, we must rededicate ourselves to prayer and to the will of God and seek a place of service to the Lord. It may be that, like Edwards, the Lord desires us to do significant work for His kingdom that we would not otherwise have discovered on our prior path. How important it is not to consider only our difficulties, but to consider the will of God that is moving through our difficulties and that ultimately will bring good to us and glory to Him (Romans 8:28; 31-39).

Friday, April 09, 2010

Righteous vs. Unrighteous Judgement

Yesterday my 6-year old daughter was accosted by 3 Mennonite girls on the playground at McDonald's. They bullied her and held her by her pants not allowing her to go down the slide, and told her that she was immodestly dressed, which was a sin. My daughter is the "toughest" of my three children and it takes a lot to upset her. This did the trick, and scared her to the point of tears. To be fair, the mother of at least two of the girls apologized and had the girls apologize to my daughter.

As a Christian of much conviction myself, I understand teaching your children what you believe, though I disagree with their legalism. I also understand that children say and do things you don't want them to do, and children being mean to each other is just more evidence of our fallen nature. The interesting aspect is the realization that other people (non-Christians and probably some Christians) view me and my family the way I looked at the Mennonite family. They lump all conservative Christians into a category of "fundamentalists". Whether that word actually applies depends on the context and the meaning of the word, but that is another topic.

I think the point is to be aware that people are watching, and when we or our children make unrighteous moral judgments, it hurts more than just our reputation. The distinction should be made between righteous and unrighteous judgment, where Christians are called to judge righteously within the church, but not to judge the world. Distinction should be made between convictions in the non-essentials and behavior that is essential to the biblical definition of a follower of Christ. Matthew 7:1 (Judge not,lest you be judged) has been hijacked by our society to mean that you can't make any moral judgments on anyone. That is not the meaning of the text in context, and the irony is that anyone telling another person not to judge, citing that verse, is judging in the very act. It can be compared to liberals who won't "tolerate" "intolerance". It is almost comical how the obvious is overlooked.

Regardless of what the world does or thinks, Christians should be guarded to exhibit Christ like behavior, preaching the truth of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection, as the good news in answer to the bad news that because of sin, we will all someday face judgment from the One who will righteously judge all creation.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Why John Piper invited Rick Warren to DG Conference

John Piper invites Rick Warren

The buzz online this week is about John Piper inviting Rick Warren to speak at his Desiring God Conference this fall. Certainly shocked me. I listened to his explanation here
I'm sure most of the reformed Piper followers will be upset with this, no matter the reasoning, and the Rick Warren followers won't know the difference. I wouldn't fly to Minneapolis to hear Warren defend his pragmatism, but Piper is certainly getting a lot of publicity out of this. I don't think it should be taken as sign that Piper is "going pragmatic" in his old age, though that does happen some times. We should keep in mind that no man has a complete grasp on truth, and even if this turns out to be a poor decision on by Piper, we never should have expected perfection from him in the first place. Our loyalty should be to the infallible word of God, and not to a man or denomination.

Monday, March 15, 2010

sometimes it's hard...

Sometimes we cruise through life with a path laid before us. The decisions are easy, the tasks are routine, and the rewards are attainable. But other times we must face the tough decisions, we play on teams we know won't win, we walk through deep, dark valleys, and we labor for unattainable rewards. Like Dr. Seuss wrote "sometimes you'll play lonely games too. Games you can't win 'cause you'll play against you". This is life in a post-fall world. May the Lord give strength through the hard times and direction through the easier times.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Passion Awakening

I have been eagerly awaiting the March 9th release of the Passion 2010 CD "Awakening". You can get a sneak peak here:

Pre-order the CD at or download it on itunes after Tuesday.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Thank you REC

Thanks to the power company (and the many from other areas of Oklahoma and other states), our electricity came back on this afternoon! We were out for a full 11 days. Really makes you appreciate some things we take for granted.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

The Skunkinator

I finally got the skunk that has been coming in my garage. It will take a week to air out, but this one won't be a problem again.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010


We live in one of the areas hit hardest by the ice storm on January 28th, 2010. As I write, we are on our 6th day without power at home, and not looking for it to come on anytime soon. Many power lines have snapped, and those of us who live in rural areas are much lower priority than the urban communities with more people. The armies of utility trucks are amazing. They have come from other states. I saw late last night a parking lot full of the trucks at the Grady County Fairgrounds. We never lost power at my office in Chickasha, and I have a generator at home. Propane wall furnaces supply heat, so I am doing well, the only thing I lack is hot water. Here are some pictures taken last week.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Update on the Gatlin Praise Band

We are coming up on a year since I introduced drums to Gatlin, and jumped into a humble beginning of leading a praise band. The experience has been a blessing in so many ways, I thought I would share some of the progress. I have never considered myself talented musically or vocally, but driven and leadership oriented. I believe God has used Aimee and me this year (flaws and all). Hannah Sherrill learned drums quickly, and has been a reliable and talented backbone to the band. Working with teenage boys has been a challenge, but Dylan McBride's talent on guitar and bass would impress even seasoned musicians. Our second teenage boy, Justin Mangum helps out on sound, which has been greatly needed. I asked, and God brought Jim Condley to help with sound, video, and computer needs. My wife adds a professional touch with background vocals and solos. Our budget decreased through 2009, but once again, God provided in the past two weeks, and we have been able to order a HD Projector & equipment. Also in the past two weeks we have added a bass player Jason Barrett, who is also very talented. We are blessed, and I am excited about what 2010 has in store. Not for our glory, but that the name of Christ may be lifted.

soli Deo gloria


Sunday, January 03, 2010

Sam Childer's Angels of East Africa

I just finished this book (Another man's war) by Sam Childers. It is a moving story of a man who started an orphanage in Sudan to rescue children. The brutality these people face on a daily basis is beyond the radar of most Americans. With no significant government in place, a band of rebel terrorists patrol the country with the only purpose of maiming and killing innocent people. Many of the children are captured and forced to kill and disfigure their own parents before joining the rebel army themselves. The girls are raped, and all of them are mentally and physically tormented. I think we as American's (and other wealthy Christians) need to be informed about this type of horror and poverty that is standard fare all of the world. The least we can do is pray for and donate to ministries like Sam's; and many of us need to follow his footsteps and get involved in a hands on way. Thank You Sam for presenting your story. Here is a sample video from his ministry in 2008: