Thursday, May 31, 2012

Catacombs & Cathedrals

Russell Moore writes:


The catacombs, of course, are the legacy of a tiny persecuted band of believers, meeting in their graveyards to escape the all-seeing eye of imperial Rome. The cathedrals represent a very different turn in church history: a church that not only could grow in size but could, in fact, outgrow and outlast the Empire itself. The catacombs represent simplicity and earthiness; the cathedrals transcendence and wonder.
We need both, somehow.
Sometimes American evangelicals, traveling to sites of significance in church history, are disappointed. They want to see a Disney-type restoration of “the early church” in a way that makes it seem as though the faith went by time-warp straight from a pristine golden era to the Graham Crusades. This sort of Christian tends to like the catacombs, for the same reason some people love working on their antebellum family histories but don’t like family reunions.
But the catacombs and the cathedrals both remind us of two things: God’s sovereignty in sending down the faith, and the frailty of humanity as stewards of that faith. We can’t romanticize the early persecuted church. After all, the New Testament Scriptures are often rebuking those churches for precisely the things we see going on in our churches today: division, carnality, immorality, arrogance (1 Cor. 4:7-13, 5:1-8, 6:1-8). And, if Christianity had remained in the catacombs, it is quite possible that you and I would have never encountered Christ.
He concludes:

In the heroic stories of church history (Athanasius defeats Arius! Augustine turns back Pelagius!) and in the awful parts (state churches and triumphalism and scandals), God is orchestrating a flow of the river of redemption that takes it from the hillsides of Judea through the bustling streets of Antioch right down to that Baptist church in Arkansas, or wherever it was that you first heard the name of the Christ of God.
The kingdom of God is vast and tiny, universal and exclusive. Our story is that of a little flock and of an army awesome with banners. It’s a Christianity of persecution and proliferation, of catacombs and cathedrals.


Read the whole article here.

Confession



It does no good to use big words to talk about Christ. Since I seem to be incapable of talking about him in the language of a child, I have reached the point where I can scarcely talk about him at all. All my words fill me with shame.
It is indecent to call the Bible wonderful. It would be indecent, too, to say, ‘My mother is a wonderful person.’ So, you cannot praise Christ the way you would praise a mere human being. You have to fall on your face and cry out for mercy; the only way you can talk about God is to ‘confess’ — confession Laudis — either that or else confession of your shame. If Christ is merely interesting to you, or merely admirable — what will become of your miserable soul?

Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

2 Random Things

How can you not get excited about this movie?




This is how I'm making my coffee these days.  Two great reason's to make your coffee this way: 1. You can literally spend 4 dollars to get a good dripper like the one in the video.  2. It is better without all the cream and sugar.




And I just tried this one today and it also is blowing my mind.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

1 Man 4 Boys Wrigley Field

A former co-worker and friend was nice enough to give our family 5 Cubs tickets.  My wife, Stephanie, was unable to attend so we picked up one of the boys' friends and headed to Wrigley Field.  I was a little nervous but it ended up being a great afternoon in one of America's most iconic ballparks.  Cubs looked terrible and ended up losing by only one run but who really goes to Wrigley expecting a win??

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Jude Michael Helverson

Practicing my photography skills on my new nephew this weekend.  This is Jude Michael Helverson born on April 9th.  I can't get enough of my Canon EOS T2i.  I've got a new niece that I can't wait to photograph this summer when I'm in Oklahoma







Saturday, March 17, 2012

And many songs were written of their valiant deeds...

And many songs were written of their valiant deeds...


The Three Ninjas

No one else would protect the weak.  So one day three brothers took the law into their own hands...