Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Part 2 of Courtship Series

We just posted the message "Courtship is a Community Project" which is part two of a series we did at Covenant Life Church. There was a delay because we included something from fellow pastor Gary Ricucci. At the end of the message he felt the Lord gave him a picture to share with the congregation, that was particularly directed to single men. I think his comments and the prayer he closed with are spirit-filled and a vital part of what God did on Sunday. Hope you enjoy it and I'd love your comments.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Elisabeth Elliot

In my sermon on Sunday I quoted Elisabeth Elliot, from a letter to her nephew Pete:
“The world cries for men who are strong—strong in conviction, strong to lead, to stand, to suffer. I pray that you will be that kind of man—glad that God made you a man, glad to shoulder the burden of manliness in a time when to do so will often bring contempt.”—Mark of a Man

I was asking married men in our church to take it upon themselves to invest in relationships with single men and in doing so to provoke single men to prepare for and pursue marriage.

But back to Elisabeth Elliot...I'm so grateful for this lady. I can still remember the day I got her endorsement for my first book in the mail. She had typed it on a little post card and signed it. I still have that card taped in an old journal. I couldn't believe she had bothered to read my manuscript. Years later I met her, then had the privilege of writing the foreword for Passion and Purity—a book God used in my own life in a very powerful way. (I highly recommend her many books.)

In recent months I've heard that her health is failing. What a gift she has been to the body of Christ! What a champion for biblical masculinity and femininity. Here's another quote, this one for the ladies:
“A real woman understands that man was created to be the initiator, and she operates on that premise. This is primarily a matter of attitude. I am convinced that the woman who understands and accepts with gladness the difference between masculine and feminine will be, without pretense or self-consciousness, womanly.”—Let Me Be a Woman

Mrs. Elliot, thank you for loving the Savior so faithfully all these years. I thank God for you.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Courtship in Community

This past Sunday I kicked off a two-part sermon series on relationships at my church. We decided as a pastoral team that our whole church would benefit from being addressed on what really matters in godly relationships. We want to see our whole church rally around single men and women and support them in their pursuit of both brother/sister friendships and purposeful courtships.

The sermon, given on 11/20/05 and titled "Courtship Shmourtship" can be downloaded free.

And, Carolyn McCulley, a friend and a member of Covenant Life, posted a summary of the message on her blog Solo Femininity.

If you listen to the message, I'd love to have you post your comments and feedback here. Thanks!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Courtship Comic

"Jiffy and Lou" was a comic-strip I used to draw for my old New Attitude Magazine. This particular installment on courtship was one of my personal favorites:"What is Courtship"

Note: I'm grateful to Young Ladies Christian Fellowship for putting my old comics online!

Stupid Rumor

We just got another email (this one from someonen in the UK, I believe) asking if it was true that Shannon and I had gotten a divorce. We've been trying to put this ugly rumor to rest for nearly 5 years. Isn't that sad? I'm not sure where this started or who continues to spread it. But, please tell anyone who shares this with you that it isn't true and challenge them not to spread slander.

On a happy note, Shannon and I just celebrated our 7th anniversary and baby number three is due early next year.

Winter Oil

I was thrilled to be invited to Winter Oil a conference that gathers predominantly Korean-American Christians. My two friends and fellow-pastors Joe Lee and Eric Simmons are planning to drive up with me. Joe and his wife Esther used to attend Winter Oil in their college days. I'll be speaking on purity as well as the importance of the local church. We're also going to invite the students to participate in the vision of New Attitude 2006. I'm looking forward to it.

Friday, November 11, 2005

This is a New Post

Just got this comment posted that made me smile: "Time for a new post on the blog..."

Uh, yeah. That's true, isn't it?

Here's a better idea. Go read one of these actually useful sites:

• Rebelution: My 17-year old brothers Alex and Brett are two godly young men with a dream to impact their generation.

• Girltalk: My adopted sisters Nicole, Kristin and Janelle and their Mom, Carolyn Mahaney pack their site with inspiring content for women committed to biblical femininity.

• Bob Kauflin: My good friend and fellow-pastor just kicked his blog off that's dedicated solely to the study of worship.

• Save The Wheel: If you haven't already, you really need to watch the documentary "Drowning Melville." Okay, so maybe this site isn't actually useful.

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