Well, it’s been a crazy-busy week and I haven’t had much time to blog. I usually come up with my “blog-thoughts” in the wee hours of the a.m. or late at night, but I’ve been so busy during the days this week, that my brain is mostly fried by the time I head for bed (not that I have any better success getting to sleep early).
Next week, I’m on the road, so I don’t know if or when I’ll have any time for updating the blog. I leave Sunday for the Southwide Baptist Fellowship meeting in Chattanooga, TN. I generally don’t attend a lot of “preacher’s meetings” for a variety of reasons, but I am interested in my Independent Baptist heritage and FINALLY there’s a group of guys who seem to want to leave behind some of our more ridiculous baggage we’ve accumulated over the last 25 years or so and start focusing on doing the Lord’s Work as opposed to meddling with secondary and terciary issues. Many of the leaders in the SBF are trying to reclaim the historical and sound positions on fundamental doctrines without fussing and splitting over less consequential issues which are best left to the discretion of individual and autonomous churches. I am one of the featured speakers and I’ll be preaching in one of the general sessions on Tuesday morning at the Highland Park Baptist Church.
On Wednesday, I head for Orlando, FL where I will be teaching three workshops and giving the final keynote address (on Friday) at the annual Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools Educator’s Convention. I’ve been attending and speaking at these conferences 20 of the last 22 years and served as the second President of the association during the mid-to-late 90’s. FACCS is the largest “State” association of Christian schools in the country and their conference is one of the best, so I’m honored to be invited back to attend, do workshops and a keynote. I’m looking forward to seeing my old Florida friends and compatriots.
Many of you know that I wrote and recorded a series of six small group studies entitled “Living Beyond Your Reality” which are loosely based on Reality TV shows. These six studies are being offered in over thirty locations across the Charlotte/Mecklenburg region and I am introducing each study with a sermon at Northside Baptist Church on Sunday mornings at 8:00 and 10:30. (This week is “Nanny 911 — Raising Your Kids without Killing Them First.”) We had over 220 people attend the home studies the first week and I’m very encouraged at the response thus far. This study is specifically for those who do not attend a church anywhere currently, so for many of these folks — this is their first experience with a Bible study, the plan of salvation or the like. If you’d like to see the sermons or the Bible studies week-to-week, you can find them at the Northside Baptist Church website.
Here’s a few miscellaneous thoughts as I close…
…I’ve mentioned Phil Johnson’s excellent blog “Pyromaniac” on here before. His son, has a blog entitled “I Drank What?” which is simply the funniest blog I’ve read. You have to read his rant on “Fancy Boys“. You’ll be howling by the time you are halfway through it.
…Well, John Roberts is now the Chief Justice of the USSC. I am cautiously optimistic — based largely on the perceptions of a good friend of mine who is a reasonably well-connected acquaintance of the new Chief’s and who assures me he is at least a true conservative, if not a firebrand. Of greater concern at this point is Bush’s next selection. I remained amused and irritated at the gall of people like Chuck Schumer who actually think that they should have the privilege of picking the next candidate for the President. Someone needs to tell him that the people made their decision last November on whom we wanted making the choice and his name isn’t “Chuck”. I predict a BLOODY confirmation fight and a filibuster. I also wouldn’t be a bit surprised if the first nominee becomes a sacrificial lamb and that Bush will end up going back to the drawing board on this one.
…Isn’t Cindy Sheehan’s 15 minutes about up?
…Speaking of whacko’s — the only elected official to speak at last week-end’s “Peace” rally was Georgia Rep. Cynthia Jackson (D). THAT just about says all that needs to be said about Sheehan’s peace brigade.
…I’m proud to say that Mecklenburg county’s newest mall has now been open for 2 full weeks and I have yet to enter it even though it’s only 15 minutes from my house. Even more surprising is the fact that my wife hasn’t been either. (But I suspect she’ll sneak over there while I’m out of town.)
…Has anyone gotten a look at the mold taking over the city of New Orleans? NASTY! I can’t understand why we are going to spend $200 Billion dollars to rebuild that place. In a city located in a state that is known above all other American areas for its graft and corruption, how smart is it to be sending down that kind of money to them?
…If anyone wants a cat, call me. I have the most fertile felines on the planet. She just showed up with 5 new kittens. (And don’t bother lecturing me about spaying — I’m not paying 180 bucks to spay a cat whose sole purpose in my life is to keep the snakes away from my house.) Speaking of which, Josh (my eight-year-old) went nuclear all over a 3-foot bright green grass snake this week and then proceeded to torture me with it’s carcass all afternoon. The last straw was when I went to get in the SUV and he had it draped across the running board. What a twisted little man, he is, making his father scream like a six-year-old girl. Apparently the cat was too busy having kittens to take care of the snakes! So if you want a full-grown cat, I’ve got one of those for you too.
Now I’ve probably told you more about my week and what I’m thinking than you wanted to know. So until next time….