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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I'll pack the juice boxes and the orange slices, my dears.

A cup of coffee at 9:30 p.m. has given me just enough energy to get myself together for a bit and work on my summer messages. I've got a writer's block of sorts, and I'm hoping that just plugging away a little at a time, and praying my way through, will help lead me to some thoughts that may actually help someone. I'm listening to some Irish jams from my Northern Ireland playlist - too bad there's no Fish N Chips handy.

It would appear that in less than 24 hours, we'll be selling out to the soccer-mom mobile. yes friends, I believe we are getting a van. It's amazing to me how quickly one is willing to sell out to these things when they've got strollers and pack and plays to store. So, to my friend who will jest, know that I will welcome you into my sell-out club in a few years...when you too have your own little litter of puppies. In the meantime, I'll thicken my skin and allow you to jest.

I'm praising God this week for an intern - Clayton has only been with us a short time, but I'm grateuful for what he's brought to the table already. I think it'll be a great year.

baht-fest was a great day for Love Can't be Baht. The $1079 we raised helped make a dent in the summer expenses. If you missed the event, please pick up one of the new shirts. Cruise over to myspace.com/lovecantbebaht, or check out the lovecantbebaht facebook group. your financial help will put LCBB in front of 25,000 people this summer to help communicate about sex trafficking - and how us, in our world of $4 lattes, can do something tangible to help fight it.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Blessed are the __________?

Nail the gold up to the altar - Like Ahab taunts his crew to war
Blessed are the shareholders - Lack of faith is for the poor
Hold your wallets to the sky -A temple built to sooth yourself
Blessed is the church who tries - To help you build blessed wealth
("Blessed Are the Land Mines" - Brave Saint Saturn)

The month of May is a bittersweet time in student ministry. After a long year, the scaling back of programming offers a nice respite before the craziness of summer. However, the fact that I'll be saying goodbye to a great group of seniors is becoming all too real to me.

I must confess, I HATE GRADUATIONS. The droning on, school spirit, class songs, and assorted "you go girls" from the peanut gallery as names are called make me crazy. Honestly, I didn't even want to attend my own...But that's not what bothers me most. What bothers me most is what our students, in the name of success, will be challenged to rise to during that hour. In this season, they'll be told that success will be amassing huge wealth, going to a four year school, doing something "honorable," or building their comfortable American dream.

Jesus' words from the Sermon on the Mount have come alive to me this week:
Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.

23"Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets. 24"But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort. 25Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. 26Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets. (Luke 6:20-26)

Parents, dream for your students. But remember that Jesus' dream may be different than the American one. In the class of 2009 there are people who will shake the kingdom of God, but will not be handsomely rewarded for it. There are some who will step all over the earth, speaking the name of Jesus, but will never be asked to speak at big conventions or conferences. There will be those who serve wholeheartedly, who never will never own a big house. Yet, they will be called BLESSED. Rich or Poor, healthy or sick, what will matter is 100 years is not their desire to be called "success," but instead their desire to be called "disciple."

Congrats, class of 2009. It's weird that I've been here long enough to have known you as 6th graders....which is great, because if you ever ask me to do your weddings, I've got plenty of good stories to tell.