Monday morning meanderings. Vol.55

August 18, 2008 at 10:05 pm 2 comments

Grapeview, WA

The sun has made a typical NW disappearance and we are entering a cloudy rainy period.  Bummer.  Still nice enough, so won’t complain too much.

Item one.  Sage Olivia Scandrett, her parents and big brother are doing well.  We will spend a little time with all of them tomorrow.  Thanks to all who have written, called and texted your congrats.  We are so blessed.  I can’t figure out why the pictures I posted the other day don’t enlarge properly.  I will post some others later in the week and see if I can get it right.

Item two.  This is the week for visits.  Linda’s parents are coming, maybe her sister and my dad arrives on Thursday.  Not sure what we will do while they are here but I am sure it will involve grand children.

Item three.  Traci’s friend, and ours, Jenn Heckert is finally returning to the US from Kazakhstan on Wednesday.  She has been there for months working through the major complications of adopting a child.  But she and their new daughter, Alea are ticketed out on Wednesday.  Warren, the new dad and her two brothers are anxiously awaiting her arrival.  Keep praying.  Here is a link to her blog. I think it might require a password, but here it is anyway.

Item four. Did you watch the Prez forum from Saddleback Church?  I watched parts of it and some of the commentary afterwards.  Didn’t really change my mind about anything and didn’t make me want to vote for either of them any more than I did before.  Many of their comments were what I would have expected.  Nice to hear a strong pro-life stand from McCain and I thought Obama’s comment to the same “when does conception begin” question was rather flip-“…answering that question with specificity is above my pay grade,”.  McCain’s statement about the “bully pulpit” the presidency is said to be, left me cold.  Part of our problem in relating to the world is that kind of attitude.  Bullying never worked well but sure doesn’t work now, at all.  We don’t need more of the same but can we afford Obama? More here

Item five. I found this quote from D.A. Carson’s comments on 1Corinthians 3:13. It is a powerful summation of much of what I have been trying to say for months on The View. I hope you will take the time to read it, especially if you are in leadership in some kind of Christian fellowship or ministry.

“Each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.”  1Corinthians 3:13

This ought to be extremely sobering to all who are engaged in vocational ministry. It is possible to “build the church” with such shoddy materials that at the last day you have nothing to show for your labor. People may come, feel “helped,” join in corporate worship, serve on committees, teach Sunday school classes, bring their friends, enjoy “fellowship,” raise funds, participate in counseling sessions and self-help groups, but still not really know the Lord. If the church is being built with large portions of charm, personality, easy oratory, positive thinking, managerial skills, powerful and emotional experiences, and people smarts, but without the repeated, passionate, Spirit-anointed proclamation of “Jesus Christ and him crucified,” we may be winning more adherents than converts. …the fundamental nonnegotiable, that without which the church is no longer the church, is the gospel, God’s “folly,” Jesus Christ and him crucified. (The Cross and Christian Ministry)

I hope to write more on this subject another time, but found it so thought provoking for all of us as we begin another week, I wanted to share it.

Thanks for reading.


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Sage Olivia Scandrett Monday morning meanderings. Vol.56

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kasey  |  August 18, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    We can’t afford Obama, period.

    He looks good, sounds good, but not good.

    The Saddleback exchange was a major eye opener for me on how McCain’s experience is an extreme asset to the position of United States President. Not only was Obama’s response on abortion “flip” and irresponsible, it highlighted his lack of personal integrity on the issue. He needed to not pander to the Saddleback audience and just say, “I’m pro-choice, deal with it.” Well maybe not like that, but certainly more decisive and confident. The “above my pay grade” remark was embarrassing to the duty of expectations that come with being President of our country. His comment that he believes that women deal with the decision of abortion in “profound” ways, which makes him comfortable that they should be given the choice is simply naive. Not to mention that he blundered in his comment that abortions have not gone down, when in fact they have (

    Second (and I recognize the frustrations that many Americans have over G.W., mine included) the role of “bully pulpit” is not the best phrase to describe the unique position the President has and should take in the role of the leader of the free world. McCain shared by example the role the position played when Reagan demanded that Mikhail Gorbachev tear down the wall in Germany, etc. “Bully” and “pulpit” are two words that definitely don’t sound right together, especially in a church. However the concept does serve to help the United States maintain its role as the “shining city on the hill” for all the world to see* (I provide context for that comment by Reagan below).

    McCain’s depth and understanding on the issues are no match for Obama, his respect and service to and for the military is unquestionable and his faith and experience as a Christian is genuine in comparison to what we heard and saw from his counterpart on Saturday.

    Granted, I still think we are choosing from the lesser of two unexciting candidates, but I know better who that is today. I know Pastor Warren has his critics and he certainly volunteered to be in the line of fire for hosting the forum (he’s on Larry King Live tonight), but he did a great service to the country and all Christians seeking better and honest answers from these candidates. Job well done.

    * excerpt from Reagan’s farewell speech:

    “I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it and see it still.

    And how stands the city on this winter night? More prosperous, more secure, and happier than it was eight years ago. But more than that; after 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held steady no matter what storm. And she’s still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home.”

    Complete speech found here:

  • 2. vimto1  |  August 18, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks for the Don Carson quote. As ever he is right on the nail. I’ve not read this book – is it published in the UK? I think about this many times a week as we have a little church which is by grace, growing. But for the right reasons…I trust. I like the idea of ‘adherents’ rather than converts….. or maybe disciples? Still, a useful distinction.

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