9/11, Remembrance, and Tradition – 10 the Podcast

In this episode of 10 the Podcast I talk about the importance of tradition and remembrance for Christians as it pertains to our walk with Christ.

The events that occurred on September 11, 2001 have been associated with my job for years. Remembering this day and all the emotions associated with it often get muddled with my feelings about my work.

In this episode of 10 the Podcast I talk about the importance of tradition and remembrance for Christians as it pertains to our walk with Christ. Continue reading “9/11, Remembrance, and Tradition – 10 the Podcast”

How to Survive a Crash

I love auto racing. Watching something like this gives me chills, though.

Austin Dillon’s 3,500 lb. car went airborne, crashed into a fence, and tore itself apart. Amid all of the carnage, Dillon walked away. Ten years ago he’d probably be dead or have several broken bones.

Some debris went into the grandstands. It’s possible a spectator got injured. In fact, the spectator probably suffered more injuries than the driver.

You know that many runners enter a race, and only one of them wins the prize. So run to win! —1 Corinthians 9:24 (CEV)

We’re often afraid to get in the race because of the inherent danger. The speed and aggression of those around us compel us to sit down and watch while others race.

Sometimes sitting on the sidelines is more dangerous than being in the race. Drivers rely on their equipment to keep them safe. We should rely on the armor of God to keep us safe.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. —Ephesians 6:11 (KJV)

Crashes are inevitable. Every race car driver knows this. You can’t let the fear of crashing keep you out of the race. Trust in the tools and equipment is paramount in such a dangerous endeavor.

Likewise, we as Christians have to live our lives. We can’t cower in the corner or walk in fear when things get tough. Get in the race, armor up, and know that God will protect you when you crash and burn!

Engaging Geek Culture

I came across a great article last week about engaging geek culture rather than fearing it. Here’s an excerpt:

When geekdom started to take off, the Christian church reacted with fear. The prime example was Dungeons and Dragons, but video games, comic books, science fiction and fantasy books, and more were looked at with a critical eye at best and full on accusations of demonic influence at worst. There was a movement growing up around technology and culture that would wind up shaping the world in so many ways, and the church thought bar codes were the mark of the beast. The church became something that was behind the status quo, rather than being for the outsiders.

This is so true. As a geek I find it hard to relate to many people in my church. Geeks don’t want to let their geek flag fly for fear of being ostracized or accused of engaging in “ungodly” behavior.

Whenever I talk to young people about movies, video games, anime, or the latest episode of Daredevil their faces light up. I can see in their eyes that they’re thinking, “This guy understands me!”

We need more elders, deacons, and pastors to engage the culture rather than condemn it (Note: that doesn’t mean we ignore sin) so we can share Jesus with them.

Any other geeks feel this way?

HT to William G. Jones.

I talked about this a bit with Eric Dye in a recent podcast.

In Over Your Head

There’s a phrase many people in America say when someone attempts something that’s too difficult:

You’re in over your head.

It’s also used when someone encounters hardship that seems impossible to overcome.

I feel like that a lot. Many mornings I wake up and feel like I’ll never get past the tidal wave of problems in my life.

Despite that I’m at peace because,

When you’re in over your head, that’s when God can help.

You can quote me on that. You can also quote Ephesians 3:19

I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is. -CEV

Knowing that God’s love is “too wonderful to be measured” gives me hope. It gives me peace. It lets me know that even though I may not feel like God loves me right now, He does.

Circumstances around me may make it appear that God has given up on me but I know that God is just one breath away.

Do you ever feel in over your head? What comforts you in those times?