The Tooth Will Set You Free: A Little Bit Of Wisdom

The Tooth will set you free

A little over a week ago, I went in for oral surgery to have my wisdom teeth removed. This was long overdue.  I was forewarned, that because I’m in my 30’s that recovery was going to be a little hard. They drilled that statement so many times, that I was starting to feel brittle and old.  Anyways, sometimes I’m a little stubborn when it comes to things like this and should have just down it a decade ago. There were no complications,  I went in on a Friday, got home, rested and ate a butt load on pudding and jello. Everything seemed to be fine. Saturday comes along and I was up, out and about doing things.

Sunday I went to church even though I had planned on being out, then went

and celebrated mother’s day by taking my wife out to eat Mexican and

throwing axes, as we had a kid-free weekend.

It was my intentions to get back to work Monday and continue on with life like normal.

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XXX:The Lion’s Den

XXX: The Lions Den

I’ve heard a speaker who has traveled to Missouri once mention that on the long stretch of Missouri highway, there are a lot of cornfields,  a lot of firework stores and a lot of porn shops. This really changes the meaning of our state’s motto the “show me state right?” I was recently on a small road trip with my family heading west to Kansas City, and you know what? There are a lot of cornfields, firework stores, and porn shops. Billboard after billboard promised of exotic fun, pleasure, and passion. One billboard sign that really got me was for a store called the Lion’s Den. I started to wonder how it got its name. If you really think about it, this name doesn’t make any sense. It’s literally terrible marketing on their part. Continue reading “XXX:The Lion’s Den”

We Built This City on a Rock that Rolled

This week is Holy Week, and this marks the cornerstone of the Christian Faith. The events that took place a couple thousand years ago, changed the faith of the Jewish culture and changed the world. This is a big deal! I will say one of the biggest events that I think a lot of people overlook is the tomb being empty.

I’ve been working on a youth lesson for Easter about the importance of the tomb being empty. Empty….is good….. is proof….is powerful….is permanent! I’m excited! I’ve had this other idea in my head for some time now, but I think it that might go over teenagers heads, but a few weeks back I caught myself singing along to We Build This City on Rock and Roll by Starship and thinking to myself that if you just change two words in the title you have your self a good Sermon title. So here we are with “We Built This City on a Rock That Rolled

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Anyone Can Wear the Mask: Our Calling as Followers of Christ

Anyone can wear the mask

It’s an exciting time to be alive if you are a comic book fan, more so if you are a Spider-Man fan! within the past two years, we have seen Tom Hollard’s Spider-Man recruited to team Iron Man, and fight against team Cap, then we saw Peter in high school trying to navigate his superpowered life and learn what it means to wear the suit, and then the heartbreaking “I don’t feel so good” line as Peter becomes dust in the wind in Avengers: Infinity Wars.

Here in the next few months, we see Spidey in Avengers: Endgame return, and then Spidey goes on a vacation to Europe and goes toe to toe with Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home. In my opinion, all these movies have some really good life lessons to draw from, and I can go on forever about other forms of Spiderman media, but in this post, I want to focus on the awesome gem Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and how it reflects our calling as believers and followers in Christ

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Be Excellent to Each Other: Bill, Ted and the Teachings of Jesus

Be Excellent To Each Other: Bill, Ted, and the Teachings of Jesus

It has been rumored for many years, but a few weeks back Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves announced that they would be reviving their rolls of William “Bill” S. Preston Esq and Theodore “Ted” Logan in Bill and Ted 3: Face the Music.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m still excited about a third Bill and Ted movie. Not only were these funny movies filled with 80’s rock n roll, but it also taught me some valuable lessons in life. Some of these lessons are pretty theological as well.

Fourscore and… (looks at his pocket watch) seven minutes ago… we, your forefathers, were brought forth upon a most excellent adventure conceived by our new friends, Bill… and Ted. These two great gentlemen are dedicated to a proposition which was true in my time, just as it’s true today. Be excellent to each other. And… PARTY ON, DUDES!

– Abraham Lincoln (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures)

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Hat Tip For You

This morning I was listening to a sermon titled Confident Humility from Woodland Hills Church, while I was working. The preacher Dan Kent really caught my attention with this quote.

“The better you become at sumo wrestling, the less effective you will be at competitive swimming”  – Dan Kent

The sermon was all-around good, but I’m going to segue into something that is not really tied to that sermon.  This quote got me thinking about all the hats I try to fill in life. Sometimes I stretch myself a little thin trying to wear multiple hats, that I probably shouldn’t be wearing. Some hats I gladly choose to wear and would be terrible to take off, like the “husband” hat or the “father” hat. I would also say shedding the “follower of Jesus” hat is also a non-negotiable for me.

I feel that God has called me to be a husband to my wife, and I believe that he has called me to fatherhood, and even though I’ve wrestled with God on this in the past, and lost (luckily without hip damage, sorry Jacob. Genesis 32:22–32 ), I’m called to teach and share His word and love, people, the way Jesus did.

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How an anarchic punk rock spirit led me to the Holy Spirit: How it still fights!

I’m like any other punk rock dude right now, I grew up, got married, had some kids and have found that the things I learned through punk rock music still continue to inform my thinking, and help me make sense of the world. I want to share this with my kids, my friends, and my family what I have learned from both my faith and punk ethics daily. The two of these intertwined have assisted in helping me come to several conclusions about my spirituality that are presumably far outside of the norm of contemporary Christian culture.

This probably isn’t all too surprising, but what may be, is that I am convinced that the combination of these ideas informing my head, heart and hands has led me back to the heart of Scripture. I mean, the way of Jesus is pretty punk rock! Several punk bands, now and then, have several points worth reflecting on if you are a follower of Jesus Christ in the Western world.

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