On October 20, 2009

Misc. Happenings and Resurrection

So last week was a hectic pace of being filled and having fun. Rick took about 10 young preachers to a preacher’s retreat with Bob Russell in Louisville. It was a fun time of being with some peers, learning really practical ministry advice from Bob and Rick, touring the Louisville bat factory (it had some ministry application) and bowling (not so much ministry application).

Then a few of us went to a Preacher’s conference at Lipscomb University, which is fast becoming one of my favorite Christian colleges. At the conference a few of us got to sit at the feet of some real Theological heavy-hitters like Tremper Longman and Scot McKnight (author of the Jesus Creed and Blue Parakeet). So after two back-to-back conferences, my brain is tired.

I want to just think about puppies and rainbows for the next few days.

I really thought the Razorbacks were going to pull off a major upset this weekend. But as a friend said, “St. Timothy of the Philippines finally overcame.” Either we are better than I thought we were, or Florida was having an off weekend. I choose to believe the first one.


This weekend in church we showed this video of a good friend of mine. His name is Rodney and I wrote about his story here last year.

If anyone exemplifies 1 Corinthians 6:11 it’s Rodney. He’s got a past. But you wouldn’t know it by talking to him, because who Rodney used to be isn’t nearly as exciting as who he is going to be.

Rodney is going to be a great minister. He’s a gifted leader and communicator, and I look forward to hearing him preach to his own congregation one day. With his permission I am posting the video we made of his story here because it’s so powerful.

Stories like Rodney’s life remind me of the real reason I believe in Easter.

As much as we can talk about evidence that Jesus rose from the dead, nothing helps me believe in Jesus as seeing his resurrection power in someone’s life. God is up to something in Rodney’s life that has changed everything for him, and all of us around him can tell.

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  • http://feetwasher.blogspot.com Philip Cunningham III

    I love BR”s book, “When God Builds a Church.”

    And sorry about your Hogs. Again. It sure seems like Petrino is building something special up there.

  • http://labelmeplease.blogspot.com Joe

    ….and Florida only needed 45 yards of abhorrent officiating to avoid upset. I don’t think y’all lost, so much as you didn’t pay enough to win.

  • http://www.stormented.com Jonathan Storment

    Hey Philip, Yeah it was a pretty good book. That church is like it’s own city, seriously. Thanks for the condolences, it was a tough loss, but I’m glad to hear some perspective on it.

    Joe, thanks for saying that. I thought the officiating was rough, but I’ve noticed that I always think that when we lose. At least Texas pulled it off for you huh?

  • Maynard

    What is it with preachers and sports? Attention clergy: It is manly enough that you are a man of God, you don’t have to convince us through your interest in sports. Just pickin’ on ya, Storment…kind of.

    Wow, awesome video about Rodney and I do remember him from your previous post. As I watched, I was moved and had a moment of clarity. It is so disgusting to see that the enemy uses people like Rodney to further his agenda. The enemy uses so much to distract us- he steals, kills, destroys. We blame other people based on their race, their gender, their various statuses. He makes us enemies of each other and so often we buy into it, when it’s just him being a punk the whole time. Thank God that He is available to us and that He is all-sufficient. Thank God that Satan was defeated at the Cross! I love testimonies like Rodney’s. Thanks for sharing them here. Keep up the Good News brother! Forgive me the sports remark:)

  • http://labelmeplease.blogspot.com Joe

    “Rough” is a holding call when momentum is in your favor. “Unacceptable” are two back to back personal fouls that didn’t really happen, followed by turning a blind eye to a Florida committing an obscene pass interference to stop a game deciding interception. And, yeah, I was glad about Texas though it was by far the ugliest win I have ever seen.

  • http://blog.floydius.com/ Lloyd

    Resurrection is a theme of which I’ll never tire. Death is the quintessential monster under the bed; everyone fears it at one time or another. It’s such a joy to know that our Lord has mastered it.

    Having seen the last enemy overthrown, it’s no wonder the apostles had no fear of anything else. Praise God for what He has done, what He’s doing, and what He is going to do.

  • http://www.stormented.com Jonathan Storment

    Maynard: I’ll have you know that the Razorbacks do in fact make me feel more manly. Rodney has a great story man, I knew you’d like it too. Restoration is all it’s forms…

    Joe, well it looks like the SEC agrees with us. The thing about suspending refs is that it doesn’t really do any good. Nothing about the game was changed, we don’t get to replay them (and probably wouldn’t want to after watching Saturday’s loss against Ole Miss) but at least it helps us say to Gator fans everywhere. Yes, but it was a tainted victory. Congrats on your horns tearing up Mizzou.

    Lloyd, well said brother. I couldn’t agree more.