senator sues. God...responds?

As if this story could not get any better. After Sen. Chambers sued God last week to make a statement about frivolous lawsuits, the Almighty responded.

"This one miraculously appeared on the counter. It just all of a sudden was here -- poof!" [Court Clerk] Friend said.

God responded to the allegations, saying, "the defendant is immune from some earthly laws and the court lacks jurisdiction," and "adds that blaming God for human oppression and suffering misses an important point." [CNN]

If you ever need to respond to God, or have the contact information in case of a lawsuit, none was provided. But, "St. Michael the Archangel is listed as a witness, Friend said."

Seems to me that this Chambers guy looks like God (a la Morgan Freeman in Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty.



I didn't have to be as stealthy as Marko to get an early copy of "Remedy," I just had to know the right person, and he loaned it to me. Crowder has always had a way with worship, and "Remedy" is no different.

"Remedy" begins with "The Glory Of It All," a simple, yet powerful song that draws in the complete power and glory of God, from Creation to the end of time, and drawing on the whole Gospel story. It sets the stage for an experience of awe in worship that is incredibly powerful.

The rest of the CD? It continues on, almost as its own, complete worship experience. I'm ready to put a video background behind it with moving images, highlighting certain words (a la iWorship) and using it as a worship service sometime.

"...neverending..." features the hottest piece of Crowder's summer tour, the now-famous use of the Guitar Hero guitar. Who turns something so simple (it only has three chords) into something so powerful? Well, other than Crowder... [side note: google "david crowder guitar hero" for a wide selection of YouTube/Google videos]

As usual, DC*B has innovated their use of music, they bring diverse styles to this album and yet remain so simple. The words are powerful, but not complex. They draw the listener in and share a hope for so much more.

On a personal note, this has been a really long week. When my friend handed me the CD Tuesday, he said, "I think you might need this more than I do right now." It has been on repeat ever since. At some point, I usually get tired of listening to the CD in the same order, so I'll let it shuffle. This one I have made sure to leave going in order. The song progression will lead you into a time of worship, and is quite remarkable. And now I'll echo Marko's sentiments:

"ok, i’m gushing, i realize. for me, this is why god invented music. sorry you have to wait a [week]. pre-order, i tell you."



The guys just got out of the studio recording their 6-track demo, and it's great to hear their stuff again. "Dance Revival" has one of my favorite lines ever in a song: "ain't no fire gonna get me, i was bathed in the water that set me free." Check them out online @ Sovatone.com and if you're in the RIC, they'll be playing at Alley Katz on September 29.

threads: get uncomfortable.

For a couple years, I have had the hardest time finding decent Bible studies for college students. Get Uncomfortable has great media included -- not an overdose, but a nice compliment -- and great insight on a subject that so many students are passionate about these days: serving the poor, stopping injustice, changing the world...in Jesus' name.

suing God.

When all else fails, sue...God?? A Nebraska state senator is.

Chambers lawsuit, which was filed on Friday in Douglas County Court, seeks a permanent injunction ordering God to cease certain harmful activities and the making of terroristic threats.

The lawsuit admits God goes by all sorts of alias, names, titles and designations and it also recognizes the fact that the defendant is “Omnipresent”.

In the lawsuit Chambers says he’s tried to contact God numerous times, “Plaintiff, despite reasonable efforts to effectuate personal service upon Defendant (“Come out, come out, wherever you are”) has been unable to do so..."

Chambers also says God “has manifested neither compassion nor remorse, proclaiming that Defendant “will laugh” when calamity comes.

And the truth: Ernie Chambers wants the state's lawmakers to legislate against frivolous lawsuits. Gone are the days when you can sue McDonald's for hot coffee. Or God for creating harmful activities and terrorist threats.


summer reading.

My brother had to read the incomprehensible, boring, required summer reading texts for his AP English class this summer. I finally got to read what I wanted to read! Here's a few of them:

Praise Habit: David Crowder
While I have not actually finished this book yet (I didn't realize it was going to be a devotional-type book), I have already come to appreciate what Crowder does. As in his music, his writing draws the reader into a time of personal worship and reflection. He brings in the Psalms and urges the reader to take 30 days and to pray through these selected Psalms using the tradition of Lectio Divina. Crowder follows each day's Psalm with a reflection of his own. A powerful way to start the day.

The Last Best League: Jim Collins
Collins followed the Chatham A's through their 2002 summer season. I only picked this up because Tim Stauffer was a classmate of mine at the University of Richmond, but this read made me want to make a visit up to the Cape Cod League. It is the only summer league sanctioned by the NCAA, and gives the best of the best college baseball players a chance to show off their stuff to a full slate of Major League scouts. Collins spent endless hours hearing the stories of each player and coach, and painting a picture of summer life in Chatham.

Directionally Challenged: Travis Collins
It is not often a book will reach out across generational lines and be successful. Dr. Collins writes of the call that Christ followers have on their lives, and meets people where they are at: in high school or college, just beginning to plan out their career path; post-college, in the midst of a career and sensing a change in calling; and past retirement, seeking a way to continue serving God's Kingdom with more free time. A great read, and a lot of good insight on following your life's calling. And he mentions me (not by name.) in the Intro -- but the review is impartial.

When It's Rush Hour All Day Long: John W. Tadlock
Tad is a good friend, and someone whom I greatly respect. Somehow, I had never heard mention of his book until we were handed copies in class this summer. A fairly short read, but a good reflection on the pace at which we live our lives. Honesty is often absent in today's church, but Tad lays it all on the table and opens up his heart and his life so that others may avoid the same pitfalls he has found. If your life is too fast-paced, or you're headed that way, find a copy to read.

Letters To A Young Evangelical: Tony Campolo
Campolo writes to a modern Timothy and Julia seeking to lay out for young Christians what it means to follow Christ in today's world. He writes of the building blocks of faith, evangelism, the Scriptures, Jesus and the Church, hot button topics of war, homosexuality and environmental awareness, along with politics, fundamentalism, loving Muslims and women in the church. He calls on today's generation to be aware of their surroundings and how their faith impacts every part of their lives. A great read, and a book I'm using as the basis for a Bible study with college students.

My Faith: Mark Oestreicher and Kurt Johnston
The first of the Faith/School/Family/Friends series for middle school students. A nice, easy read that reaches out to middle schoolers hearts and minds as they ride through the early teenage years.

two months...

...since the last blog post. And just as long since the last POTW. Oh well, life shall continue. And perhaps I will start blogging more often again.

Plenty has happened since July 18, which is probably why I haven't blogged. Let's do a quick run-down, roughly in sequential order:

  • Accepted a position with the Glocal Ministries Pastor at my home church

  • Resigned from the Youth Pastor job

  • Moved home to save rent money for the next year, in anticipation of...

  • Buying a ring, so I could...

  • Get engaged. On the beach. It was amazing.

  • Somewhere in the midst of that, I become Campus Minister for Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the University of Richmond.

  • Started seminary year 2.

  • I've read a lot, seen a lot and done a lot. My hope is to revisit the past two months and catch up on the blog. Hope and reality may be far apart.