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Soren Hiding
Originally uploaded by bheathr.

This picture has nothing to do with today, but I really like this picture. Soren is hiding in a clothes rack at a womens clothting store. That really takes me back. It is great to have kids.

Today was such a great day that

Work Enthusiasm

Lately I have had a new enthusiasm for work. It feels sort of strange to be thinking about job and technology related ideas so much. Both going to Users Conference and seeing our users actually using our software and going to PDC and seeing some exciting stuff from Microsoft has really re-kindled my creativity with respect to work.

Difficult Passage for Calvinists

John 15:1-17

This is a difficult passage for calvinists. It is particularly difficult for the sonship flavor of which I have become over the last couple of years. One key to interpreting this passage is to remember that we must not forget all of scripture when we interpret a particular scripture. Many errors have been born by forgetting about the whole of scripture.

Jesus and the Father

John 14:15-31

This is a puzzling passage. I don't pretend to get all that the passage is talking about. It is a little disturbing that a passage this simple could be this puzzling.

One thing I notice is the relationship between Christ and the Father. I guess because of the Sonship stuff, I recognize this more. It seems to be particularly prevalent in John. It surprises me that that Christ stated motivation in going to the cross is to show the world that he loves his father and will do whatever he commands.

This makes me think of how much the Father loves us, and gives a window into that mysterious heavenly relationship. I will be keeping my eye on this.

The Unfortunate Vortex of a Beautiful Woman

Courtney and I recently had a good conversation about temptation and the opposite sex. In our individual ways, we both have faced temptation with the opposite sex and continue to fight it.

For me, the problem is visual. Even when I do not lust, it is because I am trying not to. While at UC, I played pool with a colleague. There was an attractive woman playing pool at a nearby table. The woman was dressed to attract the attention of the male of our species, and she was accomplishing her goal. Almost every an in the place was staring at her. I fought with some success doing the drive same. What drove me crazy, though was this, "why can't she just be like any other person in the place?" Why did I have to avoid looking at her without creeping beyond temptation? I wondered if it had something to do with the competition present or if it was instinct or the damage of bad habits.

When I say dork, I mean it in the coolest way possible.

Those of you that know me, and I imagine that is all of you, will get a kick out of this.

What was I saying about being cool at UC? Right, Heath, tres cool.

Boy Cubed




Fingers in mouth

Originally uploaded by bheathr.

It is official. Our youngest son(still in utero) son proudly displayed his stuff for us today.

He looks healthy, and is quite handsome if I do say so myself.

It will be one testosterone filled house in about in about 15 years.

Guilt and New Mini-van

New Minivan

Praise God, we are out of the Jimmy. We have been only moderately satisfied with the small SUV for quite some time. The truck-like suspension and poor build quality have about driven Courtney crazy. In addition, our new arrival in Feb. will necessitate more room.

 

We looked around at SUVs, the Mazda 5, and mini-vans for a suitable replacement. We found it in a Honda Odyssey. We picked it up tonight. It is so comfortable and convenient. Courtney was afraid a mini-van might damage her image, but you really just can't get more room for the money. The gas mileage also make a difference. We will probably save $20/month in gas. As usual, though, our payment went up.

I am somewhat ambivalent about the money. On one hand, we could have spent less money by purchase a used vehicle or a less expensive model. On the other hand, we intend to keep this for a long time, and we wanted good quality to start with. Whatever the case, to God be the glory, I'll take credit for the sin. He knows it is there, and he will show it to me in time. Whatever the case, we have more seats now, so if you need a ride, just call. :-)

Glory

John 12:42 "for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God"

This verse speaks for itself. It is not only the Pharisees that get caught up in the myriad of ways to seek the glory that comes from man. Religion is one of the primary ways. Christianity is no different in this respect. Depending on the denomination it will manifest itself differently:

Pentecostal - How loud you yell or how many "gifts" you display
Reformed - How much you know or how much you can quote Calvin or Luther
Fundamentalist - How morally righteous you are or How orthodox you are
Liberal Protestant - How much you care about the poor
Evangelical - How current you are with the latest books or active you are in church or how much you practice the spiritual disciplines

You create your on list. This one is my spiritual history. In reality God couldn't give a flyin' flip about your list or how well you live up to it. You have to be as righteous as he is or you are toast. He provided a way for those whom he humbled. Give up and trust Christ for your glory. Let go of all other ploys.

Confessions of a coveter

At St. Paul's Church (www.stpaulpca.org) we would confess our sins out loud during church. Following our confession, the pastor would encourage us with a reminder of the boundless grace of Christ. Sometimes, we used the Ten Commandments as a framework for this confession. I could not always find the sin in my life for each commandment, and I particularly despised the idea of finding covetousness in my heart. I prided (alarm bells go off) myself on being content.

Lately I have realized and been able to admit to a greater depth of covetousness in my own heart. I find myself looking enviously at my friends houses or careers. I can also reflect back on my time in seminary where I envied the lifestyles of those who did not have to work and who had the confidence to spend time with professors. I even remember a specific occasion of envying a guys pants in church while I was in college. LOL.

I could no longer ignore the fact of my discontent heart when I found myself thinking, "Well, he is 6 years older than I am so it is OK. Now, how am I going to get where he is." Aha. The idol is revealed. I have swallowed the lie that it is these external things that determine my worth and satisfaction. What a lie. Many of those people whose things I might covet are merely coveting things of those those who I can yet see.