Tuesday, December 29, 2009

"Let it Snow"

In honor of the recent snowstorm, here's a rap video from some of the locals (who happen to be former students). Probably funnier and seemingly more artistic if you know the people and places featured in the video, but hilarity ensues nevertheless.

Here's the original:

Monday, December 28, 2009


Last week, a bunch of us were at the Pharr's annual White Santa Christmas party. As always, a good time was had by all conversing with one another, eating treats and stealing presents. The last thing we did was gather around the computer and watch a slideshow of ourselves through the years. This particular circle of friends has expanded and contracted, but in many ways remained the same (at least in heart):

Hiking buds
Kate and Jess 2007
Asheville Crew
Mary Stuart as "Obstacle Course"
I'm flying
All of us
Turkey Bowl 2007
Ruth and Emily
Bele Chere with Pharrs and Ruth
186/366 - 4 Jul [Franceses]
Jess and Sara

Sunday, December 27, 2009

So This is Life

I heard this on sports radio yesterday while talking about what we should value in our lives:

"Someone to love;
something to hope for;
something to believe in."

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Love of Jesus

Just some observations on how awesome the followers of Jesus are and what an amazing job they do of being Christ-like.

1) The War on Christmas - CNN article: Heated debate again over 'War on Christmas' claims

- Maybe I am weak in my faith when I don't find it a big deal that other people celebrate Christmas differently than I do.
- Maybe I am too secular and liberal when I acknowledge that Happy Holidays could include something other than Christmas: Chanukah, Kwanzaa, New Years, and Festivus (yes, there will be an "Airing of Grievances" as part of my holiday celebration).
- Maybe there are things more important to me than the semantics of the holiday/Christmas season.
- Maybe I SHOULD be more offended that my very faith, the birth of my Savior, is being marginalized by the masses.
- Maybe I am just crazy to think that Jesus, who I truly believed walked on water, healed the lame, raised the dead, turned water to wine, gave the blind sight and conquered death, is big enough to take care of himself.

2) Citizen-Times: Asheville councilman atheism debate goes viral: Cecil Bothwell gets wide audience

In case you don't want to click the linky, here's the synopsis: Asheville elects Cecil Bothwell to city council. Cecil Bothwell is an atheist (actually, he calls himself "Post-theist"). NC Constitution has a provision barring atheist from taking office. Some within the community want NC to uphold this clause (despite the fact that the US Supreme Court would not uphold it-- federal laws trump state laws). Thanks to the attention brought, big hoopla follows and Asheville's city council election becomes talked about across the country in various outlets.

There are some within our country who hope for a theocracy. Saudi Arabia and Iran are theocracies and things seem to be working out really well there. Oh, but they're Muslim states.

Yeah, I forgot how glorious Christian theocracies were in the papal states of the Holy Roman Empire. There was no corruption, abuse of power and trying to convince the masses that the sun revolved around the earth. Remember, the Act of Supremacy (1534) made Henry VIII the head of the English Church. That worked out well for his six wives. The Puritans, who ironically fled England for religious freedom, even more ironically established a theocratic state in which there was no religious freedom. Not Puritan? Move on to New Amsterdam or down south to Virginia. Roger Williams fled Puritan Massachusetts and established Rhode Island-- a colony founded on the principle of separation of church and state. That colony became a haven for the persecuted, such as Quakers and Jews.


For good reason, I'm not Jesus. Sometimes, however, I try to put myself in his shoes-- er, sandals. Remember, I'm not Emmanuel, God with us, the King of Kings-- but if I were, I think I would not be so harsh on those who do not see the way I do. Truly, I might try to hang out with them. Maybe see if they wanna get coffee at the Dripolator or Black Bear.

But I'm not Jesus...

Merry Christmas!

The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
John 4:9

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Wrestling Updates

North Henderson Wrestling has a new website:

North Henderson Wrestling

Check it out. Become a member and stay updated with information about the team. Check back occasionally and see what we've been up to.

So far, season has been challenging. We are trying to break in some new guys while still getting the most out of our veterans. We started off our dual season with two losses by a total of 8 points. Then we won our next two matches, outscoring our opponents 149-3 to bring our record to 2-2. In the quad match we hosted on Thursday, we went 3-0 against pretty good TC Roberson and Polk County teams to climb to 5-2.

Other events include:

Reading at Edneyville Elementary-

Rachel Willingham/Cancer Awareness Night on Thursday. We donated $1.00 from every ticket sold to help Rachel. Also made cool "Fight Like a Knight" shirt (a play off "Fight Like a Girl") that we wore and sold to the student body.

Here's the Times-News article: Knights get three wins on Willingham Night

And here is the video Dean Hensley, sports reporter for the Times-News, made of the evening (I get interviewed halfway through):

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Meet the Johnsons

Travis and Amy Johnson made an appearance during Watershed youth group this morning. They were there to talk to the students about their upcoming adventure and leap of faith. Leaving everything they have, Travis and Amy (along with Lillian, Patton and Aidan) are leaving in January for Uganda.
I met Amy when I first started volunteering my time with Watershed. That was about 5 years ago. She was always kind and caring and special to the group. She stopped volunteering to have her first child and pursue other things-- namely missions. Now she and Travis are embarking on a journey that they have been prepared for their entire lives. Travis is a doctor and will be working at the clinic. Amy is a teacher and will be part of the boarding school there.

They have sold their home, car and most of their possessions. They are taking a 5 year old, 2 year old, and Aidan, who was just born on November 4. In case that went over your head, in less than two months they are taking a young child, a toddler and a 3 month old infant to a country where they no family, currently speak only three words, have to learn how to milk a cow and raise chickens, and the majority of people live on less than a dollar a day.

I think they are very brave. And crazy.

But Travis said it best this morning when he told us, "We are betting our lives that the gospel is real."

That's the kind of faith that amazes and humbles me. A gospel that's real compels us to be bold. A gospel that's real urges us to trust in something other than ourselves and love in ways that cannot do on our own. In so many ways, I am waiting for the gospel to become real to me.

Keep the Johnsons in your prayers. If you want to follow, support or learn more, here are links to their website and their blog.