Apr 26, 2012

Come Sail Away

I'm sitting in a hotel room at New Orleans Seminary getting ready to head down to the pier later today to sail away on a 5 day cruise with my wife.  I am such a blessed man.  I have a gorgeous wife who has stolen my heart.  I have four awesome sons who keep me busy but also challenge me to live for Jesus at home as well as in public.  This November, Alison and I will be celebrating 15 years together.  It literally has gone by way too fast.  I love her more today than when I first married her.  This is the first long trip we have taken together, without kids, for several years.  Thanks a ton to my mom, Mimi, for taking care of the stooges while we are gone!

Neither of us have ever been on a cruise before.  We are travelling with our friends Bill and Ginger Young.  They are celebrating 25 years of marriage.  We had a fun road trip down here yesterday and a great meal at Mother's Restaurant last night.  Afterwards, we took a walk down to the French Quarter.  It was both fascinating to see the history of the city and sad to see the decadence of Burbon Street.  Today we are about to go have breakfast at Cafe du Monde (Beignets!) and then walk through the French Market.  Then it's onto the pier and load up for the gulf and Cozumel! 

Apr 21, 2012

Well Done Chuck Colson! A faitful servant goes home

One of the most influential people on my Christian walk has been Chuck Colson.  I first was introduced to him as a young seminary student when I picked up and read The Body.  I was hooked on his writings and insights.  He was a brilliant mind and one of the most compassionate men.  I read Loving God, Kingdoms in Conflict, and many others. 

Colson did a lot to keep Christians informed about the real issues at stake in the culture.  While I didn't share his stance in the ECT: Evangelicals and Catholics Together, I admired him for the way he could bridge so many gaps.  His ministry through Prison Fellowship was groundbreaking and biblical and has resulted in many men rightly condemned for their crimes to become God's children. 

Here is a stirring video that Prison Fellowship has put together on his life.