Friday, May 15, 2009

Johnny Hunt Podcast


I have written on this before but it never hurts to retell one's testimony.

In 1999 when I finally graduated from the legalistic, cage (seriously it's all fenced in with barbed wire and everything) that was Rift Valley Academy, I screamed "FREEDOM!!" like I was William Wallace. And for the next 3 years or so I took that "freedom" to do what I wanted to the extreme. To be honest it was not true freedom. What I thought was freedom was more like slavery. I was a slave to the sin I was involved in.

Then one Sunday night at FBC Woodstock, Johnny Hunt preached a sermon and prayed a prayer that God used to draw me back to Himself. I still remember pastor Hunt kneeling on the steps to the platform and praying, "God if you don't come down and do Your work this is going to be just another average Sunday night. Come and meet with us dear Jesus. Use your Word to change us tonight." He then proceeded to preach a sermon and God answered each of those requests. Johnny Hunt is a dear and precious man, I am thankful to God for his life and ministry. If pastor Hunt has a motto, it is this short prayer, "Lord, keep me close and keep me clean." What a great little prayer, I have adopted it as my own.

Johnny Hunt is now the President of the Southern Baptist Convention as well as pastor of FBC Woodstock. He has partnered together with Dr. Danny Akin, of SEBTS, to bring about a Great Commission Resurgence within our network of churches. Their vision is bold and broad in its scope. For the sake of making Jesus famous to the nations they are proposing that the SBC take a good hard look at itself and see if things could not be done more effectively and more efficiently. FBC Woodstock is a Great Commission church, they send out numerous workers into the mission field and have planted a number of churches here in the States. I don't know of anyone better to lead this initiative than pastor Hunt.

Recently Doug was able to sit down with Johnny Hunt and ask him some specific questions about the Great Commission Resurgence. If you are a Southern Baptist this is an interview that will interest you. Find it here.
If you would like to read the Great Commission Resurgence document you can find it here. If you find yourself in agreement with the statement feel free to sign it. You will notice that Dad and myself are signed on.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

"No, Mr. President"

You will find little that is original on this blog. Again today I am ripping off others. Here is a powerful video.



I like the way J.D. said it, "God give us courage to say what we must say, the humility to say it without judgmentalism, and the love to speak up for the weak."

This whole issue makes the below video on adoption all the more powerful.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Adoption

I saw this on Pastor J.D.'s blog and thought it was great.



"For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, Abba! Father! The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him." Romans 8:15-17

Christians, of all people, should understand adoption as precious. It makes me want to go and do likewise.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Jun's Wedding

We have already written about two fun events from this past weekend in Atlanta (see the Sauna and Aquarium posts below). Now we come to the reason we were in the dirty south to begin with...one of my oldest buddies and best friends, Jun, got married. Around 10 of my high school classmates from Rift Valley Academy were there. It was so great to see them. These are the people I grew up with and lived with through 6 years of jr high and high school, still to this day I relate to my RVA friends better than anyone. Jun and I have an extra special bond because we were roommates together for two years of High School and our freshmen year at Mercer University. I love this kid. He has been a true friend over the years. It was great to see him marry Esther.

The ceremony was done in Korean but they provided translation devices for us. Yo Sup and Azi were the groomsmen. After the wedding there was a large reception with huge amounts of Korean food. I gobbled down as much kimchi, kimbap, and noodles as I could get my hands on. Then we went back outside to watch Jun and Esther do the different bowing ceremonies. In Korea it is uber important to show respect to your elders. So they have a tradition where the bride and groom, dressed in traditional Korean attire, bow to the different individuals or couples who have played a part in raising them. It was pretty cool to watch and we made a short video of part of that ceremony. You can watch it under the video link on the right hand side of your screen. Here are some pics of the bride and groom and the RVA people who attended.


Jun and Esther


RVA people before the wedding. We were early the rest of the people filled the place up later on.


The Ahns


The groomsmen Azi and Yo Sup


Azi and I with Mr. Ahn. He called us "my sons"


All the RVA people with the groom in his traditional dress.


The Cranes and the Ahns

Did You Know 3.0

You know I love culture and that sort of stuff. Here is a video that blew my mind. It has some crazy statistics in it. Historically culture was slow to change and develop but not any more. Did you know that China will soon become the number one English speaking country in the world? or that India has more honors kids than America has kids? Myspace has over 200 million registered users, if it was a country it would be the 5th largest in the world. There are 31 billion searches on Google every month. What did we do before Google? How did we look things up? It is sort of wild to think how fast things have sped up. Anyway. Watch this:

Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Atlanta Aquarium

After a long, tiring yet still enjoyable experience at the Jim Jil Bang we spent most of Saturday in the world's largest aquarium. They have every sort of fish imaginable to non marine biologist like myself. The main attractions are the whale sharks, a manta ray and three beluga whales. The main tank holds more than 6 million gallons of salt water. In the petting pool a baby sting ray tried to jump up and kiss Leslie, you can hardly blame it. She freaked out, screamed and ran away. I had a good laugh. The whole place is pretty incredible. We walked past the Coke Factory to get to the aquarium so here are some pictures of both.


Leslie and the Coke man



The Coke Factory


A Beluga Whale



Shark



Thomas and Tuna



Jelly Fish



Whale Shark

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Korean Sauna

Jeju Sauna in Atlanta

Last weekend Thomas and I traveled to Atlanta for his friend Jun's wedding. Friday night we met him and some other friends from RVA (Thomas' African boarding school) for a night of games at Dave and Busters. We were having lots of fun until a storm caused the power to go off and reset all the games. They were out of commission and took a long time restarting so our energy levels began to wane quickly so we decided to move on to our "second place" as they say in Korea. This place would be where we'd spend the night, Jeju Sauna, the traditional Korean jim jil bang. There were 4 guys and 4 girls. When you go to the front desk to check in they give everyone a set of pajamas, pink (of course!) for girls and brown for guys. We then are seperated into guys and girls and go to our respective locker rooms. You're then expected to strip down and proceed to the showers. So here I am, miss country NC stripping down with 3 girls who grew up in Africa. I have to say, I think I fared pretty well!

Hot Tub

We showered, got in the bubbling hot tub, the non-bubbling hot tub, the cool pool, the steam room, laid on the slab of marble underneath the infra-red lights and showered again using the rough Korean scrubby washcloth. Then it was back to the locker room to put on the awesome pink elastic waist shorts and matching t-shirts and out to the common area to meet the guys.

Common Area Where We Slept

It was a large open room with lots of other rooms spread throughout. The other rooms were either super hot or cold. We all gathered into the cold room, which wasn't actually that cold since the air con wasn't working properly and decided we'd try to sleep there. They have stacks of mats, blankets and "pillows." I use the term lightly because it was actually a brick of foam covered in plastic. So here we are all 7 of us squeezed in this small room with our mats and blankets trying to go to sleep at 2:30am and Jun starts sawing logs...right at mine and Thomas's head. So he and I pick all our stuff up and cart it to the open area and sleep out there with all the other people. I'm sure we were a sight! Needless to say I had a rough night of about 5 hrs. of sleep complete with tossing and turning and limbs that kept falling asleep. Quite the cultural experience. It was super nice inside though, if you're ever up for an adventure I urge you to check it out, it's cheaper than a hotel for spending the night at a cost of only $25.