Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter

It's Friday...But Sunday's Comin'! S.M. Lockridge's Easter meditation:

Sunday's Comin' from Igniter Media on Vimeo.



Or, if you prefer, here is a clip from Sally Lloyd-Jones' The Jesus Storybook Bible:



Why Easter matters so much:
If Jesus is dead, then Christianity is dead. If Jesus is alive, then Christianity is alive. Paul himself declared as much in 1 Corinthians 15:17: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.”
Apart from the resurrection of Jesus Christ, there is no savior, no salvation, no forgiveness of sin, and no hope of resurrected eternal life. Apart from the resurrection, Jesus is reduced to yet another good but dead man and therefore is of no considerable help to us in this life or at its end. Plainly stated, without the resurrection of Jesus, the few billion people today who worship Jesus as God are gullible; their hope for a resurrection life after this life is the hope of silly fools who trust in a dead man to give them life. Subsequently, the doctrine of Jesus’ resurrection is, without question, profoundly significant and worthy of the most careful consideration and examination.

Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears in Doctrine (p. 279)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Gospel Centered Promo

Now this is what a gospel centered church promo video looks like. I don't know much about this church plant (except that I love their adopted statement of faith) but if I was in San Antonio, TX I would be checking out Grace Community Church.

Grace Community Church of San Antonio, Texas from I'll Be Honest on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Outer Banks

Thomas had the great last minute idea for us to go to the Outer Banks this past weekend. Neither of us have ever been there before and we know the time is dwindling down where it'll just be the two of us. So Friday after work we took off for Kill Devil Hills, NC. We got there about 8 and went for a seafood dinner. We shared an appetizer of fried okra, I had some amazing shrimp and stone ground grits and Thomas had oysters.

Our first stop Saturday morning was to Stack'em High Pancakes. We got a big stack of pancakes with bananas and pecans mixed in with some eggs and sausage. My mouth is watering just thinking about them again now. :) Our next stop was to Jockey's Ridge State Park to see the sand dunes. It was so cool! We had fun trekking up the dunes and soaking up the wonderful spring weather and sunshine. There was also a group there taking hang gliding lessons so that was fun to watch too.

Me lounging on the dunes

Thomas making a run for it

Our next stop was to go to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. I was telling Thomas about my 4th grade craft project where we were all assigned NC lighthouses and that my dad and I made a replica of the Hatteras out of a Pringles can. It turned out pretty good if I remember correctly! Along the way we decided to stop along the side of the road for a view of the water. Little did we know that a 10 minute stop was going to lead to our car being stuck in the mud for 30 minutes! Thanks to some very nice and helpful strangers we were able to dig the tires out and get enough rocks behind the wheels to gather some traction along with about 6 men pushing down the front end! I didn't know if we'd ever get out of there.

This doesn't look like much, but we were STUCK!

When we finally made it to Cape Hatteras it was worth it. I've never seen a lighthouse in person before so it was really cool to see just how big they actually are, and this is the tallest one on the NC coast.

That night we went back to Nags Head and had dinner while we watched some NCAA basketball on the tvs. Woke up Sunday to head home and stopped by the Wright Brothers Museum at Kitty Hawk to see where the first airplane was launched.

Me flying the plane with my buddy Orville Wright

It was a very fun weekend trip. Sort of hard to believe there are only 78 days til my due date. These are the last moments Thomas and I will have as a family of two. It's also hard to believe that in August we'll have been married 5 years! The time has flown by and we've gone so many places and done so many fun things together. I still thank God everyday for blessing me with such a wonderful godly husband. It's a lot of fun being married to someone who makes you laugh and always keeps you on your toes. Looking forward to the next 5 years and many more adventures. Soon with our little Judah in tow!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Theology Matters

Theology matters, and not because I want a good grade on a test, theology matters because what we think about God shapes the way we think and live. Theology matters because if we get it wrong then our whole life will be wrong. What you believe about God is the most important thing about you. We are either building our lives on the reality of what God is truly like and what He's about or we are basing our lives on our own misconception or imagination. We are all theologians, the question is... is what we know about God true?

I loathed the first book Josh Harris ever wrote...but his second book had a chapter in it that really changed my life about six years ago. Here is a book preview for his new book.

DugDownDeep_Carnahan.mov from Covenant Life Church on Vimeo.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Update

27 Weeks

I went to the Dr. today for my glucose test to find out if I have gestational diabetes, big fun. I had to do without sugar all day on Sunday. That makes you want sugar even more! But I made it so I'll find out the results in a few days. On Wednesday I'll be 28 weeks which is the beginning of the third trimester! Kind of hard to believe! Judah is moving around a lot and it's reassuring to know that he's growing well and has a strong healthy heartbeat.

Me, Whitney, baby Emery and Kendra

Last weekend I was able to go home and visit my good high school friends Whitney and Kendra. Whitney had Emery back in January and I was able to go to the hospital and visit her that very day. It was very exciting as I was in Korea for a lot of my other friends' births. Emery is doing so well and growing fast! Kendra and I were able to hang out and go shopping in Charlotte, even hitting up IKEA. I also went to Cherryville and was able to see my parents and have dinner on Friday night. It was hard getting mom away from work for a few hours. The dreaded busy tax season is upon her and she barely has time to eat.

Me and Carly

Last week I also had my work baby shower along with my co-worker Carly who's due this Thursday! It's been really nice going through my pregnancy with Carly. She always keeps me updated on what to expect next! We're almost exactly 3 months apart so our maternity leaves will butt up right against each other. The shower was really nice and it was such a blessing! They all put their resources together and we received 2 very generous gift cards to using in buying things we need for the baby!

Natalie is coming to visit next weekend and we're going to paint the nursery! I look forward to getting started with it so I'll make sure to make updates along the way so ya'll can see our progress. You know for the tens of you who follow our blog. :) ~ Leslie

Friday, March 05, 2010

Edification: building up of the soul


It's the last day of Spring break here at SEBTS. I'm sitting in my P.J.'s trying to avoid doing anything productive. I should be catching up on all the reading I have or studying for my Hebrew test on Wednesday. Ugh. What's the point? I've already forgotten the Greek I studied and stressed over last year...

What is the point? Why am I, a dude not made for academics, inflicting 90 credit hours of grad work on myself...?

As I was struggling with these thoughts this morning I read this quote by Richard Baxter:
"Hard studies, much knowledge, and excellent preaching, if the ends be not right, is but more glorious hypocritical sinning. The saying of Bernard is commonly known: 'Some desire to know merely for the sake of knowing, and that is shameful curiosity. Some desire to know that they may sell their knowledge, and that too is shameful. Some desire to know for reputation’s sake, and that is shameful vanity. But there are some who desire to know that they may edify others, and that is praiseworthy; and there are some who desire to know that they themselves may be edified, and that is wise.'"
Pray for me, I want to be edified by my studies so that I may edify others. I want to reflect the words of Paul in Colossians 3:23-24 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ."