Awesomeness Aggregator Part 1

23 10 2008

Where I find all the awesomeness out there so you don’t have to.

Top 5 for this week

#5 – Galcon Lite: My favorite game on the Iphone so far.  I’ve never seen a game that so quickly tests your ability to intuitively strategize.  Get yours at the App store for FREE!

#4 – Cheap Audio of “The Shack”:  Whether you love it or hate it $6 is a great price and the narration is very well done.  When you finish listen to the author interviewed here and read this review before you freak out about his theology.

#3 – Understanding the Real America – Wassila:  Pee my pants funny.  Loved the guy showing his morality on his sleeve.  Who wants to launch a discipleship training center in Wassila just so we can Midrash with that dude?

#2 – Stossel’s Guide to Politics: Watch all 5 parts!  Why do we look to the government to solve all of our problems?  Brilliant explanation of why we need to keep government small.

#1 – Just put our house on this site looking forward to our first exchange.  Who wants to vacation in Burlington KY first???

What awesomeness have you found?  It’s time to share the love!

Decision 08: Socialist Surprise or Hockey Mom at the Helm

15 10 2008

I’m totally confused and here’s why.

There was no question I was going to vote for John McCain a couple of months ago.  He embodies the three things I want most in a President – a strategic military commander, a social conservative and a believer in small government.  But the McCain campaign has made one blunder after another embodied in two words – Sarah Palin.  Through that pick McCain went from being the experienced, country first, uber Patriot to someone willing to play politics with our future (and his use of Ayers and gimmicks like buying all the bad mortgages in America continue to demonstrate this).  I really like Sarah Palin.  I’d love for her to be mayor of my town or even possibly, governor of my state, but I have no confidence that she is ready to be President of the most powerful nation on the Earth in a very dangerous time in history.

So I’m forced to take another long look at Obama.  Of the four people on the two tickets Obama is the one I like by far the most.  I wouldn’t only like to have a beer with him, I’d go on vacation with his family (I doubt I’d feel comfortable going on vacation with the McCain’s at any of their 7 houses).  But I totally disagree with Obama on almost everything (except diplomacy and the environment).  And with the dominate democratic congress we will have in 2008 he will be able to reform our nation from the ground up and I fully believe we will be in for a socialist surprise.  He will grow government in a way that perhaps we have never seen in history (other than perhaps during FDR).  And on the tax side he claims he will only raise taxes on 5% but he has also said he will dramatically raise the capital gains tax.  That will raise taxes on 50% of Americans (everyone who has a 401K or investments of any kind).  Raising capital gains at a time when people are pulling their money out of the Stock Market seems crazy to me.  The capital gains is the primary determining factor in my decisions to invest (whether in businesses or real estate).  I can’t imagine what that will do to our financial sector.  And I’m saying nothing about the abortion question that is closer to my heart than any other single issue.

So there you have it.  Someone please help me because on November 4th when I’m staring at that ballot I’m going to have two thoughts in my head – Socialism vs. Hockey Mom.  What should I do?  Why did you do this to us McCain?

How Offensive Faith Frees us From Fear

9 10 2008

Our family just had our 5th baby on Oct. 1 and our 4th daughter.  April and I have been discussing that normal paranoid fear that many of us parents have for our children (and for us particularly, for our daughters).  By the way, we’re both listening to The Shack where the plot centers around the abduction of a man’s daughter so that doesn’t help.

As we’ve discussed these fears I’ve discovered how a certain focus helps free me from these fears.  Often these fears arise out of a misunderstanding of why we are here on this Earth.  We are on a planet dominated by a powerful enemy and the effects of our Fall are all around us.  There is no truly safe place.  Their are no guarantees my daughters won’t experience terrible things.

But then I remember the whole reason we have children.  Psalm 127 says.

3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD,
children a reward from him.

4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are sons born in one’s youth.

5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their enemies in the gate.

Jesus told us “The Gates of Hell will not prevail” against the church.  We’re here on offense not defense.  We aren’t here to cower behind our high walls hoping the bad guys will pass us by.  Prevailing against the gates of Hell requires us to be at Hell’s gates and not wait for Hell to come to our gates.  We go out to meet the enemy.  Our children are weapons of the Kingdom.  While we are on the Earth we need to more worried about whether our enemy fears us and lose our fear for our defeated foe.

When the enemy has you up against the wall – ATTACK!  You’ll soon discover he has far more to fear from us than we have to fear from him.