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Archive for February, 2008

Theological worldview quiz.

What’s your theological worldview?
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You scored as Evangelical Holiness/WesleyanYou are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God’s grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan
 
71%
Neo orthodox
 
50%
Emergent/Postmodern
 
50%
Charismatic/Pentecostal
 
46%
Roman Catholic
 
39%
Reformed Evangelical
 
36%
Classical Liberal
 
36%
Modern Liberal
 
32%
Fundamentalist
 
18%

Hmm…the holiness thing is not too surprisingly since I grew up in a classical Pentecostal church.

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Confession.

Even though I like to tell people I’m culturally and theologically liberal, I have to confess that I am a closeted Mark Driscoll fan. I am so attracted to his fundamentalist-y teaching! Shocking, I know. I guess I find comfort in black and white.

His current series is Religion Saves + Nine Other Misconceptions and the topics are:

9. Is birth control wrong?
8. Why do you use edgy humor when you preach?
7. How can a loving God predestine people to hell?
6. What parts of Christianity do you still wrestle with?
5. How do you get free of sexual sin?
4. Is salvation by faith alone or also by works?
3. What boundaries should we have on dating?
2. What can we learn from “emerging” churches?
1. Does the Bible determine not only the message but also our method as well?

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I was very close to the 6th grade class of students from the housing projects that I pastored in Queens.  Last year when they were in 5th I owned all of the 5th graders – almost everyone in every class would come to our program. I guess it was peer pressure and the thing to do, but at the end of the year when I looked at their yearbook I realized I knew EVERY KID in all of the 5th grade classes at their elementary school. In the fall they entered middle school and most of them dropped out of the program because they thought it was for “little kids,” but we remained tight.

Now that I’ve been away from New York for a couple of months, many of them have found me on Myspace and sent comments and messages telling me they miss me.  I’m so thankful to have a way to keep in touch with them, but it sort of makes me miss  them more, and that is tough for me.

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SoCal recap.

My long weekend in Southern California was, except for cold weather, practically perfect in every way. It was filled with laughter and quality time with friends and fun. I’ve changed my mind and decided that New York City is my true love, but California is my best friend. I LOVE LOVE LOVE California. Being there makes me happy, makes me feel like I’m home. If only it was God’s will for me to live there! But, it’s not, so I just will have to visit every year. 🙂

I did a lot of awesome stuff like see u2 3D, which was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and deserves a post for itself, ate at In N Out, checked out the Saddleback Church campus (home of Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life guy) and their hot pastors, played midnight Marco Polo swimming in a pool while it was raining, ate a frozen banana, saw seal lions, have several long conversations in Starbucks, bought new books, and just had fun in general. I’m so thankful for my time in SoCal because my friends are some of the most inspirational people you’ll ever meet. I am a blessed person.It was a very refreshing time, but I did not get much rest. Thanks to adjusting to the time difference and getting five hours of sleep a night for a week makes me kind of exhausted.

Oh, and I attended the very precious wedding of my old teammates Andrei and Sarah. It was the same experience as with Craig and Abby’s wedding. I didn’t feel sorry for myself for not being married yet, but I felt inspired. I was filled with hope and love for Jesus. I was overwhelmed with the goodness of God.

Andrei and Sarah got married!

Sarah walked down the aisle to Rhianna’s “Umbrella” song!

My plane arrived in DC at 6am this morning, and after a nap, I was at work and began my busy week!

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Weather.

Every year that I travel to California in February I inevitably escape a blizzard.  But, it makes me sad because I like snow.

 If it makes you East Coast people feel any better, the weather in SoCal isn’t exactly warm, but I’m still wearing flip flops. 

Having a blast, wish you were here, etc.

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Mini-vacation.

I’m excited to tell you that tonight I will be flying to the west coast for my third annual “Trip to California in February.”™ This visit won’t be as long as in the past few years, it’s just for a long weekend, but it will be just as active. I’m going to Disneyland (!!!!! I’ve never been before !!!!!), co-hosting a bachelorette swim/slumber party, seeing two of my old teammates join together in marriage, and spending quality time with lots of people I love.

Yay.

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The evolution of a worshipper.

Funny ’cause it’s true. I’m at about level four.

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