"Whoever pursues Godliness and unfailing love
will find life, Godliness and honor."

Proverbs 21:21

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Super Bowl instead of Church

Well I know we weren't the only church affected by the snowpacalypse, but it was still a strange Sunday. This is the first time that I can remember that morning worship was canceled. It may have been a sign because I was supposed to be the liturgist.... I don't know if that is good or bad. I was relieved though becasue I picked up a cold on Friday I still can't really talk so maybe that was God working for me a bit :) Anyhow I feel kinda strange not going to church but just laying around the house all day being sicky and stuff and then watching a football game for 4 hours. Is that holy? I almost feel like it could be a sin. Okay not really but the halftime show... interesting as it was actually made me make a theological connection.

The black eyed peas did a brief rendition of the song that made them famous. Where is the Love?? While Will.I.Am changed some of the words it still had the same fundamental message. This is where I found my connection. Do I have to risk killing myself for church to get love for the day? Can I be achy and sneezing around my house and watch football and get love? Is the church the place we feel most loved all the time? Can we spend half a day with friends and family, eating and watching America's favorite sport and still feel lonely?

Yes and No. What matters the most is not where you are but what the intentions are of what you do and who you are with. We didn't have worship this morning but I still found love in time with my family. I find Christ in every action of love that promotes my relationship with Him and with others. I could be at church all day sometimes and not feel love. That is my fault and also sometimes the fault of the people in the church. She is the bride of Christ but she is messed up. We have to work to make sure that everything we do promotes love of God and love of others. BUT the point is we can do that no matter where we are. Plus, sometimes is is nice to sleep in and shake the routine up. The seventh day is for rest anyways, God said so :)

GO GREEN BAY!!! (they are currently trying to let the Steelers win... )

I'm Glad We Didn't Have A Snow Day

Here in Indiana we were all waiting for the blizzard to hit around 7 pm last night. 18 inches by Wednesday. Ice and freezing rain and sleet. Yucky yucky stuff. Well it came but not nearly as bad as we had all thought it would. Needless to say those of us lazy students and or the ones who hate walking in the bitter cold at 7:50 in the morning were praying for a snow day. When I got up this morning after 6 hours of sleep I knew in my gut it didn't happened but I checked anyways. I didn't realize at that drowsy moment how happy I would be that I did make my way out of bed and into the classroom.

Myself and many other students on this campus, especially those in the Ministry and Religion department have the great privilege of being taught by Dr. Bud Bence. He is absolutely one of the coolest, funniest, wisest, and most vulnerable people I have ever met. We have a ton of awesome profs but this man has challenged me so much and I dare say more so than any other.

I will have to work on putting his lecture into a post. I can't do it justice right now. I guess the whole point was just to give a shout-out to Dr. Bence. I never thought that my life could be changed at 7:50 in the morning in a church history class, but that just proves that God works when God wants to work. He makes even the coldest winter mornings worth waking up for :)