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Post-Ike Update

Wow!  The last week has been a whirlwind (no pun intended) of weather and activity in and around the Houston-Galveston area.  With my family safely tucked away in Lake Charles, LA, I weathered the storm with no major incidents.  Sure, we'll get a new roof and fence, but all in all, we fared quite well.  No major damage . . .

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September 22, 2008

Ike Updates...

For the sake of simplicity, I won't be blogging here until Ike passes through the area.  Right now, he's about 180 miles offshore, so the weather here will start to deteriorate shortly.

I will be posting updates on my Tumblr blog as well as on Twitter...stay tuned!

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September 12, 2008

Still More Luther on Prayer

Writing on Matthew 6, Luther says:

You might wonder, "Why does God insist that we pray to him and tell him our problems?  Why doesn't he take care of us without our having to ask?  He already knows what we need better than we do."  God continually showers his gifts on the whole world every day.  . . .

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September 11, 2008

The Sounds Around Me

The sounds of hurricane preparation are...

circular saws,

hammers and nail guns,

Coast Guard helicopters,

Air Force airplanes,

kids playing in the street,

neighbors who hardly know each other talking,

a prayer whispered under one's breath,

and a gentle, almost playful . . .

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September 11, 2008

Blogging on Weather Hold

OK, the numbers have been crunched, models updated, forecasts made...

and it officially looks like we're going to take a pretty direct hit from Hurricane Ike.  The 10 AM CDT update map looks like this:

We're just east of the 7 AM Saturday location...the ugly side of the storm.  In case it doesn't go . . .

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September 11, 2008

Counting the Cost

iMonk has written a powerful piece on the true cost of discipleship for some of the students to whom he ministers.  As I read and re-read his words, I could not get some of his pointed words out of my head...

As I am standing in front of this young woman, and I’m thinking how easily we present Christ to these students; how . . .

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September 08, 2008

Luther on the Genuine Gospel

In a word directed to preachers/pastors, Luther provides some wonderful counsel we can all use to evaluate the content of the sermons we are hearing and books we are reading.  The touchstone?  Jesus Christ, of course:

The book of 1 Peter is a wonderful letter and a model for us.  Peter begins by explaining who . . .

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September 08, 2008

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