Saturday, July 31, 2004

OPC Creation Study

OK, since I am being harassed, and maybe rightly so for not having posted in a while, here I go. Since, however, I am at a loss of something good to write, I will post a news update for anyone who might be interested. The OPC's study paper on the days of creation has just been published and is avaliable at:

I am sure that I will want to discuss this more in future posts, but since I have just downloaded it and have not read it, now would not be the time.

Since I am on the news flash mode, Chevelle's new single "Vitamin R(Leading Us Along)" has just been released from their upcoming album This Type of Thinking Could Do Us In set to hit stores 9/21.

'Tis all for now.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004


Camden is a small city of about 80,000 in New Jersey across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. The city has the sixth highest crime rate in the entire nation, and has the highest crime rate for small-sized cities. Drugs and violence abound; it is estimated that there are 200-300 active drug corners in the city. It is also the poorest city in the state of New Jersey, and the second poorest area in the country. Camden suffers from an unemployment rate of 16.2%; four times the national average. However great the physical needs of the city are, the spiritual needs are far greater. Sound, evangelical churches have fled from the ghettos of Camden, and the enemies of the Gospel have readily filled the vacuum. Yet, God has not abandoned the city of Camden. In the middle of the city, Pastor Ben Alvira faithfully proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ week after week at Tabernaculo de Gracia; and Looking Forward Ministries diligently extends ChristÂ’s love to those in need.

I have had the privilege to minister in Camden for three years. I look forward to challenges for myself and the rest of the team, and hope that this year affords many opportunities to minister in this unique environment. If previous years are any indicators, the trip offers many opportunities to grow not only spiritually, but also socially with the other members of the team. May we truly function well as a team for the glory of God and the furtherance of His kingdom in Camden.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Secret Faults

David prays in Psalm 19:12, "Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults." (NIV) Sometimes you don't realize how blind one can be to his own fault and lack of clear, logical thinking until it is reflected back by someone else. The Bible speaks of the sinner as blind for very good reasons. The need for a true friend, one who is willing to offer a rebuke and demonstrate is absolutely vital to help overcome one's natural blindness to our own faults. Even a good, courageous friend can be similarly blinded, since friend routinely have much in common; hence serving little usefulness in their common areas of blindness. One thus needs a large, diverse network of concerned, courageous people willing to lovingly confront whenever necessary. What a wonderful gift God has given to his people in the church.