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This is more of a local interest story for those living in the West Metro suburbs of Minneapolis, MN
Many of you may have noticed the construction that is taking place rather rapidly on Hwy 55 in Plymouth, MN near Medicine Lake Dr. where they are building a new McDonalds across from the The Waters and adjacent to Fourth Baptist Church. Not that I or anyone else can do anything about it, but it does beg the question: Do we really need another McDonalds?
The reason why I ask the question is because if you were to travel two miles west on Hwy 55 near Northwest Blvd, there is a McDonalds near the WestHealth complex (still in Plymouth)and if you travel east two miles on Hwy 55 and then turn left on Winnetka there is another McDonalds (in Golden Valley). So why are they building another one in between the two locations? From a business perspective, I am not sure this makes sense putting another location this close to two other ones, unless they are intending on closing either of the locations that I mentioned. That does not appear to be the case at this point.
I guess this is one of those things that makes you go hmmmm…
I am not a big fan of McDonalds except for their Egg McMuffins at breakfast and they have really good french fries. Not my first choice for dining options. I wondered why they didn’t put in a Panera Bread here instead of McDonalds. The only thing that will happen in this area is that traffic will increase exponentially during breakfast, lunch and dinner. I can imagine that it will be convenient for people living at The Waters and for those attending worship services at Fourth Baptist Church on Sundays and Wednesdays… With Fourth Baptist Christian School nearby, wonder if that will drive some traffic to the new McDonalds? I am not quite sure when they are scheduled to open, but I can see that they are working six days a week to get everything ready for opening.
Photos courtesy of Terry Lange – taken November 23, 2013.
Recently, I was able to download a sample portion of Malcolm Gladwell’s book David and Goliath. I was interested to read this book because in our Men’s Bible Study we are studying the life of David and I wanted to read someone else’s perspective on this well-known Bible story. I was flying home from Dallas last Friday and decided to read the sample portion that I had downloaded.
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. Photo courtesy of books.google.com
I was enjoying reading the immense detail as I started in the introduction and then I got to page 10 in the Introduction and when I read this statement:
“What matters next is a matter of legend”
I was absolutely appalled. Here is a well-known author who is writing on a well-known Old Testament Biblical Narrative and he undermines the rest of the book by negating the core Biblical account of the entire story. After I read that phrase, I went back and re-read it to make sure that I wasn’t overreacting and I read it right. At that point, I went to my Bible to see what Gladwell was calling legend.
Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. (I Samuel 17:49-50 NKJV)
I do not see how this could be considered legend when the Bible is very specific regarding the events that took place at this point.
I was really looking forward to reading this book, but after reading this one phrase that undermines the Biblical narrative, I am not so sure that I would be impressed with the rest of the book. I might end up downloading the rest of the book some day, but right now I am not in a hurry to do so.
I would love to engage Malcolm Gladwell in a discussion regarding this phrase, but I seriously doubt he will even see this posting.
I finished preaching through a book of the Bible. I have been providing pulpit supply off and on since the end of June at the First Baptist Church of Bancroft, IA, as they have been without a pastor since April. I have been preaching through the book of 2 Peter on Sunday evenings and we finished the book this past Sunday.
I am very thankful for the opportunities to preach “regularly” lately since June. It does make for long days because when I travel by myself, I have to leave at 6:00 am and I return home the same evening around 11:00 pm. The church has been gracious to host a couple of pot-luck luncheons and an afternoon service that allow my family and I to return home much earlier.
Please pray for the First Baptist Church of Bancroft, IA as they search for a pastor and for me as I assist them during this time of transition by providing pulpit supply.
If you are interested in having me speak at your event or church service, please see my speaking page. I look forward to hearing from you!
I have been a Christian since 1987 and I have through the Bible numerous times. I am always amazed that I see things that I have not seen in previous readings.
Our Men’s Bible Study is doing a character study on David this cycle.
As I was preparing this week for Chapter 1, I was reading 1 Samuel 8 to get the context of what was taking place prior to Saul being chosen king. I did not realize that Samuel’s sons did not walk in the path that he did. 1 Samuel 8:3 says “But his sons did not walk in his ways; they turned aside after dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice.”
This is powerful because most people look at Samuel and remember his young life being brought up among the disgrace of Eli’s sons and Eli’s inattention to his own sons wickedness. As a parent I can only imagine the disappointment that Samuel must have felt that his own sons turned away from what was right. It is also a great reminder that just because a child grows up in the right environment (going to church, Christian school,etc) there is no guarantee that they will follow the Lord. A great reminder to pray for your children and to be an active parent in your children lives.
Thankful that the Bible is a living book and full of truths that we can apply to our lives even in the 21st century!
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Being a guest speaker can be tougher than being a pastor. Before you take issue with what I just said, please hear me out.
The reason why I say that is because when one is invited somewhere to speak and you do not know much about the church congregation or their struggles, it can be very difficult to know exactly what to preach that will meet the needs of the congregation.
It can also be tough because sometimes there can be a lot of travel involved. Last weekend, I drove over 300 miles roundtrip from home to preach at a church in Iowa. We left on Friday afternoon and went to my in-laws and then we left for church Sunday morning around 8:15 am and did not get back to my in-laws until almost 9:00 pm that night. Thankfully Monday was the Labor Day holiday.
I am not in any way trying to minimize a permanent pastoral role, but just wanting people to understand that life can be a bit challenging for those of us who can only gain speaking engagements outside of our local congregations. I appreciate the opportunities that I have. They tend to ebb and flow and are not consistent. Since I cannot seem to land a pastorate, this is the route I must take for now.
We were all set to prepare to move to the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area later this year, but then God interrupted our plans and did a work in my life to really make me think about what I was doing. We were ready, we had prayed, we had taken two trips to scout out the area and make some decisions as to where we were going to live. As we got to the “last days” (days before giving our final notice to vacate our current apartment) God began working in my life to teach me some valuable lessons that I would like to share with the readers of this blog. These may not be overly profound or new to you, but they were great confirmation in my life that sometimes even the best plans need to be put on hold.
- I cannot let my career be the sole driver in any decision – sure this is a good move for me, but is it a good move for my family? I believe that it is a good move, in the right time and in a responsible manner (will explain this one more in detail). I have seen too many people let their careers drive every facet of their lives and I can tell you that it does not end well for these driven people.
- We cannot go into debt to accomplish this move – The problem I had in planning this move was twofold: I believe that I started too late. We decided to make the move in February after taking a trip in October. We made another scouting trip in May and had found an apartment complex. I tabulated the costs involved but my problem was that I was not adding them all together, but rather keeping them separate. When I sat down with a good friend, who happens to be an accountant, he brought my concerns into perspective by showing me the total cost of my move and then I realized how short I was going to come up. This was a major concern for me because I did not want to accumulate anymore debt because I am trying to payoff debt that I already had.
- Educational concerns were also very important in the decision to delay. Joseph has done so well at his current school and I hated to interrupt that – not knowing where we would put him in school in the DFW area. By delaying, this will allow us a greater opportunity to find the right school for Joseph. We are currently looking for a Christian school or for a Classical school or a combination of both. Unfortunately, the ones that we have looked at already are a small fortune and in some cases 2-3 times higher than the tuition I currently pay! If you know of anything that would fit what I have mentioned above, please let me know in the Comments section.
This is still a good move for us, but I am glad that the Lord intervened and allowed us to delay for a year in order to accomplish it in a responsible manner. We are currently praying for the opportunity to get rid of our debt (working on that), and then saving money (as we are able) to be able to move in July 2014. A lot can change within a year, we will wait and see how God works in this situation!