Paper Anniversary | Year One

11 June, 2012 § 2 Comments


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Today is my first wedding anniversary with my beautiful wife Sonya. God has blessed us immeasurably this year as we have been through Hell and high water some months to make ends meet. Thank you my regular readers for coming along with us and sticking through the silent periods. What lays ahead is uncertain, but God knows the plans He has for us and I’m excited to see what He’ll do with us this coming year.

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Searching for Good in Good Friday

6 April, 2012 § 4 Comments


 “He (God, the Father) made Him (Jesus, the Son) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” II Corinthians 5:21

As a child I often wondered why the day that we commemorate the death of Jesus is called “Good Friday”. The truth is that the result of  our rebellion called sin is death (Romans 3:23).

Recently I finished the first in Suzanne Collins‘ series, The Hunger Games, in which a post apocalyptic North American polity commands twelve districts who at one point in history had rebelled against the capital district. The punishment was that once a year each district would offer up a tribute of one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to be entered into a televised gladiator event that lasts until the last tribute stands undefeated. The punishment for their rebellion was death.

Pay attention–it is not that far from the truth. God, our creator, who loves us, came into this world in very like circumstance. Man has rebelled and turned his back on the Father. Remember that “At the heart of all sin is the vain ambition of angels  and men to be God and to think, speak, and act accordingly” (Sin | Image Series Part 3). The penalty for man’s rebellion is death.

Consider this passage, for in it’s commandment lies the reason that goodness results because of Jesus’ death.

“5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8

Jesus was sinless because He was fully God yet liable to death being fully man. Remember that God is three in one and that every attribute that He has is magnified by infinity. The third member of the infinite trinity came to die as the representation of fallen humanity so that  in his infinite death, death itself was satisfied, and in his infinite life he was raised again and conquered sin and the grave.

Forty days after the Resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven to sit down at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us. This is why we call it “Good Friday”. Because Jesus made it possible for humanity to be reconciled to God.

International Women’s Day Special

8 March, 2012 § Leave a comment


In honor of International Women’s Day, I would like to welcome my wife, Sonya Bacon, to the writing team of Straws Weekly. Sonya and I share a passion for living life socially simple, yet concentrated. She is from Northern Ireland and is the love of my life. I’m excited for the perspective that she will bring to Straws.

Sonya, fascinates me. She is industrious, yet submissive. She is humble to receive correction and craves to be lead in the way of the Lord. She is the wife that I do not deserve, who encourages me to be the husband that she doesn’t deserve either; in all ways moving closer to the One who has brought us together and called us to be one.

The Lord has blessed me with a wife and I am continually reminded of the Psalmist’s words,

“The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD.” Proverbs 18:22

My Sonya is my treasure, and I will revel in her mysterious nature, continually discovering her for the rest of my life.

Bottom 10 Christmas Songs

29 November, 2010 § Leave a comment


10. Little Drummer Boy – I can understand “We Three Kings” but making up a story about an underdog drummer boy and putting a repetitive tune to it is just too much. Wasn’t the drummer boy a thing of the Civil War?

9. 8 days of Christmas – Materialism anyone? What ever happened to “Can’t Buy Me Love?”

8. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)- Can we have some originality with a little less repetitiousness over here… waiter?

7. Christmas Shoes – Kitsch if I’ve ever heard it. “Please write a more depressing song for Christmas. (Though, I’m being generous for a #7 position.)

6. Same Old Lang Syne – I don’t even know why they play this song except that it’s Christmas Eve in the story.

5. Last Christmas – “Last Christmas I really blew it, and I’m doing the same thing this year!”

4. Grown Up Christmas List- Grow up.

3. I Saw Momma Kissing Santa Clause – What kind of sicko thought having little Michael make perceived adultery a blushing matter was a good idea? No wonder he turned out like he did.

2. Do They Know It’s Christmas Time? – Yes– yes they do, and I’m pretty sure they’re dancing in the streets that it’s not snowing in Africa.

1. Merry Christmas Toledo- I couldn’t believe it, somebody tried to make a hometown Christmas song after hits like “There’s no place like Home for the Holidays”… it stunk.

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