Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Grace!

I've been a little slow on updating the blog lately, perhaps because the Bulls have been making my last post look a little premature. So how about a big dose of grace to get things going again. This is last Sunday's message from Titus 2:11-14. We had some technical difficulties which caused us to lose part of the end of the message, but as you can see it was already 40+ minutes at this point, and I made it through most of the text. I hope this message will encourage you greatly. I'm not sure why the Vimeo screen looks like a rainbow, but it's better than me in some weird pose.

Grace! from Oxford Bible Fellowship on Vimeo.

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Bulls Are For Real

As a big Chicago sports fan, I just couldn't resist posting this after the Bulls dismantled Lebron, D-Wade, and the Heat on Sunday night. It just makes it all the more enjoyable that this happened to Wade.



This was was pretty good too.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Missional: Not The End

Here is our final message from the Missional teaching series at OBF. This took place Sunday, May 1 which was also our last Sunday before Miami students headed out for the summer. It was so cool to acknowledge and pray for 89 graduates, a number of whom were with us for four years. May God use each of you to spread his glory among the nations!

Missional: Not the End from Oxford Bible Fellowship on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Fear of the Lord

Last week I was away celebrating ten years of marriage to my wonderful wife Michelle. I hope to put some pictures up of the sunset at sea, dolphins jumping, and our swimming with sting rays. It was a great time to get away, worship God in creation, and celebrate his faithfulness to us for the past 10 years. Since we were away, I asked Mark Brown, Director of Campus Crusade at Miami University, to speak on Sunday. Check out his message below:

The Fear of the Lord from Oxford Bible Fellowship on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Some Encouragment for Parents

Parents can use all the encouragement they can get. I found the following post by Kevin DeYoung especially helpful since I am a parent that never quite seems to have it all down. Some days as a parent seem great, but most days feel like I have so much more to learn.

Kevin's post reminds me of something Matt Chandler said at The Gospel Coalition Conference this year. This isn't word for word, but it went something like this, It's an amazing thing if we can finish our family devotions with our young children without a lesson on the wrath of God. Michelle and I laughed a knowing and encouraging laugh at that.

Here's what Kevin has to say:

Does it seem like parenting has gotten more complicated? I mean, as far as I can tell, back in the day parents basically tried to feed their kids, clothe them, and keep them away from explosives. Now our kids have to sleep on their backs (no wait, their tummies; no never mind, their backs), while listening to Baby Mozart surrounded by scenes of Starry, Starry Night. They have to be in piano lessons before they are five and can’t leave the car seat until their about five foot six.

It’s all so involved. There are so many rules and expectations. Kids can’t even eat sugar anymore. My parents were a solid as rock but we still had a cupboard populated with cereal royalty like Captain Crunch and Count Chocula. In our house the pebbles were fruity and the charms were lucky. The breakfast bowl was a place for marshmallows, not dried camping fruit. Our milk was 2%. And sometimes, if we needed to take the edge off a rough morning, we’d tempt fate and chug a little Vitamin D.

Trial by Error

I don’t consider myself a particularly good parent. I was asked to speak a few years ago at some church’s conference. They wanted me to talk about parenting. I said I didn’t have much to say so they should ask someone else (which they did). My kids are probably not as crazy as they seem to me (at least that’s what I keep telling myself anyway), but if I ever write a book on parenting I’m going to call it The Inmates Are Running the Asylum.

There are already scores of books on parenting, many of them quite good. I’ve read several of them and have learned much. I really do believe in gospel-powered parenting and shepherding my child’s heart. I want conversations like this:
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