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I found this to be a pretty fascinating video.
In some evangelical circles, faith and beer are mutually exclusive concepts. I’m not arguing whether they should or should not be, but this video is really, really interesting. Might pick up the book described here because this seems to be a pretty intriguing story.
What do you think?
It’s been over a week ago since we were battling water in our home and we had to move out. We’ve had busy days of trying to figure out what the new “normal” is for us, which seems to be an important thing since it’s going to be a little while before we move back in. A week brings perspective, so I wanted to scratch out just a few reflections in light of what I look forward to describing to my grandchildren as “the flood of aught 10”. Here’s the thing, though: All these statements should be taken with a grain of salt, because even though we’re displaced, we are nowhere nearly as bad off as a tremendous amount of the city of Nashville.
Having said that, here’s some thoughts:
1. Time does indeed bring perspective. When you’re shop vaccing the water out of your life for hours on end, you never think tomorrow will come. But it will.
2. In the end, stuff really is only “stuff.”
3. Home is where you love people, and where you know you are loved.
4. It’s very, very difficult to accept help even when you’re in need.
5. Every experience in life is a ripe opportunity for the Lord to carry you on in the process of “becoming.” And there is tremendous value in every experience in asking the question, “What does the Lord want us to become as a result of this?”
6. Water, the basic necessity of life, can do incredible damage if it’s not channeled to its appropriate use. So can pretty much anything else in creation (sex, food, work, leisure, fill in the blank).
7. The gospel is a constant reminder that we’re going to be okay.
8. Human relationships are the means by which the invisible and intangible love and grace of God becomes visible and tangible.
9. A moment of crisis is a chance for a father to lay claim to the reality that this is what he was born for.
10. Crisis is also a tremendous chance for the church to be who she is supposed to be in the city where she is supposed to be.
11. Nothing in all creation takes God by surprise, and because it doesn’t, He provides grace for the challenges of each and every day.
12. There is no situation in my life that cannot be brightened by the love of my wife, the dazzling smile of my little girl, the creative heart of my son, and the gurgling chuckle of our baby.
So here’s the deal – we’re not in nearly as bad a shape as some people. We have friends and neighbors who have literally lost everything. All their clothes, all their furniture, their whole house – all of it. Few, if anyone in Nashville, has flood insurance. It’s crazy. We are not in the same boat as those folks. (Bad pun in that last sentence; I didn’t do it on purpose.) Nevertheless, we’ve got quite a bit of damage at our home.
The boat we’re in is this: Our downstairs is pretty much ruined. Fortunately, we were able to save very much of our stuff that was down there. We’ve pretty well dried it out as best as we can; ServPro is supposed to come in the next day or so to take care of what we couldn’t. Because our top floor is jam-packed with our stuff and also because me and Jana’s bedroom was downstairs, we’ve moved out of the house until the downstairs is livable again. We’re staying with a good friend for a while.
Early this morning, the cleaning and restoration folks got into our house. I think we were able to save a pretty significant amount of money because we had some great help from some dudes in tearing out our carpet and hardwood. These pros are going to try and treat the basement, cut into the dry wall, and make sure the walls are completely dry. Then we’ll start the restoration process.
Pretty crazy stuff around here. The interstates have been shut down at numerous times. The Opryland Hotel and Grand Ole Opry is underwater. The drinking water is still safe in Nashville, but the treatment plants are operating at about 48%. We’ve all been told to conserve water when possible. The kids are particularly excited about this one because we have elected for them to remain filthy for the time being. You know, for the greater good.
Here’s some pictures to give you a visual of Nashville:
The death this month of Antony Flew brings an end to one of the most interesting lives in twentieth century philosophy. Throughout the last half of that century, Professor Flew was recognized as one of the most significant philosophical advocates of atheism, eventually writing at least 35 works, many arguing for the non-existence of God. Then, at age 81, Antony Flew changed his mind. God, he explained, probably does exist.
Mohler goes onto recount that though Flew rejected atheism, he did not embrace Christianity or any religion:
Antony Flew never embraced Christianity. He rejected the possibility of divine revelation and flatly rejected the idea of divine judgment and hell. He told The Sunday Telegraph [London] that the God he had come to believe “probably” existed is “most emphatically not the eternally rewarding and eternally torturing God of either Christianity or Islam,” but only God as First Cause of the universe. In other words, Anthony Flew embraced a form of Deism (the belief in a God who creates but then removed himself from creation), rather than theism (the belief in a communicating, ruling, and judging deity).
When atheist critics suggested that Professor Flew, then in advanced age, had experienced something like a deathbed conversion out of fear of death, the professor retorted with a rejection of any afterlife. “I want to be dead when I am dead and that’s an end to it,” he made clear. “I don’t want an unending life. I don’t want anything without end.”