“Virginians who vote early but die before election day have had their ballots discarded in Virginia. That changes Friday (July 1).”

Good.

Triangle

June 27, 2011

How do you know if one is a Christian or not?

Maybe this model may help:

1. You believe the gospel.
2. You exhibit the fruits of the Spirit (growing in Christ-likeness)
3. You’re persevering

Like a triangle, as soon as one of these is removed, the other two fall over.

True conversion should evidence all three.

U2 360•

June 25, 2011

U2’s setlist for Baltimore 2011:

1. Even Better Than The Real Thing
2. The Fly
3. Mysterious Ways
4. Until The End Of The World
5. I Will Follow
6. Get On Your Boots
7. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / The Promised Land (snippet)
8. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
9. Beautiful Day / Space Oddity (snippet)
10. Elevation
11. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
12. Miss Sarajevo
13. Zooropa
14. City Of Blinding Lights
15. Vertigo
16. Crazy Tonight / Discothèque (snippet) / Life During Wartime (snippet) / Psycho Killer (snippet)
17. Sunday Bloody Sunday
18. Scarlet
19. Walk On / You’ll Never Walk Alone (snippet)

Encore(s):
20. One
21. Amazing Grace (snippet) / Where 22. The Streets Have No Name
23. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
24. With Or Without You
25. Moment of Surrender / Jungleland (snippet)

Love on Metro

June 20, 2011

WASHINGTON – Turns out if you ride the Metro and are looking for a love connection, your best bet is riding the rails in and around the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metro Station.

Craigslist has named the Vienna station the “Most Romantic Subway/Metro Station” in the country, following a year-long study on chance encounters in the country’s five largest transit systems.

Craigslist researchers analyzed the number of “missed connections” ads that mentioned individual transit stations in five American cities, with Vienna topping the list as the most love-inducing stop.

Missed connections are a special section on Craigslist where people can post or search for messages from potential paramours. Perhaps a lingering glance on the Orange Line to Metro Center or a brushed shoulder on the Red Line to Shady Grove could have meant something? Riders can take to Craigslist to post a message to the anonymous passenger they almost connected with.

Craigslist studied the ads in the cities with the five largest transit systems: New York, Chicago, Washington, Philadelphia and Boston. They study considered more than 750 stations.

Using its “Train Romance Index Score Total” or TRIST, Craigslist says it might be Vienna’s proximity to the main campus of George Mason University that led to it being named the most “romantic” station among major metropolitan areas.

The study also names Chicago as having the “Most Romantic Subway System in the U.S.” The city contributes five of the top 10 most romantic stations in the country. New York contributes two.

Among Metro stations in the D.C. areas, the Vienna station is followed by Van Dorn Street on the Blue Line, Shady Grove on the Red Line and Dupont Circle on the Red Line.

Quote of the Day

June 15, 2011

David Powlison (in his paraphrase of John Calvin): “The evil in our desires often lies not in what we want but in the fact that we want it too much. Natural affections (for any good thing) become inordinate, ruling cravings.”

Kidults

June 15, 2011

Think about it. Kidults are self-absorbed.

So how do we fight against the kidult mentality and for God’s plan in our own lives? To start, we have to be willing to surrender every aspect of our lives to Christ (not just Sunday morning, not just 20 minutes a day) and embrace the God-given responsibilities and calling that accompany adulthood.

Practical steps? Try some of these:

-Identify at least one good friend who’s willing to join you in holding each other accountable.
-Tell your friends that you refuse to be a consumer only. Then back it up.
-Don’t waste time surfing the web, watching TV and movies, or reading magazines. Instead, read some great books and talk about them with your friends. If you want, start a blog to write about what you’re reading.
-Don’t eat out so much. Instead, learn how to cook (no microwave dinners). It’s healthier, smarter, and gives you an opportunity to serve others.
-Don’t buy more clothes you don’t need. Instead, donate some to people who really need them.
-If you live at home, volunteer to help with jobs around the house (the word “volunteer” is key). In fact, initiate some of the big, important maintenance projects that your parents have been putting off.
-Commit yourself to a local church and find a way to serve. Remember that it’s participation and support that makes a member, not just attendance.
-Spend more time reading God’s Word. If you’ve never memorized, start memorizing verses. If you’ve done verses, start memorizing sections. If you’ve done sections, go for a chapter. Nothing will better equip you than to have “the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Colossians 3:16).
-Write out a list of things you want in a spouse and a list of steps you need to take to be ready for him/her. Don’t waste time with uncommitted relationships.

What do you love?

June 15, 2011

“What do you love, and what are you learning to love?”

Is a critical question for those who want a growing integrity between what they believe and how they live.

“True discipleship is not a matter of having the right ideas in my head, but of having a heart that loves God and loves what God loves.”

-Augustine

Learning to Live

June 15, 2011

I am learning to live in the world, under the Word.

“Virginia is the nation’s second biggest importer of trash, behind Pennsylvania.”

My two favorite places. What does that make me? White-trash. jk.

It’s That Simple

June 5, 2011

If you ever feel like you heard that sermon before, think like a river, not a reservoir.

We are called to be ambassadors for Christ, so the next time you speak with an unsaved family member, co-worker, or possibly a stranger ask them this, “Would you like to look at the Bible with me?”

It’s that simple.