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Archive for June, 2007

Lee and Lacey are getting married today!!!  We are so excited to be a part of their festivities and will surely update the blog with pictures from the big event!  In the meantime, pray for the life they are beginning together and the sanctity of their marriage.

Here are pics from when Lee and Lacey came to visit us in Austin when GTB was only 1 1/2 weeks old.

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Babes in Toyland

GTB is learning to manipulate toys!  What does he do with them, you ask?  He puts them straight into his mouth, of course.

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Leo the Lion is GTB’s traveling companion.  He rides in the carseat with GTB everywhere he goes.

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A “clean dog” after his bath

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Note the red nose on this toys face.  GTB loves to suck on that nose.

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Who needs toys when you can play with dishtowels?

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A King on his Throne

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No Girls Allowed

On Father’s Day, GTB and Toodus built their first fort together.  GTB seemed to love it, although Toodus may have loved it more.  The boys are looking forward to many more adventures together and have already been reading through the “Dangerous Book for Boys” to get ideas for future escapades.

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(Father’s Day was a blast.  We hung out, grilled out, and pigged out!)

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Links

I really enjoyed this post from Pure Church on the concept of mission…certainly a refreshing perspective.

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Our church has recently been hashing through the relationship of mission and community, and its practical implications for our church body. It sounds like the diagnosis has been made: The American church for the most part has lost its mission, and our communities of faith have reflected that either by neglect of the “Go therefore and make disciples” (more fundamentalist and introverted churches) or by disregard for the “teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you” (more mainline denominational or liberal type churches).

From conversations I’ve had with our pastoral staff, it seems like we are arriving at the point that “community is the vehicle for mission”. Pushing just a little deeper into the idea, I asked why? The conclusion I arrive at is this: a missional community is the outflow of a covenantal community composed of individuals whose identity is found in Jesus Christ. Perhaps this is evidence of the total saturation of my mind by “individualistic” western thought, but I’m not sure I can see community aside from its composition of individuals. I’ll try to explain where I’m going with this, but it’s not entirely clear in my mind just yet, and I need some help fleshing it out.

I’ve been starting to think through how the Doctrine of Justification and the Atonement fit into this discussion. If we begin to think that community is something more than the sum total of its parts, I think something (to my knowledge, which isn’t incredibly deep) there needs to be something more than simply particular redemption and forensic justification of individuals. It seems like if you affirm that community is something that exists outside the context of individuals, you are almost forced to come up with a view of the atonement which provides for some general redemption. I guess my question runs along these lines: Is our corporate identity as a body with Christ as our head somehow something more than just the composition of individuals whom Christ has redeemed? I realize this may seem semantic and I’m probably not explaining my thoughts perspicaciously, but I think I need some help sorting through the rat’s nest of my brain.

Theologians, help.

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A Little Fishy

GTB has been learning to swim!  Aunt Mehgan helps out in this video as GTB demonstrates the finer points of the “baby float”.

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