Posts Tagged ‘Hope-Chapel’

Christian Courtship: Lowering (or Redirecting) Our Standards

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Earlier today I found the blog of Thomas Umstattd, Jr (from my church in Austin).  One entry in particular caught my eye.  You should go give it a read.

Christian Courtship – The Need for Lower Standards

I have no opinion about his observations on demographics, but he has some wonderfully challenging insights.  Some of the good stuff:

Finding a wife is not like shopping. It’s not about comparing the features between disposable products. No one is perfect. Marriage is about finding someone to grow with, not someone to consume.

And:

My goal is to become the kind of man who will attract the kind of woman that I want to marry.

And:

We must lower our external standards and raise our internal standards if we ever wan to walk away from this problem.

Frank Turk (aka centuri0n) also added a comment earlier today, connecting things with the high call for husbands to Christ-like sacrificial love, in Eph 5.

Themes from David’s Life

Monday, July 30th, 2007

At Hope Chapel, we’ve been doing a sermon series since January on the life of David, using Eugene Peterson’s Leap Over A Wall: Earthy Spirituality for Everyday Christians. One of the first sermons was “Themes From David’s Life”, preached by David Taylor. He preached again today, and started off with a reminder of the themes. So, I decided to share them, using my notes from February:

  1. In the middle of all the parts of our lives, we must keep praying and praising.
  2. God uses all the stuff of your life to form you in His image.
  3. Fear makes you stupid. So does sin.
  4. The matter of the heart matters most.
  5. The Lord is sovereign over all your life, at all times, in all things.

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