Please continue to pray for Jordon

From jordoncooper.com:

Something is wrong with me these last couple of days. Seizures and undescribable pain across my body in so many places at once. Relief in one area means pain in another area. Instead of getting better, I am coming to grips with the fact that I am getting slowly worse which is incredibly discouraging. I had hoped to be back at work this week but right now I am just hoping to make it through the night.

Don't forget to pray for Wendy and Mark too.

Free books!

In 2002, I preached a sermon called Sacred Parenting. I'm pretty sure I got the idea for the name from a book called Sacred Marriage, which asks the great question, "What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?"

A couple of years later (2004), Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage released a book called Sacred Parenting - the same title as my sermon. He must have Googled the title, because I got a letter from him last week, along with copies of two of his books:

Kind of cool to hear from an author you've enjoyed, and even cooler to receive free books. Any authors out there, I would be glad to name a sermon after your book if you send me a free copy (of course there are exceptions). Seriously, though - thanks, Gary!

Fifteen years ago

Fifteen years ago, I invited Charlene out to help me pick out a new pair of glasses. That was the excuse. Where did I really take her? To Corner House Restaurant, near Casa Loma. After dinner, on a walk, I pulled the ring out my pocket and asked her a question, and the rest is history. Before I got married, I learned a lot about marriage from a counselor in seminary who was trying to teach us what to expect when we started counseling couples one day. Nothing, of course, prepares you. Marriage has been different from what I expected, probably harder, but in every way better than I imagined back as a single man. I'm a lucky (blessed) man because she said yes fifteen years ago tonight.

Forgiving the Church

I resisted posting this quotes, but it was on my mind a lot yesterday:

When we have been wounded by the Church, our temptation is to reject it. But when we reject the Church it becomes very hard for us to keep in touch with the living Christ. When we say, "I love Jesus, but I hate the Church," we end up losing not only the Church but Jesus too.

The challenge is to forgive the Church. This challenge is especially great because the Church seldom asks us for forgiveness, at least not officially. But the Church as an often fallible human organization needs our forgiveness, while the Church as the living Christ among us continues to offer us forgiveness.

It is important to think about the Church not as "over there" but as a community of struggling, weak people of whom we are part and in whom we meet our Lord and Redeemer. (Henry Nouwen)