Saturday, February 7, 2009
The Braces
I had to post this picture because it cracks me up. B's parents visited us shortly after Christmas, and we took the opportunity to take this picture of 3 Generations of Braces. B. is recovering quite nicely from an extensive back surgery in mid-December. His mother had very, very extensive neck surgery in November, and, of course, K. has her braces. What makes this even sadder is that if we could have taken this picture a few days later, we could have added A. in with his cast (for a broken thumb)! Everyone is on the mend, and K. is set to get her braces off in just a few months--just in time for her Senior year of school. * Things are going pretty well around here. We are still having the most ridiculous car woes anyone could ever have. We are about to throw in the towel and finance a new (used) car. We were really trying to save and pay cash, but we are spending all our savings on car repairs. That really stinks. * I have been taking my running a little more seriously since the new year. I've always been pretty happy just jogging a mile once or twice a week (plus walking). I was inspired, though, by a friend who runs for 40 minutes and 6.5 mph. I am thinking I could never do that, but I am working up to 2 miles instead of 1. At this point I can do 1 1/2 miles pretty easily at 5 mph-- three times a week is enough for me. I'm not even sure my knees can handle that much. I really do love the "buzz" from running--I need it just to keep my mood at what would be normal for others. * The weather is a beautiful 70 degrees here today. I am so glad that winter is nearly over in the South--Spring will be here before we know it. The daffodils are already blooming, and the pear trees are budding out--I just love it. It makes me feel like singing. * We are planning a big vacation this year to DC. B. has been there, but the rest of us haven't. We've been planning it for a couple years, and finally get to go. It is such an awesome field trip--I just can't even imagine all the wonderful, fun, educational things there are to do there. We have two sets of friends living there right now that we will get to visit, and one family is keeping track of all the "must-sees" for us. I can hardly wait for May/June so we can go. * We are having some work done on our house right now--all the siding needs to be replaced and painted. Thankfully, we only have siding on our second story, but it's still a huge expense. I am so happy to be able to get it done--actually we only are doing 2 sides this year, and will finish next year. We just couldn't do it all at once. It will look OK though--I know it sounds like it would look trashy, but it matches up well enough and when it's all painted, it won't be noticeable at all. I am so excited to get some work done in the yard too. I am hoping for a new crepe myrtle and some deck furniture this year! Keeping my fingers crossed.


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At February 11, 2009 8:18 AM, Blogger gail@more than a song said...

That is a great picture, too funny!
Running, good for you...I have never learned to like it at all. Your trip will be such fun!
We've had some nice weather lately too, except now it's raining again which I get tired of!

At December 02, 2009 9:50 PM, Blogger Ashley said...

Hi Jenna! :)
Thanks so much for saying hi. How was Beth Moore?!?

The home church issue isn't something I feel led to discuss openly on my blog yet because we've had some members of the church my dad pastors leave recently to start their own gathering. But I will gladly let you know why I disagree with it here on your blog. Here's what I have some misgivings about:

1. The way that a lot of these groups are started. They leave a fellowship that needs godly leaders, teachers, etc. to meet in a small, select group. It can cause dissention in the church.

2. These gatherings are usually not looking to gain new members (for the most part). They only want like-minded families and are only listening to teaching from amongst their group. Usually, the model is for the men to take turns teaching, and in the experience I've had, few or none are called to the ministry or pastoring. It's not something they've truly been called to do.

3. These gatherings believe in family-integrated worship, meaning no "segregation by age." This is probably what I have the most problems with, because how on earth can the "lesson" be easy enough for an infant to grasp and challenging enough for a 40-something year old? I strongly believe that to be the most effective, the gospel needs to be presented in ways that are appropriate to people's age and situation. What's the point of being on this earth if we aren't trying to reach as many as possible, using the most effective ministries we can?

4. In my opinion, most of these groups are formed because a) the families want the least amount of interaction with the world as possible, b) they believe they have a higher understanding of what church should be, and c) they are self-seeking, in the sense that they want to keep their congregations small and private.

Finally, the leader of this movement, Voddie Bauchum (who wrote "Family Driven Faith"), recently spoke at a conference. A friend of ours is a youth pastor and asked Voddie what he should do, since Voddie doesn't believe in youth ministry. Voddie told him to resign and find a new job. I'm sorry, that's the most non-Biblical, poor counsel I've ever heard in my life. I just have a hard time agreeing with something that extreme.

I really hope I didn't offend you with any of this, but these points are based on my readings and interactions with people who follow this movement. Of course I'm sure there are many models and beliefs when it comes to this, but I personally can't support it. I hope I explained myself well. I never want to appear harsh!


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