Saturday, August 20, 2011

I've Moved

I've moved my blog to WordPress.

I am now at www.mdmcmullin.com.

Check it out and update your feed.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

summer ... so far

I have really enjoyed my summer so far. Unfortunately, blogging has not been my main priority. With the ease of twitter and tumblr, sitting down to write a blog becomes as much a discipline as a treat. But let's give it a go.

So here are some highlights from the summer so far:

1. Got a dog - miniature schnauzer named Charlie
2. Saw the Baker family at a cool restaurant in Louisville, KY
3. Watched the Lord of the Rings Trilogy
4. Rearranged my closet
5. Shaved my beard to a goatee (the beard is already back)
6. Mowed the grass ... a lot
7. Took a Greek class at the seminary (part 2 coming)
8. Planted shrubs and trees (replanted to trees)
9. Saw Kung Fu Panda 2 and Cars 2
10. Hope Michelle Bachman wins the GOP nomination (she's crazy)
11. Reread Vinson Synan's "The Holiness-Pentecostal Movement in the United States"
12. Painted the Bathroom
13. Learned that my son likes "root beard"
14. Started reading John in Greek
15. Worked on syllabi and schedules for fall classes
16. Went to Chuck E. Cheese
17. Started reading Donald Dayton's "The Theological Roots of Pentecostalism"
18. Saw Thor, X-Men and Green Lantern
19. Drank a lot of coffee
20. Hung out with my son

I'm sure I left some things out and don't mistake the numbering as a ranking of importance. I'm looking forward to what the next month brings.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

discerning

discerning is tricky.

i recognize so many of my own desires in my heart.  which of them were created by me and which ones were put there by God? which are both?

i had someone give me a "word" a few years ago.  it has haunted me.  if it is true ... then everything i want, everything i feel called to do is wrong.  i want to discount it.  to reinterpret it and find some hidden meaning that maybe i missed.  if it were someone else i would have tossed it away, but it's someone i respect deeply.

what he said was very simple.  after laying out what i felt God calling me to do he said:

"i don't think you're going to do, what you think you're going to do... i'm telling you this because i don't want you to feel like a failure when it doesn't happen"

he doesn't know my situation.  he means i'm not going to do it right away but he didn't say "never".  maybe he's just wrong, no one is perfect.  in my heart i was disappointed because I thought, "here is the man i respect as a prophet and i think he just got it wrong".  but then part of me began to say, what if he's right?

well, it's been 3 years and it hasn't happened.

i still believe i'm supposed to do all that i said 3 years ago, in fact i believe it more so.  and more than ever I'm asking myself, "what if he was right?"  i want him to be wrong more than anyone can know.  i want to prove he was wrong.  i feel as though there are little signs pointing to the truth (the truth that i want).  but what if i'm just prolonging the wait time until i find out what it is i'm supposed to be doing.

i'm praying for discernment.  i feel like it's coming slowly like the waves.  each one brings a deeper understanding.  each one requiring more surrender and trust.  

i'm trying to surrender and listen and trust. to see the journey not just the end.

discerning is tricky.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Huckabee

Of course by now everyone knows that Mike Huckabee has announced he will not run for president.  This was oddly followed by Donald Trump's weird endorsement of Huckabee's decision not to run.  Of course at this point, nothing Trump does should come as a surprise.

This morning while watching the news it was interesting to hear what some of the pundits had to say about Huckabee.  Most mentioned that this creates a gap for a "social conservative" and/or a "religious conservative" to run.  All mentioned how nice a guy Huckabee is and agreed with his own assessment of himself when he said he was a "conservative who wasn't mad at anybody.

What caught my attention most was when one analyst said that Huckabee was:
 
"a Christian who was surprisingly not disgusted by poor people or the thought of helping them." 

True or not, this is the perception the Church has given via our venture into politics.