“Not a Chance” Book from RC Sproul & Keith Mathison

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOchOD8IWb8

I just received my copy of “Not a Chance” by RC Sproul & Keith Mathison after making a donation to Ligonier Ministries last week.

Side note: Ligonier has a new “offer” every day through their “Renewing Your Mind” radio show (click here) that is like a treasure trove of awesome material all sent to you for a donation of ANY amount. In theory, you could donate a penny and they’ll still send it out to you. I recommend you donate more, but it’s an awesome outreach ministry they offer!

I’m excited to start this new book because it’s been a relevant topic in my life since I can remember existing.

Curiosity has guided my life down many interesting paths and was what eventually led me to the Christian faith (alongside a lot of other things but I’ll write more about that another day if you don’t already know my testimony). The questions of “Why do I exist?”, “Is there a God?”, “What’s the purpose/meaning of life?” have plagued my mind for many years and, even though I can confidently tell you that I believe what the Bible says regarding each of those questions, I admit that my doubt can sometimes put me into a state of utter panic and distress.

RC Sproul has earned my respect over the past several months (since I only “found out” about him earlier this year) because he is a pastor that doesn’t look to validate his personal opinions when going to the Scriptures but, rather, his personal opinions and worldview has completely been shaped by the Word of God.

It’s admirable, to say the least.

If you end up buying the book too, please let me know. I never have anyone to discuss with what I’m currently reading and that’s mainly due to 1) My awful social anxiety that keeps me from searching or joining any local book clubs and 2) Finding a book club that is Christian and not reading books from pastors that have no business being pastors.

love,

joshua

John Mark McMillan – The Borderland Sessions, “Heart Runs”

“Heart Runs” is, easily, my favorite song from JMM’s latest full length album, “Borderlands”.

The Borderland Sessions” is an intimate collection of recordings of the entire Borderland album with special guest vocalists Ray Dalton (featured on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us”), Bear Rinehart (of NEEDTOBREATHE), Kim Walker-Smith (of Jesus Culture), Sarah McMillan, and Brady Toops. The Sessions also includes full commentary from McMillan, sharing his thoughts and stories behind the songs.

love,

joshua

 

Things That I’ve Been Told — Voting Edition

I don’t care who you vote for, just get out and vote!”

I’ve heard this (or some version of the sentiment) a million times in my life yet I’ve never been able to make any sense out of it.

It would make sense to me if you were out soliciting/persuading people to vote for a specific candidate and said “If you are voting, I do care who you are voting for, now get out and vote for [insert candidate's name here]“.

Personally, I’d probably ask “Why should I vote for [insert candidate's name here]?”, but I would at least respect that you felt some level of inspiration from that specific candidate to the point that you felt it necessary to let others see and hear your support.

When I hear “I don’t care who you vote for, just get out and vote”, I instantly taste a little bit of vomit in my mouth.

Maybe I’m crazy, but isn’t it nonsensical for me to actually believe that you “don’t care” who I vote for, considering the implications that my vote has on the community/city/county/state/country (in theory)?

What if I asked the person who said “I don’t care who you vote for, just get out and vote” who they were voting for and told them that I’d like to know just so I can vote for the opposition, making their vote pointless? I bet you that, instantly, they would then care who I voted for. Obviously, that would make me come across as a jerk (I admit, it isn’t a hard role for me to play) but why wouldn’t you care who I am voting for if you are also going to be voting?

If you’ve decided that you’re going to vote, it’s safe to assume that you already have the candidate/s in mind that you plan on voting for. Maybe this is a less-than-safe assumption, but I would also hope that you have some kind of personal reasoning for why you’re voting for that candidate/s in the first place.

Does the candidate support a specific policy that I’m fond of?

Is the candidate pushing to get more services that I desire?

Do I share the same favorite color as the candidate?

Why wouldn’t you want to share who you think people should vote for? If anything, you should share with the hopes of either inspiring others to go vote or even with the hopes of changing their mind about who they’ll be voting for if they weren’t originally supporters of your candidate of choice!

My theory is that voting makes people feel important and a part of something bigger. Some people get off to the idea that others know that they are active in politics/part of the process/ informed on the issues/ blah blah blah and feel the need to make a silly declaration like “I don’t care who you vote for, just get out and vote!” so that the rest of us might understand just how important the act of voting is! I mean, it must be important because you don’t even care how I vote, it’s just the act of voting that seems to appease.

Since it’s already been established that you don’t care who I vote for, can we extend that to also mean that you ultimately shouldn’t care if I vote at all?

love,

joshua