Happy New Year!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” -II Corinthians 5:17

Merry Christmas

“And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” -Luke 2:12

Thank you, Dr. Jones.

Dr Stephen JonesI am incredibly saddened to hear of Dr. Stephen Jones’s decision to resign the presidency of Bob Jones University.  I have admired and respected Dr. Jones since first meeting him in 2010.  His loving personality and Christ-like leadership were among the many factors that contributed to my decision to study at BJU.  I have greatly appreciated the privilege of being able to learn from his example.  Dr. Jones has been a faithful and loving servant of the University family.  Everything he has done has pointed us to Christ.  Even his decision to resign teaches us to sacrifice for the sake of others, whether that means stepping up or stepping down.  I thank Dr. Jones for the difference that his example has made in my life and in the lives of many others.  Thank you, Dr. Jones.  I pray that God will bless you with healing and renewed strength.

Read more about Dr. Jones’s resignation by visiting the official PR blog for Bob Jones University.

Why I chose the Denver Broncos….

531773_10150760515271318_8352591_nIn August, I announced on social media that I would be choosing an NFL team to support and that my decision would be announced on September 5 in time for the Annual NFL kickoff between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos.  Most NFL fans don’t understand how I could simply pick a team after being neutral for over twenty years.  However, I attribute it to growing up with a mom who didn’t really care about football and to not having a dad to choose a team for me.  I liked football enough but never really saw a need to pick a team until this year.  I knew this decision would be life-changing (it would determine the baby-jerseys that my children will wear!) so I wanted to make an AWESOME choice.  I asked for input through social media and the response was incredible!  I then constructed a list of top contenders from the responses I’d received on Facebook.  Next, I researched each teams’ leadership, players, history, and rankings.  I then looked at areas such as fan-support, financial accountability, marketing and design, and merchandise (Hey, nobody wants to wear ugly merchandise!)  I wanted a team I could appreciate and an organization I could respect.  At the end of this process my list was narrowed down to two contenders: the Denver Broncos and a team from the North.  I then sought advice from a buddy who is incredibly knowledgeable about football.  “Well, Clay, the Broncos have Peyton Manning and they are a lot classier than the P*******.” he said.  My decision was made, and I became a Bronco.  Being partial is pretty awesome!  Some may continue to question my loyalty and label me as a “bandwagoner.”  However, I’m a Bronco and my support will always be mile high.

Man of Integrity

“It is of vitally more importance to be a man of integrity than a man of position or influence. I hope that the former can be said of me one day.”

These were the words that I wrote on Tuesday September 25, 2013 after the Lord began a work in my life which will (I believe) mold me into the image of His Son.  Confession is never easy, it is always a blow to our pride, and it is oftentimes painful.  I know what that feels like.  However, confession is the right thing to do.  It’s the first step to removing sin from our lives.  Our confessions to human authorities will not always be met with forgiveness or compassion.  But that fact should not sadden us but should point our view to the God of the Bible, the author of forgiveness.  With God we have nothing to fear when turning or returning to Him.  Although it may be difficult, choosing to humbly confess and forsake sin is always the first step.  #LiveChrist

This is love

“The world takes us to a silver screen on which flickering images of passion and romance play, and as we watch, the world says, ‘This is love.’ God takes us to the foot of a tree on which a naked and bloodied man hangs and says, ‘This is love.’” -Joshua Harris

Love.  It’s that simple four-letter word that people use to describe their motives for so many things.  A couple that has given in and succumb to premarital sex will say that it was love that persuaded them to enjoy God’s gift of intimacy outside of the commitment of marriage.  A soldier will say that it was love that compelled him to lay his life down for his country.  Can both uses be correct?  No.  Love is not this sappy trap that we fall into when we say “I fell in love.”  That’s lust.  Love also isn’t sex.  But that’s what our world wants us to believe.  Advertisements and common thought teaches us from an early age that “love is sex” and that “sex is pleasure.”  The world’s idea of what love is is a twisted and glorified view of lust.  But God’s definition of love is so different.  While the world may teach us that love is romance and passion, God teaches us that love is sacrifice and obedience.  The best example of love is what Jesus did on the cross for us.  God loved us enough to sacrifice His perfect and only son on a Roman cross to provide us with His gift of salvation.  Christ loved His Father enough to obey.  And He loved us enough to die for our wickedness.  Love isn’t these electrifying feelings that you get around a special someone.  Love is a choice.  Love is a sacrifice.  Love is looking out for someone else’s good!  Love is what Jesus did.  Our definition of love must be based on Christ’s demonstration of perfect love.

The Bruin Advantage

561011_297237673680829_1263837686_n-1Bob Jones University has experienced many positive changes in student life and culture as a result of establishing an intercollegiate sports program.  For example, the student body has become unified in support for one team, their own homegrown athletes.  In a university that is easily segregated between schools, departments, majors, and societies, a spirit of unity has emerged.  BJU has also experienced the public recognition that goes along with college sports, which is a major part of American culture.  Having an intercollegiate college team allows the university to be known to some who would not have heard about the university any other way.  However, the finest example of the Bruin advantage is the opportunity to share the love and gospel of Christ to a broader group of individuals.  Spectators at a Bruins home game can see first-hand the results of the gospel of Jesus in the lives of several thousand students and fans, experience the love of Christ, and socialize with a whole group of people who would be happy to introduce them to the Savior of the world.

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