Huskers and Jesus

It turns out even the Christian Post is not immune from covering the NFL draft and as a loyal Husker fan this recent piece on Prince Amukamara gave me a smile.

Ron Brown – an assistant coach long known for his faith and openness to sharing it – gave Amukamara some thoughts on being Biblically grounded once he was in the NFL. “‘Get yourself involved in a Bible study. Get yourself around accountability – fellow brothers in Christ. Get yourself around people who love the Scriptures, who love God. Find a church home and people who will help you manage your life in the name of Christ. That’s what will maximize your career, your money, your platform. Then turn it into something special.’”

Amukamara is not only a star athlete but a humble young man. “Our team chaplain reminded us recently that there was a lot of attention on John the Baptist,” Amukamara told Thiessen [an FCA leader], “but he kept his focus on Christ and said, ‘He must increase, but I must decrease,’ (John 3:30). Rather than being focused on himself, he demonstrated humility. As a team, we have talked about the value of humility. Proud people want recognition, the humble want all the glory and honor and recognition to go to the Lord.”

Read the whole story here.

Love DC: The End

We have come to the end of April and the end of our “Love DC” posts on what is great and unique about this city. We have missed so much in review and Stacy and I will miss so much when we actually move.

As we come to an end though I can help but highlight the thing we love the most about DC, our friends.

We have to start with the Gonzales’ since they set us up (hoping I would be a rebound relationship for Stacy), they let us complain when we need to, they watch Iona when we need to get something done around the house or need a date. Other couples that are close and will be miss are the Ferrignos, the Mercers, the Powers, and the Shapiros.

The “Nebraskans” have been solid friends for my whole time in DC, the Lugo-Grillos, Jeff and Mel, “aunt” Megan and “uncle” John and the glue of the group, Darin. We have watched 5 years of Husker football together, and we have shared so much in this life…

For me there is also the “Cabal,” Jake, Jayson, Nate, Will, John and Ben. We talk about theology but as of late we have been talking about all the crazy places God is taking us and it is exciting. These men are doing and bound to do great things for the kingdom of God and if I had to suggest a group of minister “to watch” it would be this group.

There is our NCC family, too many to name but those with great influence on me have been people like Dennis Bourne, Heather Zempel, and all those that work so hard to put together and be hospitable at our weekend gatherings.

And while I could go on as the list of those we love in DC is long, I will end with the guys I have failed to disciple well! Ben Todd, this guys is solid in his faith and yearns to know God more. With Ben a mentor relationship has taught the mentor more and it is exciting to see him in a career that he grew up wanting and marrying a woman that loves only Jesus more than she loves Ben. Ben Brophy, this poor guy has to share an office with me at work and he probably wouldn’t mind someone more supportive and less will to treat him like a little brother. Over the last year Ben has grown so much in his faith and he challenges me as he lives out service to others. I can’t wait to see what the rest of his life and walk bring. Then there is Tim Lyons, the old deputy. Tim worked with me at the EPA and his hunger for life and work ethic are inspiring. With Tim, I have wanted so badly for him to share the hope we have in Christ that I have probably been mean and said all the wrong things, but he keeps coming back for more! I don’t know many people more reliable and I feel like the next chapter of Tim’s life is just starting. I am praying that these three continue to pursue God more than anything and that someone would come into my place and keep challenging them… of course they are not getting rid of me…

So I have missed tons of people and for that I apologize, you know who you are, you have poured into our lives and been great friends. You are the “thing” we will miss the most about DC… we love you.