John Calvin on 1 Timothy 5:8

Many pastors like to use 1 Timothy 5:8 to build upon the theology that a man must be the material provider for his home. While this is a theology I ascribe to, it was pointed out to me (by a really close friend) recently that 1 Timothy 5:8 does not in fact support this theology. Perhaps John Calvin says it best,

has translated it, “If any woman do not provide for her own,” making it
apply exclusively to females. But I prefer to view it as a general
statement; for it is customary with Paul, even when he is treating of
some particular subject, to deduce arguments from general principles,
and, on the other hand, to draw from particular statements a universal
doctrine. And certainly it will have greater weight, if it apply both
to men and to women.

If it is applied to both men and women can we really use it to support husband as the sole provider? What do you think?



Don’t Like Monday?

That’s okay, apparently God did not either.  It is the only day in the Genesis creation narrative that is not pronounced with the typical judgment of, “it was good.”  Maybe even when God was creating the universe he was able to anticipate, the five day work week.  But if you hate Monday take heart, because Tuesday is the only day which God said “it was good” twice; this is why many Orthodox Jews still get married on Tuesday.  I bet they do not have a lot of friends from out of town show up though, because that his a hard and awkward day to travel on.


March Madness hit my office

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I just received the following email from Senior Management:

In support of the UNLV Rebels competing in the Mountain West Conference basketball tournament, employees may show their spirit and wear jeans and Rebel or red shirts for the rest of this week.

Now my only question is: can I call in sick Monday with Runnin’ Rebel Fever?

Things are a bit different than we we went to school huh Ryan?


Confessions of a Young Punk

It’s been a long hard year.

Ryan and I started blogging a little over two years ago. For a while not more than a handful of people knew it even existed. There has never been much rhyme or reason, just talking about the things we care about. Other than our semi-frequent “Shelf/Ipod/Fridge” posts, the only consistent thing about this blog is that often times we say we are going to start a series of posts and never get past one or two. Well, here’s to breaking that trend.

Over the next few weeks I will be blogging exclusively about the last year or so of my life. I have titled the series, “Confessions of a Young Punk” becuase I think that best describes what the past year has been like. Since last August I have been a part of three churches, one of which was my failed attempt at planting a church. Now, as my wife and I stare at the future wondering what is next, my head swirls with various convictions and life lessons that God has been gracious enough to teach us.

My hope is that this series will serve as:

– An encouragement to those who have dealt with young punks before. That God is faithful to your prayers: that He would humble us.

– An encouragement to those who have attempted to plant a church, and by God’s grace, have failed.

– An encouragement to those who have attempted to plant a church, and by God’s grace, have seen success.

– A warning to those who think they are God’s gift to their city/ministry, and haven’t paid any dues, or as Lloyd Jones once said, “Have not been humbled”.

See that’s the thing with being humble. You don’t just wake up and decide to be humble. It’s not like being humble is something to be good at. No, in fact, we are made humble. We are humbled by God. This last year I have been greatly humbled by God. This series is my story.


Cowboy Matt

As part of my job I get to visit ranches my company owns a few times a quarter. A few months back, after helping coordinate a rodeo cow “sorting” event, some co-workers and I decided to participate.


And oh yeah, this was my first time on a horse, EVER! After participating in the rodeo event, I was asked to help herd cattle for the rest of the afternoon. The only scary part was realizing that I had a horse at full gallop with only a half-hour of riding experience.

good times.


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not to correct Piper, but…

Last week Justin Taylor had a post, that in all previous life stages, I would have found irrelevant. But seeing as how it was my first week in the land of cubicles (which, by the way. If you thought Office Space was funny before, try watching it after actually having an office job. Infinitely funnier.), the post entitled “Making Much of Christ from 8 to 5” caught my attention. I was so impressed by the article that I printed it out, and it now hangs on my cubicle wall space right next to a picture of my wife and I, and my time sheet that needs to be filled out before Friday. The blog post was very insightful, as John Piper attempted to find ways to make boring, secular, cubicle work seem like great ministry. Or more specifically, he gave us five reasons how to make much of God in our daily cubicle work.

“Making Much of Christ from 8 to 5”

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From a chapter by that title in John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life:

  1. We can make much of God in our secular job through the fellowship that we enjoy with him throughout the day in all our work.
  2. We make much of Christ in our secular work by the joyful, trusting, God-exalting design of our creativity and industry.
  3. We make much of Christ in our secular work when it confirms and enhances the portrait of Christ’s glory that people hear in the spoken gospel.
  4. We make much of Christ in our secular work by earning enough money to keep us from depending on others, while focusing on the helpfulness of our work rather than financial rewards.
  5. We make much of Christ in our secular work by earning money with the desire to use our money to make others glad in God.

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As much as the post has been a great encouragement to me, after a week of 8-5 cubicle work I would have to say that Mr. Piper, who has influenced me more than any living author, misses the big E on the eye chart here. Namely, that if we are to make much of Christ from 8-5 then we must remain “Cross-Centered” from 8-5. Or to be even more specific: repentance must be on the forefront of our work efforts. We are fallen creatures, and daily there are ways that we fall short of being model employees. In lieu of specific examples I would simply point to Piper’s list as a law to be broken. If we are to make much of Christ from 8-5 then we need to rely on him, not just for the empowering grace to accomplish Piper’s list, nor the preventative grace to avoid sinning against God and our employer. We need also repent when we don’t give a full day’s effort, or when we believe that our boss’ company photo would be better represented if we were to add horns and a tail with our sharpie. When we are jealous of other co-workers, or when we participate in gossip of k-fed jokes. If repentance is not a daily activity we associate with our jobs, then we cannot make much of Christ from 8-5.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:7-9