Church…or no?

I recently saw this meme come through my Facebook feed. Perhaps you’ve seen it, too. This kind of attitude is something I find quite disturbing. I’ve seen many statistics speaking about how church attendance in America is dwindling, particularly in my age group and younger. There are a variety of reasons given for this trend. The reason with which I am most familiar is a lack of continuity when it comes to biblical authority. Claiming the Bible to be the infallible Word of God and then contradicting it when it comes to Genesis and the origins of the universe is an inconsistency that is readily seen, though the creation account is not the sole province of finding fault with Scripture. Anytime someone says that what the Bible says isn’t quite the way things happen, they are undermining the authority of Scripture and giving a reason to walk away from the faith. … Keep reading!

Hour after lonely hour…

While I am generally content to spend long stretches of time by myself, at heart I greatly desire human companionship and interaction. This has been driven home to me quite forcefully the past two nights. Being at work with little to do for my actual job has the benefit of having time to write, but it’s sad at the same time–and, if I may be so bold, a little creepy. I’m used to most or all of the ambient noises, but being alone isn’t all that fun. This experience reminds me of Genesis 2:18 and Hebrews 10:24-25, just to list a couple of verses. Man was made for fellowship. Marriage is perhaps the ultimate expression of fellowship as the husband and wife become one flesh. Marriage is also to represent the relationship between Christ and the church (Eph. 6:22-33), and I highly recommend it. I have been blessed and enriched beyond … Keep reading!

He’s here, he’s here!

My firstborn son, Lukas Paul Valour Westbrook, arrived this morning at 5:18. He came in at 20.25 inches long and 7 pounds 11 ounces. Abi had contractions for over 24 hours before it was time to push, and then had to push for half an hour. Both of us only had about five hours of sleep apiece from 10 AM Sunday morning until 8 AM today, so it was a long couple of days. Praise God the delivery went smoothly with no complications. We’ve all been resting today, and it’s been fun to watch Luke become even more responsive over the past 15 hours. It is amazing to me, too, just how much I can love a little guy I just met. I mean, I’ve known about him for many months, but obviously never had direct interaction until this morning. I think  I was closer to crying than Abi once … Keep reading!

My blog looks lonely

I thought it would be a good idea to add another blog post so you could see I’m still working on the site. Aren’t you impressed with me? I am working on a post dealing with fellowship within the church. A couple of weeks ago we had a message at church on the issue and I thought there were many good points that should be shared as broadly as possible. Abi and I missed services with our local fellowship last week and I am eager to be there tomorrow morning. I firmly believe that Christians should fellowship with other Christians at every opportunity, but I think it is especially important to gather as a whole body at least once a week (typically Sundays with most congregations). By participating in regular fellowship, we not only gain encouragement, strength, and refreshing from our brothers and sisters in Christ, we also–and perhaps more importantly–impart … Keep reading!