Archive for October, 2007

I submitted my Loving Prostitutes post to the Christian Carnival being hosted at On the Horizon this week.

Other posts from the carnival that I’m going to read include

  • Out of the Mouth of Wormwoods: Men Without Chests
  • Take Part in Missions
  • Worship in Left Field
  • In Financial Chaos? Pass the Test
  • The Bible Says to Spend Less than you Earn

I was recently encouraged by this article to write about the blogs I read and share why I read them, with you my readers.  So here it goes!

As an avid runner I enjoy participating in well run (no pun intended) races and other running events.  There is nothing worse than going to a race and it is poorly run.  Whether its no water on the course, poorly marked course, or messing up the awards race directors have a lot to think about.

After directing 3 5K races I have experienced both sides of it and commend race directors and their teams (paid and volunteer) for all the hard work.  I found the Association of Running Event Directors while working on my first 5K and added their blog to my RSS feed so I can stay up on what they have to say.  I never actually became a member, because that would cost money!

They have a lot of good resources for the first time event or even new ideas for the old tried and true.  Many race directors would spare lots of hard work and agony of trying to establish a quality event by checking this site out.

 

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A beautiful fall morning with temperatures in the mid-60’s setup an excellent morning for any running event.  After navigating around the closed and partially closed streets of downtown Indianapolis (several events were occurring in the area) to avoid having to pay for parking we enjoyed an otherwise flawless event.

This was my first Tuxbro managed event and I was very pleased with the whole thing.  The event was the Turn Up the Volume to BLAST Ovarian Cancer with all proceeds benefiting Ovar’Coming Together a local Ovarian Cancer awareness organization. Over $18,000 was raised by participants in the 4 mile run, 3 mile walk and 1 mile walk.

All three events began and ended at Victory Field which is a great venue for a race and for sports fans in general.  We were not allowed on the field but could walk through the seats and be right next to it.

The 4 mile course began with an out and back down West St before heading towards Circle Center, then turning to go past the RCA Dome.  The rest of the course was through the industrial area just west of downtown making a big square.  The 3 mile walk was the same course minus the first little out and back and the 1 mile walk was the first little out and back only.  The entire event was staged so that no group interfered with another and the 1 milers were still finishing when I finished.  The run was the only scored event and racing chips were used!

Overall the course was flat with a couple of small grades that wouldn’t be noticeable in a car, these were mostly going under the railroads and then coming back up onto the road near Victory Field.  The course had 2 water stops, although the second one was setup but the volunteers were just leaning against the wall.  I’ve been told that at events like this it is the job of the sponsor (Ovar’Coming) to train the volunteers.  No worries since I didn’t want water at the end because I was being chased down and didn’t want to slow up.

I was very pleased with my overall race. I had no expectations coming into it since I had just had a season PR at the Thursday night races.  I wanted to come out and push a little bit so I was excited to have ran a 25:44 (6:26) with mile splits being 6:12, 6:18, 6:38, and 6:34.  This placed me 12th overall and 3rd in my age group! Fellow Anderson runner Mitch Novy won the event in 21:18 (5:19) much to his surprise.  He received a gift certificate to the Athletic Annex.

The overall festival type event was designed to raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer and to honor survivors of the 5th deadliest form of cancer in women.

Cross-posted at Run Central IndianaTeam Cross Runs.

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Continuing in the God Series at church this week, we talked about making the Bible and its concepts overly complicated. The Gospel is fairly simple,

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7

The thrust of the message was that we complicate the Gospel and in doing so don’t manage to do anything to promote it.  We think we must be prepared to present the four Spiritual laws, the Romans Road to Salvation, or some other salvation message before we can talk to anyone about Christ. 

Chris used a familiar story in Matthew 14, in the feeding of the 5,000, but included the context and highlighted this phrase from verse 14:

… He had compassion on them and healed their sick.

Jesus had just learned about the beheading of John the Baptist and wanted to find some solitary retreat.  Unfortunately the crowds followed Him around and the solitary retreat included 5,000 men (estimates vary for the exact number).  Instead of being angry, He had compassion.  Not only did He spend lots of time healing the sick He then miraculously fed them all!

Yes, we are called to bring everyone to a saving relationship with Jesus, but this should be done through single acts of compassion, being a friends, mourn with those who mourn, be a living sacrifice, and ultimately love!  (Romans 12)

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. Hebrews 10:24

Let me close with this great quote from St Francis of Assisi:

Preach always, when necessary use words.

 

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Here are some of the highlights from September!

I began the month looking at a series of articles from the Christian Science Monitor about Celebrity’s helping Charities and Money won’t Solve Africa’s Problems.

I shared a couple of great videos.

I wrote several posts dealing with the US Prison Bureau’s attempt to ban certain religious books from prisons. 1 2 3

I shared my memories of 9-11

I pointed out Christianity Today articles dealing with Faith and Football.

Celebrated my first anniversary

Commented on removing junk mail from my life

Provided information about Ramadan which is occurring from Sept 13 – Oct 13.

Shared from my church’s series about God Questions, asking Is The Bible True?

Played a little Credit Card Roulette

Began a new series where I write about the blogs I read

Finally, I wrote about the Biblical idea of Loving Prostitutes.

Last Year all I wrote about was wedding stuff!

From Run Central Indiana Team Cross Runs

Important Running Posts included

This month’s race reviews included the

Other news included

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