Archive for November, 2009

Announcement for Office of County Judge

Yesterday, I announced my intent to file for the office of County Judge for Nolan County, Texas. The announcement ran in our local newspaper, so I thought I would share that bit of information here as well.

The front page article: Lopez announces intent to file for county judge position, along with the accompanying family photo.

The office will be on the primary election ballot in March and on the general election ballot in November. This is a new direction for me and my family, but one we have come into agreement about. We are looking forward to the campaign and the opportunity to serve the citizens of Nolan County.

Campaign and election news and updates will be posted on (my firm website), so please keep updated there.

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An Old Friend’s Blog

This is sort of random, but through the wonder that is facebook, I discovered the blog of my high school band director, Jimcude’s blog.

Side note: yes, I was in the band. I actually went to a high school that was small enough you could play football and still be in the band.

It appears to be a relatively new blog, a faith-intersects-life kind of blog. I encourage you to show him a little love and check it out.

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Giving Thanks

I think we too often reduce thanksgiving to a simple emotion, or, once a year, to a holiday where we remember and acknowledge those persons and things that stirred that emotion.

And I certainly don’t want to diminish or dismiss those, but thanksgiving is first and foremost an offering. An offering made to a recipient. We tend to be pretty good about making those offerings to earthly recipients. The endless stream of “Thank You” notes (for which I am most thankful, but mostly to my wife for writing mine) comes to mind. The “Thank You” note for the “Thank You” note has always puzzled me, though.

What about when there is no earthly recipient? Is there a better apologetic for the existence of God than a sense of thanksgiving with no one to whom it is owed?

I am thankful for many things, many of which have individuals associated therewith I can thank. But I can only offer my thanks to God for having the luxury of being so thankful.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Giveaway: 22 Volume Calivin Commentary

My blogging buddy Bryan Lopez (no relation) who blogs at, appropriately enough,, is giving away a 22 Volume Calvin Commentary.

I know that many of you are Calvinist and proud, so I encourage you guys to check out Bryan’s blog and contest and enter. I really dig Bryan and his blog, and his organization sounds like a worthy venture. However, I’m not entirely sure I would have a happy holidays if I brought home a 22 volume encyclopedia-like set (my wife might freak out-we are bursting at the seams with books as it is).

So I am happy to promote Bryan’s contest, but I regrettably will not be entering the contest. The contest is simple, just post about it and/or befriend his organization on facebook to enter. Good luck!

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Christian Audio Books for $7.49

The Christian Audio blog announced the twice-yearly $7.49 sale. You can find lots and lots of Christian audio books and a few complete audio Bibles for $7.49 now through December 4, 2009.

I am not an affiliate or in any way associated with Christian Audio, but you can get:

I am seriously considering buying the ESV for when I’m traveling. I missed the chance to download the complete KJV last time, and I regret it to this day.

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Two Types of Typos-I Really Hate One

I understand typos. I don’t like them, but I’m guilty of committing them, so I get them.

But, as I see it, there are two types: (1) the typo that looks like a typo (e.g., teh blatant missed keustroke), and (2) the typo that makes the writer look like an idiot. Last Friday, I was guilty of the latter. But I’m not an idiot (not for this reason, anyway), I just didn’t catch it until this morning.

I wrote:

This past summer, my blogging buddy Joel and I engaged in a friendly discussion about whether there will or will not be and end-times revival.

The correction in the original has been made, but it sat there all weekend. So, to you grammarians out there, I apologize. I have already kicked myself in the teeth repeatedly.

In the future, feel free to catch my mistakes for me and drop me a line correcting me. Thanks.

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Enter His Courts with Thanksgiving

I had another opportunity this morning to write our pastor’s weekly Monday Morning Review. As I mentioned last week, he has been in Poland, Croatia and other parts of Eastern Europe with a ministry team from Prepare International. I look forward to the report as he lands back in Texas today.

If you have a minute, check it out: Enter His Courts with Thanksgiving.

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More on the End-Times Revival (if any)

This past summer, my blogging buddy Joel and I engaged in a friendly discussion about whether there will or will not be an end-times revival. His excellent post, Is there a Great World Wide Revival Coming, kicked off the discussion. My response, Will There Be an End-Times Revival?, followed.

Recently, another good friend of mine entered the fray with Great End Times Revival or Great Falling Away…Which Is It? Check it out.

As you may (or may not) be aware, I happen to think the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive. I happen to believe there will be both. Now whether they will be simultaneous, or whether one will precede the other, I cannot definitively say.

Thoughts, ideas, suggestions? Feel free to share them here, but I also encourage you to share them there.

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Yes, There is a Child Cuter

Yesterday, I asked if there was a cuter kid in the whole wide world than the Libster at 12 mos. Well, there is…the Libster at 16 mos. Here are a few of her Christmas photos.

And yet another plug for another equally cool photographer: Koti Templeton Photography.

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Hebrews Bible Study Week 7

The goal for this week was to cover two chapters, but we only made it through chapter 8. I suppose it was a little ambitious to try and cover chapters 8 and 9, but 9 will just have to wait until next week.

In verse 1, the author is again referencing Psalm 110, a Messianic Psalm which the author has referenced repeatedly throughout the book of Hebrews. And he or she says:

Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest who has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man. Hebrews 8:1-2 (NASB)

The high priest, who is also the Messiah, has taken his place in Heaven and in the true tabernacle. This is the end of the need for sacrifices. The high priest has now entered the heavenly sanctuary and is now the mediator of a better covenant, the old now being obsolete.

So that it is clear, this is not a reference to the Abrahamic land grant covenant, but to the Mosaic covenant. Until the high priest became the mediator of the new covenant, the law was written in stone. Now the laws are in the hearts and minds of the believers.

This principle actually led to the liveliest discussion of the evening in our effort to determine when and how this imprinting upon the hearts and minds takes place. Does it occur upon becoming a believer, at baptism, during the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Without reaching definite conclusions, I think the general consensus was that (1) the Holy Spirit is the mechanism, and (2) it happens when the Holy Spirit becomes activated by faith in Jesus (which we also believed was distinct from the baptism in the Holy Spirit – which could happen simultaneously, but doesn’t always, or even usually).

We again were landed with a ministry opportunity which consumed a fair amount of the time, but the tradeoff was well worth it.

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