Jonathan's Journey
Sunday October 21, 2012

My internal clock is spinning.

I am not sure if it is my age or a pain pack that Dr. Burton Elrod put me on this week or if is just this time of the year...but my sleeping pattern is a little messed up.

It could be that I am now just getting back into a regular habit of getting up at  5 am or before...because of Monday Morning Quarterbacks, Tuesday Quest and a Wednesday Bible Study.  For years while I worked in Radio...I was up before 5 am every morning! However if I keep this up....I am going to have to go off to sleep early...and give up some of that late night TV!

For the past several night...I have been dreaming alot...and sleeping in two-three hour segiments.  This morning...about 4:45...I just couldn't go back to I thought I would just get up, pray and read---answer a few emails and then post a journey.

Barbara, Bethany and I spend Thursday night---Friday and Saturday (returning yesterday afternoon just in time for Emery Cochran's wedding) in Oak Ridge moving Barbara' parents into their new assisted living appartment.   They have been making the transition for a bout a month...eating many of their meals there and gradually moving furniture and other items.  This weekend---we made the big move---and got everything set up.

Larry the Cable Guy (Larry really was his name) got the comcast lines run into the appartment...and then I spend several hours hooking up the TV, the computer and the phones....wanted to make sure the wires were secured...and that everything was working....before we left yesterday.  Barbara's parents will turn 86 next week....and they are looking forward to being at a place with other people, with three prepared meals a day---and not having to get out and go an get things in the cold, etc.  Her dad can still drive---and they remain very active at church, etc.  We had a good weekend...and Bethany spent her fall break with us---and she was a huge help!

This will be a busy week at BHCC....we have several people who are recovering from surgery or facing surgery this week.  I am actually going to have an MRI on my shoulder---that I injured on the "waterslide" at camp this summer.  That sealed the deal...that I might need to remember my age when it comes to some of the games and activities at BHCC events!

Thursday night will be our annual Elder/Staff dinner.  I say annual---we try to have one each year...but some times we got 18 months to 2 years between these events.  Since October is "Pastor Appreciation Month"---I am trying to schedule this event each year in October.  It should be a fun night.

Usually Frank McCreary is there to share his funny Announcements!  He is a great writer....and usually writes announcements---that are take offs on actuall events involving Brentwood Hills, the staff or the elders.

However, this year his focus will be on his wife Jean.  She was diagnosed a week and a half ago with Stage IV ovarian cancer.  She will begin chemo treatment on Thursday of this week.  Please pray for Jean and Frank and their family.

Well, it is just about my regular getting up I beter post this Journey and get ready ready to head to BHCC for our Sunday services.

Don't forget to sign-up to participate in the 25 Hours of prayer.  You can sign-up on is coming up the first weekend in November.

CPA defeat Lipscomb Friday night and it was a battle of two BHCC football coach...Lipscomb Academy's Glenn McCaddams and CPA Engle Martin.  Engle was reason inducted in a Hall of Fame....

Before his time
Ingle Martin took a long look in the mirror after receiving word that he had been elected to the Furman Athletic Hall of Fame.

“People always told me you’ve got to have a lot of gray hair before you get in a Hall of Fame, so I guess I have enough,” said Martin, who turned 30 in August. “I’ve had quite a few come in over the last couple of years.”

Coaching high school football will do that. Martin, an MBA graduate, is in his second season as coach at Christ Presbyterian Academy after being an assistant at Ensworth in 2010.

After playing quarterback for two seasons at Florida, Martin transferred to Furman.

In 2004 and 2005, he led the Paladins to a combined record of 21-6 and passed for a total of 6,277 yards and 42 TDs.

Martin still holds or shares 16 school passing/total offense records.

After CPA’s game at Whites Creek, Martin and his family drove to Greenville, S.C. for the induction ceremony the next day.

Hot ticket
The annual basketball Battle of the Boulevard between Lipscomb and Belmont is nearly sold out.

Fewer than 500 tickets remain for the Nov. 9 game at Lipscomb’s Allen Arena. Tip-off is 6:30 p.m.

The rivals split last year; both won at home.

They’re in different conferences this year with Belmont in the OVC, but they also will play Dec. 4 at Curb Event Center.

For tickets, call 615-966-4373 or visit

And more news from the friend Woody Hunt from Cumberland University will soon have a book written about him.  Woody was a great friend back in my athletic days at Lipscomb,  The NAIA and the TranSouth Athletic Conference.

Book on Hunt
Cumberland baseball coach Woody Hunt knows a thing or two about winning national championships. In his 34-year career he’s had the Bulldogs in 11 NAIA World Series and won two national championships.

Hunt is known for saying that working toward national championships is like “chasing rainbows.”

So it was a no-brainer for author Michael Kosser, a Cumberland professor, to title his book on Hunt’s life “Chasing Rainbows.”

Hunt was voted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in August, and the 194-page book promises to be a good read.

“Chasing Rainbows” is available at

Reach Mike Organ at 615-259-8021 or

Here are some reading from this morning...and this week.

Men of Integrity

Guys can be weird about feelings. We like to hide our vulnerabilities, the weak spots in our armor. We like to pretend we've got it all together. We like to show off our scars, not our wounds. As a result, we short-circuit the true power of men united.

In this week's readings from No Matter the Cost, Vance Brown says, "If there's one weakness I've seen over the last decade in working with men in the church, it's a lack of unity." Just imagine what we could accomplish in one another's lives if we'd let down our guards and start seeking the unified purpose of growing in Christlikeness. Let's make it happen.

Also this week..from another devotional source...these words...

Let Your Light Shine

 By Mike DeVries

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they might see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16

There is something so inviting about candlelight, is there not? I have a candle in my office at home. Late at night, after the kids go off to bed, I like to sit in my darkened office with only the light of this single candle on. I love how the flame flickers. I love the warm glow that comes from this solitary candle as it offers up a soft amber glow. It’s peaceful. It’s warm. It’s inviting. It makes me slow down and reflect on what is important.

In today’s Scripture, part of what is popularly referred to as the “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus uses candlelight to paint a simple, yet powerful image of Christ-followers as the conduit of God’s warm and life-giving light. Shining this light, according to the passage, is wholly connected to how we live our lives before others.

In living “the light,” we are to put on display a life that is attractive, like the warm glow of a candle as it offers up the hope of something more. What I find fascinating about what Jesus said is that as the result of our “light,” others will glorify God. Apparently letting our light shine is a grace-giving, God-glorifying thing. I wonder, is this what the world enjoys because of Christians letting their light shine? Does our “light” bring joy, peace, grace, and healing? Or does it bring division, hate, judgment, and condemnation? One brings life; the other, death.

If you want a mind-blowing experience, take a week to strike up conversations with people you meet everyday. Ask them what their experience of Christians and Christianity has been like. See if those interactions have brought about life and light or have brought about condemnation and shame. See if they have resulted in a glorifying of God.

May we be the kinds of people who shine the light of hope, the light of love, and grace into a darkened world. And may those who see the light be drawn to it, invited into its warmth

Have a great Journey this week....enjoy the beauty of the fall...the trees looked great yesterday traveling back from East Tennessee!

Brentwood Hills
Church of Christ
5120 Franklin Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37220
Phone: (615) 832-2541
Fax: (615) 832-2583