2017 In Review

2017 has been over for a while now. It was such a crazy year. It hasn’t been the best year for me, but it certainly hasn’t been the worst ever. I am alive and happy!

I did this last year and I really enjoyed it. I want to take a few moments and share a few of my favorite things from this past year.

  • Game of the Year- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. You will easily get lost asking what is over that next hill? What is that on the Horizon? Is that another Shrine on that Island? What an adventurous game! It feels like Zelda and sucks you in like Minecraft. What a world! (Runner-up: Ghost Recon: Wildlands)
  • Book of the Year- Immeasurable by Skye Jethani. An honest look at the current state of the Modern Christian Church. It reflects on ambition, anger, community, consumerism, fame, health, justice, platform, preaching, rest, simplicity, success, vision, and more. Skye examines these issues with honest and thoughtful insight from experience. This is a great barometer for where we are at in our faith. (Runner-Up: The Trellis and The Vine by Colin Marshal and Tony Payne)
  • Movie of the Year- Baby Driver. Fast cars, great music, and interesting characters. This is a fun movie. The way the music and action intertwine is remarkable. This is an incredibly stylish and fun action movie! (Runner-Up: Thor Ragnarok)
  • Show of the Year- Better Call Saul. The performances from the cast just keep getting better and better. This season you really start to see things take that darker turn you knew was coming. The center of it all is the drama of the tumultuous relationship between Jimmy and his brother Chuck. So good! (Runner Up: Mindhunter)
  • Gadget of the Year- Nintendo Switch. I had been gaming less and less as I grew older. Then I got a switch! A console that goes with you where ever you are? Yeah. That is amazing. I spent a lot of time in line waiting to pick up my kids playing Stardew Valley. It is awesome! (Runner Up: Google Pixel 2)
  • Podcast of the Year- Doctrine and Devotion. I learn and laugh during this show. Joe Thorn and Jimmy are incredibly fun together. It is great for Theology Nerds, and those who would just like to learn more about the faith. It comes from a Reformed perspective. Even if that isn’t your thing, it is a good show. (Runner Up: The Movie Proposal)
  • Marriage Moment of the Year-  I can’t really explain it, but December seemed to be a turning point for us. We had a rough year and it just seemed like we both woke up and finished strong. We had more time together over the Holidays than we had anticipated which really helped us just be together more. I am blessed to be with Shelly!
  • Parenting Moment of the Year- I got my 8 year old his first knife. We went to get a steak, watch Thor, and then went to go grab it. We just had a good moment of bonding and interacting. He loves it and is careful with it. I made sure it was easy for him to close/open.
  • Challenge of the Year- I blogged about a few of the changes my family and I were going through. It had been a very challenging year for me and I am glad to be moving on to new challenges!
  • Accomplishment of the Year- I helped lead the Church I was at through a merger with another congregation. It was a great experience in Leadership. Experiences like that have potential to go bad very fast. It was a difficult but satisfying experience when all was said and done!
  • Lesson to carry into 2018- Keep the priorities in check. It did not take much to knock things around and I did not realize it was happening. Looking back I know I wasn’t taking care of myself, my wife, or my Children like I should. I also know I was not focusing on the other projects I was doing as well. I had to be taken back to see what was going on. I started 2018 by intentionally focusing on my priorities.

What About You?

GET OUT OF MY CITY

Get out of my city you voices of hate and chaos.
You spout evil, hatred, discord, and anarchy.
You are not welcome here.
You yell because you are small.
You do not speak for me.
You do not speak for us.
The loud voice of a few is not the voice of my city.

All people are created in His image.
All people were made valuable.
All people were made with dignity.
All people were made by Him, through Him, and for Him.
To deny this for some is to deny His voice, his image, his creation.
To accept this for only those who are like you is evil and always will be.

There is a White Supremacy Rally in my city tomorrow. It is messing with me. It is messing with my city.

Our Children are watching as a school is shut down due to a bomb threat.
Our Children are watching and that hurts me so deeply.
Our City Square is shut down in preparation for what could happen.
Our Police are being targeted as they prepare for the worst.
Our Hotels and Restaurants are overflowing as hate made the drive and settled into this town.
Our City Officials are going above and beyond to get us through this in Unity.
Our Churches are denouncing evil, gathering together, praying, and preparing.
Our Nation is watching.

I can’t imagine how much more it would mess with me if I was of a different race or culture. I can not even begin to understand what you are going through. I want to listen to you. I want to hear your heart. I want to know what I don’t because of my own ignorance.

I know this city is not perfect and we have work to do, but this hate isn’t the voice of Murfreesboro. Ignoring the ignorant is not enough we must stand together. We still have so much work to do.

The worst part about it is this rally is drawing other agents with evil agendas of their own. To stand against one evil we might not realize we are standing with an evil just as sinister.

The evil of chaos.
The evil of anarchy.
The evil of violence.
The evil that uses rage to manipulate.
The evil you don’t see pulling the strings.
GET OUT OF MY CITY.

We need you Lord Jesus.
We need you for this is your city.
We need you to guide us.
We need you to unite us.
We need you to change our hearts completely.
We need you to sift our own hearts to show the racism we might not even see.
We need you to fix us because only you can.
We need you in this City.
We need you because we have much work to do.
We need you.

I need you Lord Jesus.
Fix my broken heart.
Teach me to love my neighbor as you do.
Show me this city through your eyes.
Empower me to give my words to those who need it.
Give me your courage so I might stand for those who are being torn down.

Please pray for my city.
Please pray that this weekend be the beginning of true restoration.
Please pray that this city finds the answer to this hate in the love of Jesus Christ.
Please pray for those hate filled hearts to be changed by Jesus Christ.
Please pray for the safety of those serving this city.

What you can expect round here…

Welcome! I am The Nerd Theist.

There are some who call me… Tim?

In case you might have not noticed I am a huge nerd. I love books, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, movies, TV, and more. I could seriously keep on going.

The other thing you might have noticed is that I take my faith very seriously. I am a Christian and I Pastor a Church here in the beautiful state of Tennessee. I love the Bible, Theology, Christianity, and talking about The Church.

I really am The Nerd Theist… get it? Awesome!

Expect blogs about gaming with my kids, zombie theology, technology in discipleship, and just lessons I am learning being a Pastor. The content from this blog will be all over the place right at first. As I find my voice and hopefully find my flow things will start to come together.

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