Delightful Dallas Retreat Highlights: Sports, Sermons, Food, Friendship.

Howdy Y’all RumBloggers,

My retreat in Dallas was delightful!  Sporting events and concert, seminary retreat and research, sun burns in 80 degrees heat and soul-comfort-food in southern hospitality!  I went with my good friend Brian, who had a conference for the Canadian branch of Compassion International in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  While he was at his Compassion conference, I took in classes and chapels at Dallas Theological Seminary.  The teaching, the weather, the food, the people: they all worked together to refresh my mind.  In the evenings we took in sporting events and Texan foods. Here are some pics, reflections and video from one chapel.

1. Upgraded Spiritual Retreat at Dallas Theological Seminary.

I took in an upgraded serving of excellent teaching through the classes and chapels at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS).  I thank God for the opportunity to listen to and talk with Dr. Bock, Dr. Bingham, Dr. Warren as well as many current and prospective students (Patrick, Jonathan and Jessica, et al.) and staff (Marnie, Josiah, Emily, et al.).  At Friday’s chapel, Chuck Swindoll talked about the importance of cultivating close friendships to survive the loneliness and sorrow of success.  Please watch the embedded video link below.  Many of Chuck’s ideas apply to my life and might do to yours as well.  I appreciate the loyal love of my family, close friends and a few fellow Christians on mission.  You know who you are! I am so thankful to friends who have double my joy and divided my grief.  Brian was a great friend to me during this week.  We had many great talks.  Thanks Brian! I am thankful to my best friend, the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for my sin and rose again to give me eternal life now and forever.  I trust him as my rock and refuge during despair and lament seasons of the past and future.  Jesus is the ultimate friend.

Click here for Swindoll on Friendship:

2.  Upgraded Sporting Events at American Airlines Centre and Cowboy Stadium.

One of the themes of our trip was upgrades. We got upgraded seats at the Dallas Mavericks game (18 rows back from the court) and Stars’ game.  Upgraded seats to the Rodeo at Cowboy Stadium so that we were close enough to get dirt kicked on us by the bulls.  We got upgraded field passes for the Dierks Bentley concert. We got an upgraded hotel room.  We got an upgraded rental car.  Everything is upgraded bigger in Texas!  I hope this won’t be “Dallas” time I get to the Lone Star State. Yehaw, that was refreshing fun!

Father’s Day Success Story: Job’s integrity of faith and worship through pain, suffering and loss

Hey RumBloggers,

Happy Father’s Day!

You may recognize the name “Job” as a Bible character, yet not grasp important lessons about God from his life.

Catch up with the 50 adults who heard my freshest audio sermon by clicking here: June19SuccessStories 2

Comment and share please.

A poem and link about how hearing “Success Stories” every Sunday will inspire you to act more courageously

Hiya Rumbloggers, :)

I wrote you a poem to launch my newest sermon series.

“Success Stories” of faith inspire,

humans who crave volitional fire.

Loyal resilience is a constant test,

Gospel freedom is an active rest!

Bible history honours The Reliant,

who trusted God to make them valiant.

Pilgrims, parents, prophets and peasants;

experienced the profits of God’s Presence.

Father calls us to the Son, with word, by Spirit;

rewarding those who obey Him when they hear it.

What you led them out of, lead us out today!

What you led them into, lead us there we pray!

Click this link to hear the initial, orienting sermon for the “Success Stories” series recorded poorly, but live this past Sunday: SuccessStoriesIntro11June5

Join in at High Park Baptist Church’s Sunday service to focus on some of God’s “Success Stories” that will inspire you AND your friends, family, associates and neighbours. Invite someone to join you.

Remember, God is the real and powerful hero of our “Success Stories”.

A Poem and picture to start my 4th year at High Park Baptist Church

Dear Rumbloggers,

I started serving as Lead Pastor of High Park Baptist Church on June 1, 2008.
Today is the 1rst day of my 4th year.

I’m thankful for the care and commitment that has been shared between many of us over the last 3 years. You have encouraged my faith to be strong, courageous and resilient (Joshua 1:6-9)!

I’ve been trying to prepare a blog post that answers the question, “So how has the first 3 years in Toronto at HPBC been?” Well, many of you who know me would understand the challenge of summarizing three years, such as these ones, in a few paragraphs. So, I took a photo in Muskoka this morning that felt like it summarized some of the key concepts of the past 3 years. I make a few poetic points below the picture.


White cap waves,
Wind under wings.

Green trees thrive along a rugged rock face.
Sun shines as clouds pass along this place.

What will year 4 hold?
What stories will be told?
How much redemptive gold?
What fruit of my love, so bold?

Isaiah 40:27-31

I can share more lessons learned in person sometime this summer. :)

Enjoy this St. Patrick Day Prayer – Christ With Us

Happy St. Patrick‘s Day RumBloggers.  I am about to enjoy a luncheon with our senior’s ministry before returning to message practice, but before that event, I wanted to send you a poem/prayer that is attributed to or inspired by St. Patirck.  I got it from the March 17th entry of a daily devotional book called “Promises to Keep” by Nick Harrison.  I have fond memories of one St. Patrick’s Day when I printed and distributed this poem in the bars on UWO campus one year. Enjoy:

Christ, be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,

Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ on my right, Christ on my left.

Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise,

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me

Salvation is of the Lord,

Salvation is of the Lord,

Salvation is of the  Christ,

May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.

Changing furniture disease into a weights allergy. My 12 Week Challenge at SNAP Fitness.

Dear RumBloggers,

I am about to go for a walk in this damp weather and have a healthy lunch and workout!  Before I do, I wanted to post some recent changes in my health so that you can pray for good results!

After my football career ended over a decade ago, I developed a condition called “furniture disease”. Have you heard of it?  It is caused by chairs and couches and results in my chest falling into my drawers. ;)

At present, I am 2 weeks into a 12 week fitness challenge at my gym –  SNAP Fitness.  It is like a biggest loser competition with prizes and everything that externally motivates us.  We are in teams that train individually, but meet weekly for assessment and discussion.  Motivated by social and spiritual influences, I am ready to rebuild my health and fitness levels as a form of Christian worship, self-respect, and social example.  The program was launched on the Monday after my 33rd birthday! What a perfect time to get fit and work to put my chest back where it belongs! :)  Tonight at 8pm, we have our challenge team meeting. I will show them that my weight is down and my arms are bigger already! Results are motivating!

I think I am developing a new disease called “weights allergy”.  Have you heard of it? I think I am allergic to weights because every time I touch them, my muscles swell up! :) (insert gun show here AIA peeps)

I like the feeling of my “weights allergy” better than the old days of “furniture disease”.

Please pray for my change through this challenge.

My goal of weighing 220lbs on June 6 by focusing on muscle building in two ways.

1) consistently high protein/low carbohydrate diet with lots of water and vitamins.

2) consistently intense power lifting and weights training sessions.

See you at the beach.  Now, can someone point me to the beach? Is it this way or that way?

Sacred Seed 6: Fulfilling the dignified purpose of being human

Good Monday morning Yall, :)

I wanted to tell you how delightful it was to be a part of the beautiful soul care and powerful spiritual ministry among High Park Baptist Church yesterday!  Music, sermon, missionary updates, personal stories, communion, financial offering and prayers.  Wonderful and worshipful stuff!

I spoke about the 6th of 12 Sacred Seeds: fulfilling the dignified purpose of being human.  The purpose of being human is to be reflective icons of God’s character exercising responsible dominion over the rest of creation.  Our Creator King has given all humans, not just Christians, a dignified purpose to fulfill!

Genesis 1:27 (English Standard Version)
26Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

Colossians 1:15 He (Jesus Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Jesus Christ fulfills that mandate from Gen 1:26-27 as the Perfect Representitive, and as the crucified Redeemer and our image Restorer.  He came in full humanity to be the light of the world, then was crucified and resurrected to restore the broken image of God in us, then delegated that light of the world function to the church, the new iconic representative sample of the new and fullest humanity God will consummate at the end of time.

One of my favorite humans is the historical figure named John the Baptist.  His life a human was dignified and fulfilled by bringing maximum attention to the real Jesus in his own unique way.

The moon has no light of it’s own.  It simply REFLECTS the light of the sun into the darkness.

Jesus is the light of the word.  He says that his disciples are the light of the world.

Reflecting God’s character is the purpose of being fully human.
Think of the purpose of a mirror or the moon when you think about being human.  Think about the purpose of Jesus Christ and
John the Baptist when you think about your life as a human.
I made up a little poem in the process of thinking about my sermon on “Humanity”:

The moral of the story, is gaining God glory
The name of Our game, is the fame of his name

There is a commonly known poem that you may have seen around homes and kitchens:
This life is short and soon shall pass,
Only what is done for christ will last!

Thanks to Shereen for ‘Shereen’ these 14 puns with us


Shereen is the lady in the green stripes to my right in the photo above:

She wrote the following to many of the people in the photo above:

I’ m sorry guys, I couldn’t resist. FINALLY a good email passed around at work and I thought of all of you :)

1. The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

2. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.

3. No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.

4. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

5. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

6. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: ‘You stay here; I’ll go on a head.’

7. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

8. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: ‘Keep off the Grass.’

9. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

10. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

11. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says ‘Dam!’

12. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.

13. Two hydrogen atoms meet.  One says, ‘I’ve lost my electron.’ The other says ‘Are you sure?’ The first replies, ‘Yes, I’m positive.’

14. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

Tennis Puns

Adam Rumball The Christian life is like doubles tennis…serving well helps the team win.
That pun is the opening line of my sermon this week thinking of Jacob Miles and Jordan Hoy. Anyone have any tennis puns?

Chad Fairbairn Tennis was first mentioned in the Bible when “Joseph served in Pharaoh’s court…

Vicki Sloat well you can use “love”, “Ace”, “double fault”,

Adam Rumball The “net” effect of our puns is good though!

Vicki Sloat Life is all about how we “rally” back!

Rodger Cleland Tennis was first played in Biblical times – Joseph served in Pharaoh’s court

Tim Henshaw The Christian life is like a game of tennis when the score is Love all

Andrew Hansen Agassi what I can do for you. I’ll give you a few, but tennis my limit. I saw all these posts and wondered what all the racket was, but now I know. Venus the sermon by the way? I hope this sampresses you.

Tim Henshaw will it evert stop? Connor try for a few more if you like. You might be able to Graf them into your message. Arantxa glad you asked?

Tim Henshaw how serena of youto say that

Chad Fairbairn I know everyone will enjoy your sermon…They’ll all have a racket…(sp?)

Adam Rumball “Serving One Another” message walk-thru/rehearsal then small group tonight. Thanks for all the pun help! I was trying to pun with “deuce” but have to leave that for another day!

Adamant PunBlog

43 comments on Facebook resulted punny, creative suggestions for my blog name.  I chose to incorporate the best into the blog, where I can.  Thanks too all who contributed!

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Fear and TRumballing

-rather than apple…’P(r)each CRumball’

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- ScRumballed Eggs

- FRumballing for Words

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Andrew Dow

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Adamant – def; refusing to be persuaded or to change mind

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Deanna McLeod “Actually Adam” and “Original Spin”.

Christine Berube Did “Rumballings” make the cut? I kinda like it. I also like Dee’s idea, Original Spin. ActuallyAdam is good too. There’s my vote!