Please visit us at www.thehutchesonheadline.blogspot.com. Our journey to Uganda to serve with IJM and seek justice on behalf of the oppressed is moving forward!

 

Dear Reader,

As many of you may have known, my wife – Amber – and I are heading to Uganda in the coming year.

We will be working with International Justice Mission (IJM)

Due to time constraints, I have decided to take a break from blogging on this site. Therefore, I will be refraining from posting on The Drew Review indefinitely. I will, however, be posting quite regularly on the The Hutcheson Headline.

If you read The Drew Review from time to time, I only hope you were encouraged at some point along the way. Similar topics and issues will be discussed on the other already mentioned blog, and it will also give you an opportunity to hear from my dear wife.

Gratefully yours,

Drew

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Proverbs 3 = A Desirable Life

Posted: April 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

I have been convincing myself that in ten simple verses of Proverbs 3 lie a description of a life most people would desire to have. Proverbs 3 is mostly noted for its often quoted fifth and sixth verses. However, if you review the first ten verses and take a keener look at them, you’ll find drawn an outline of a desirable life.

The even numbered verses refer to God’s obligations on behalf of his children. In like manner, the odd numbered verses refer to human obligations toward God.

I will be writing several posts on these ten verses in the days ahead. As I do so, I will be using Bruce Waltke’s Proverbs commentary to help me do so. For this first post, however, I will simply make some observations on these ten verses.

– Verses one and three serve as a direct call to study and memorize the wisdom of God, that is, his word.

– Verse two offsets with a conditional “If” which sets the tone for the subsequent verses. We can infer from this that the reward offered by God for doing what is required is to be found absent if we do not follow through.

– Verses one and three compliment one another again as “loyalty” and “kindness” in verse three serve as examples of the “things” in verse one.

– Verses five and seven compliment each other with a pair of negatives serving as beneficial warnings to trust God, as well as flee evil.

I look forward with excitement to covering these ten verses in the posts to follow. Surely, there is a life to be lived and lived well found in these verses which are filled with divine direction for anyone’s course in life.

Powerlessness

Posted: April 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

Sometimes, a more healthy state one can find themselves in which may produce the most long-term dividends in life is in a state of powerlessness. That is, a state wherein one realizes that which they thought they had control over certain areas of life, they actually had very little. I am finding myself in such a state.

As Amber and I make our way to Uganda, we are doing so as missionaries with Global Outreach. Or, at least, we were doing so as missionaries with Global Outreach. As of now, we are currently still going to Uganda with Global Outreach, but in recent days, there is a strengthening possibility that this may change.

For quite some time, we have been revolving our days around preparing materials with the Global Outreach logo on them and becoming more familiar with Global Outreach. However, we are now waiting to hear back from another organization regarding working with them instead of with Global Outreach. Hence, my state of not having some control over things in life. It has been easy to look to the Lord and ask him what is going on and why this is happening. However, it has been all the more satiating to my soul to look unto the Lord anew and afresh as the God “whose throne is established in the heavens and whose sovereignty reigns over all” (Psalm 103:19). He, and he alone, is in control. This should bring rest, not frustration, to our lives. We will be updating our friends and family regarding this other organization, so long as it comes to pass, and what we will be doing.

Response: “When the world spins crazy, spins wild and out of control spins toward rage and hate and violence, spins beyond our wisdom and nearly beyond our faith, when the world spins to chaos as it does now among us… We are glad for sobering roots that provide ballast in the storm. We pray midst the spinning, not yet unnerved, but waiting and watching and listening, for you are the truth that contains all our spin. Amen.” – Walter Bruuggemann

Is it not interesting how involved celebrities are and how often the church is found uninvolved in the areas of caring for the poor, the vulnerable, and victims of injustice?

Whether it is Angelina Jolie adopting an orphan, Oprah building a school in Africa, the Gates Foundation for World Hunger, or Bono meeting with congressmen, the church is not the only gathering of individuals who take note of the need around the world. Here’s the problem, the former are doing it out of a want to perhaps feel good about themselves, or guilty over having so much money, or to have a philanthropic reputation. Perhaps some of them do send aid to the poor because they hurt in their heart for the vulnerable. Whatever their motive is, it does not excuse the reality of a biblical mandate the church has to reach out to the poor, regardless if theirs millions of dollars in the budget or not.

No, most churches are not comprised of celebrities with millions and millions of dollars. But at the same time, each body of believers corporately together could do a bit more than what is currently being done to meet the litany of needs around the world. Each church could make budget cuts, and conduct their method of ecclesiology to become more missional and more giving. And, admittedly so, there are churches who are giving in abundance to the needs in their community and around the world and not a dash of any of this is being disclosed or published on CNN or Foxnews as it would perhaps be if these churches were full of celebrities.

I think this post is simply a random thought on philanthropy with intention. That intention may be more of a challenge and admonishment. And that challenge and admonishment would be this, to begin learning what are the needs within your community, what are the needs around the world, where do your passions and talents fit in to all of the needs? Or even to begin learning about what the Bible says about the poor and vulnerable, what does the Bible say about justice and our response to it. How about begin by praying and asking God to do a work in your heart, breaking it for the things which break his heart.

Join me in these and together lets learn of the profound needs around us and may we embark on doing something to make a difference because of our God on behalf of others, for the glory of God.

A Prayer for the Week: 02

Posted: March 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

O Lord,

Who is this who has given the sun for light by day, who has fixed the order of the moon and stars for light by night? Who is this who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar – HIS name,  is the LORD OF HOSTS.

Do we not know? Have we yet to hear and dwell upon? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired, His understanding, no one can fathom!

Amidst chaos, we find Christ – Amidst pain, we find Your peace – Amidst disease, we find Your divine sovereignty – Amidst hurting, find Your healing

Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity, and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of your possession? Ha! O Lord, there is none like You! You are great and great is You name in might! You are awe-inspiring in Your sanctuaries and as the God of Israel, You give strength and power to Your people – may You and You alone be praised.

We hear the cry of the world, for “many are saying, who will show us any good?” Lift up the light of Your face upon us, O Lord, for in You alone can we both lie down and sleep in the safety of Your salvation. May we, Your own, go forth this day and always, aiming to keep excellent our behavior that those who are reticent toward us and our God, after seeing our good works, may glorify and turn to You.

You have made glad the soul of Your servants for unto You, O Lord, have we lifted up our soul. You alone stand ready to forgive; You alone are good. Overflowing with compassion and lovingkindness; You, as the supreme Judge, sitting upon Your throne call us to stand up on behalf of Your justice. May we do so with earnest, for the time of need is now and ever growing and great is the need.

Break open our resistant ears to listen to Your Word and guidance and break our hearts for the things which have broken Yours.

Into Your sovereign, saving hand do we commit this hour, this day, and this week. Amen.

 

Amber and I are thrilled to begin our transition to Uganda, East Africa! Some of you may already know of our plans to move to Uganda to serve as missionaries for a couple of years, but for those who do not, we are aiming to leave in January of 2012, if not sooner.

As of now, we have several opportunities which have been offered to us regarding what we may possibly be doing there. Some of which range from teaching as a professor in a seminary to working in an orphanage, pioneering a ministry interest of our own, or coming alongside a Ugandan church and working with them. We are seeing God’s hand open many doors, and now we are seeking His will regarding which opportunity to pursue.

We are not simply moving to Uganda on our own, rather we are going with the wonderful organization Global Outreach International (“GO” for short).  To learn more about GO, you can visit their website at: http://www.globaloutreach.org (see also, http://www.globaloutreach.org/index.php/countries/uganda).

We recently returned from Mississippi (where GO’s home office is located) where we had a week of training. Training it was indeed as we learned a great deal not merely about all that GO does on a global level, but also about what we can expect in working with them. GO is a fascinating organization with a very special, talented, and truly Christ-centered team of individuals who have truly yielded their lives to the furtherance of the gospel. We cannot be more thankful God led us to this organization and that we are serving with them.

As the Lord brings us to mind, will you join in prayer with us even now for the country of Uganda and those whom we will be serving amongst?

We look forward to sharing more with you in the days and weeks ahead. I’m sure we will begin a new family blog which will consistently update others with our progress towards Uganda, as well as ways we can join in prayer together.

“Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD.” – Psalm117


Parenting is a great delight. No, I don’t know if I’m a great dad, nor if I’m doing a good job at this new era in my life, but one thing is certain, I find an indefatigable amount of joy from being a dad and learning how to father.

There is one thing I have learned:  crying, crying, and more crying is not the favorite sound my little guy makes. Especially when he takes the time to cry, but not the time to talk to me and explain why he’s crying! (He’s 4 months old; talking is a little bit non-existent for my young cub.)

Nevertheless, Isaiah’s crying moves me to him, to comfort him, to hold him, to listen to him, to calm him. And it is in doing such that I’ve learned from my son how I am to come to our Father in heaven.

Does not God want us, as His children, to cry out to Him with everything in life? Does not He desire for us to find our comfort in Him, to have our spirit be calmed and find rest and security in Him? One captivating thought to dwell on is the fact that, admittedly so, there are times when I do not want to comfort Isaiah, when I’m tired and am lacking strength at 2 a.m. to go hold him. This is so not like our God. Our God yearns to comfort us, to be there for us. He never tires of comforting His children, His children in whom He delights. As a matter of fact, we bring glory to His name when we come to Him. Thus, as a jealous God, He wants us to come to Him.

Crying out to the Lord is a theme found throughout the entire Bible. Crying of course implies a sense of fear, bewilderment, despair, or even concern for something; crying out to the Lord is simply an act of prayer a form of worship. When we cry out to the Lord, we are implicitly confessing to Him that He is able to deliver us, rescue us from our despair, be there for us, and comfort us. When we cry out elsewhere, we confess the opposite – that God is not sufficient to help us. In Isaiah chapter 8, Isaiah calls his people out saying that they have consulted different people in society, but “should not a people consult their God?” Thus, we can show the world our confidence in God by coming to Him as our refuge, by crying out to Him. Certainly, it could be said that the strength of our belief and reality of our faith could be seen and measured by how much we cry out to God in prayer.

Here are just a handful of verses from the Psalms which pertain to crying out to the Lord. May they encourage us to cry out in prayer to our God and King:

Psalm 5:2 “Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray.”

Psalm 18:6 “In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.”

Psalm 34:15, 17 “The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry… The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles.”

Psalm 145:19 “He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them.”