The stone that the builders rejected

“Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

1 Peter 2:7-10

Peter constantly reminds us that we are the church! That we must take the church as ourselves and live out the church to our neighbors and family. To the people we work with and the people we pass along the streets. We must be the church, not go to church. We must live as the church.

Peter uses the picture of a stone to describe Christ & to imply our own position. If Jesus was rejected, why would we be accepted? If Jesus offended, why should we appease people? If people stumbled at Jesus’ message, should we be surprised that they trip over ours? The answer is no.

God’s grace appears to us as great. It appears as a terror to the unbeliever in an equal magnitude.

I certainly didn’t commit my life to Jesus to “fit in”. If anything (especially these days), being a Christian is much like being a blue line defenseman, getting checked HARD throughout the game without much ability to drop the gloves and enforce (turn the other cheek please). I’m fine with this, I sure don’t want to find out what God’s penalty box is like so I accept the fact that in today’s society, I am one who is looking to be rejected, not going to fit in very well in the world but that’s ok, I know it gets better.

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Hockey Countdown – 77 Days – Happy Birthday Max!

77 days until the puck officially drops in Cedar Park and we celebrate by wishing Maxime Fortunus a happy birthday! Max has long been a staple player for the Texas Stars (since they came to Cedar Park) and I was glad to see him return to this season as well. Here’s to a great day and a great season for Max and the Stars (congratulations on the recent wedding too)!

A little about Max: Maxime Fortunus (born July 28, 1983 in La Prairie, Quebec) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League. Fortunus is one of the only professional hockey players in North America of Haitian descent. His parents were born in Haiti, and emigrated to Canada in the 1970s. (Wikipedia)
HundredDegreeHockey has this to say about Max’s return to the Stars this year: “Fortunus will be a huge veteran presence in the locker room for the Texas Stars, along with Tyler Sloan. The right-handed shot out of Quebec had six goals and fourteen assists last season. With the signing, Texas now has either 7 or 8 defensemen for their roster (depending on whether you want to count Brenden Dillon)”

Other news about Max:

Maxime Fortunus Texas Stars Stat.s

Stars’ Fortunus one of a few black players in pro hockey

Hockey Countdown – 81 Days with #81 Tomas Vincour

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Today’s countdown is brought to you by Dallas Star and sometimes Texas Star, #81, Tomas Vincour. The Czech native was a 5th round draft pick in 2009 with high hopes after glowing scouting reports. Those in attendance at Texas Stars games in 2010 and much of 2011 saw what I consider to be the best of Vincour.

Vincour (wearing #17 in Cedar Park), appeared in 47 games for the Dallas Stars this season, collecting five goals, seven assists and six penalty minutes during the 2011-12 campaign. Given those types of stats, Tomas is going to need to ratchet up his defense to earn a permanent spot in the big D it would seem.

We’ll see what the ’12-13 season has in store for Tomas but I suspect we won’t be seeing a whole lot of him in the CPC. Enjoy watching him while you can, I suspect the AHL conditioning really paid off as his game got consistently better throughout the season.

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Hockey Countdown – 85 Days #RIPJessica

It’s with great remorse and sadness to write this post, but I want to honor a huge hockey fan, sports reporter, daughter, sister and what seems to be an all around illuminated person, Jessica Ghawi (Jessica Redfield, professionally).

I never knew this person and had only seen a few of her tweets as retweeted by some hockey news outlets once or twice before the horrendous shooting in Aurora, CO. But when someone is taken who shares a common interest with the passion and excitement the same as you, it really hits home and makes you both grateful for what you have and wanting to honor this person.

I know Jessica was counting down the days until the NHL season was to start and I wonder if she ever made it over to Cedar Park following the San Antonio Rampage? Regardless, here are a few articles I’ve been pouring over today that remember, celebrate and mourn the life and times of Jessica, may she rest in peace.

Before I share the links that detail the people that Jessica impacted, I’d like to share, from a biblical standpoint, what is helping me deal with such tragedies in this world every single day. I encourage you (whether you have a relationship with God or not) to read this enlightening article: Where is God in Tragedy? | RELEVANT Magazine

Thank you and God bless you all.

A Run On of Thoughts (Jessica’s blog)

Denver Theatre Shooting: Jessica Ghawi | Jordan Ghawi (Jessica’s brother)

A letter to Jessica Ghawi, victim of the Colorado shooting. « Caity Kauffman

NHL writer among dead in Colorado theater shooting – NHL.com – News

Ms. Conduct: It’s everybody’s loss

Finding a Light Amid Darkness, What We Learned From Jessica Redfield | The United States of Hockey

Aspiring sports reporter killed in Colorado shooting, brother says – CNN.com

Jessica Redfield, Aurora shooting victim, remembered by friend – More Sports – SI.com

Fairwell To A Fellow Female Hockey Writer, Jessica Redfield – Bolts by the Bay – A Tampa Bay Lightning Blog

Why Jessica Ghawi Wrote Under The Name Redfield: Moving Stories From The Shooting Victim’s Colleagues

The Official Site of the San Antonio Rampage: Team News

Jessica Gawhi’s mom shares last text from her minutes before she died.

Hockey Countdown – 89 Days!

Hello,
I wanted to start a new blog series counting down the days until the puck drops for the Texas Stars in Cedar Park, TX. I also wanted to use it as an opportunity to allow those that don’t follow all of the Texas Stars news to stay in the loop on who the players, coaches, etc. are this year.

Starting out with this entry, I’d like to introduce a brand new Texas Star, #89: Tyler Sloan! From HundredDegreeHockey.com:

“Tyler Sloan is a 31-year old defenseman, most recently of the Milwaukee Admirals, where he compiled one goal and nine assists in 62 games of service. Sloan has played in the NHL with the Washington Capitals, putting up four goals and thirteen assists over 99 games. Sloan was on a two-year contract to the Capitals from 2010-2012, but had the last year bought out and became a free agent this time last year. He signed a two-way with Nashville and was assigned to Milwaukee.

Sloan has played 467 regular-season games between the AHL and NHL. He also spent some time with the Las Vegas Wranglers under Coach Glen Gulutzan.”

If my calculations are correct, this would make Tyler one of the more veteran hockey members on the team which might earn him the “C” (captain) to wear on his jersey. I would much rather the “C” to go to other, more tenured Texas Stars like Wathier or Morin, but that has yet to be seen. Otherwise, it looks like Sloan will be a welcome addition to the roster and his experience within the ranks will help give the Texas Stars some much needed mentorship and presence out on the ice as they recover from a battered season.

Welcome to the club, Tyler!