Pilgrim’s Progress – cartoon version

January 13, 2009

Pilgrim’s Progress, the great classic of English literature and Christian literature.  I’ve found the old cartoon version posted on Youtube.  This cartoon version is very instructive for discipleship and inspirational for persevering in the Christian life.  I encourage you to watch.  It’s in 4 parts and in total is 37 minutes.






Team Hoyt – An Inspirational Story

August 22, 2006

NOTE: I’ve redone the previous posts on Team Hoyt and compiled them into this one. Video are embedded below.

The story of Dick and Rick Hoyt (teamhoyt.com) is not new but one that I’ve only heard and saw a few days ago. I’ve verified the story and it is true. It is more than Chicken Soup for the Soul. It is an illustration of the love of the Father for a lost world and the love of Christ for His Church.

Read what Rick Reilly of Sports Illustrated wrote in a 2005 issue about the Team Hoyt:

I try to be a good father. Give my kids mulligans. Work nights to pay for their text messaging. Take them to swimsuit shoots. But compared with Dick Hoyt, I suck.

Eighty-five times he’s pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in marathons. Eight times he’s not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars — all in the same day.

Dick’s also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back mountain climbing and once hauled him across the U.S. on a bike. Makes taking your son bowling look a little lame, right?

And what has Rick done for his father? Not much — except save his life.

This love story began in Winchester, Mass., 43 years ago, when Rick was strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him brain-damaged and unable to control his limbs. “He’ll be a vegetable the rest of his life,” Dick says doctors told him and his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. “Put him in an institution.”

But the Hoyts weren’t buying it. They noticed the way Rick’s eyes followed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was anything to help the boy communicate. “No way,” Dick says he was told. “There’s nothing going on in his brain.”

“Tell him a joke,” Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns out a lot was going on in his brain.

Rigged up with a computer that allowed him to control the cursor by touching a switch with the side of his head, Rick was finally able to communicate. First words? “Go Bruins!” And after a high school classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the school organized a charity run for him, Rick pecked out, “Dad, I want to do that.”

Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described “porker” who never ran more than a mile at a time, going to push his son five miles? Still, he tried.

“Then it was me who was handicapped,” Dick says. “I was sore for two weeks.”

That day changed Rick’s life. “Dad,” he typed, “when we were running, it felt like I wasn’t disabled anymore!”

And that sentence changed Dick’s life. He became obsessed with giving Rick that feeling as often as he could. He got into such hard-belly shape that he and Rick were ready to try the 1979 Boston Marathon.

“No way,” Dick was told by a race official. The Hoyts weren’t quite a single runner, and they weren’t quite a wheelchair competitor. For a few years Dick and Rick just joined the massive field and ran anyway, then they found a way to get into the race officially: In 1983 they ran another marathon so fast they made the qualifying time for Boston the following year.

Then somebody said, “Hey, Dick, why not a triathlon?”

How’s a guy who never learned to swim and hadn’t ridden a bike since he was six going to haul his 110-pound kid through a triathlon? Still, Dick tried.

Now they’ve done 212 triathlons, including four grueling 15-hour Ironmans in Hawaii. It must be a buzzkill to be a 25-year-old stud getting passed by an old guy towing a grown man in a dinghy, don’t you think?

Hey, Dick, why not see how you’d do on your own? “No way,” he says. Dick does it purely for “the awesome feeling” he gets seeing Rick with a cantaloupe smile as they run, swim and ride together.

This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished their 24th Boston Marathon, in 5,083rd place out of more than 20,000 starters. Their best time? Two hours, 40 minutes in 1992 — only 35 minutes off the world record, which, in case you don’t keep track of these things, happens to be held by a guy who was not pushing another man in a wheelchair at the time.

“No question about it,” Rick types. “My dad is the Father of the Century.”

And Dick got something else out of all this too. Two years ago he had a mild heart attack during a race. Doctors found that one of his arteries was 95% clogged. “If you hadn’t been in such great shape,” one doctor told him, “you probably would’ve died 15 years ago.”

So, in a way, Dick and Rick saved each other’s life.

Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care) and works in Boston, and Dick, retired from the military and living in Holland, Mass., always find ways to be together. They give speeches around the country and compete in some backbreaking race every weekend, including this Father’s Day.

That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the thing he really wants to give him is a gift he can never buy.

“The thing I’d most like,” Rick types, “is that my dad would sit in the chair and I would push him once.”

CAN – I can only imagine



Using the Internet for Good

April 12, 2006

The internet is an incredibly powerful tool for good and for ill. It can be and is used to cultivate covetousness, lust, greed, idleness, idolatry, false teaching, and ungodly friendships and relationships. However, I don’t think the Devil invented the internet. There was sin before the internet and there will be sin after. When used rightly, the internet is an incredible communication and information tool where seemingly limitless resources are available, mostly free of charge (except for the cost of your high speed or dial up connection). However, one must be discerning.

Here are some of my favorite sites:

http://www.monergism.com (a great resource of mostly reformed writings old and new. There is a wealth of information here. This is one of the sites that I visit most. No fluff here, just meat – that is rich and deep sound doctrine).
http://www.reformation21.org (online magazine of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals)
http://www.byfaithonline.com/  (online magazine of the PCA)
http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/bio/contempreform.html  (Hall of Contemporary Reformers, except for one, James White, I have been deeply impacted by all of the men pictured in this website. Click on the caricature to find a wealth of good stuff).
http://desiringgod.org/  (Desiring God, John Piper, the most significant living mentor in my life)
http://www.9marks.org/  (a great resource for pastors and church leaders)
http://www.epm.org/  (Eternal Perspectives Ministries, Randy Alcorn, author of the Treasure Principle and Purity Principle)
http://www.crown.org/  (Stewardship site. Go here and click “Tools” and take the Personality ID, it will take 2 minutes but it is very interesting.)
http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/books/onlinebooks.html  (Free online books – a lot of good old books, but some new ones too)

http://www.eeinternational.org/dykfs/  (Evangelism Explosion evangelism e-tract)
http://www.albertmohler.com/radio_list.php  (Al Mohler’s daily radio program. Insightful commentary on contemporary issues, very biblically informed and interesting).
http://www.pfm.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=BreakPoint1   (Breakpoint, Charles Colson’s commentary)
http://www.churchplantingcenter.com/media/Video/mcquilken.WMV  (an amazing, tear-jerking audio of Robertson McQuilken, who resigned as president of Columbia International University (SC) to take care of his wife who was stricken with Alzheimer’s Disease. See article at: http://www.ciu.edu/articles/livingbyvows/  .
http://www.generousgiving.org/page.asp?sec=39&page=127  (GIVING WARRIORS VIDEO CLIPS. Inspiring stories of people who lived “the generous life”. Very moving and powerful. A MUST WATCH.)
http://www.kids4truth.com/hometwo.asp  (KIDS4TRUTH) very good short animations about CREATION, and many others.

These sites above are not the coolest, cutting edge stuff, but they are all good stuff for your heart, mind and soul. Next time you have some free time, instead of playing internet games or surfing the sports pages, surf the sites above and grow in your knowledge and in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.