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  • Man Dies In Church and Pastor E. Dewey Smith and Church Members Pray Him Back To Life In Jesus Name

    Big Is The New Small
    Scott Williams
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    Seriously, this is a must watch video from this past Sunday at House Of Hope in Atlanta. Pastor E. Dewey Smith is an awesome man of God and I love his example of faith in this video and always. I know him, he’s a friend, this is the real deal and  this is how he rolls in Jesus’ Name. I’d like to warn you if you are watching this in a quiet place or public place (like work or Starbucks) you may find yourself taking a praise break out and start shouting. A couple of highlight moments and statements: They can perform CPR, but only God can give breath. Church Nurse:…
  • Well To Start With, Your Last Theologian Was A Idiot

    The Scriptorium Daily
    Fred Sanders
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    I’ve spent a little time this summer with contractors and plumbers and concrete guys and appliance repairmen, and by “I’ve spent time with” I mean “I’ve been paying.” Like most things that aren’t theology, it has reminded me of theology. There’s a dynamic that occurs whenever you bring in a repairman: He takes a look at the job, figures out the problem, sketches the solution, and estimates the cost. But then another phase of the work, apparently equally necessary, begins: the Cursing of the Previous Contractor(s). Have you noticed this? It…
  • Four Habits of a Happy Heart

    Desiring God Blog
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Today’s happiness is not promised, and it refuses to be assumed. True happiness — the kind that really anchors, satisfies, inspires, and lasts — is not something to be taken for granted. It’s not a reasonable, predictable, effortless expectation, not even heading into the freedom and rest of the weekend. Happiness can be very hard work. If you’re honest, I really don’t have to convince you of that. You’ve tasted too many Mondays, too many Thursdays, even too many Fridays. The reasons happiness is so regularly elusive are the hurdles in our hearts — the sin that still remains,…
  • When You’re Trying to Live Faith & Grace in a Black & White World

    A Holy Experience
    ann
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    When you stand down at the river, the world get’s mighty quiet. Like the mightiness might actually come in the quiet. My Grandmother never told me that – But it’s what I tell the kids a thousand messy times, though they know I’m the one preaching the gospel of it to myself: When you’re worked up, whisper. It’s how God can usher Himself into a place— ask Elijah. It’s best parenting practice. It’s best life-survival practice. When the world gets loud, put your ear down to it and listen — and then whisper. When everyone yells, no one can hear. When the world and you…
  • My new favorite license plate.

    Stuff Christians Like
    Jon
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    I have no proof that the owners of the car I am about to show you are Christians. They didn’t have an official “Jesus fish” or Ichthus on the back. Although, that symbol usually doesn’t mean Christian, it means, “Worst driver ever.” If you’ve never been cut off by a Christian you have never driven in the Bible Belt. I can’t prove they are Christian or homeschool or any number of other things that might qualify them to be a topic on Stuff Christians Like. But they are stuff and I do like them, which means they fulfill 66% of the criteria and if I hit .660 in baseball I…
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    WORLDmag.com

  • New York farmers ordered to host gay weddings

    Sarah Padbury
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    An administrative law judge in New York has found a couple guilty of discrimination because they refused to allow two lesbians to rent their farm for a wedding ceremony. The judge ordered the couple to pay $13,000 in fines and damages and undergo “anti-discrimination” re-education. Robert and Cynthia Gifford own and operate Liberty Ridge Farm, a 100-acre property in Schaghticoke, N.Y., about 20 miles north of Albany. For 15 years, they have operated a family business renting various
  • Web Reads: Is your church building ugly?

    Susan Olasky
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    Glorifying God in buildings. Urbanologist Aaron Renn suggests eight reasons Protestants tend to “place a low value on sacred architecture—resulting in generally poor modern churches.” He ends the piece this way: “In a society that is increasingly abandoning faith, architecture may not be the top concern. But as the Westminster Shorter Catechism says, ‘Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.’ That call is to glorify God in all that we do, not just through
  • Miracle in Atlanta: Ebola patients released

    Andrew Branch
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Doctors at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital declare two American missionaries cured of Ebola
  • Midday Roundup: U.S. tried to rescue ISIS captives earlier this summer

    Lynde Langdon
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    Secret mission. The White House acknowledged yesterday that it tried and failed to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held by ISIS earlier this summer. The U.S. military airdropped special operations forces into Syria for the secret mission, but the troops did not find the hostages where they thought they would. The Wall Street Journal reported that ISIS had demanded a $132.5 million ransom from Foley’s family during his captivity. ISIS released a video Tuesday of
  • Worth a punch in the nose

    Andrée Seu Peterson
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    I went to Michael’s funeral yesterday, and it was the highlight of my day. Michael was 51, and his brother Herman and sister Sue will miss him, but I believe they too were joyful even in sadness. Complications from diabetes finally took Michael out of this world, but the disease of the devil was not fast enough to overtake the plan of God in his life, and death became merely a doorway straight to heaven. Herman stood up and read to a packed room from John 1 about how the first thing
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • When You’re Trying to Live Faith & Grace in a Black & White World

    ann
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    When you stand down at the river, the world get’s mighty quiet. Like the mightiness might actually come in the quiet. My Grandmother never told me that – But it’s what I tell the kids a thousand messy times, though they know I’m the one preaching the gospel of it to myself: When you’re worked up, whisper. It’s how God can usher Himself into a place— ask Elijah. It’s best parenting practice. It’s best life-survival practice. When the world gets loud, put your ear down to it and listen — and then whisper. When everyone yells, no one can hear. When the world and you…
  • When Life is Short & the World Feels Mad

    ann
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    The woman with her head shorn and worn bare like a polished pearl, she sits at the window. At the window at the back of the house by the trees, where the light found her through the willing leaves, and she sits and lets the needles in her hands, hour after hour, knit right into the expanse of God. You could see her cracked lips murmuring with every stitch. Gentle Jesus, hold the earth… Gentle Jesus, hold the burning places and the bleeding places and the busted places Gentle Jesus, tell us we have not fallen off Your cosmic radar… knit, pearl, knit, knot string, untangle the earth.
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [08.16.14]

    ann
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    You really need to come exhale. Because maybe we all have a mini-me in our own way?  Whoever heard of such cardboard stories? {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of the left margin?} This (!!) is the chain effect that miraculously happens when we #betheG.I.F.T. Sometimes you just have to walk through that door: Take a leap of faith Get’s me hard every time: How to Really Send the Kids Back to School & Out Into the World Smiling – gather the kids? {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of the left margin?}…
  • How to Really Send the Kids Back to School & Out into the World

    ann
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    You talk with a police officer on your last Sunday. Your last Sunday still living at home —  after the Preacher had said his Amen 10 minutes before noon, you walk up to one of the guys milling around with these smooth stones of small talk out in the chapel foyer – and you up and ask the cop how to shine a pair of shoes. There are people who find small talk unbearably soul shrinking. That would be you. “Just exactly how do you do the spit and polish of your shoes — like the mirror polish.” And you motion with your hand like you’re polishing that mirror and I see clearly…
  • What the Church & Christians Need to Know About Suicide & Mental Health

    ann
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Dear Church, Cancer can be deadly and so can depression. So can the dark and the shame and the crush of a thousand skeletons, a thousand millstones, a thousand internal infernos. We could tell you what we know. That — depression is like a room engulfed in flames and you can’t breathe for the sooty smoke smothering you limp — and suicide is deciding there is no way but to  jump straight out of the burning building. That when the unseen scorch on the inside finally sears intolerably hot –  you think a desperate lunge from the flames and the land of the living seems the…
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    Stuff Christians Like

  • My new favorite license plate.

    Jon
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    I have no proof that the owners of the car I am about to show you are Christians. They didn’t have an official “Jesus fish” or Ichthus on the back. Although, that symbol usually doesn’t mean Christian, it means, “Worst driver ever.” If you’ve never been cut off by a Christian you have never driven in the Bible Belt. I can’t prove they are Christian or homeschool or any number of other things that might qualify them to be a topic on Stuff Christians Like. But they are stuff and I do like them, which means they fulfill 66% of the criteria and if I hit .660 in baseball I…
  • 29 ways to plan the ultimate Christian Wedding.

    Jon
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is a picture of a picture from my wedding. We didn’t take it with a camera phone because they didn’t exist at the time. Though it’s not throwback Thursday, I thought I would share both proof I used to have brown hair and a post I wrote about how to plan the ultimate Christian wedding. I know a lot about weddings. I used to write advertising for a company that specialized in rental tuxedos. One of my jobs was to answer all the emails that people sent to a fictional girl called “Jenny.” So on any given day I was emailing wedding advice to anxious would be brides about…
  • Cynicism is a shield. Hope is a hammer.

    Jon
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is a verse I started carrying in my pocket last week. Here are a few things I think about it. 1. “Taste,” seems like an invitation or a dare. I dare you to try. I dare you to believe for just a second. To not get wrapped up in every bad experience you’ve had with fake Christians or mean churches or any of the clutter that can accompany Christianity. Just taste. 2. “see that the Lord is good,” is one of the hardest things for me to believe sometimes. In my head I know it. I believe he is good, but there are days when I struggle to accept that. To rest in…
  • How to Hillbilly Up a Worship Song.

    Jon
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    A few weeks ago, I made fun of my friend Sojourner because he wore a tiger shirt on stage. I teased him because I was jealous that he could pull off a shirt with a full tiger face with no degree of irony. He is simply that cool. He didn’t even reference the shirt during the announcements he was reading from stage. I am not nearly that cool. Even saying the phrase “Snapback” in reference to a hat seems like something I am not cool enough to do. In retaliation, he bought me a shirt, the majesty of which is probably going to explode your computer. I have named it “Freedom,” here it is:…
  • Well actually, the Sabbath is Saturday.

    Jon
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s hard to believe that the World Cup is almost over. Soon we’ll have to say goodbye to loads of games, exciting international play, and … the friend who tells you to call it “football” not “soccer.” I love this friend, but only if they call the NFL, “American football.” And they better call the field “the pitch” and be able to name a player other than Ronaldo. If you’re going to chastise me for saying the word “soccer” which is Greek for “seriously, why are we arguing about this over a veggie plate at a…
 
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    Acton Institute

  • The Holy War on Corporate Politicking

    Acton Web
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    by Rev. Robert A. Sirico The religious left's long-running campaign to silence those with different views has moved aggressively into corporate boardrooms. CEOs and directors of public companies are being hectored by social justice activists to abandon lobbying and other political activities. You might also like... Defending the Free Market read more
  • Symposium on Common Grace in Business

    nick.porter
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    Keynote Conference Speakers Breakfast Keynote Speaker: Dr. Peter Heslam-- Dr. Heslam is Director of Transforming Business, a multi-disciplinary research and development project on enterprise solutions to poverty at Cambridge University. He has established an international reputation for work at the interface between ethics, business, society, and culture. Dinner Keynote Speaker: Dr. Richard Mouw--Dr. Mouw is an American theologian and philosopher. He is the former President of Fuller Theological Seminary, a position he held for 20 years. He is currently the Professor of Faith and Public Life…
  • Immigration: A Principled Catholic Approach Avoids Emotionalism

    Acton Web
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    by Samuel Gregg For weeks now, Americans’ eyes have been fixated upon the humanitarian disaster unfolding on our southern border, as some of the least among us seek to enter the United States without permission from what is, after all, a sovereign nation. We’ve also witnessed outpourings of raw fury as Americans, including many Catholics, vent their frustration with the federal government and Congress, due to the economic and political dysfunctionality bred by the failure of our immigration laws. You might also like... Tea Party Catholic read more
  • Walking on Water: A Journey of Faith and Art with Makoto Fujimura

    nick.porter
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    Admission $20 Individual, $10 Full-Time Students Schedule 6:30 pm--Doors Open and Registration. Wine, Cheese, and Appetizer Reception. Cash Bar will also be available. 7:00 pm-- Lecture and Q & A with Makoto Fujimura who will speak on "Walking on Water: A Journey of Faith and Art". 8:00 pm--Post-Lecture Reception, Meet & Greet, and Book Signing with Makoto Fujimura. Space is limited--register now! To register or for more information regarding this event, please email Sarah Stanley at sstanley@acton.org or call 616.454.3080. Event Date:  September 23, 2014 - 6:30pm8:30pm…
  • Heretics and Heresies, New and Old

    Acton Web
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    by Hunter Baker You may not have realized it, but Tony Dungy is a heretic.  Does the former football player, coach and now TV analyst hold beliefs that are considered heretical by his fellow Christians?  No.  But his recent doubts about Michael Sam as an NFL player (you’ll recall Sam as the All American college athlete who has publicly announced that he’s gay), caused Dungy to be viewed as a heretic by members of another sect that is gaining adherents at a rapid pace.read more
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    Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Sermon-Cast

  • Start Again

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:51 pm
    This weekend, John launches our new series, "Start Again" taking a look at how God can have doors already open for us, and also talks about the direction MPPC is headed in the coming months.Featured Scripture:Revelation 3:7-8, 1 Corinthians 15:3-5Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • BEST OF SERMONS: A Discussion With N.T. Wright

    3 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Due to copyright issues with the movies we are using for our Summer at the Movies series, we will be posting a selection of some of the best MPPC sermons from years past.May 4, 2014N.T. Wright, the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the leading Bible scholars of our day. Here we engage in a dialogue with Professor Wright, considering some of the most difficult questions we face when it comes to understanding and living a Christian faith in the modern era. Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or…
  • BEST OF SERMONS: Who Was This Guy? - "Forgiveness"

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Due to copyright issues with the movies we are using for our Summer at the Movies series, we will be posting a selection of some of the best MPPC sermons from years past.John preaches to us from Matthew 5 & 6 about the power of forgiveness and relates it to a powerful story of how one woman was able to forgive in the most horrible of circumstances. Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • BEST OF SERMONS: w/God: "A Dallas Willard Conversation"

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Due to copyright issues with the movies we are using for our Summer at the Movies series, we will be posting a selection of some of the best MPPC sermons from years past.February 24, 2013This weekend John Ortberg and Scott Scruggs discuss some highlights from the 2013 Dallas Willard Center Conference that took place in Santa Barbara this past week, looking at some amazing insights from Dallas Willard on topics like Confession, Spiritual Formation and much more. Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or…
  • BEST OF SERMONS: From Here to There: "OUT"

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Due to copyright issues with the movies we are using for our Summer at the Movies series, we will be posting a selection of some of the best MPPC sermons from years past.September 22, 2013John continues our series, "From Here to There" looking at the OUT component of the UP-IN-OUT church model, and what it takes to go out and be a blessing from God to others. Featured Scripture:Genesis 1:21-22;28, 12:2-3, 18:8, 22:18, 26:4, 28:14, Luke 4:18, Mark 2:17, Galatians 3:8, Matthew 28:18-20Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or…
 
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    Brian McLaren EMC

  • Going to Greenbelt ...

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    Folks in the US are learning about the Wild Goose Festival (if you don't, check it out here). It was modeled largely on Greenbelt, a huge and wonderful festival in the UK. That's where I'll be for the next several days. Looking forward to seeing many of my UK (and US, and other) friends there!
  • A "spiritual but not religious" reader writes … I don't consider myself a Christian, but I love Jesus

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    A reader writes: I recently finished your book "The Secret Message of Jesus" and I wanted to send you a short "thank you" note. I really enjoyed this book. As a "spiritual but not religious" person it was really refreshing to hear a pastor look a little deeper at the life of Jesus. Although I don't consider myself religious or Christian I have loved Jesus since I met him in Sunday School as a child. There's something wonderfully intriguing about him and his teaching. And I think you hit the nail on the head when you talk about his teaching style being intentionally vague. He wants to draw you…
  • This month -

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    over on my Facebook page, I've been posting a poem a day. Yesterday, lots of readers posted their favorite poems, or an original poem. It's really worth checking out: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brian-D-McLaren/65814657989
  • A Reader Writes: Not all of us hate and condemn

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:19 pm
    A reader writes: I am sorry that the convictions of many whom you love as brothers and sisters in Christ demean your love for your son and the love he has for his partner. There are Christ followers outside your circle who care about the pain the LGTB community endures at our hands. I am sure you receive an overwhelming number of emails so I hesitated sending this one, but thought maybe you needed an encouraging email. Not all of us hate and condemn. Thanks so much. I take this encouraging email to heart. Many of the people who oppose LGBT equality do not do so because of hate. They simply…
  • Bible wrapped in a flag? You've got to be kidding?

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    OK. You'll think I'm making this up. But I'm not. I got this email recently: I am Cristy from BreakinThru, the publisher of God’s Glory™ Bible - a beautiful, heirloom-quality, a limited First Edition King James Version Holy Bible that is wrapped in stars and stripes. After six years and an incredible response on social media – we have over 500k fans just this last year - it is released and ready for delivery. We did quite a bit of research looking for bloggers to partner with, and not only did we enjoy your blog Brian McLaren, we feel like you are a great fit. We would love to send you…
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    byFaith

  • The Ascension

    Staff
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Forty days after rising from the dead, Jesus issued some final instructions to His disciples and ascended into heaven (Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:1-11). While Christians universally confess this strange event as an article of their faith (Apostles’ Creed; Nicene Creed; Westminster Confession of Faith 8.4; Westminster Larger Catechism Q. 53), the exaltation of Jesus to God’s right hand generally drops off our radar from there. Most struggle to understand the meaning of Jesus’ ascension, much less its practical import for daily life as His disciple. So what is the Ascension about? Was Jesus…
  • Skip Ryan Confesses Drug Abuse, Resigns from Park Cities

    Staff
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Skip Ryan of Park Cities Presbyterian Church (Dallas, Texas) just tendered his resignation as assistant pastor after confessing to drug abuse. Ryan admitted in a letter he recently penned to the congregation that although he had abused narcotics prior to mid-2006, he had experienced sobriety for seven and a half years after that. This April, he relapsed. An overuse of the medicine Tramadol led him back toward narcotics, he admitted. “Instead of dealing with this relapse responsibly, I allowed it to continue and grow. Further, I obtained medicine inappropriately and wrongfully. In doing so,…
  • The Case for Eating Compassionately

    Staff
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. — Genesis 9:2 If there is any commandment of God that humanity has generally obeyed, surely it must be the directive to “be fruitful and multiply.” The United States Census Bureau estimates that there are currently 7.2 billion of us alive on earth, a number that grows by more than one person per second. From the beginning, eating has held tremendous spiritual significance…
  • Angel in the Gap

    Larry Hoop
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    August 15, 2014 I was traveling in Australia when I heard the news about Robin Williams—actually in a text message from my wife. “Robin Williams committed suicide.” The media treatment is full of praise, full of memories, and full of sadness. Everyone is secretly thinking, “How could a genius of laughter on the outside, be filled with the swirling darkness of despair on the inside? Didn’t he have it all—money, fame, women, big houses, big cars. Everything anyone could want? Everything I could want?” I didn’t know about Williams’ suicide when I…
  • Wealth, Poverty, and Human Flourishing

    Staff
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    Centuries after Marie Antoinette lost her head to French revolutionaries, millions still believe she once proclaimed, “Let them eat cake.” This, it is wrongly believed, was the queen’s response to the poor who complained about their lack of bread. The myth persists for the same reasons that the issue of income inequality resonates with so many today. People despise the excesses of the rich, particularly when those who feast seem to disregard those who scrounge for stray crumbs. And people resent the injustices that still oppress the poor, though the types and degree of oppression may be…
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    From the CCblogs Network

  • Putting Christ back in Christianity

    Evan D. Garner
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “That preacher is the next Billy Graham!” an excited worshipper said after hearing a young clergyperson deliver a powerful, heart-wrenching sermon.“He’s a prophet—a new Martin Luther King!” a member of the crowd exclaimed after listening to the brilliant oratory of a rising star who called for justice. read more
  • Brain states

    Ryan Dueck
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Religious fanaticism is, regrettably, front and center in our collective consciousness again in this the summer of bad news. Whether it is Iraq or Israel/Palestine or other places around the globe, many people are quick to point to the role that religion plays in stoking the flames of violence and hatred. And whenever there is violence associated with religion in the news, we can expect to see articles like “The god effect” over at Aeon magazine. read more
  • Prayer and poetry

    Diane Roth
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I'm not that good at either one.I know, this is an odd confession for a pastor to make. You don't like to hear your pastor saying, "I'm no good at praying." And don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't pray. It's just that I am apt to compare myself with people who seem to be able to go on and on, pray aloud for hours with no notes. read more
  • A different assumption for today

    Laura Kelly Fanucci
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today is the Feast of the Assumption. The Catholic Church teaches that at the end of Mary’s life, she was assumed into heaven, body and soul. read more
  • Suicide, sin, and modern tribalism

    Steve Pankey
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It has been a couple of years now since a man pulled his car diagonally across the busiest intersection in south Baldwin County at AL-59 and US-98, got out, took a seat on top of the trunk, and, in broad day light, shot himself in the head. Traffic was backed up for hours as locals tried to figure out what had happened to shut down the road. read more
 
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    Commonweal Magazine

  • Something to think about

    Margaret O'Brien Steinfels
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    A poster, Freddie deBoer, at Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish has come under fire for not being even-handed in the Israel-Palestine debate. He has decided to take some time off, he says, but before he goes he has posted a short reflection on what "balance" might mean and what is required to strike a true balance. Here is a piece of what he was to say:
  • Ferguson Divides Us Less Than We Imagine

    E. J. Dionne Jr.
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    African-Americans are not alone in being horrified by the killing of Michael Brown. They are not alone in their concern over the police’s behavior. And there’s evidence that a large number of white Americans have still not fully formed their views on this tragedy. This means that how we discuss and debate the events in Ferguson, Mo., in the coming weeks really matters.
  • The Curious Case of Carlos Urrutigoity (II)

    Grant Gallicho
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Read part one here. “Dream with us,” read a 1999 Society of St. John promotional mailer, “of a small city with winding streets scattered with warm homes, fields with children playing, an amphitheater with drama and music, a schoolhouse and markets.” The city has a “magnificent church,” where daily “the bells call the families up the hill” for Mass, and a college, where students receive “the best of Catholic education.” This place—dreamed up by the Society of St. John and its founder, Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity—would stand as a beacon of “healthy civil life in our…
  • Remembering James Foley

    Robert P. Imbelli
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    After his release from his first captivity in Libya James Foley wrote this letter to his alma mater, Marquette University. He said:
  • The statehouse probes: Perry, Christie and Cuomo

    Paul Moses
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has given over his fingerprints and smiling mug shot, and his lawyer calls the case against him “an attempt to criminalize politics”—that is, Perry’s hardnosed style of politics, which involved cutting off funds to a prosecutor who investigated his administration. Indeed, there is a school of thought that prosecutors have been criminalizing political maneuvering in many places. In New Jersey, the U.S. attorney has a grand jury investigation into whether Gov. Chris Christie knew about his aides’ “Bridgegate” tactics (among other things). And the U.S.
 
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • Watch Children Get Sponsored in Real Time!

    Web Team
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    What if we could show, in real time, the impact of child sponsorship?   That’s the question that launched an interactive new webpage called the Child Sponsorship Board. Unveiled last month on Compassion.com, this live feed begins with a blank page each day that updates in real-time with the pictures of children who have just been sponsored online.     It’s really quite addicting.   Beginning at 12:00AM (mountain time) every day, the Child Sponsorship Board comes to life with a picture of a sponsored child, a timestamp for when they were sponsored, and the first name…
  • Team Compassion Rides in the Courage Classic

    Web Team
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    On Saturday, July 19, 10 Team Compassion cyclists participated in the 25th annual Children’s Hospital Colorado Courage Classic, a nearly 200-mile bike ride to raise funds and awareness for the Denver Children’s Hospital Foundation. Together, the team raised $6,220 — advocating for kids through their personal interests.   “There is nothing like doing what you love with a team of others with the same passion while being able to promote a mission like Compassion,” says Matt Lindell, a Compassion employee.   From upper left to right: 
James Hansen, Mark…
  • Ebola Outbreak in Africa: Our Response

    Web Team
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Update (08/12/14): The map in this post has been updated to reflect the most current information available. With the recent outbreak of Ebola in West African countries, many sponsors have been asking if their children are safe.   First and foremost, no Compassion children or staff have been directly affected. Still, we are taking precautionary measures to protect our children and staff should the outbreak spread into the countries where we work. If your Compassion-sponsored child has been impacted we will contact you directly.   “Compassion is working with country health officials…
  • Letter Writing Inspiration

    Yvonne Reynolds
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Growing up in extreme poverty, our sponsored children hear so many lies that leave them feeling they have no hope of ever escaping the poverty they live in. But as Compassion sponsors, we have the opportunity to pour love into the lives of these children with encouraging and uplifting words in every letter we mail to them. The words in our letters can make a difference. We don’t necessarily need to send a long, lengthy letter each month. Just a simple note to tell your sponsored child that you love him, that you are praying for him, and that you know God is watching over him. So this month,…
  • Team Constellation: Take 2

    Susan Sayler
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    You got to know some of the amazing men and women of Team Constellation last year. Since you fell in love with them, let’s now dig a bit deeper into how and why this special team exists at Compassion. What is the purpose of this new team? Rich VanEaton, the director of the Compassion U.S. contact center, shares his vision for Team Constellation: “We had a concern for many years about our lack of redundancy in providing service to sponsors through the contact center. It had also been a dream at Compassion to find ways to provide more jobs to adult graduates of our program. We also had been…
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  • 5 Distinctions Of A Next-Level Leader

    Scott Williams
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    There are many different thoughts or definitions of what a Next-Level Leader is or what pairing those two words together actually means. In this post I will provide my personal definition of what a Next-Level Leader is, in addition to identifying 5 Distinctions of A Next-Level Leader. The definition of a Next-Level Leader is this- A leader that not only elevates their personal leadership to the Next-Level, but elevates the leadership of their team members, peers, their organization and competition to the Next-Level. They challenge the status quo and elevate elevate the level of performance…
  • Man Dies In Church and Pastor E. Dewey Smith and Church Members Pray Him Back To Life In Jesus Name

    Scott Williams
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    Seriously, this is a must watch video from this past Sunday at House Of Hope in Atlanta. Pastor E. Dewey Smith is an awesome man of God and I love his example of faith in this video and always. I know him, he’s a friend, this is the real deal and  this is how he rolls in Jesus’ Name. I’d like to warn you if you are watching this in a quiet place or public place (like work or Starbucks) you may find yourself taking a praise break out and start shouting. A couple of highlight moments and statements: They can perform CPR, but only God can give breath. Church Nurse:…
  • Great Leadership Cultures Are Willing To Challenge “The King” and Great Leaders Want To Be Challenged

    Scott Williams
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    In all my years of leadership/followership and from my experience providing leadership consulting, I have come to realize that Great Leaders and Great Leadership Cultures are willing to Challenge ‘The King.”  I’m not talking about challenging King LeBron James to a game of 1 on 1. I’m referring to “The King” as the Big Boss, The CEO, The Department Chair, Team Leader, The Senior Pastor, The President… The Senior Leader that’s making the decisions, ‘The King.” What generally happens in an organization is that “The…
  • STOP Only Looking For The Mountaintop Celebration

    Scott Williams
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    Often times people look for the big hoorah and the mountaintop celebrations. They want the big win, a chance to celebrate, an opportunity to look up and see progress in the rearview mirror. We must learn to celebrate in the valleys, the flatlands and the moments where success appears to be only a thought, a hope, a wish and a dream. Dreams are always within an arms reach of those who understand how to celebrate each and every step along the journey. STOP Only Looking For The Mountaintop Celebration is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • 10 Reasons People Will Follow A Leader Anywhere

    Scott Williams
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    We have all worked for various types of leaders with various types of leadership gifts; however every once and awhile we get to work for that leader whom we would follow anywhere. One of the ultimate compliments an employee can pay to their leader is “I would work for you or follow you anywhere!” This doesn’t mean that it’s all about that leader, it simply means that particular employee was bought into how that leader carried the organizational vision and how that leader impacted them personally. I have personally made that statement to a leader that I have worked for…
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  • Power, Police, and Another Shooting

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    About 12:30 PM Tuesday, 25-year-old Kajieme Powell was shot and killed by two police officers in Saint Louis, just north of Ferguson, Missouri, apparently after robbing a convenience store. The shooting was caught on video. This video portrays the painful paradox of how a casual moment suddenly, before you can prepare your heart, becomes a moment of terror and death. The crisis begins and ends in seconds. In the explosive milieu of the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown on August 9, it intensifies the focus on how police use their guns. For over thirty years, I have lived in perhaps the…
  • Four Habits of a Happy Heart

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Today’s happiness is not promised, and it refuses to be assumed. True happiness — the kind that really anchors, satisfies, inspires, and lasts — is not something to be taken for granted. It’s not a reasonable, predictable, effortless expectation, not even heading into the freedom and rest of the weekend. Happiness can be very hard work. If you’re honest, I really don’t have to convince you of that. You’ve tasted too many Mondays, too many Thursdays, even too many Fridays. The reasons happiness is so regularly elusive are the hurdles in our hearts — the sin that still remains,…
  • Sanctified Name-Dropping

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    In Jesus’s name, amen. We often tack this phrase onto the end of our prayers out of habit. Perhaps because of our Christian conditioning, or maybe because it signals that we’ve finished our turn in group prayer times, we regularly repeat this phrase, but do we really think about its significance? Praying in the name of Jesus is no formality. We approach God in prayer through Jesus because Jesus is the grounds upon which God chooses to hear us. Jesus talks to his disciples extensively about prayer in John 16, preparing his followers for not only his death, but his post-resurrection…
  • College Doesn’t Change Your Heart, It Reveals It

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Every summer the same thing happens to my inbox. I open it to find a steady stream of emails from concerned parents, youth pastors, and older siblings, asking me to check in on so and so when they get to campus in August. They all want the same thing: to see their beloved 18-year-old get involved with our ministry on campus and growing in their faith. The problem is that more times than not, this isn’t exactly what the beloved 18-year-olds want for themselves. What do they want? That’s the question I’ve asked myself for the last eight years doing campus ministry. The question itself…
  • The Essential Secret of Preaching

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    In John Stott’s classic work Between Two Worlds, he writes: In a world which seems either unwilling or unable to listen, how can we be persuaded to go on preaching, and learn to do so effectively? The essential secret is not mastering certain techniques but being mastered by certain convictions. In other words, theology is more important than methodology. (92) This quote captures what I’m trying to do as a pastor and preaching professor, equipping younger ministers of the word. Ordering the Passion Many assume that preaching profs are either highly focused on technique and style, or that…
 
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  • What makes oak so good for furniture?

    Thomas
    3 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    If you’re thinking of investing in some new furniture, chances are oak has crossed your mind. And with good reason – oak furniture never goes out of style and has the power to really add something to your home, so we thought we’d take a look at just what makes oak the ideal material for furniture. Here are just a few reasons we’ve come up with:    Durability. When you choose solid oak you know you’re getting quality, and that means you’ll have furniture that will stand the test of time. Oak is a highly durable wood and can withstand the pressures of modern life with ease,…
  • Significance of HVAC Training

    Thomas
    18 Jun 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Technical education is immensely important for guaranteeing job prospects and financial footing to a technically educated individual. HVAC Training is meant to equip students to contribute effectively in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration industry. Dynamic changes in the industry require trained personnel to keep up with the developments and fulfill popular demands. Hence, the significance of HVAC Trainingwould always be mention worthy. The training imparts breakthrough knowledge on the advancing technologies and prepares the individuals for challenging career in…
  • Relocating For Your Job: Four Ways to Make the Transition Easier

    Annabelle
    28 Jun 2013 | 10:38 am
    Relocating for a job has its ups and downs. On the upside, you will gain a fresh perspective on life as well as gain the ability to take part in things will expand your professional growth. On the downside, you will have to pack everything you own and move to a new location, leaving behind friends and family. To make the process as smooth as possible, keep in mind the following tips. Tip One: Understand Your Employer’s Tax Liability When it comes to relocating for your job, understand your employer will most likely be responsible for paying your moving expenses. Everything from house…
  • Why is it Important to Keep Dangerous Goods Locked Away?

    simonhopes
    28 Jun 2013 | 12:22 am
    Although the title may sound really silly because of its obvious answer. However, there still exist a huge section of the population who still think that huddling hazardous products just about anywhere can be a good idea. It is completely understandable that people don’t think that it is a very wise idea to spend heavily in buying dangerous goods storage cabinets; however that is an investment that can save you a lot of money and pain in terms of health issues. Products for safety There are many different kinds of products available in the market towards safety. So basically from a safety…
  • Finding furniture for the office to blend in at home

    della89
    27 Jun 2013 | 11:14 pm
    Many people do some work at home, either through choice or sometimes necessity to stay on top of your workload. Either way, working from home can easily take over your house if you have not created a designated home working space. Unsightly clutter can gather and your home no longer feels like one. Tips for creating a good home working space If you are lucky and have the space, you will be able to dedicate an entire room to office space. A separate office / study is easy to keep contained, even if you are untidy; you can just shut the door on it when work is done! If space is an issue, you…
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  • In the Wake of Heroic Theology

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:02 pm
    In 2004 Avery Dulles was asked by Commonweal magazine to respond to a disputed question: “How Catholic is the Catholic Theological Society of America?” The impetus was Cardinal Bernard Law’s charge that the CTSA, the largest and most prestigious association of Catholic theologians in the United States, had become little more than a “wasteland” of dissent against official Church teachings. The Boston Cardinal was provoked by a recent report issued by the Society on the possibility of ordaining women to the priesthood. Despite being a direct challenge to millennia of Church…
  • Recognizing American Saints

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Most attention-paying U.S. Catholics are aware of the beatification causes for Archbishop Fulton Sheen and Catholic Worker co-foundress Dorothy Day. Five more causes, currently in the works, illustrate the rich diversity of American Catholicism and the extraordinary ways in which the Holy Spirit enlivens “heroic virtue”—the mark of a saint. The Servant of God Vincent Capodanno, M.M., was born on Staten Island and ordained for Maryknoll in 1957. After seven years of missionary service in Taiwan, he volunteered for the Navy Chaplain Corps and was posted to the 1st Marine Division in…
  • The New Nonconformist Conscience

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Mozilla’s Brendan Eich, the Miami Dolphins’ Don Jones, HGTV’s Benham brothers: 2014 has been a good year for those seeking to enforce the new moral orthodoxy by depriving others of their livelihood. It’s bad enough to see people joining these bandwagons without pausing to reflect on the dark side of such feeding frenzies, but even more dispiriting are those who argue, in the cold light of their own reflection, that such tactics are righteous. Josh Barro of the New York Times is the latest media figure to have endorsed vigorous online shaming. He wrote that “Anti-LGBT attitudes are…
  • Dante’s Heavenly Idealism

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The great French historian Jacques Le Goff credited Dante with doing more than any theologian to make purgatory a meaningful part of Christian tradition, and, more recently, Jon M. Sweeney has argued that Dante practically invented the modern idea of hell. Whatever the merits of these claims, I would like to suggest that Dante exercised a similar influence on the Christian understanding of heaven—and that this influence is not what Dante’s many modern devotees might suspect. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that Dante contributed decisively to the disappearance of heaven in modern…
  • Is It Legal—or, Who’s the Victim?

    17 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    One of the more intractable aspects of sexual politics today for conservatives and traditionalists is the emergence of the courtroom as the setting for policy and practice. Even when they have a democratic majority, not to mention centuries of sexual-marital mores on their side, the contrary will of one-to-five politically-appointed individuals can prevail. Of course, judicial activism is an old problem, undemocratic and arbitrary, placing monumental decisions in too few hands. But there is another problem, an indirect one that follows precisely from critics taking seriously the courtroom’s…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Blogging Isn’t What it Used to Be…And that’s Okay.

    Anne Marie Miller
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    Several times a week, I log into the dashboard of my blog and think I have something to write. I could write about true freedom, and how that means willingly accepting my identity as a slave to Christ, which doesn’t bring oppression, but true joy. I could write about how I think the voice of the peacemakers is being shut down because the voice of the cynics is so loud…and the peacemakers know there’s really no point in fighting a virtual battle of words. I could write about all the new stuff I’m learning about anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma and grief or about the…
  • Redefining Friendship

    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    When Facebook first opened its “Sign Up” doors to those of us far removed from a .edu email address, I remember landing in a competition with a coworker on who could “friend” more people than another. We would shout through the office wall that separated us, “I’m up to 881!” or “Your mom doesn’t count as a friend!” This went on until eventually, each of us hit the 5000 friend limit. Then I deleted Facebook for a few years and for me, was all the better for it. So many articles and blog posts and now even scientific studies are…
  • Shake the Dust :: Letting Go

    Anne Marie Miller
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Things fail. Health. Friends. Love. School. Work. Expectations rise and fall. Rise. And fall. And fall. (and rise?) Someone says or does something (or perhaps nothing?) and it opens up scars from the past Scars that say you’re not good enough Or that you’re dumb Or not worth it Or too much… I’ll never forget the first time I heard Anis Mojgani perform Shake the Dust years and years and years ago. Recently, my fingers found a scar not quite healed and those voices those LIES came pouring down like gasoline on my open wound.
  • Grace in the Mundane

    Anne Marie Miller
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    When you feel longing creep in as you pull your feet through the mud of the daily, command your spirit to rejoice. If the rocks cry out, imagine the will it takes to get a defeated soul to move. Command it anyway. Rejoice anyway. You are a child of the One who has loved you in the past for eons and will love you into forever for infinity. A man died in your place, painting you pure and lovely and nothing can steal this away from you. The post Grace in the Mundane appeared first on Anne Marie Miller.
  • Why All The “Modesty Conversations” Miss The Point

    Anne Marie Miller
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Last summer, the feeds in my various social media channels blew up with articles on modesty. How low is too low when it comes to necklines? One piece or two piece swimsuits (or, the generally-church-camp-approved tankini?) Spaghetti straps, tanks, or sleeveless? AND THE PLIGHT OF THE YOGA PANTS (oh, but it’s okay if your butt is covered!) And then articles followed on what Paul meant when he spoke of modesty (more of a financial context), how men (and women) are responsible for their thoughts and actions (pluck out your eye, sinner! it’s not my fault you can’t look at me…
 
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    Godspace

  • God I Stand in the Circle of Your Presence – A Prayer for the Day

    Christine Sine
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    Today’s prayer is one that I wrote while meditating on the Celtic cross in the background. It reminds me that we all stand in the circle of God’s love and and are formed in the circle of God’s creation. Enjoy
  • The Guest House by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

    Christine Sine
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    This morning I am posting a beautiful poem by the 13th century Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi. I was made aware of this prayer by Cherry Hairston Program Director at The Center at St. Andrew’s.  She told me: I use it, as do some of my colleagues, in teaching the Welcoming Prayer. One way to look at the Welcoming prayer(...)
  • Its Time to Plant Mustard Seeds

    Christine Sine
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Our kickstarter campaign is moving slowly. With only seven days to go we still need $3,000 to reach our goal. We can’t do it alone. We need our associates to jump in and help. We need your mustard seeds to get us going. This is a totally new venture for us at Mustard Seed Associates, one(...)
  • How Do We Respond To Violence In Love?

    Christine Sine
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    How do we respond in the face of violence? This is the question that revolves in my mind as I watch the news coming out of Gaza and Ferguson and hear about the looting of the Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone. I think of it too as I read the comments that are like violence(...)
  • Faith, Hospitality and Foreign Language Learning

    Christine Sine
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Have you ever thought of foreign language learning as a form of hospitality? I know I hadn’t until a friend I visited in Portland last week gave me The Gift of the Stranger: Faith, Hospitality and Foreign Language Learning  by David I Smith and Barbara Carvill. I have added this must read to my Hospitality reading list Have(...)
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  • Submit Your Story (Linkup): The Power of Storytelling at Work

    denadyer
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:31 pm
    From 2010-2012, I worked at a charity which resettled refugees from all over the world. In cooperation with the U.S. State Department and national resettlement services, our agency helped these victims of war and persecution to start over in the United States. We provided them with a furnished apartment, pocket money, English classes, transportation, and job training. Our case managers enrolled the children in school and helped the parents get immunized and acculturated to a brand-new place, far from the home they were forced to leave. As I began to hear the refugees’ stories through…
  • Community Post: Not Another Team Like It

    glynnyoung
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Ten years ago, I was hired by a company I used to work for. My job was dealing with issues that had unexpectedly landed in the company’s lap, issues for which it had no current experience. I had the experience they were looking for. The first year was almost magical from a work perspective. No one really understood what I did; I was known as the guy who “handled all that old mess.” I had close to free rein to get the work done. I worked with people from other departments, but my own department generally let me do my thing. When you have an individual contributor job, it doesn’t get…
  • Share Your Story: Helping Employees Fulfill Dreams

    Jennifer Dukes Lee
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    I still remember how exhausted I felt during those early years in the newsroom. The daily grind of breaking news was breaking me.  And I needed a break from covering natural disasters and political scandals. Like most reporters I knew, I dreamed of being untethered from the daily news, long enough to take on a special feature project. But such assignments were considered luxurious because they often took a reporter away from her regular assignments for weeks or months. Editors usually gave such feature assignments to more seasoned reporters, and I was fairly new to the staff. One…
  • Your Work Matters: On Slow Work

    denadyer
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Dena Dyer I am currently an administrative assistant in the head office of a large nonprofit. I was hired to assist with marketing and communications and spend most days waiting for tasks, answering the occasional email, and working on social media projects. Often I have hours (and hours) which I am free to fill as I wish. Though I am assured by my boss that I am helpful as her assistant, I cannot see how my work matters at all. This work feels different, and sometimes antithetical, than what “I feel called to.” My previous workplace helped me feel important. I worked in a beautiful…
  • Your Work Matters: On the Work of Motherhood and Dreams

    denadyer
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Lying across the “big bed," an open window invites a breeze to tickle my spine. Stretching out like this feels good for the kink living in my lower back, and I pour myself into the purr escaping my lips. Unplanned moments of self-care are welcomed and I melt into the lifetime of that heartbeat. I wanted to write, but when I sat down at the computer my littlest lovely called out. In the middle of working out his daytime drama in dreamland, he needs my touch, to sleep peacefully. And that’s cool. Until it ain’t. My life feels interrupted right now. Parenthood is paralyzing. Every day it…
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  • The Gift of Gravy Days

    Peggy Rosenthal
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Well, I’ve reached my three score and ten years. It must sound positively ancient to those of you who are half my age—or even two-thirds. I know that when I was in my thirties, forties, even fifties, seventy sounded old: not only over the hill but way down toward the bottom of the other side. [Read More...]
  • The Weary Lion and the Wary Lamb

    Richard Chess
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:24 am
    Author’s note: Like many Jews around the world, I’ve been following the news out of Israel closely the past month and a half. In this piece, I continue to explore my responses to the conflict in Israel and Gaza. I began these explorations in my previous post, “Sitting in Pain in Israel and Gaza.” The [Read More...]
  • Susan Sontag, Simon Weil, and the Pursuit of Seriousness

    Morgan Meis
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:28 am
    I could stare for many hours at that famous 1975 picture of Susan Sontag lying on her bed. She’s wearing a turtleneck sweater and her arms are tucked behind her head. She is thinking. Her eyes are open, slightly dreamy, but fixed. She looks serious. How else could she look? By God, that woman was [Read More...]
  • Rules for Celebrating: An Observation from the Way of Saint James, Part 2

    Jan Vallone
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    Continued from last week. The Way of Saint James—El Camino de Santiago—is a pilgrimage across Spain that began in the Middle Ages and remains popular today. Each year 200,000 pilgrims walk a route to Santiago de Compostela, a city where, according to tradition, the apostle James the Greater is interred. Last September my husband and [Read More...]
  • Our Mother Mary

    Caroline Langston
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Today is the Feast of the Dormition (the “falling asleep”) of the Mother of God. It is the analogue in the Eastern Orthodox Church of the Assumption of the Virgin in Roman Catholicism, and on balance, the similarities between the two commemorations are greater than their differences: The Dormition is one of the twelve Great [Read More...]
 
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    Tod Bolsinger

  • Community and Necessary Things

    Tod Bolsinger
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    “So, Charlie, when are we going fix that wall that’s falling down?” My good friend, Charlie heard the voice from the yard next door. Frankly, he hadn’t noticed that the wall was falling down.  Charlie is not the kind of guy who notices these things. But, Jim, the next door neighbor most definitely does.  They’d lived next door to each other for seven years.  But until the wall fell down they didn’t know each other.  When Charlie saw that indeed the wall was in need of serious repair, he assumed that meant that he and Jim would split the cost to pay someone to fix.  You know,…
  • Seminary Grads Give Schools all “D”s.

    Tod Bolsinger
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
     “Speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him…”  Ephesians 4:15 In my new role at Fuller Seminary, I have been trying to follow the example of our faculty.  Academic Dean and Leadership Professor, Scott Cormode teaches his students, “Leadership begins in listening.”  And Scott and the faculty, led by Dr. Love Sechrest, walked their talk with an in-depth study of alumni and graduates that led to a complete revision of the curriculum that will be rolled out in the fall of 2014. So, in the brief time I have been at Fuller, I have been trying to follow…
  • A Cure for Denominational Depression

    Tod Bolsinger
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:13 am
    I’m a pastor in a denomination that is in the middle of (yet another) divide. I sat through another discussion about exiting churches at our Presbytery meeting a couple of weeks ago. It was like being part of a divorce negotiation with a couple that still loves each other yet one spouse can’t fathom being married any longer. The parties involved are trying really hard to be civil, to be respectful, to be fair.  All in all, they are doing a good job.  This is a Presbytery with a lot of mutual goodwill. If anything, it’s the kind of place where a “good” divorce could happen. And…
  • Partners in Failure

    Tod Bolsinger
    10 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    We sat together at a coffee shop in Pasadena.  Me, a bit nervous.  He, warm and kind.  He had committed to fund the spiritual formation work I will be doing at Fuller Theological Seminary for the next three years. I wanted to buy him a cup of coffee as a tiny gesture of thanks.  And then he said something that has become as important to me as his financial support. In fact, it was really the moment when I knew for sure that God was in this huge vision to transform theological education.   “Tod, I believe that our Plan A is never God’s Plan A and we only get to God’s Plan A when…
  • The Whisper that Made Me Leave My Church

    Tod Bolsinger
    16 May 2014 | 9:45 am
    It was the whisper that made me leave my church.   It was the one line that I heard over and over again in the five years that I traveled across the country first in leading a commission for my denomination and then as a consultant in organizational change.   “Why didn’t seminary prepare me for this?”  I would hear that line echoed in my mind long after each conversation was over.  I had a sense that it was going to be shaping my future call.  I even wrote a blog post about it in December 2012.    And then a year after I wrote the blog post, I was invited to do something about…
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    Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture

  • Should Sermons Be Published?

    Jake Meador
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Today we live in a world where pastors of churches large and small post their sermons online almost immediately. Many live-stream and some churches even offer sophisticated viewing experiences allowing viewers to provide feedback. What’s more, the advent of smart phones and social media has made Sunday sermons an interactive experience. Social media on Sunday is filled with comments and quotes drawn from the church service. Christian conferences are chronicled live on Twitter with special hash tags, Instagram pictures, and commentary. Some lament (link mine) this new reality. They say…
  • Mere Fidelity: And who is a person?

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    We take up, once again, Oliver O’Donovan’s Begotten or Made?  We start from the below and carry on: “The embryo is of interest to us because it is human; it is ‘ourselves’. On the other hand, it is considered a suitable object of experiment because it is not like us in every important way. It has no ‘personality’. It is us and not us. In those two assertions we see the movement of self-transcendence taking shape. The embryo is humanity in a form that is especially open to our pinning it down as scientific object and distancing ourselves from it in…
  • Mere Fidelity: What’s Wrong (and Right) with “Relatability”

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    To appreciate “King Lear”—or even “The Catcher in the Rye” or “The Fault in Our Stars”—only to the extent that the work functions as one’s mirror would make for a hopelessly reductive experience. But to reject any work because we feel that it does not reflect us in a shape that we can easily recognize—because it does not exempt us from the active exercise of imagination or the effortful summoning of empathy—is our own failure. It’s a failure that has been dispiritingly sanctioned by the rise of “relatable.” In creating a new word and embracing its self-involved…
  • When Churches and Parachurches Drift Apart

    Guest Writer
    8 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Peter Greer (@peterkgreer) is president and CEO of HOPE International. Chris Horst (@chrishorst) is the vice president of development at HOPE International. Together with the support of Anna Haggard, they coauthored Mission Drift and Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing. They wrote this essay with support from HOPE intern, Andrey Bobrovskiy. Public perceptions about religious expression continue to narrow, with recent high-profile faith-based organizations facing scrutiny of all varieties about how they practice their faith. At California State University, evangelical groups who require…
  • This Demon Only Comes Out By Prayer and Prozac

    Guest Writer
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Matthew Loftus is a family doctor who lives with his wife Maggie and his daughter Naomi in Baltimore , where they are blessed to be a part of New Song Community Church. He aspires to finish his novel and to teach medicine overseas. You may follow him on Twitter @matthew_loftus if you’d like. “It’s a chemical imbalance.” You may have heard or said those words before in reference to mental illness. I have done both myself a number of times in my practice as a primary care doctor. One good example of opening the conversation about them can be found here from Ed Stetzer; one of…
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  • Who’s Doing Your Thinking For You?

    Cameron McAllister
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    I was oddly paralyzed in a used bookstore the other day. A feeling of helplessness seized me as I surveyed  the creased spines of the numerous books crowding the dusty shelves. Rifling through the faded paperbacks, I felt bored and listless, like I was rehearsing a tedious habit I’d long since outgrown. Usually, time stops the second I step into a bookshop. On this particular occasion, however, the exit exerted a near-magnetic pull. Like any self-respecting booklover, I wondered what was happening to me. Setting aside my tendency to be overdramatic, a surprising thought occurred to me…
  • Os Guinness helps launch QUEST in studio this week!

    Ruth Malhotra
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
    “QUEST: Questions in Pursuit of Truth” is an avenue for you to ask your questions to Ravi Zacharias and the RZIM team through social media. To kick off QUEST, Os Guinness will be in the studio this week to answer your questions. Do you have a question for Os Guinness? Comment on RZIM’s Facebook page with your question or tweet it with the hashtag #RZIMquest! Os Guinness is an author and social critic. Great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, Os was born in China during World War II where his parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax…
  • How could a loving God stand by and watch suffering? A response to Joey Barton

    Vince Vitale
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    Joey Barton hates that people are dying in Gaza right now, and he hates that there is not more he can do to stop the violence. I respect that greatly. He also implies that these terrible events should cause us to reject God. That, I think, is too quick. The sobering decision to create people in a world that includes the possible abuse of free choice, resulting in severe suffering, is not unique to divine creation. It is also relevant to human procreation. When we decide to have a child, we risk a lot of suffering. We don’t usually think of it this way, and understandably so, but it…
  • Are Different Styles of Music Acceptable in Church?

    Ruth Malhotra
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    A worship leader in youth ministry who performs hip-hop, reggae, and urbanized forms of music says his style of music is dismissed by some churches and embraced by others. At RZIM’s open forum at James Madison University, he asked Ravi Zacharias and John Njoroge why churches are so divided when it comes to different types of music, and whether substance is truly far more important than style.    
  • Happy 4th of July!

    Ravi Zacharias
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    A Happy 4th of July to you all!  It is a blessing to celebrate America’s Independence Day. As one who has come from abroad and made this now my home, I want you to know, many times when I come back from a long journey—and I travel over 200 days a year—I come back home, put my suitcase down, and my wife will tell you I get on my knees and kiss the kitchen floor and thank God that I’m home again. This is a nation that has been blessed of God, empowered for great and significant tasks, and there are thousands and millions who come to its shores to find that kind of succor and hope…
 
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    Gordon Atkinson

  • Greetings to the 2006 Freshman Class of Cornell University

    Gordon Atkinson
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Originally published in August of 2006 at Real Live Preacher. The big day is finally here; you’ve made it to college. You’ve worked hard to get into Cornell, and I assume you are giddy with excitement. Almost drunk with it. This is the beginning of a modern adventure that is almost mythic for our culture, and I hope you see it that way. I went off to college in the fall of 1980. Sure, the world was a different place then, but I felt much the way you do now. If I recall, my main concern was not looking stupid. I knew I was a freshman, but I didn’t want to look like one, you know? The…
  • The Smallest Person In All The World

    Gordon Atkinson
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    A Dramatized Version of a Bible Story The Rabbi (20 years before) Jesus, son of Joseph, what would you do if you met the smallest person in the world? The smallest, Rabbi? Yes, the person who matters the least. The person with absolutely no power. The smallest person in all the world. How would I know this person, dear Rabbi? Indeed, how WOULD you know this person? For when we speak of the smallest person in the world we are speaking of the very mathematics of God. It is only with the reckoning of The Almighty that we are able to make sense of a newborn infant, a fallen sparrow, and a single…
  • Everett Joseph Smith was a real boy

    Gordon Atkinson
    10 Mar 2014 | 1:04 pm
    This essay was never published online. It was written for the book (RealLivePreacher.com) and published in 2004. There were 9 essays only that only appeared in the book. The phone call came at night. Doesn’t it seem like they always do? I felt sick. I hung up the phone and turned to my wife. “John and Denise’s baby came.” There was nothing to say, really. We sat there feeling horror and dread. “How far along?” she asked. “Twenty-two weeks. A little boy, and he was alive.” Her face fell. My wife is a chaplain. She spent years working labor and delivery, so she knows what…
  • The Preacher’s Story in Four Parts

    Gordon Atkinson
    10 Jan 2014 | 12:17 pm
    This short autobiography was posted in four parts from December 14-21, 2002, the first month of Real Live Preacher. I’ve never liked it. It was roughly written, and I cringe when I read it. Correction, I cringed when last I read it back in 2004. My editor at Eerdmans agreed that it was rough, but he liked that about it and demanded that we include it in the book. He felt it was unpretentious or something. Maybe so. Offering my opinion on that would introduce paradoxes, so I’ll just smile and say nothing more about it. I do recall that this was a kind of break-out piece for me. It…
  • The High Calling “Trapped” Series

    Gordon Atkinson
    18 Oct 2013 | 1:00 pm
    I’m currently writing a series of articles about ministers who no longer want to be in the ministry but feel trapped in their jobs. The series is running at The High Calling website and has been picked up by a number of other sites. There are 8 articles planned, and I hope to have them done by the end of the year. The Articles: Trapped: The Church Vocation Issue We Don’t Talk About Trapped Part Two: The Mercenary
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    Red Blue Reviews

  • How Do Vets Put Dogs To Sleep

    admin
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Let your lifestyle decide what breed of puppy you should convey into your dwelling. For instance, if you re a jogger, get a sort of canine that can operate with you, not a toy-poodle. Also if you are silent house-overall body, appear for a smaller sized pet that enjoys pampering and living it up on your couch. Staying away from a mismatch implies both of you will be happier. Are you wanting to turn into a canine proprietor? Or do you presently have a pet? Anyone with an interst in dogs should really know what it normally takes to be a liable owner. The next info can aid you when it comes to…
  • Dyson Dc59 Vs Shark Rocket

    admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    Dyson DC59 Animal Cordless Vacuum Versus Shark Rocket Ultralight Upright (HV302) Dyson DC59 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner  Buy at Amazon.com  Dyson DC59 Animal Cordless Vacuum Features 2 year parts & labor warranty when purchased from an authorized reseller Sucks up as much dust as a conventional vacuum. Without the hassle of a cord. 3x the suction power of any other cordless vacuum in use. Powered by the Dyson digital motor V6 2 Tier Radial Cyclonesvery floor type   Dyson DC59 Animal Cordless Vacuum Review Balanced for floor to ceiling cleaning Extremely Versatile Dyson…
  • Escort Passport 9500ix Vs Valentine One

    admin
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    Escort Passport 9500ix Radar/Laser Detector Versus Valentine One Radar Detector Escort Passport 9500ix Radar/Laser Detector (Blue Display)    Escort Passport 9500ix Radar/Laser Detector Features Crystal-clear voice alerts and high resolution display Variable speed radar performance AutoLearn intelligence and user-selectable preferences Safety warning system and brightness controls Comes fully equiped with a Comprehensive owner’s manual, quick-release windshield mount, coiled SmartCord, quick reference card   Escort Passport 9500ix Radar/Laser Detector Review Escort…
  • Canon Eos Rebel T5i Vs 60d

    admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    Canon Rebel T5i Digital SLR Versus Canon EOS 60D 18 MP Canon Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera And 18-55mm EF-S IS STM Lens Kit    Canon Rebel T5i Digital SLR Features EOS Full HD Movie mode with Movie Servo AF for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects, manual exposure control and multiple frame rates built-in stereo microphone, manual audio level adjustment and Video Snapshot Vari-angle touchscreen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II (approximately 1,040,000 dots) with smudge-resistant coating features multi-touch operation and Touch AF 18.0 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, 14-bit…
  • Laptop Tips For Charger

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    Consider customization of your laptop. It is easy to buy a laptop that comes with certain specs and be finished. The problem is whether or not your needs will change, or if the price is right. Customized laptops can easily cost less than a pre-set system, as you can avoid paying for high level hardware you may not need. Consider the mouse the laptop comes with. There are a variety of built-in mouse designs on the market. Whether you prefer a track pad, a button style, or a ball type mouse, you will need to know which works best for you. You can add-on different ones later, but you will want…
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    Red Letter Believers

  • A Letter to My Younger Self – The 10 Percent Rule

    David Rupert
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    I come from a long line of thriftiness. Perhaps it was the fact that my father’s kin were Norwegian peasant farmers who staked a claim in the hard North Dakota soil, planting beets and potatoes, hoping to make a living. They endured the ups and downs of dusty, dry summers and frigid, windy winters. They cobbled and they scrimped and saved. Photo by Jennifer Dukes Lee My mother’s side were Polish Jews, escaping Europe with little but their wits and small bags of precious stones to their names. Most of them died with about the same possessions they brough into this world. Both forks of the…
  • Independence Day

    David Rupert
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:46 pm
    “I am so sorry.” The words came slowly, like a hardened tube of glue, squeezed out slowly from the bottom. His eyes brimmed with tears and he shook with shame. He wore the tattoos that showed his company pride, battles fought in a far-away land. But the biggest fight of his life was being fought in front a group of strangers that he had wronged. “I can’t drink. I shouldn’t drink. It makes … do things.” That was an understatement. In the middle of the night he and two others had burst into our campsite, screaming, full of anger. One girl in our party was sleeping in the back of a…
  • Patience: How to Embrace This Place

    David Rupert
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:24 am
    Have you ever avoided any mention of tomorrow because you can’t even get through today? Forget thriving through life. You just want to survive. All the hopes and dreams you want are elusive. Like the Psalmist, you ask, “How long must we wait?” Where is this land of milk and honey? Where is the blessing? Where is the healing?  There’s no joy, because you are in the desert. Suddenly all the happy Scripture verses and trite bits of encouragement seem terribly hollow.Music doesn’t cheer. Books no longer intrigue you. Friends bore you. Teachings sound inconsequential.
  • Straight Lines Matter: Choosing Order Over Chaos

    David Rupert
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    He used a device on a tripod and I had no idea how in the world it worked.  That was his department. And someone else was hauling the fence posts. Someone else was mixing concrete. My job was to dig the holes centered where the stakes had been meticulously placed. Digging holes isn’t precise work. There are hidden rocks, impacted pockets of soil, and tree roots to work around. Still, the hold needed to be centered. I groused and grumbled at the constant instructions to center my digging, but the task at hand pushed me to fight through the heat, sweat dripping down my brow and down the…
  • Lost and Found

    David Rupert
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:58 pm
    When I was seven, I knew a lot about bikes and Lincoln logs and lunch.  I didn’t know much about life. There were the rituals, waking up for school, eating oatmeal with a drizzle of honey,  sitting in the class, dreaming of recess and riding my bike after school. But life?  What was that? It was eating and breathing and always knowing my Mom was close by. Was there more? I didn’t know about the struggles of those around me. I didn’t taste sickness or death. I was oblivious to the hatred at lunch counters or school buses. I hadn’t heard of the shootings at Kent State. I had heard…
 
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Best Ice Bucket Challenge

    Steve McCoy
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Easily the best video for the ALS ice bucket challenge I've seen. Amazing.
  • Why I Coach Little Leaguers

    Steve McCoy
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    I've been a Little League coach for the last 4 years. I've coached two championship teams for our local Little League. I've coached all stars. We've won an all star tournament. And I've also coached teams that came really close but couldn't finish. Winning is a lot of fun and what you shoot for, but sometimes getting really close is an amazing teacher and builder of character. I'm no great baseball coach though some of my teams have done well, but I love the kids and their families and caring about people sometimes takes you a lot further than skill and is more rewarding than winning.Case in…
  • Music Monday 8.18.14

    Steve McCoy
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    STREAMING FREE - Ty Segall: Manipulator | Been listening this morning. Holy cow. The first 16:30 was great! Then somewhere toward the 17 minute mark I was like "Yeeeah buddy!" Or whatever. I've sampled Ty's albums but never picked one up. Public confession is over. Now time to remedy that. NPR, "Manipulator may have missed its chance to provide the soundtrack to a summer that desperately needed one, but that just means it gets to be the feel-good hit of the fall."CHEAPNirvana: Nevermind $1.99Nirvana: In Utero $5Mumford & Sons: Sigh No More $1.99Animal Collective:…
  • Books on my Radar 8.15.14

    Steve McCoy
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    The Good Book Company continues to show their seriousness about Scripture and Bible study with their God's Word For You series by adding 1 Samuel For You and Titus for You by Tim Chester. If you order soon, you get Chester's 1 Samuel and Titus bible study guides for each book free with purchase.6 lesson Bible study guide free. Other books in the For You series...Galatians by Tim KellerJudges by Tim KellerTitus by Tim ChesterRomans 1-7 by Tim Keller (WTS has at a nice discount right now)A list of future titles, authors, and timeline for releaseOther books, new or new to me, that…
  • First Day of School 2014

    Steve McCoy
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    Here's a favorite family tradition for the McCoy's...first day of school photos. Here's our new one taken this morning. I've added previous years below. 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • The Common Room: The Faerie Queene

    Scriptorium Admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Dr. Matt Jenson moderates a discussion with Dr. Melissa Schubert and Dr. Joe Henderson on Edmund Spenser’s epic poem, The Faerie Queene. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81FGcptoK30&list=PLVHY3HvnI6yPjeVoBR9vTQ5F9y5679Yoo&index=5 The post The Common Room: The Faerie Queene appeared first on The Scriptorium Daily.
  • Well To Start With, Your Last Theologian Was A Idiot

    Fred Sanders
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    I’ve spent a little time this summer with contractors and plumbers and concrete guys and appliance repairmen, and by “I’ve spent time with” I mean “I’ve been paying.” Like most things that aren’t theology, it has reminded me of theology. There’s a dynamic that occurs whenever you bring in a repairman: He takes a look at the job, figures out the problem, sketches the solution, and estimates the cost. But then another phase of the work, apparently equally necessary, begins: the Cursing of the Previous Contractor(s). Have you noticed this? It…
  • The Common Room: What did John Wesley Make of 1 John?

    Fred Sanders
    3 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The Common Room: Dr. Matt Jenson and Dr. Fred Sanders discuss the topic, “What did John Wesley Make of 1 John?” Watch the video here: The post The Common Room: What did John Wesley Make of 1 John? appeared first on The Scriptorium Daily.
  • The Suffering of the Christ in the Psalms

    Joe Henderson
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:39 pm
    As soon as Jesus had confirmed to his disciples that he was “the Christ, the son of the living God,” he went on to tell them that it was necessary that he would suffer and die at the hands of the leaders of his people (Mat 16:16, 21). Peter was taken aback, and his disciples could not understand what he was talking about. Even after his death, his followers were slow to believe that if he were really the Christ, the one they had hoped would “redeem all Israel,” he would have to suffer and die, condemned by Israel’s leaders (Luke 24:19-21, 25). Even after his resurrection, Jesus had…
  • The Abundant Style of Erasmus

    Fred Sanders
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    I had heard that Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536) wrote a book showing hundreds of ways to say “thanks for your letter,” so I went and looked it up, just to see what one of the Renaissance’s prime movers was thinking when he did that. The book in question –originally published as De duplici copia verborum ac rerum Commentarii duo, and available in English in volume 24 of  his Collected Works as Copia: Foundations of the Abundant Style (translated and annotated by Betty I. Knott)– is much more than a stunt. It’s a really helpful exercise in developing a…
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    Chris MarlowChris Marlow | Empowering leaders (and tribes) to launch movements for doing good.

  • Building Something Beautiful

    Chris Marlow
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    For Such a Time as This What do I do? This is a question I often get asked. Are you primarily a speaker? A writer? An activist? No, I’m not any of these, though I am involved in all of them. My primary role is to build. I’m building Help One Now. Sometimes, building requires that I speak and write. But, my passion–what keeps me up at night–is processing how to build something beautiful, something meaningful. I don’t build alone. I have a board, a team, and our amazing tribe. We build together and together, we are building something that matters. When you build,…
  • From Hogwarts To Haiti

    Chris Marlow
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    From Hogwarts To Haiti A few years ago, I noticed my daughter on the computer. She was totally locked in and focused. Her eyes were wide, and her smile was so big her face could barely contain her excitement. “What was she doing?” I wondered. She broke the silence with a simple question: “Hey Dad, all my friends in class have been to Disney World. When are we going to go?” (Since when is it not normal for 10 year olds to have not been to Disney?) I quickly realized she was looking at YouTube videos of Disney World and, like all good marketing, she was hooked. Soon she would…
  • Struggle for Progress

    Chris Marlow
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    Have you ever risked everything–to pursue a dream, to see progress, to make a difference, to grow to the next level? Have you ever been so fully committed, risked so deeply and worked so hard for a moment, a season of possibility? Last year I spent most of my time assembling an amazing team and board for Help One Now. We hired 5 full time staff positions and brought in multiple new board members. I hired an amazing coach to help me walk through the vision. We saw tremendous growth last year as we doubled our revenue. Plus, the work in Haiti and Africa continues to thrive. But you see,…
  • How Does One Deal With Tragedy

    Chris Marlow
    12 Feb 2014 | 3:42 am
    Credit: Power of Slow How Does One Deal With Tragedy? It is the question we hope we never have to ask. Unfortunately, I have had to deal with my fair share. My family has seen deaths due to cancer and accidents to moms, dads, and brothers. We’ve been here before–the middle-of-the-night phone call that changes your life in an instant. We had one of those phone calls a few weeks ago. My sister-in-law called from Dallas at 9:30PM on a Friday night; this never happens. We missed the first call, but as soon as the phone rang again, I told Necole she needed to answer it. I knew it was…
  • Tedx Talk: What if Doing Good was Simple?

    Chris Marlow
    31 Dec 2013 | 8:44 am
    Here’s my TEDx talk that I did a few months ago. I would be grateful if you took time to watch it and if you enjoy the talk, share the video and leave a comment in the Youtube site. I feel this message is important and I want the idea to spread. It’s vital to fighting extreme global poverty!
 
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    Tall Skinny Kiwi | Tall Skinny Kiwi

  • Robin Williams

    Andrew Jones
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    hat a comic genius! I will miss Robin Williams. A few of us Christian bloggers are doing a crash synchroblog on Robin and this is my contribution. I always thought of Robin Williams as a unique artist and enjoyed him best when he was given scope to just be himself and do whatever he does. Like sit on a couch upside ...
  • Remembering Tony Palmer, the Great Ecumenicist

    Andrew Jones
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    ony Palmer was great Anglican leader and ecumenical ambassador. He was also a friend. So I am sad to announce that Bishop Anthony Palmer passed away on Sunday due to a motorcycle accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Emily and the kids, as well as the Ark Community. Tony (Anthony) was one of those multi-talented individuals whose impressive abilities ...
  • Sending Elizabeth to College

    Andrew Jones
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Elizabeth, our oldest daughter, turned 21 this year. A few months ago she moved to Portland, Oregon and was accepted into the program at Oregon Culinary Institute. We are very proud of her. And so are many of you, who have followed her journey since the 90′s and have watched her grow up on our blogs or in person. Elizabeth has ...
  • Global Journey Map

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    If you have been following our journey on Jonberries.com for the past few years, you would have seen our family travel map, courtesy of Nomad Travel Map plug in for wordpress. Awesome feature. I have always tried to keep TallSkinnyKiwi separate from Jonesberries [dont be surprised if this sentence disappears shortly] but I do want to put a few maps ...
  • Calvary the Movie

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    We don’t go to the movies very often but when we do, we like to see a really good movie. Last night Debbie and I went out on a little date night to a nice theatre where we sat in oversized chairs with a glass of red wine  . .  and we saw the movie “Calvary”. LOVED IT!!!!!!! A deep well ...
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    The Lutheran

  • The Hauntmaster?s dream for Halloween:

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The crazy inner workings of the Meadowbrook Asylum will be on display again this Halloween in Frewsburg, N.Y., thanks to the efforts of 11th-grader Craig Rodgers.  The ex officio member of Zion Lutheran’s youth group will again donate the proceeds of his homemade Halloween haunted house, called an asylum. Last year, Rodgers handed over $1,200 of the $2- and $4-ticket sales to the youth group. With the asylum’s growing popularity, he expects to triple that amount this year.  Rodgers, who has been creating and producing the Halloween event for the past four years, said…
  • A positive look at ELCA today

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This month marks the fifth anniversary of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly decisions to open our roster to partnered gays and lesbians and the blessing of same-sex relationships. After much controversy, membership and financial declines, impassioned exchanges on both sides of the issues—not to mention simple old-fashioned hand-wringing — let’s take a walk on the positive side. The ELCA is still some 9,500 congregations with 3.95 million members. In the most recent year for which statistics are available (2012), we had 7,472 more baptisms than deaths, hopefully…
  • The fragrance of Christ

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    You know that feeling when you leave a good movie or finish a great book — you want to stay in the dark theater or read just one more chapter? Sometimes that’s what I want after a great worship service — five more minutes to feel God’s presence that was so strong I want to take it home. Then it happened. I had just blown out a candle at home after a morning prayer. I saw the faint spiral of smoke and inhaled the pungent odor of the burning wick. And I was back in church. Now that my brain has made this connection, it happens often. A candle in a bathroom, birthday…
  • Don?t be fooled by laws, put trust in gospel

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Violence is daily in the news with persistent demand for legislation to end crime. Do Lutherans believe laws will solve problems? Remember law-and-gospel theology? This is the Lutheran understanding that separates our theology from cultural solutions for crime. The theology of law and gospel requires us to focus on the weakness of law (civil and theological) to solve evil and injustice. Looking to forensic law to solve issues fails to see the fundamental problem of human brokenness. Societies define a problem then pass laws. No law can stop violence or crime. No law is a deterrent. That…
  • Call her blessed

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It is August. In the Northern Hemisphere it is the season of harvest: wheat and corn, persimmons and grapes, jujubes and apples and peaches. Roadside ditches bloom with foxtail and blanket flower. And in this season of harvest is the festival day of Mary, Mother of Our Lord: Aug. 15, a day dedicated to her for at least 1,400 years. Author Gertrud Mueller Nelson, in To Dance With God (Paulist Press, 1986), recalls “walking with my mother and sisters along the river banks, collecting every variety of grass seed … from pinks to sage …” to gather into…
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    Century Blog

  • New today: Turning to faith, The Jew in the Lotus, local and seasonal food

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
  • The politics of not defending Middle Eastern Christians

    Benjamin J. Dueholm
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa?” asks Ronald S. Lauder. The World Jewish Congress president frames the question in a larger paint-by-numbers argument defending Israel’s assault on Gaza and criticizing the moral instincts of “beautiful celebrities,” reporters, and the U.N. who have not responded adequately to the brutality of Boko Haram and ISIS.An argument like Lauder's is liable to predictable demands for greater American military involvement in the region. But the silence he names is real. read more
  • Putting Christ back in Christianity

    Evan D. Garner
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “That preacher is the next Billy Graham!” an excited worshipper said after hearing a young clergyperson deliver a powerful, heart-wrenching sermon.“He’s a prophet—a new Martin Luther King!” a member of the crowd exclaimed after listening to the brilliant oratory of a rising star who called for justice. read more
  • Why eat local, seasonal food?

    Steve Thorngate
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It's August! Time for peaches, tomatoes, and tired critiques of seasonal and/or local eating. read more
  • The Jew in the Lotus

    Jodi Eichler-Levine
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In August 1994, I was an introspective, brainy 16-year-old, fresh from a summer in Israel with a busload of other 16-year-olds. On my last morning in Jerusalem, I had watched the sun rise: cool breezes over ancient golden stones. I heard church bells ring and the Muslim call to prayer, whispering my own Hebrew dreams into fuzzy pink air. As a Jewish teen who went (reluctantly) to Israel for the Roman ruins but stayed for the prayers, when we chanted under desert stars I was suspended somewhere in between Reform Jewish teenagerhood and a future as a religious studies professor—plus my always…
 
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    theologer

  • Removed.

    Roger Mugs
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    I haven’t pulled a post from this blog in a while. But I pulled the last one after some feedback that gave me pause. It’s being reworked and will be reposted. The last time I pulled a post it was because someone pointed out it was in conflict with the gospel. Ouch. Hopefully this one is less of a problem and is just a matter of better or clearer wording to better express what I meant. But as always, I reserve the right to say, and I’m saying right now, “Please disregard what you might have just read. It was foolish of me to publish it for any number of reasons.
  • Neglecting the Unreached for the Sake of the "Unreached People Groups"

    Roger Mugs
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    We are neglecting the unreached for the sake of unreached people groups. Sadly while the former is black and white (people who don’t know Jesus), the latter has an arbitrary definition. Some folks in a committee one day decided how to define a “people group”. And what percentage of believers defines a “reached” or “unreached group”. You might be surprised by the number of people who believe once each of these “people groups” hear the gospel and have one believer amongst them, Jesus will return. And somehow these folks goal has become to bring Jesus back. They’re actually…
  • For His Name's Sake (Isaiah 48:9-11)

    Roger Mugs
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    This morning I was reading Isaiah 48:9-11 which says, "For my name's sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another. "God could cut us off entirely. Though he says this of Israel it's true of us too. But He doesn't cut us off because we are his chosen people, and He wants to bring glory to His name through us.For His name's sake, He…
  • Of Money, Judgement, and Thankfulness

    Roger Mugs
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    My family has been on the road for the last three-and-a-half weeks. It’s been a long trip and we’ve been through ten states and driven four thousand miles. We also saw a lot of friends, family, and folks who support our ministry. Some of these people have a lot of money. Whatever you imagine a lot of money to be, double it. I mean bigger houses, larger tracks of land, stronger air conditioning, more elaborate showers and bathrooms, and more boats. It was awesome. I have a confession to make though, I have coveted these things in a way I don’t recall ever coveting before.
  • The Only Thing in the Blogosphere Ever Written on the Topic of Writing

    Roger Mugs
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    I’ve been writing with some consistency since I was in early High School. Back then a friend of mine pressed me in to writing poetry and I loved it. Though, I still have those poems and they’re pretty embarrassingly awful. Thankfully we get better with practice, of which I’m still in need of a lot. Writing is fascinating to me because the written word, different from the spoken word, allows for careful contemplation and the ability to arrive more precisely at that which I’m trying to express. I consider myself a relatively well spoken person. And if there is ever a…
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  • My prayer for Ferguson

    Kimberly Davis
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Posted on 08/20/14 On my journey with Christ, here is one thing I hold onto with every fiber of my being: God is perfectly just and perfectly merciful. That's what keeps coming to mind as I try to process what's happening right now in Ferguson, Mo. - in these United States of America. That’s what I’m trying to remember in my prayers. When news of Michael Brown’s death first broke, my prayers were for his family and friends, and for justice. When I saw his mother on television, I broke down, saying aloud: “Jesus, have mercy.” My prayers were for blacks who…
  • Michael Gungor and Amish shunning

    Stephen Woodworth
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:12 am
    Posted on 08/20/14 Earlier this year, Christian singer-songwriter Michael Gungor shared a brief manifesto of his theological convictions. In the blog post, “What do we believe?,” Gungor penned the following warning: “So be careful of labels, be careful who you judge as ‘in’ or ‘out’ of your camp. It’s a destructive way of seeing the world.” Little did he know that by August, his simple post would be part of a firestorm of controversy within the evangelical world questioning the authenticity of his faith. In a word, Gungor was shunned. The…
  • Robin Williams and inner peace

    Josh Larsen
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Posted on 08/18/14 The mania was always part of the magic. Now, with Robin Williams dead by his own hand at the age of 63, we can only wonder if that magic came at a costly price. Of course, for those of us who didn’t know Williams, such wondering is grim, speculative and opportunistic. So let’s stick with the work and instead consider how Williams’ comedy attempted to make sense of the world. Observed in retrospect, his career seems maniacally and supersonically in search of a “peace that passes all understanding.” In some of his best moments, he briefly found…
  • Discussing Kieslowski’s Decalogue I

    Josh Larsen
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:49 am
    Posted on 08/18/14 This is part of a joint series with Elijah Davidson of Reel Spirituality, in which we’re considering each installment of The Decalogue. Krzysztof Kieslowski's landmark collection of short films was first released on Polish television in 1989 and is based on each of the Ten Commandments. Please join our conversation in the comments. I want to begin, Elijah, by pointing out that this was your idea. Not only because we’re about to embark on a project that will take us well into December, but also because Decalogue I was an emotionally punishing experience. Do…
  • Free-range kids and resurrection parenting

    Branson Parler
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Posted on 08/14/14 Earlier this summer, Kim Brooks chronicled her arrest and prosecution. Her crime? Leaving her 4-year-old son in a locked, ventilated car on a mild day while she ran into a store for five minutes. She was subsequently convicted of “contributing to the delinquency of a minor.” The last few months have seen similar stories. As a parent of four kids under 5years-old, I sympathize with Brooks. The sheer effort of wrangling kids in and out of the car and through a store often doesn’t seem worth it. Yet as parents in the digital age, we’re constantly…
 
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  • My Teenager Is Making Porn… Uh, Now What?

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Picture this scene: I’ve just given a talk about kids and porn and now a small line of parents forms at the front of the small auditorium. Some people want to shake my hand and say thank you while others have a follow-up question or merely want to get the last word. You know, the norm. As the room clears out, I notice a mom nervously hanging around the edges of the group. Before long the tech guy comes up and hands me my MacBook while I hand over his wireless microphone in a wordless dance I’ve done a hundred times before in a hundred different locations. A few minutes later the…
  • 5 No-Cost Gifts Dads Should Give Their Sons

    17 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    I love being a Dad.  It’s one of the hardest job I’ve ever had, but despite the diapers, tantrums, spills, stains, arguments, and backtalk, I wouldn’t trade it for the world! I love my kids more than I can describe in words, and I recognize that they are a gift from God. They bring me joy each new day, and raising them is one of the most sacred duties that could ever be entrusted to me. Because I love them, I want what’s best for them, but I’m also painfully aware of my own flaws and inadequacies. I desperately want to get fatherhood right, but we live in a…
  • Don’t I Have to Be Perfect?

    13 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    As I read Seth’s blog on Sunday one line stood out to me in a powerful way. The words that his therapist spoke to him: “You’re not a bad person Seth.” It stood out because immediately it reminded me of the famous line uttered over and over by Robin Williams to Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting: “It’s not your fault.” It’s strange how the world works. We can find incredible joy in the smallest things and yet somehow also find darkness so overwhelming that we can’t see a way through it. You will undoubtedly read many explanations for why Robin…
  • Is Guilt A Good Thing Or A Bad Thing?

    10 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    I sat across from the small, kind, man with the aged brown skin and the silver ponytail, pouring my heart out about all my issues surrounding porn addiction and depression and anxiety, and he did what most therapists do well: listened. But then he did something most therapists don’t: he shook his head. I paused and asked, “What?” “You Christians,” he said. “So much guilt and shame. It’s the most worthless thing in the world.” I sat there and thought this was like something out of an old Seinfeld episode: “Yeah. What’s the deal with…
  • Porn, Virginity, and a Third Way

    6 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Craig wrote about Technical Virginity earlier in the week which you can read here. Given the choice between porn addiction and losing your virginity, which is better? (Tweet This!) Let me start by saying I can’t envision any good way to be addicted to porn because, like all addictions, it leads to unhealthy, compulsive behavior that gets in the way of an abundant, God-honoring life. I can’t think of any plausible scenarios where a porn addiction would be the better choice. But what about losing your virginity? Is that a better way to go? First, if you think having sex will satisfy…
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  • ALS #ICEBUCKETCHALLENGE

    Terrace Crawford
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    Over the last 2 weeks the ALS #IceBucketChallenge has gone viral. You’ve probably seen this on Facebook. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and … Continue reading →
  • [Video] Has Student Ministry Changed?

    Terrace Crawford
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    I was selected recently to be interviewed by Justin Trapp for his #30in30.  Justin is interviewing 30 of today’s top Christian Leaders as voted on by his network.  In this interview Justin asked me some questions about Student Ministry. In … Continue reading →
  • Application Deadline Extended: Join my Coaching Network!

    Terrace Crawford
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    I just finished selecting a few people who will make up my next Online Coaching Network for Youth Workers, but I wanted to take a moment to let you know that I’ve extended the application deadline to allow opportunity for … Continue reading →
  • Do You Need a Coach?

    Terrace Crawford
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    I’m launching my next Youth Worker Online Coaching Network for Youth Pastors who have only been in the field for 5 years or less and I’m wondering if YOU or someone you know might need a coach? I’m taking applications this week only, … Continue reading →
  • My Next Social Media Training – LIVE Online!

    Terrace Crawford
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    I’ve just announced my next Social Media Training Session that will be held LIVE Online featuring my friend and Social Media Coach, Jason Curlee, and yours truly!  We’re putting together over 2 hours of training together for this EXCLUSIVE, LIVE … Continue reading →
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  • In Defense of the Small Church.

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    I love the church. I love the church no matter her size. Sometimes the Small Church takes a hit. I was reading the latest July/August Outreach magazine ....It had a Resource Guide for Small Church America. (Well worth the price of this issue)The Stats and info were a wake up Call.Here is a sample:About 63 Million people of 20.4 percent of the population attend church each Sunday - American Sociological ReviewThe Average Church attracts fewer than 90 adults on a typical weekend. 60% of protestant churches have 100 or fewer adults on a typical weekend. Just 2% of churches attract more than 1…
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    9 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
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  • Who Do You Think You Are?

    Rick Morgan
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    Keeping your perspective in ministry.John 1:19-28 This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?” 20 He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.” 21 “Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?” "No,” he replied. “Are you the Prophet we are expecting?” “No.” 22 “Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?” 23 John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah: “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Clear…
  • The Testimony That The Light Is Coming

    Rick Morgan
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    John was sent to tell us to get ready.John 1:6-18  God sent a man, John the Baptist,  7  to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.  8  John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.  9  The One who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.  10  He came into the very world He created, but the world didn't recognize Him.   11  He came to His own people, and even they rejected Him.  12  But to all who believed Him and…
  • He Is Greater

    Rick Morgan
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    And greater is the One living inside of me than he who is living in the world.Mercy Me - Greater1 John 5:4-5  For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.  5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Satan hates you and wants to kill you. If he can't take your life then he definitely wants to take the life out of you. He loves to make you feel shame and guilt, he wants to defeat you and make you cry, he wants to hear you curse God.You may wonder why, what in the world did I do…
  • Also Known As God

    Rick Morgan
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    If he wasn't God on earth then why is the world still talking about him?John 1:1-5  In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2  He existed in the beginning with God.  3  God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him.4  The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. 5  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.This is a different genealogy from what you see at the beginning of Matthew and Luke's gospels.
  • God's Children Defeat This Evil World

    Rick Morgan
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    We have what it takes to be victorious.1 John 5:4-5, 12-13, 18-20  For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.  5  And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.12  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God's Son does not have life.  13  I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. 18  We know that God's children do not make a practice of sinning, for God's Son holds them…
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  • Everyone Has Good Ideas…

    John
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    … but not all ideas are good. I was reminded this the other night as I chatted with my father about the current state of things and as I asked for some advice and counsel on a few particulars that I know he had experience dealing with. I was talking specifically about corporate culture, organizational dynamics, and scaling/growth when he level-set the conversation by stating: Everyone has good ideas but not all ideas are good. I reflected for a moment and realized that he was right. We continued to dive deeper and what I landed on was something that I could easily see as profitable for…
  • Being Teacherless

    John
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    Are you teacherless? It’s a question that I was asked by a mentor of mine and I sat there for a moment and tried to answer his question quickly; I realized that I couldn’t. I wanted to give him some of the typical answers that were easy to conjure up but I realized that he was touching upon something much, much deeper. The truth was that I was teacherless and had been for a very long time. Right after getting out of college (barely) I went on a long kick seeking to move with speed through what I thought was supposed to be a career. I was working on my own power and through sheer…
  • Humans? Nah…

    John
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    A fascinating commentary on technology, economics, and mechanical minds. This is definitely worth your 15 minutes. Go for it. Technology gets better, cheaper, and faster that biology can’t match. What is really coming down the pipe? What should we do about the unemployable (at no fault of their own) who need jobs to sustain a living? Those are challenges and problems worth solving. (Oh, and it’s worth noting that I believe learning software development is one of the solutions.) The post Humans? Nah… appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Three Pipe Problems by Jason VanLue

    John Saddington
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    I love the title of this book, Three Pipe Problems by Jason VanLue (and the artwork is sweet to boot!). I had dinner with Jason last week and he handed me a copy of his book which is a book centered around design. But if I were to leave it at that then I’d do the quick read (I read it from cover-to-cover on a flight from Atlanta to Durham which is about 50 minutes) a grave disservice as it’s a commentary on how design is so much a part of our lives. I love the design of the book. “Three Pipe Problems” is a reference from the one and only Sherlock Holmes who is…
  • Persistence or Quit

    John Saddington
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    We’re in the middle of some significant decisions as a team and I couldn’t be more proud of my team in terms of how we handle the tough calls. (Although, I’m not sure there is ever a time where we are not in a moment of critical decision-making as a startup…) Luckily I’ve survived (and that’s really the right word) a handful of startups previously and I see the same patterns emerge. Ultimately, we as a leadership and organization will face the quesiton of whether we need to continue to pursue the current course or take a different one. It’s about…
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  • Sidebar to the Kent Brantly Story

    paulthinkingoutloud
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    A part of the story you may not have heard… Breaking Christian News adapted this story from Assist News Service, but made the headline something that Assist had buried in the final two paragraphs: The website stated that The JPS Foundation is now accepting donations for Brantly and his family, who lost all of their earthly possessions when he contracted the Ebola virus and was returned to the United States for treatment. After his symptoms appeared, Brantly was isolated and was never able to return to their home. According to JPS, everything is considered contaminated by Ebola and will…
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:18 am
    Time for your midweek break and some news and opinion pieces you may have missed: As a New York state couple refuses to rent their facility for a lesbian wedding, we flash all the way back to July, where a blogger asks if people are overreacting.  Don’t tweet these: 25 Things You’ll Never Hear God Say. Why the Robin Williams death is hitting so hard. If you were one of the two SIM workers who contracted Ebola, would you even consider going back to Africa? The two are now immune; can’t spread the disease or contract it. Straining at a gnat? You decide. An argument against…
  • Video Moments Worth Sharing

    paulthinkingoutloud
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    This weekend I watched a number of things that I thought were worth sharing. The first is embedded below for your convenience, the others are linked. This video is from the Canadian daily Christian talk show, 100 Huntley Street and features author and “spiritual navigator” Jamie George discussing his new book Love Well (David C. Cook Publishing). I’m about 95 pages in right now and am impressed with his transparency and candor. The first of the Willow links was John Ortberg’s annual visit there. He was on staff at Willow Creek for many years, and on this…
  • From the Diary of Isaac Wotts, Church Janitor

    paulthinkingoutloud
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    Isaac writes: One of the things I hate is when someone comes up to me on Sunday morning and says, “There’s something in the men’s room you need to see.” I try to dress up a little for Sunday, but there’s a great deal of wisdom in actually attending a different church than the one which employs you, especially if you’re the church custodian. (But if you’re the pastor; then it doesn’t work out too well.) In the handicapped stall, someone had carried in a chair from an adjacent Sunday school room, propped it up underneath the ventilation grate and…
  • What People are Reading

    paulthinkingoutloud
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Read any good Christian books lately? Here’s your chance to mention your book or one you’ve just finished. Comments are open. And here’s what’s popular in my part of the world:  
 
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  • Don't Miss Jesus

    9 Aug 2014 | 6:03 pm
    And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, "Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to
  • Let's Get Real!

    2 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Life is hard and sometimes it feels like we are on the losing side.  It's hard to get on top of life's battles.  Discouragement and disillusionment seem to be nipping at our heals.   Let's be honest...that sounds like a typical day for some of us! This week I was encouraged by a Psalm of lament.  To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?
  • I'm Broken!

    7 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    “I’m Broken.” After sobbing for 20 minutes, these were the only words that I could say to express the way I was feeling.  Broken.  I knew it was a lie, yet it was how I was feeling at the moment.  My wife, so wonderful through my long struggle with a head injury, continued to speak affirming words and prayed with me before we ended our phone call. The day started off innocent enough, just
  • I Am a Citizen

    4 Jul 2014 | 7:36 pm
    I am both a US Citizen and a Permanent Resident of Canada. I love my country of birth and my country of current residence.  My family celebrates both the US and Canadian holidays.  Though I am proud to be an American, because my wife and kids were born in Canada, I will likely one day seek dual citizenship. We have just celebrated Canada Day and the 4th of July and as these patriotic
  • The Fast Facts Bible

    19 Jun 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Zondervan has released the Fast Facts Bible.  It could also be called the Trivia Bible because in a nutshell that is what it is. With over 1,000 facts about God's Word trivia nuts can find lots of tidbits of information.  Sadly not all of it is useful.  I am not sure what to do with some of the info.  Each book introduction has a By the Number fact which includes the number of chapters,
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  • Gateway Leadership Session Four: Our Next Steps

    Eric Bryant
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    Session Four – Our Next Steps with John Burke You are leading Jesus’ church—His enterprise to rescue and restore humanity! Don’t give up, don’t give in, and don’t let anything get in your way. It will be worth it! It’s worth whatever sacrifices He might lead you to make, because He promises that the reward is very great. We have to see with His Eternal Perspective. We have to live and lead others with God’s heart to see every person come Home to the City He’s prepared.Jesus calls us to His co-mission as members of His body. We choose if we will say “Here I am Lord,…
  • Gateway Leadership Session Three: Our Mission Field

    Eric Bryant
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    Session Three with Rick Shurtz Prayers in Spanish, Russian, and English followed by reading Revelation 21:1-7 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be…
  • “Heart Scan: The Cure” by Ted Beasley

    Eric Bryant
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    At Gateway Church in Austin, we continued our series: Confessions From Your Pastors. Ted Beasley shared about the cure for a wounded heart. You can watch the message at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast and see the notes below. To dig deeper and apply the message, work through the Next Steps. “We’re doing a series called Heart Scan, and we’re talking about overcoming the wounds inflicted upon us by other people.  John has bravely shared the past two weeks from his own life about how wounds can get buried and wreak havoc.  And after each message, we’re challenging you to…
  • Gateway Leadership Session Two: Our Motivation

    Eric Bryant
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Session Two: Our Motivation with John Burke Jesus commissions us to make disciples. To reach all nations requires we are willing to go when God calls us! Isaiah saw God and was willing to go wherever He was sent because He is our prize! Isaiah 6:8 “Here am I! Send me!” All who follow Jesus are sent! The question isn’t whether or not we are sent but where we are sent! “I am sending you!” – Jesus (John 20:21) John 17:20-21 We are called to unity! Our love for each other and for those around us is our greatest apologetic! We imagine retirement and so we plan…
  • Gateway Leadership Session One: Our Mission

    Eric Bryant
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Leadership Huddle Theme: Sent Session One – Mission with Rick Shurtz Two Critical Thoughts: 1. Everybody has a mission. Eph. 2:10 You are Plan A and there is no Plan B. What you do matters! God has good works for us to do! He has entrusted others to each if us. 2. Everybody working together is more powerful than everybody working alone. 1 Cor. 12:27 – We are Christ’s Body! Yet even those of us serving may sense there is more to our purpose than what we are doing. We fear we don’t really know our purpose, or that we might have messed up God’s plan for our lives.
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  • It's a 'miraculous day' for Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantly, but what role did prayer play?

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    A very happy Dr. Kent Brantly is discharged from hospital after recovering from #Ebola. http://t.co/t2TZVy5E8k pic.twitter.com/SasCJrN2Mk— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) August 21, 2014 Here at GetReligion, we frequently refer to holy ghosts.Holy ghosts are important religious elements of news stories that often go unnoticed or unmentioned by the mass media.In watching today's news conference on the release of Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantly from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the faith angle was impossible to miss:“Today is a miraculous day. I’m thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be…
  • Now with extra-added unblocking power: BBC on Pope's support for Romero sainthood

    Dawn Eden
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The BBC reported this week on comments that the Pope made concerning Oscar Romero's candidacy for sainthood, claiming Francis has "unblocked" the cause of the Latin American archbishop: Pope Francis has lifted a ban on the beatification of murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero.For years, the Roman Catholic Church blocked the process because of concerns that he had Marxist ideas.An outspoken critic of the military regime during El Salvador's bloody civil war, Archbishop Romero was shot dead while celebrating Mass in 1980.Beatification, or declaring a person "blessed", is the necessary…
  • NYTimes story blurs issues in minister's employment problems

    Jim Davis
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Many a reporter has started one kind of story that turns into another.  You can either break it into two or more stories -- or, as the New York Times recently did, stitch them together.That’s my guess for why a Times article begins as a piece on problems of a young minister, then blurs it with several paragraphs on problems of young ministers in general -- then makes it about problems of a young, black female minister.The main character is a Brooklyn minister who is doggedly pursuing her calling, despite money and employment issues. She served as an unpaid associate pastor and worked…
  • Baltimore Sun sing-along: We are one in the spirit (with a lower-case 's')

    Terry Mattingly
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Anyone who has had any contact -- post-Jesus Music era -- with American evangelicalism will know the lyrics of the classic campfire song, "We are One in the Spirit." Some people may know this song under a different title, "They'll Know We are Christians by Our Love."One thing is for sure, no doubt about it. The word "Spirit" in this song definitely has an upper-case "S," representing -- even under Associated Press style rules -- a reference to the Holy Spirit, one Person in the traditional Christian Trinity. The first verse of this famous song goes like this: We are One in The Spirit, We…
  • God and journalism: American reportedly beheaded by ISIS wrote about his faith

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    What absolutely crushing news.Amid all the brutal headlines involving the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria (important background here) came a YouTube video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley.Lord, have mercy. MT @mpoppel: BREAKING: Islamic State, in video "A Message to America," beheads American journalist James Wright Foley— Mollie (@MZHemingway) August 19, 2014 White House: "we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist" http://t.co/C3unSarWVW pic.twitter.com/naLpEzbrvB— JustinGreen∞ (@JGreenDC)…
 
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  • The Dream Chasing Myth. Why Chasing A Dream Is Not Sexy At All.

    loswhit
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    There is a myth. A myth that somehow, when you hit your 30′s, and you make a couple of life changing decisions to leave A to head to B and start influencing/singing to lots of people that you are “chasing a dream”. I admit that I play into that fallacy. I’ve named posts “Dream This”, “Chase This Dream”, “Dream…blah blah blah”. These posts mostly hit as I was leaving my full time position at what some would call their “dream job”. Dream is a funny word. It is sexy. It is alluring. It is dangerous. Dangerous? Not the…
  • Moment Maker Of The Month Goes To Corey Wadden For Making Us ALL Cry

    loswhit
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    Mom loses job. Son every parent in the world would want finds car mom always talked about when he was a kid and she was a housekeeper. Son buys car. Son Gives Mom Car. SON MAKES US ALL CRY LIKE A BABY… It’s better that way… Los
  • Why “YOU ARE NOT ALONE” Is A Lie… #Depression

    loswhit
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    As the outpouring of grief continues in the death of a hero to many of us, probably the biggest cry I am hearing is for people with mental illness to know that they are…“Not Alone” “You are not alone”… we chant. When I am NOT in the midst of a MMA Death Match with Depression…this sounds really comforting. When I AM in the midst of a MMA Death Match with Depression…this is a lie. 3 weeks ago, as I woke up after an AMAZING few days with my family in Jackson Hole, I could literally feel depression roll in with every centimeter my eyelids opened. “$#@!@$#. NO. NO. NO. Please…
  • Now THIS is a fantastic concept for a new restaurant. It’s Called SIGNS & the entire wait staff is deaf.

    loswhit
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    In a world where we sometimes feel as if we can’t find the good guys… This restaurant is proof that they still exist. I’ll make sure to visit next time I’m in town. Bravo… Los
  • A How To Guide To Being Filthy Rich… As Told By A Paycheck To Paycheck Mexican Man

    loswhit
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    After 40 years of walking this earth, if you were to stand me up next to my earthly possessions… Many would say I have little to show for it. We live in a small rented condo in Nashville.  We only have one car.  All my kids sleep in one room.  The bank account is paycheck to paycheck or speaking date to speaking date. We buy our kids clothes at Target, we buy their bikes at garage sales, and we get all of their home school curriculum second hand. Yet last night, as we were all laying in our one room we rented for this family reunion here at Bass Lake, watching something on my laptop…
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  • When America Believed In the Bible Alone

    Chaplain Mike
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    It was still “the Bible alone,” as proclaimed during the Reformation, that American Protestants trusted. But it was also “the Bible alone” of all historic religious authorities that survived the antitraditional tide and then undergirded the remarkable evangelical expansion of the early nineteenth century . By undercutting trust in other traditional authorities , the power-suspecting ideologies of the Revolutionary and constitutional periods had the ironic effect of scripturalizing the United States. Deference to inherited authority of bishops and presbyters was largely gone, obeisance…
  • Another Look: Ballyard Religion

    Chaplain Mike
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Note from CM: This was written about a month after Michael Spencer died in 2010. I was coaching my grandson’s T-ball team at the time and remembering Michael’s love for baseball when I wrote it. It touches on a theme that was also a common concern for Michael and me: the dearth of understanding in evangelicalism about spiritual formation and the contemplative life. This has long been one of my major issues with American activist-style religion. I had a vision of the evangelical church today. While coaching at my grandson’s Little League game (6-8 year olds), the heavens opened…
  • My So-Called Evangelical Life (2)

    Chaplain Mike
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    In spite of the televangelism scandals and the failed presidential run of Pat Robertson, the evangelical right remained the political and cultural baseline for measuring the status of religion in American public life. The emergence of groups like Moral Majority, wrote theologian Richard John Neuhaus in the mid-1980s, “kicked a tripwire” in the ongoing church-state debate. Perhaps, as wise minds across the political spectrum once again argued, religion was vital to the health of American democracy. In the Age of Evangelicalism, “religion” was often translated, however inaccurately, as…
  • Another Look: The Coming Evangelical Collapse (3)

    iMonk
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Note from CM: Here is the last of the three “Evangelical Collapse” pieces that Michael Spencer wrote five years ago. I think five years provides a good mile marker at which to look at what he said then, how it compares to the landscape today, and what we might see ahead. We’ll stick to discussing U.S. evangelicalism in one form or another throughout this week. If you haven’t been following along, we started last Monday, and I’d encourage you to peruse those posts and comment threads so you’ll know what ground we’ve already covered. 3. Is all of this a…
  • One Big Problem with Evangelical Worship

    Chaplain Mike
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    On his blog and Facebook timeline last week, Tim Challies posted the following picture and quote. In my opinion, it represents a point of view that is a constant problem for evangelical worshipers. Challies represents the new calvinist tradition, so the quote takes on a distinct cast, but other evangelical groups share a similar perspective, even though the specific requirement they place upon believers might be different. The big problem this quote reveals might be labeled pietism. Evangelicals of all stripes tend to approach worship from a pietistic perspective. What I mean by this is that…
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  • Robin Williams

    Andrew Jones
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    hat a comic genius! I will miss Robin Williams. A few of us Christian bloggers are doing a crash synchroblog on Robin and this is my contribution. I always thought of Robin Williams as a unique artist and enjoyed him best when he was given scope to just be himself and do whatever he does. Like sit on a couch upside ...
  • Remembering Tony Palmer, the Great Ecumenicist

    Andrew Jones
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    ony Palmer was great Anglican leader and ecumenical ambassador. He was also a friend. So I am sad to announce that Bishop Anthony Palmer passed away on Sunday due to a motorcycle accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Emily and the kids, as well as the Ark Community. Tony (Anthony) was one of those multi-talented individuals whose impressive abilities ...
  • Sending Elizabeth to College

    Andrew Jones
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Elizabeth, our oldest daughter, turned 21 this year. A few months ago she moved to Portland, Oregon and was accepted into the program at Oregon Culinary Institute. We are very proud of her. And so are many of you, who have followed her journey since the 90′s and have watched her grow up on our blogs or in person. Elizabeth has ...
  • Global Journey Map

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    If you have been following our journey on Jonberries.com for the past few years, you would have seen our family travel map, courtesy of Nomad Travel Map plug in for wordpress. Awesome feature. I have always tried to keep TallSkinnyKiwi separate from Jonesberries [dont be surprised if this sentence disappears shortly] but I do want to put a few maps ...
  • Calvary the Movie

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    We don’t go to the movies very often but when we do, we like to see a really good movie. Last night Debbie and I went out on a little date night to a nice theatre where we sat in oversized chairs with a glass of red wine  . .  and we saw the movie “Calvary”. LOVED IT!!!!!!! A deep well ...
 
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  • Are Christian Missionaries Narcissistic Idiots? — A Response to Ann Coulter

    Albert Mohler
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    In an ominous development Wednesday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its highest level alert for a response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, even as reports came in indicating that the crisis may now not be limited to West Africa. Centers for Disease Control Chief Tom Frieden posted on Twitter: “Ops Center moved to Level 1 response given the extension to Nigeria & the potential to affect many lives.” According to Doug Stanglin of USA Today, Level I means that increased staff and resources will be devoted to the outbreak. He also said it is the first time…
  • ‘Get with the Program’ — The Church of England Votes to Ordain Women Bishops

    Albert Mohler
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Writing about the age of John Milton, the British author A. N. Wilson once tried to explain to modern secular readers that there had once been a time when bishops of the Church of England were titanic figures of conviction who were ready to stand against the culture. “It needs an act of supreme historical imagination to be able to recapture an atmosphere in which Anglican bishops might be taken seriously,” he wrote, “still more, one in which  they might be thought threatening.” Keep that in mind as you read the news that the General Synod of the Church of England…
  • The Hobby Lobby Decision: A Big Win for Religious Liberty — and a Very Revealing Divide on the Court

    Albert Mohler
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:01 am
    Today’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case represents a huge win for religious liberty in America, and the 5-4 decision will now stand as a landmark case that will reshape the religious liberty debate for generations to come. At the same time, the deeply divided court also revealed in startling clarity its own internal debates over religious liberty — and that division of understanding at the nation’s highest court is very disturbing indeed. Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito declared that the Obama Administration had profoundly failed to meet the demands of the…
  • Baptist Polity and the Integrity of the Southern Baptist Convention

    Albert Mohler
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:18 pm
    The Southern Baptist Convention meeting last week in Baltimore was, in itself, a lesson in Baptist polity. The organizational structure of the Convention is directly drawn from Baptist principles, and those principles have been adapted to meet the new challenges faced by every generation. In the last generation, the Convention responded courageously to the challenge of theological compromise, asserting both the right and the responsibility of the Convention to require confessional fidelity and theological integrity of its seminaries, mission boards, and other entities. That process culminated…
  • There Is No ‘Third Way’ — Southern Baptists Face a Moment of Decision (and so will you)

    Albert Mohler
    2 Jun 2014 | 2:57 am
    Southern Baptists will be heading for Baltimore in just a few days, and the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention is to be held in a city that has not hosted the convention since 1940. This time, Baptists attending the meeting will face an issue that would not have been imaginable just a few years ago, much less in 1940 — a congregation that affirms same-sex relationships. Just days before the convention, news broke that a congregation in suburban Los Angeles has decided to affirm same-sex sexuality and relationships. In an hour-long video posted on the Internet, Pastor…
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  • A Disturbing Trend

    Pete Wilson
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    There’s a disturbing trend I see among Christians these days. It seems like a lot of individuals and couples have a completely different set of friends every 2 to 3 years. And, as they talk about it, you quickly discover that their relational past is full of hurt and betrayal. And none of this hurt and betrayal has really one time led anyone to ask what deep truths about “themselves” this may have revealed. It’s always what the other people have “done” or “not done.” Or what the other people “believe” or “don’t…
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  • Humpback whale nearly takes out a kayaker with a “high-five” from its tail

    Joey White
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    Writer and animal rescuer Cimeron Morrissey found herself in an unusual situation recently in California’s Monterey Bay. As she filmed a raft of sea lions, an enormous humpback whale suddenly appeared just inches from Cimeron’s kayak. Fortunately, she managed to continue filming, though not without a bit of PG-13 language… (via DPF) In the video description, Cimeron notes… Humpbacks are graceful and fully aware of their size and of their surroundings, so I wasn’t scared (at first) but I was certainly shocked that he chose to swim right up to me. He dove under my…
  • Hilariously grumpy dog hates mornings just as much as you do

    Joey White
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    When the alarm clock goes off, Oscar the Vizsla refuses to overcome his laziness…
  • Hairdresser spends weekends giving remarkable, ego-boosting transformations to NYC homeless

    Abraham
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    On a trip to his native Philippines, New York hairdresser Mark Bustos offered haircuts to street kids and discovered a very fulfilling way to give back using his skills. “The feeling was so rewarding,” he says, “I decided to bring the positive energy back to New York City.” And that’s exactly what he’s done. On most Sundays, he puts together a minimal, portable salon and takes it out onto the streets where he offers free stylings to anyone who needs them and can’t afford to get trimmed on their own. Beyond simply providing a basic grooming necessity,…
  • Jesus takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Abraham
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    With each celebrity that participates in the Ice Bucket Challenge the bar gets raised both for how famous the next participant will be and how crazy their version of the Challenge will be. Here’s Jesus’ submission. He’s eager to see who is going to top it…
  • Police department uses joke on Twitter to announce their “military grade weapons”

    Abraham
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    Lino Lakes is a small Minnesota town just north of the Twin Cities. It’s police department has a consistent history of lightheartedness on Twitter… Even when they’re addressing serious issues, they do so casually. You won’t find any of the jargon that cops often use when addressing the public… And sometimes they enforce the law casually… Lino Lakes also happens to be home to a state prison. But even that most serious of institutions is not safe from the police department’s silliness… Stun grenades are no laughing matter, though… Or are…
 
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    Eugene Cho

  • Please don’t ignore it. Five ways that Christians and churches must engage Michael Brown’s death.

    Eugene Cho
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    I have so much emotions and thoughts in my mind, heart, and body – in light of the oh-so-much that is going on all around the world – including the utterly tragic, brutal, and unnecessary “death” of Michael Brown. But I thought it would be helpful to share a few thoughts how churches, Christians, and leaders can be engaging the events of this past week in their respective churches – not just for this weekend but for the future. I’m not suggesting that pastors have to completely alter their sermons but to altogether ignore the injustice of Michael…
  • Never stop learning. Go deep. Be deep. Have more depth than 140 characters.

    Eugene Cho
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    There are many beautiful aspects of our larger culture … and then they are broken things. There are also things that are incredibly encouraging and of course, disconcerting. One of my concerns in our larger culture – including the Church: We’re lacking d  e  p  t  h  . In my first book – Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World than Actually Changing the World? (set to release on September 1 but available for pre-order now),  there’s a chapter entitled, “Have More Depth than 140 Characters.” I am the first to tell you…
  • Remember that our lives matter. Remember to be more human – to loved ones, neighbors, and strangers alike.

    Eugene Cho
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:50 pm
    It feels awkward and even a bit inappropriate to be talking about ‘celebrity news’ when so much is going on around the world: Iraq, refugees in Syria, children stranded at borders, Michael Brown’s death and Ferguson, Ebola, Ukraine, and the list tragically goes on. But then again, it feels appropriate because it’s another reminder of the fragility of our humanity. By now, most of you know that Robin Williams past away today (August 11). His life ended way too short at the young age of 63 – apparently because of suicide. While this was news to me, Robin had been…
  • I covet your prayers for wisdom, for humility, and for courage to boldly preach the whole Gospel.

    Eugene Cho
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    First, let me dispense with some information for those that may be interested. God’s been gracious in allowing me to visit a few churches and events over the next six weeks as part of a mini book tour for Overrated. Folks can pre-order the book now at your favorite online store and at stores on September 1 but if you’re anywhere around these cities, please be my guest. It’ll be a joy to meet you and to encourage one another in Christ: August 10 – New Life Fellowship, NYC (Queens) August 17 – Overlake Church 9am/11am August 31 – Antioch Church (Bend, Oregon)…
  • We have to see justice as part of discipleship and ultimately…our worship of God.

    Eugene Cho
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    Over the years, I’ve been given by some the mini-reputation as a leader in the field of justice. At first, I took it as a compliment and  of course, I still do because I care a lot about justice. I know that people mean well. But I care about justice not  just for the sake of justice. I care about justice…because I care much about the Gospel. And sometimes, when I hear folks talk about justice in the church, I cringe… I cringe because if we’re not careful, we’re again compartmentalizing justice rather than seeing it as part of the whole Gospel; We need to see…
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    Ligonier Ministries Blog

  • Cultural Engagement

    Nathan W. Bingham
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here's an excerpt from Cultural Engagement, Russell D. Moore's contribution to the August issue of Tabletalk: Early in my ministry, I served as a youth pastor, and like every other evangelical youth minister, I received all the advertisements from youth ministry curriculum-hawkers telling me how I could be "relevant" to "today's teenagers." The advertisements promised me ways I could "connect" with teenagers through Bible studies based on MTV reality shows and the songs on the top-40 charts that month. All I knew how to do, though, was preach the gospel. Yes, I knew what was happening on MTV,…
  • #AskRC Live Twitter Event: August 2014

    Nathan W. Bingham
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Answering theological questions from his students has been a continual commitment throughout Dr. R.C. Sproul's ministry. Originally called "gabfests" by his early students and later, "Ask R.C.," these sessions continue to take place at our conferences, on Renewing Your Mind, and online. For the first time, with the help of his staff, Dr. Sproul used Twitter to answer your questions. Thank you to everyone who participated in this unique event. You can follow the conversation below: @Ligonier Thank you very much. This is my maiden voyage on Twitter. #AskRC — R.C.
  • The Gospel of Sovereign Grace

    Dr. Joel Beeke
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    One New Testament book that especially emphasizes God's astounding sovereign grace is Paul's letter to the Romans. According to Paul, this grace makes both Jew and Gentile co-heirs of God's kingdom with faithful Abraham (Rom. 4:16). It establishes peace between God and sinners who are His enemies (Rom. 5:2). Since only this grace is stronger than the forces of sin, it brings genuine and lasting freedom from sin's dominion (Rom. 5:20-21; 6:14). Divine grace equips Christian men and women with varied gifts to serve in the church of God (Rom. 12:6). This grace ultimately will conquer death and…
  • An Ordinary Christian Son

    Nathan W. Bingham
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here's an excerpt from An Ordinary Christian Son, R.C. Sproul Jr.'s contribution to the August issue of Tabletalk: It has become rather fashionable in certain circles these days to decry the rise in the church of what we call "the cult of personality"—and rightly so. A broader body consumed with consuming theological and biblical teaching via sundry media outlets is going to face the temptation to elevate certain voices, to take sides, to wave flags, and to give blind allegiance to a carefully crafted brand. We choose our cult leaders perhaps because we like their theological…
  • There Will Be No Sea in the New Heaven and New Earth

    R.C. Sproul
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Scripture often speaks of the entire creation awaiting the final act of redemption. To destroy something completely and to replace it with something utterly new is not an act of redemption. To redeem something is to save that which is in imminent danger of being lost. The renovation may be radical. It may involve a violent conflagration of purging, but the purifying act ultimately redeems rather than annihilates. The new heaven and the new earth will be purified. There will be no room for evil in the new order. A hint of the quality of the new heaven and new earth is found in the somewhat…
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  • Guest Blogger: Kelsey Janes

    4 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Kelsey went with me on this trip to Mexico last year. She had a really amazing time, and is looking forward to going again. Here are Kelsey's Top Ten "Reasons why I want to go back to Mexico:"These are the reasons I want to back go to Mexico:1. I want to go to Mexico because I want to help the people there.2. It will be a good opportunity to learn another language.3. The food and fruit juices are delicious.4. Sleeping in a hammock is fun.5. Its fun to see the different villages and how they live.6. Meeting the people is fun because they are very different.7. Its a good way to make new friends…
  • One Week To Go!

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Time flies! I am blown away that 1 week from tomorrow we leave for Mexico! It seems we've been talking about it and planning it for so long, and in just 7 days we will be boarding a plane heading out on this Family Missions trip together.There are 23 of us going. 7 families. What an opportunity to see God work in the lives of each of these individuals, and in each of these families. The thing is, God is going to work in our lives. He is. He always does. What I love about trips like these is that it forces us into a deeper reliance on Him. We are removed from our comfort zone. We are removed…
  • Guest Blogger: Garren Janes

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    As I mentioned earlier this week, our family is heading to Mexico for a Family Missions Trip. We are all super excited. God's provisions have already started coming in amazing ways! We are over half way to our goal of $7250 to cover the costs of this trip.Today, Garren is going to share why he is looking forward to going on this trip with us: I'm looking forward to this trip for multiple reasons:  1. Experiencing new things is fun - Why stay in your same state or even town your whole life? The adventure of going out of your comfort zone and learning about how others live is fun and…
  • A Family Missions Adventure

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    God is good. He promised in Scripture that He would supply all our needs. And He continues to faithfully do just that. Having recently been laid off from my position as Missions Pastor at Southbrook Church, it would be easy to question God's plans for our life. It would be a natural response to question God's provision in our life. Even though we have struggled emotionally with this decision, we continue to trust God's sovereign plan for our life.As a family, we had committed earlier this year to participate in a missions trip to Mexico, coming up in August of this year. We are still fully…
  • A Difficult Announcement

    24 Jun 2014 | 4:33 am
    This past Sunday we had to make a very difficult announcement. After 8 years of ministry service at Southbrook Church, I have been let go due to organizational restructuring. While I understand the purpose of this decision, and while I trust God's Sovereignty in the midst of this time, it is a very painful and difficult time for both Nancy and myself.You can watch the announcement here: 6.22 Announcement SD from Southbrook Church on Vimeo.Southbrook Church is planning to host a reception and take a love offering this coming Sunday, June 29, at 6pm. If you are in the area, we'd love to have…
 
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  • LIVE Webcast: How to Be God’s Friend: Mary, Martha and Lazarus

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    LIVE Webcast: Wednesday, August 20 at 7:00 PM Easten. Friendship implies a relationship that is intimate and trusting. Friends have influence over one another and hold each other accountable for their actions. They respect and accept each other. In our next study in "How to Be God's Friend" we'll examine these traits in the example of a family in the Book of John. We'll notice that Martha served, Mary anointed Jesus' feet and Lazarus died. Join us as we discover how their friendship with Jesus intersects our lives.
  • BT Daily: The Law of the Jungle

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Activity does not always equal productivity.
  • God's Way on the Highway: Principles for Driving

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Driving is something almost everyone does, and is something everyone can relate to.
  • Is God's Temple Under Construction?

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Scripture indicates that before the return of Jesus Christ, a new temple is to be built in Jerusalem. But is a grand temple of God already under construction? Does it involve you?
  • Beyond Today: Heaven on Earth?

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    The Bible doesn't teach that you go to heaven promptly at death. But what it does explain is marvelous! Learn the amazing truth.
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    Tim Archer's Kitchen of Half-Baked Thoughts

  • Links to Go (August 21, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Kent Brantly: Every Now and Then a Disciple Breaks Out As soon as I heard the story of that decision, I had an immediate thought. I know that was a hard decision to make, to not take the medicine so that someone else could have it, but I’m pretty sure I knew how long it took him to make it. You don’t make that kind of decision without years and years of practice, without years of watching the brothers and sisters around you make sacrifices, and without having the story of Jesus capture your imagination. That’s why I believe so much in the local church, because every now and then a…
  • When praying for someone is an act of aggression

    Tim Archer
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    “I’ll be praying that God show you the error of your ways.” It should be nice to have someone say that they’ll pray for you, right? Yet look at the above statement. There’s something about it that smacks of the Pharisee’s prayer in Luke 18, the pious superiority revealing itself in HolySpeak. The “loving” statement above says that we have a difference of opinion, but my opinion is God’s opinion. It’s like the old joke about the two musicians arguing about how to perform a Bach concerto. Finally one says, “Listen, you keep…
  • Links to Go (August 20, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Speaking of Michael Brown In all of this, the fundamental problem is a failure to relate; to know and be known and embrace the Other. Yet this is the first thing Jesus does as His coming is announced in the gospel of John. Jesus leaves His home, comes to unwell and broken people, people who are wholly unlike Him in order to usher in healing and reconciliation. The Apostle Paul understand this, calling Christians to be ministers – not of doctrine, politics, rights, rightness, division, or anything else, but reconciliation. When the church recaptures her message of reconciliation (not power,…
  • Knowledge that puffs up

    Tim Archer
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve shared with some friends a concern I have about attitudes I see in our churches. Worse, these are attitudes that I see in me. On the one hand, there are areas in which I’ve become uncomfortable with traditional interpretations and longstanding traditions. I’ve come to see things in a different way. If I’m not comfortable, I communicate those things poorly, coming across as: “If you were truly enlightened, you would understand this issue as I do.” In other areas, I play the exact opposite role. I grow frustrated with those who seem more interested in…
  • Links To Go (August 19, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Why Retirement is a Dirty Word This is a terrible and dehumanizing way to think of work. It assumes that workers have no real value beyond output. Once their productive years are over—however that’s determined—then we send them out to pasture. The only way to get workers to play along is to convince them that the pasture is lush and relaxing. Suck it up now because it’s going to be wonderful in a few decades. The effect is that we’ve now raised a few generations to look for fulfillment in the pasture, not their work. Satisfaction is a future thing, not a present possibility. Joy is…
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  • The Social Media Platform Your Church MUST Pay Attention To NEXT

    Kenny Jahng
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
      Today’s post is from Jason Caston who helps to equip churches as they connect their ministry with the online community. There are many resources are available on his blog ichurchmethod.com. I recently asked Jason to share with us some of the up and coming social media platforms that have gained popularity. An interesting transition is happening in the world of social media, Facebook is undoubtedly the king of the hill and Twitter is up there as well but the popular new kid on the block is Instagram and it’s here to stay.  Instagram now has 200 Million users, over 20 billion…
  • Top 5 Things I Learned About Promoting My Content Online

    Kenny Jahng
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today’s post is from Gangai Victor who leads an interesting blog and community over at www.votivepraise.com. I recently asked Gangai to share with us some of the learnings he’s gained from the “publishing” side of things regarding his platform and social media presence. Please engage with questions by dropping them in a comment below the post!   Self-publishing original content online is pretty easy these days—there are loads of free platforms out there to help us. If it’s a blog, there’s blogger.com. If it’s a book, say hello to Kindle. If…
  • Contribute To My Upcoming Book Project: 555 Social Media Marketing Tips

    Kenny Jahng
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    The “New Year”is half over! – and it’s time to think ahead about what BHAG’s you can accomplish in 2014. One of my goals is to publish a series of books (most on the Kindle platform) to help more individuals, non-profits and ministry leaders ramp up their communications efforts. For one of them, I am inviting you to become a contributor in an effort to help empower more people to harness the power of social media for their own cause. Simply submit your contribution below to get started! Loading…
  • Big Church vs Small Church: Does HOW You Say & WHAT You Say Matter?

    Kenny Jahng
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Neat research on some of the key differences between how larger churches and smaller churches communicate with their communities. Take a look: This makes me wonder – should larger churches take a stab at being more interactive? Allowing the voice to be more personal? Being more open to “cluttering the feed” with content regarding specific ministries (vs only church-wide relevant content)? Thoughts? Leave a comment below.
  • Free Book Giveaway // The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication

    Kenny Jahng
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Free Book Giveaway // The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication
 
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    Vision Baptist Church

  • Putting my life in my hands

    Austin Gardner
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Judges 12:3 And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and the LORD delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me? I want you to notice the phrase “I put my life in my hands”. What does he mean by that? 1 Samuel 19:5; 1 Samuel 28:21. He had risked his life and for a good cause. I wonder when the last time is that the people of God have risked their lives for one of His causes. Not that we are not willing to risk our lives as firemen, policemen, soldiers, but…
  • train your children

    Austin Gardner
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Judges 8:20 And he said unto Jether his firstborn, Up, and slay them. But the youth drew not his sword: for he feared, because he was yet a youth. We can’t expect our children to do what we have not trained them to do. They may act the part by wearing the sword but not have it in their hearts. We can’t live out our ministry and our love for God through our children. We must give them the example and then teach them out to do it. 


They must have experience or they will fail at that crucial moment. The disciple must start with the smallest homework. As he gets comfortable in his…
  • vindicated

    Austin Gardner
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Judges 8:6 And the princes of Succoth said, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should give bread unto thine army? Amazingly no one wants to help until they know you have won the battle. You will be alone and lonely much of the time. You will be criticized by those more successful and bigger than you are. Don’t be discouraged when you are misunderstood and falsely accused. Just do the job He called you to do and when He is ready he will promote you and vindicate you.
  • Barriers

    Austin Gardner
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Judges 7:4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go. There must be barriers to leadership training. First the cowards went home and then the careless. Those who can be trained for leadership will be comparatively few. Maybe all could go on but not all will. Some will be afraid. Others will want to do battle their way.
  • Double Vision

    Austin Gardner
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    Judges 6:12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. A great discipleship principle! God sees Gideon as he is and as he will be. The principle of “double vision.” As you disciple you must see what the person can become not just what he is. As you see what he will be then help that person to see what God can do in his life. Give him a vision. Help him to dream of being a mighty man of valor.
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    LifeVesting

  • When Your Greatest Strength Just Isn’t Enough

    Andy Wood
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    This is for the gifted speaker or preacher who just can’t seem to get his point across.  It’s for the exceptional teacher whose students this time just aren’t getting it. This is for the counselor who isn’t making any difference whatsoever, or the business innovator who’s just run out of ideas as his organization is falling into the abyss. This is for the genius sailor who just met up with the perfect storm. It’s for the career fisherman who’s fished all night and caught nothing. You may need to brace for impact. You may need to prepare to be disturbed… not by how hard things…
  • Debtor, Consumer, or Investor: What Kind of Worshiper are You?

    Andy Wood
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    How was church today? That’s a pretty common question in my family.  With four households all involved in some sort of ministry, all living and attending four different worship venues, it’s not unusual for me to ask. But it’s also important for me to remember that I’m asking a consumer question. I’m basically asking somebody in my family to evaluate their experience.  To interpret an event.  Yes, to tell me what they got out of it or whether they liked the goings-on down at the church house. Is that wrong?  Not necessarily.  But it’s a pitifully limited – and limiting –…
  • A Lighthouse in a Harbor

    Andy Wood
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A lighthouse in a harbor stands on solid ground, Declaring simple truth to all who would see. “Here I stand,” it calls to the ocean. “No wave formed against me will ever prosper… I bow at the mercy of no storm or sea.” On a firm foundation the Lighthouse in the Harbor Refuses to surrender, sound the retreat or compromise. It stands in simple splendor, against the tide. Though it may show signs of wear and aging, Though it may look unimpressive to untrained eyes, The Lighthouse in the Harbor yet still stands upon a rock – And you… yes, you… are that Lighthouse in the Harbor. A…
  • Until Lambs Become Lions

    Andy Wood
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    (A Conversation) I watched the Robin Hood movie again last night. Kevin Costner? No, seriously?  Russell Crowe. OK. I love the quote from there… About rising and rising again? Yeah… “Rise and rise again, until lambs become lions.”  That really resonates with me. I can see why.  So are you rising and rising again? Hardly.  More like “fall and fall again.” Why is that? The conversations I have had with just about everybody this week (what few there were) were like taking a bath in decades-old sludge. I take it you mean your sludge. Yeah.  It’s so hard to describe.  But I…
  • What I’m Learning from My Students, Part 3

    Andy Wood
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    Welcome back to my front-row seat.  In my work I have the privilege of reading a lot of stuff.  Some of it is forgettable.  Some of it is way-past-profound, either because of the quality of writing or because of the truth it conveys, and I keep a collection of the ones that bowl me over.  You can see previous collections here and here.  Both are quick reads, but profound in what they speak. Now this collection of seven happens to have a leadership theme, but they also speak to your spiritual life, your courage, and you humility (or lack thereof). Now… slow down… breathe deeply… and…
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  • Brave (feat. Moriah Peters)

    Worship.com
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    Performed by: The Saddleback Worship Team feat. Moriah Peters Subscribe to the Saddleback Worship... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • A Consecrated Life

    Worship.com
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    A Consecrated Life: By Alistair Begg, August 5, 2014 | http://www.truthforlife.org —... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Refuge In You – Vineyard Worship from Hungry [Official Lyric Video]

    Worship.com
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    Refuge In You – Vineyard Worship from Hungry [Official Lyric Video]: REFUGE IN YOU Lord, I... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • K-LOVE – Lincoln Brewster "Made New" LIVE

    Worship.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    http://www.klove.com/music/artists/lincoln-brewster/ – Lincoln Brewster performs his worship... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • K-LOVE – Danny Gokey "Hope In Front of Me" LIVE

    Worship.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    http://www.klove.com/music/artists/danny-gokey/ – Danny Gokey performs his song "Hope In... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
 
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  • Living in Wonderland or Lost in Wonder, Love and Praise

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    As we make our monthly way through the Ten Tenets, Tenet 7 is one that can be simply put, but remains complex in its application. Tenet 7 is this:There is an absolute, covenantal antithesis between Christian theism and any other, opposing, position. Thus, Christianity is true and anything opposing it is false.This tenet has a host of ideas supporting it, and it may help to clarify the terms used in order to make explicit some of those ideas. When we think of the antithesis as "absolute," we are pointing to the fact that the ground or foundation of the antithesis is not measured on a relative…
  • The Great and Holy War

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Philip Jenkins, The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade. New York: HarperCollins, 2014. 448 pp. Hardcover. $22.99/ £18.99One hundred years ago this month marked the onset of what was then known only as "The Great War." As Philip Jenkins' new book The Great and Holy War shows, however, perhaps we ought still to dignify it with that awful title. Although WWII looms vastly larger in our cultural consciousness, this is due partly to its greater proximity in time, and to the much greater role that America played in the hostilities. Yet most people would be…
  • Theology for International Law

    4 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    Esther D. Reed, Theology for International Law. London and New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2013. 350pp. $26.99/£19.99The big issue which this book addresses is: what does theology have to say to those who argue that international relations are nothing more than the realm of Realpolitik? Reed does not confront this question systematically until the final short section of concluding theses. Instead, she looks at a series of topical problems: the use of torture (chapter 3), whether the traditional just war criteria are inapplicable to the ways in which the "war" against terrorism is being…
  • Union with Christ and Sanctification

    3 Aug 2014 | 7:10 pm
    One of the chief benefits of the recent debates regarding sanctification is a renewed emphasis on the believer's union with Christ through faith. If we realize how often the apostle Paul situates our salvation "in Christ," we will also realize that Christ truly is the fountain of every spiritual blessing for the Christian. It is for this reason that the fourth affirmation of the Gospel Reformation Network on the gospel and sanctification highlights the centrality of union with Christ:We affirm that both justification and sanctification are distinct, necessary, inseparable and simultaneous…
  • The German Roots of Nineteenth Century American Theology

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Annette G. Aubert. The German Roots of Nineteenth-Century American Theology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013, 402 pp. $74.00.  In this volume, a revision of her doctoral dissertation at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), Annette Aubert aims to recover the central influence that German sources played in the development of nineteenth-century American theology. She does so by presenting a detailed summary of the German Mediating Theology (GMT) and exploring how it might have registered in the thought of Charles Hodge, dean of the Princeton school of Reformed orthodoxy,…
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    Connecting to Impact

  • Good Fruit, Bad Fruit, and Discerning

    jason@church4allnations.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. –Matthew 7:15-18 These are the words of Jesus. You can’t get good fruit from bad trees or bad fruit from good trees, but I think sometimes you can get so focused on what you think is the fruit that you miss…
  • The Great Reach of Grace

    jason@church4allnations.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    First off, thanks for those who entered and our randomly selected winner is… Dusty Rayburn! Congratulations! I’ll send you your choice of digital copy of the book as soon as I get your information. Hope you are blessed and encouraged by this book! Normally as we’re picking new books for our book club, I look to ones I haven’t read before. I’m constantly moving on to the next things–it’s in my nature I suppose. But this book is different to me. I recently finished it and felt strongly that it would be a great one for our book club to cover. It’s not new…
  • Your Junk is the Worst

    jason@church4allnations.com
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I don’t know if you’re anything like me (and I’m first to admit that can be a good and bad thing), but I’m not an overly judgmental person. I’m not perfect by any means and don’t mean to imply that, but I don’t believe there is any sin or problem or struggle too big for God’s grace. But when I’m really honest, I believe that for other people, but often not for myself. It’s as if, I could hear someone pour out their heart about their deepest struggle and I feel a great sense of compassion. I’ve experienced such things many…
  • Calm before the Storm

    jason@church4allnations.com
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I was blessed to take my family to Texas for a little trip to Six Flags today. Couldn’t believe how big my kids were, riding all the scary rides they wouldn’t go near just a year ago. Anyway, we’ll be spending a little time around Dallas before we head home, but school is coming soon and with it a whole lot of busyness! I’ll be teaching a couple classes. My wife is teaching and adding other responsibilities. And of course, our kids will be busy learning and playing. Besides that, we’re excited to welcome two exchange students who will be living with us for the…
  • Moving into the Book Club Future!

    jason@church4allnations.com
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I have to say I so enjoyed our last round of discussions for Francis Chan’s, Forgotten God. Diving into the person of the Holy Spirit and how He moves in our lives has affected me deeply. Hearing what you as contributors of both posts and conversation has to add was incredible. When it came time to pick a new book, I was definitely energized and ready to jump right back in so I suggested to Sarah that we read one I had just finished reading and already wanted to read again. No kidding, I have thought about making it a priority to read this book once a year for the rest of my life.
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  • A "God" that is not God; Victoria Beeching, love and acceptance

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    At First Things, Professor Robert George usefully explains internal viewpoints that are shaping external issues which are shattering our culture today. The other week, Victoria Beeching, a well-known singer in the Christian music scene, came out and announced: "I am gay and God loves me just the way I am." Ok, got it. But one understandable response to such a statement might be: "What makes you say that?" In his article, Professor George looks to Plato's description of the three forms of "atheism" -- the belief that there simply is no God, the belief that God exists but doesn't really care…
  • For once and for all, I am telling you: "Sex" means "transgender," and it also means "gender identity."

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    You had better get with it. I'm not sure why people continue to insist that your "sex" is something integral to your created being, a function of your unique biological identity and who you were born to be -- what an anachronistic concept. So says the Department of Labor (DOL), in a recent directive stating that the Department will now interpret "sex discrimination" to also include discrimination on the basis of "gender identity" and "transgender" status. The DOL relies on a 2012 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) decision stating as much, along with other "case law principles"…
  • My Friends Dan and Judy

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    My friend Dan and his wife Judy are missionaries with SIM in Ethiopia. Dan and Judy, a registered nurse, raised three wonderful children in the Seattle area, which is where we met. We served together for several years on the board of the Seattle-area Christian Action Council, the forerunner of what has become CareNet. Dan's warmth, good humor, wide reading, and deeply held convictions about all the right things were marrow to my bones. Dan retired as an engineer with Boeing a few years ago. He had retired as a Lt. Colonel in the Army Reserve some time before that. Had Judy and he wanted to,…
  • Children Are Always a Blessing

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Here is one of the best quotes I've read in a long time; it's by Courtney Reissig, writing at Christianity Today's "Her.Meneutics" site: Children are not a death sentence to our ambitions and goals. They may change them, postpone them, or even make them more difficult to attain—but they are always a blessing. We don't earn the right to stay home or have children only after having done something important with our lives. We earn the benefit to have children simply by being created in God's image. Preach it, sister. Career dreams, professional attainments, academic achievements: All that…
  • The Roots of the Islamist Movement

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    The recent conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip has reignited debates about moral culpability, civilian casualties, and the actual history of the relationship between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs. What drives both sides in the conflict? What are their ultimate goals? In a recent article, I examined the stated purpose of Hamas, a terrorist group with the self-articulated goal of destroying Israel and the Jews. How can such a claim be taken seriously? In the West, we find it hard to grasp the fact that calls for genocide can be issued with utmost conviction and commitment. How…
 
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    Why God?

  • Economic Crashes Linked To A Bible Pattern Over The Last 60 Years

    Michael
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    While “The Harbinger” and “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” showed that the economic crashes of 2001 and 2008 occurred on the last day of the “Shemitah,” Elul 29 on the biblical calendar, the new book examines other economic crashes of the last 60 years and finds similar striking links to the pattern. The book, releasing Sept. 2, comes out on the eve of the next “Shemitah” cycle, which ends Sept. 13, 2015 – a day that will also feature a solar eclipse. The good news for Wall Street is that the date falls on a Sunday, so the stock market will be closed. In 1931, a solar eclipse took…
  • Lost Ancient High Technology Of Egypt Before The Pharaohs

    Michael
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    Evolution teaches us that we are smarter than the previous generations, but that is not what we find in archaeology. Civilizations before us had technology so far advanced, that even we today are unable to duplicate it. The ancient pyramids are one example where modern man cannot figure out how they are made Archaeologists and scientists today are still baffled at the ‘who’ and ‘how’ they built these magnificent structures. More evidence continues popping up throughout Egypt, Peru, and abroad that tells us ancient technology DID exist. Tour guide and researcher, Brien Foerester, takes…
  • Iron Dome Operator: God Moved A Missile We Couldn’t Hit

    Michael
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    In remarks relayed to an Israeli news site (Hebrew), the Iron Dome battery commander recalled: “A missile was fired from Gaza. Iron Dome precisely calculated [its trajectory]. We know where these missiles are going to land down to a radius of 200 meters. This particular missile was going to hit either the Azrieli Towers, the Kirya (Israel’s equivalent of the Pentagon) or [a central Tel Aviv railway station]. Hundreds could have died. “We fired the first [interceptor]. It missed. Second [interceptor]. It missed. This is very rare. I was in shock. At this point we had just four seconds…
  • California University Scientist Fired After He Discovered A Triceratops Fossil With Soft Tissue

    Michael
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    A scientist was terminated from his job at a California State University after discovering soft tissue on a triceratops fossil, and then publishing his findings. Pacific Justice Institute filed suit, yesterday, with the Los Angeles County Superior Court, against the board of trustees of CSU, Northridge, citing discrimination for perceived religious views. “Terminating an employee because of their religious views is completely inappropriate and illegal,” commented Brad Dacus, President of PJI. “But doing so in an attempt to silence scientific speech at a public university is even more…
  • Spiritual Warfare- Upcoming Occult Holidays

    Michael
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Dark Nights of Summer! Upcoming Occult Holidays By William Schnoebelen © 2014 We are coming up on a season of spiritual iniquity. In the next eleven days there are two major Satanic and/or Wiccan holidays we want you to know about. Intercessors will note the increase in spiritual warfare during the upcoming weeks. Also, those who are satanic cult survivors may need extra prayer and counsel during these approaching dark holidays. Parents and those with spiritual authority need to take extra precautions to pray for and protect their children, congregations and pets (especially dogs) during…
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  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today is my 35th birthday. To celebrate, I’m doing sermon prep. I’ll be preaching Psalm 8 on Sunday morning at Orillia Baptist Church (10 am—join us!), and I still have no idea what to preach for my evening message. Please pray the Lord would bring something to mind. And now for some links: ‘Aha’ Moments: Theirs and Mine Andrew Wilson: Pete Enns has been hosting a fascinating series over at his blog in which biblical scholars give their “aha” moments. Exactly what an “aha” moment is varies by contributor, but it’d probably be fair to say…
  • Seven books to read on Christianity and homosexuality

    Aaron Armstrong
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Last week, recording artist Vicky Beeching, whose songs are sung in thousands of churches in America (possibly even yours this weekend), announced, “I’m gay. God loves me just the way I am.” And she is just the latest among many who are either coming out as gay or in favor of same-sex marriage. Far too many of us struggle to know how to respond. Is there a biblical case for same-sex relationships? Does the Bible really condemn it? Can we just “live and let live”? If we’re going to be people who truly love our neighbors, we need to be people who tell the…
  • This should make us stop and think

    Aaron Armstrong
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    From Facing Leviathan: Leadership, Influence, and Creating in a Cultural Storm by Mark Sayers Without realizing it, leaders can paint their own dysfunction over churches, ministries, and missions fields. All too easily, the effort to preach the gospel becomes about appeasing fears and insecurities, turning leadership into a tool used to primarily gain a sense of personal meaning. If this doesn’t make us sweat a little bit, I’m not sure we’re examining ourselves carefully enough, what do you think? Advertise here with Beacon Ads
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readers God on Sex: The Creator’s Ideas about Love, Intimacy, and Marriage by Daniel Akin—$2.99 Confronting Kingdom Challenges by Samuel T. Logan Jr.—$1.99 Why Cities Matter by Justin Buzzard and Stephen Um Healing for a Broken World by Steve Monsma—$2.99 Political Thought by Hunter Baker—99¢ Coming (Back) to America: My One Fear Thabiti Anyabwile: When asked the question, I’d usually pause. Not because I didn’t have an answer, but because some fears feel too real when you give them words. So I’d pause. Then I’d say two things: “Truthfully,…
  • I’m giving away a personal library!

    Aaron Armstrong
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    One of the things I’m most grateful for about this blog is the opportunity to share great books with you—and this week, I have the privilege of giving away a ridiculous pile of books and resources in partnership with my friends at Crossway, B&H Publishing, P&R Publishing, Logos Bible Software and Moody Publishers! Here’s what you can win so far: Why We Love the Church by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck (added 8/19) A Reasonable Response by William Lane Craig (added 8/19) Life on Mission by Dustin Willis and Aaron Coe (added 8/19) Facing…
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  • Hope in Desolation

    Emily
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    An explosion shatters the stillness of the night.People scramble for shelter, the air thick with fear as they huddle together, wondering if they will even live to see another morning. A mother struggles to silence her crying child and cringes at the shouts that seem to echo across the dessert. An orphan crouches into the shadows and trembles as he hears the heavy footsteps that beat across the sandy terrain. As yet another bomb rumbles through the war-torn landscape, ripping up everything in its path, there is only one question that remains...When will it all end?For the people of Syria,…
  • Artist Spotlight: Abby

    Emily
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Like so many other young artists, Abby's experience at Incarnate 2014 was nothing short of life changing. Skilled in over five instruments, her giftedness in the area of music was unparalleled by any other student. In fact, she was so talented, that even Incarnate leader Bill Drake found himself astounded at her musical genius.However, despite her impressive strengths in the area of music, Abby was also very broken and damaged. Originally from Finland, her early life had been one of abuse and pain that she was desperately trying to forget. Her time at Incarnate was a drastic change from the…
  • Artist Spotlight: Kara

    Emily
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    With her contagious laugh and bubbly personality, Kara brought joy to everyone who attended Incarnate 2014. As a small town girl from Minnesota, Kara had grown up in a large homeschooling family with seven other siblings.Time - Oil paint on canvasAlthough she had only taken one online art course, she possessed incredible talent, particularly in the area of painting. Her passion was to create art of people that society often considered to be insignificant or unimportant. She was especially skilled at painting with a knife, creating a unique "ruggedness" that truly captured the essence of…
  • Artist Spotlight: Emma

    Emily
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    The shadows danced on the walls of the small cave as Emma leaned against the stones, eyes closed and heart searching for answers. The group had long since left, but she had requested to remain alone, in a cave where persecuted Christians had once come to worship in secret. Sing.It was here in this silent darkness that Emma felt she could truly hear the voice of God, and this moment, He was telling her to sing. Emma opened her eyes slowly, feeling His presence deep within her, and wanting nothing more than to answer His call.But as she took a breath to begin her song, she hesitated, feeling a…
  • Artist Spotlight: Katie

    Emily
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    When Katie first arrived in Bobbio Pellice, Italy for OM's 2014 Incarnate event, she was exhausted - physically, mentally, and perhaps most of all, emotionally. For the past four years, she had been serving with the OM ships ministry and the intense community and lifestyle had left her needing time to rest and recharge.As the first few days passed, workers began to notice that Katie often pulled away from group activities to be alone. However, despite her hesitancy to interact, the Incarnate staff still saw an artist with incredible potential. It became increasingly obvious that…
 
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  • God on the Move: “Power Lifting” – 2 Thessalonians

    Randall Smith
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Every now and then, you may hear of a report of what researchers have termed “hysterical strength.” This is displayed when an act of what appears to be “superhuman” strength is demonstrated by someone who appears otherwise “normal.” It usually occurs during a rescue of others in a life and death situation. Most common among the anecdotal examples are mothers lifting boulders, an adult pulling a child from under a vehicle while lifting the structure of it, or some other weighty item pushed aside by a normal adult in order to rescue their trapped child and save their life or limb.
  • Following His Footsteps: “Rising Star” – (Mt. 4, Lk. 4, Jn. 4)

    Randall Smith
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    “The hardest part was at the very beginning!” said the young pop music star. “I came along before there was an ‘American Idol’ show, but just after the big record labels were already losing to the digital market of iTunes and Napster. That window was very hard to get started in this business!” the young woman complained. Truthfully, I didn’t know who she was, but her interview caught my attention on the TV set above my head. Of course, the fact that my flight was going to be delayed and my sandwich was utterly uninteresting may have also had something to do with my interest in…
  • His Glory Shall Return! (Video on Ezekiel’s final vision)

    Randall Smith
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    The Temple was Ezekiel’s hope, but he found that hope replaced with God’s own presence – that was not dependent upon a building. God has a future for His people!  
  • Following His Footsteps: “The Candidate” – John 3 and 4

    Randall Smith
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Robert Redford has played some famous roles, but none bigger than the Oscar winning performance in the 1972 movie called “The Candidate. In that role, Redford starred as a lawyer (and son of the former California governor) who was convinced to run against a senatorial incumbent who faced no competition. Even those who asked Redford to run anticipated a dramatic loss, so the candidate was able to run with frankness and integrity in order to demonstrate a new brand of politics. When people realized they preferred a fresh, young and honest looking face – the campaign became serious. Thirty…
  • God on the Move: “Postcards from the Edge” – 1 Thessalonians

    Randall Smith
    2 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Carrie Fisher wrote a screenplay based on her own life in 1987 and by 1990 it was on the silver screen as a comedy movie called “Postcards from the Edge”. In the year that followed, the movie was acclaimed at the Academy awards… The story was about an actress who was a recovering drug addict and her attempts to re-start her career and her life after leaving the treatment center. She was forced to move in with a “responsible adult” in order to keep her insurance, and she returned to take residence with a famous musical comedy star of the 1950s and ’60s – her own mother. The…
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  • My Thoughts on Robin Williams

    16 Aug 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Image: FacebookI was saddened and stunned by the news of Robin Williams' suicide. I remember the first time I saw him. It was on the TV show Mork & Mindy which broadcast in the late 70's and early 80's. I couldn't stop laughing.I loved many of his movies including "Good Morning Vietnam", "Good Will Hunting", "Dead Poet's Society", "Patch Adams", "Awakenings", and "Mrs. Doubtfire". Not only was he a comedic genius but also a talented dramatic actor.The brains of genius talents like Robin Williams seem to be ten steps ahead of the rest of us.After hearing the sad news of his death, I read…
  • New Beginnings and Saying Goodbye

    11 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    A new school year is about to begin. A new crop of students. I love to get to know them but ...I have a hard time letting go of the past year.I will be starting this school year without Heidi. We worked together for four years and got to the point where we could almost finish one another's sentences. Oh how I will miss her!Jane's photo: the MomAnd then there are the children from last year. How thankful I am that most of them are still attending our school for Pre-K 4. So I will be able to see their sweet faces from time to time. And they can always stop by for hugs from Miss Debbie.I spent…
  • Five Minute Friday: Fill

    8 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    It's Five Minute Friday when we set our timers and get to write for five minutes flat. Our word for today is: FILL.STARTAs I consider the word fill, much comes to my mind. I tend to fill my life with many things. In this age of technology:I can fill my time shopping without leaving my home. I can look at beautiful images on Pinterest and dream of places I long to visit and things I long to buy.I can fill my time listening to music.I can exercise while reading my Kindle.I can fill my time keeping up with my friends and family on Facebook.I'm amazed at how much time elapses as I fill my…
  • How to Survive 10 Weeks of Summer Camp

    4 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    I survived and thrived ten weeks of summer camp. I worked 10-11 hour days with no break. The camp counselors and I ate all our meals with the campers. We were constantly engaged with them. No rest for the weary!So how does a woman of 61 have the energy to keep up? So glad you asked!Every morning I woke up very early anticipating the day. I set my alarm clock for 5 am as a backup but I never had to wait as I always awakened earlier. I thanked the Lord for the day. I committed to not read or engage on social media until after my quiet time. I have YouVersion one year Bible downloaded on my…
  • Five Minute Friday: Finish

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    It's Five Minute Friday. This week our one word writing prompt is: FINISH.STARTFinish is a good word for me. I've been working as the Site Leader for my school's summer camp this year. It's been a long and very hot summer with triple digit temperatures. I need lots of energy to keep up with the long hours and the many children attending. There is only one more week to go. But I'm determined to finish strong!Many of the little children are learning to swim. At the end of swim time, they look forward to hanging on to Nick and taking a ride to the end of the pool. As you can see from the photo,…
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  • Our Great Big American God

    Chad Estes
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    These days I don’t review as many books as I have in recent years. After reading 50+ books a year for a couple of years I found myself burnt out. I’d built up a good reputation in the publishing world and even moved into the top tier of the Amazon book reviewers. I had a constant stream of Christian books being delivered to my doorstep without me having to request them. One author even asked me to write a blurb for the front of her book, along with other well known ‘names.’ I was enthralled with myself. I read her book, wrote a few well-worded sentences, and sent it to her and her…
  • To Tattoo, or Not to Tattoo

    Chad Estes
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I don’t have any tattoos. The biggest reason is that I hate pain – especially my own. I almost got a tattoo when I was in Scotland, but it would have required a lot of scotch, and since I was leading a missions group at the time it seemed wise not to imbibe. Instead I took the group to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which had nothing to do with body art, but was a festival of military bagpipe bands. The other time I considered getting a tattoo was when I was staying in a mountain tribe in the Philippines. Some of the older ladies still didn’t wear shirts in the village…
  • I Guess You’d Say I Have a Boob Job

    Chad Estes
    20 Jun 2014 | 4:36 pm
    As I’ve been documenting stories of breast cancer and body image I have heard many different realities when it comes to breasts. I have friends with one breast, with no breasts, with reconstructed breasts, with enhanced breasts, with reduced breasts. I have friends with no nipples, with big nipples, with tattooed nipples, and with pierced nipples. I have friends whose husbands’ breast cup sizes are larger than theirs. I have friends whose natural breasts seem to defy the law of gravity. I have friends whose breasts aren’t perfectly symmetrical and have one breast larger than the other.
  • Birthright for a Bowl of Porridge

    Chad Estes
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:34 pm
    A church building is just a church building until you sell the one I grew up in. I don’t worship it as a temple, it is merely a museum for my childhood memories. It is the location I where I sang my first solo in a kids’ program. It encapsulates the pool where I was baptized as a teenager. It is the place I graduated from high school; the stage where I was married; the ministry where I first worked after graduating from college; the church where I dedicated my firstborn child. Unfortunately there is no option for adding the building to the local historical society. It has been…
  • Yes, All Women

    Chad Estes
    27 May 2014 | 8:24 pm
    I really like Twitter. It provides the Everyday Joe an opportunity to share news, to provide commentary, and with the help of the right hash-tags, gives them the opportunity to be heard. I used to use Twitter more often for my own voice, but once my storytelling projects picked up the pace, time for interaction in the Twitterverse substantially decreased. However, I still use is as my main source of hearing breaking news from different sources, and people, from around the world. For instance, if news breaks in my hometown of Boise, my phone alerts me with that Twitter feed. If significant…
 
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  • Sunday Considerations: Beatitude for Sorrow

    Mark Lamprecht
    2 Aug 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon Ads A great preacher has said, “It is worth our thought how small that audience must be that would assemble, life through, to listen to a gospel that said nothing to sufferers, nothing to sorrow.” An old theological professor said to his students, “Never go through a service without some word, in sermon or prayer, for the troubled; for in every congregation there will be at least one heart hungering for comfort.” The gospel is for all experiences. The religion of Christ is for our times of gladness—as well as for our days of trouble.
  • 2 Reasons the SBC Resolution on Christians Suing Fellow Christians was Rejected

    Mark Lamprecht
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsBelow is a follow-up article by Tom Buck, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Lindale, explaining the results of the submission of his SBC resolution on Christians suing fellow Christians.  Last month I submitted a resolution to be considered at the SBC Annual Meeting in Baltimore concerning Christians suing fellow Christians. My motivation for addressing this issue was directly related to multiple lawsuits occurring between members of the SBC. I believed the infighting that was overflowing into the public court system was bringing shame upon the church and…
  • SBC Resolution on Christians Suing Fellow Christians

    Mark Lamprecht
    28 May 2014 | 8:15 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsMy fellow Christians, have you ever been sued? Have you ever sued anyone? A “yes” to either of those questions would not be surprising since there are millions of lawsuits filed every year in the United States. But there is a more important question. Have you ever sued a fellow Christian? Despite the fact that 1 Corinthians 6 has strong language against Christians taking other Christians to court, many do so anyway. Unfortunately, we Southern Baptists are not strangers to lawsuits. For example, in recent years a seminary professor sued the Baptist…
  • Sunday Considerations: Fear and Worship

    Mark Lamprecht
    10 May 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsFear God Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words. (Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 ESV) Meditate on the above verses as you prepare for corporate worship this weekend. Guard your heart, mind, ears, and mouth. What…
  • Working for Wind

    Mark Lamprecht
    9 May 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsI’ve been busy lately reading and writing closing out the seminary semester. Throw in the fact that I’ve not been sleeping much and I’ve got a battle between sleep and school. Juggling seminary, work, and home life can be exhausting at times and even frustrating. Sometimes I wonder – why all this studying? What’s the motivation? As with anything we Christians do in life, our motivation should be to glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31). Our reason should be kingdom motivated. That is, God’s kingdom, not our own. One of the temptations…
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  • Sunday Feedback

    Peter Mead
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:53 am
      Feedback is not created equal.  Wise preachers learn to tell the difference.  I suspect more than a few ministries are launched and sustained on the empty energy of post-sermon politeness.  On the other hand, genuine and helpful feedback can strengthen your ministry for years. Typically my approach is to say thank you for any feedback, then prayerfully evaluate what I am supposed to make of it.  Usually I find that meaningful feedback and compliments will come with a combination of factors – (A) Time – a week or a year later usually means more than five minutes later,…
  • Overcoming Preacher’s Block – III

    Peter Mead
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:29 pm
    We are coming to the end of a list of suggestions for overcoming preacher’s block . . . how about: 7. Sleep.  Sometimes when you are stuck, you can be tempted to work late and miss sleep.  Don’t.  Get good sleep and then work productively tomorrow.  We are designed to need sleep.  It can be a real step of faith to leave an issue like this with God and curl up in His arms for the night.  Sadly, too many preachers seem to think God is impressed by sugar and caffeine fueled fatigue that results in a vicious cycle of tiredness and inability to concentrate.  We don’t get…
  • Overcoming Preacher’s Block – II

    Peter Mead
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:29 am
    Continuing our list of suggestions for breaking out of preacher’s block.  Yesterday we thought about Pray, Break and Talk.  Here are some more ideas: 4. Read.  Sometimes it is time for a fresh perspective.  Maybe another commentary on a key section.  Perhaps check some biblical studies books to see if the text appears in the scripture index.  Maybe try a lighter commentary for how they handle this section.  But beware, sometimes the last thing you need is more information in.  This is an option, but it may be the wrong option.  If your block is from a massive input of data and…
  • Overcoming Preacher’s Block

    Peter Mead
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:51 am
    Writer’s block is a famous challenge, but I suspect preacher’s block is an equally frequent occurrence.  The time ticks by and Sunday’s deadline keeps approaching.  What should you do if you feel stuck?  Here are eight suggestions. 1. Pray.  Seems obvious, but I need to make this overt.  Pray.  And pray honestly.  Stop praying nice little “Lord I commit this process to you for your blessing and glory” prayers.  Start praying really honestly.  “God, I am really struggling here!  I don’t know what the problem is and I am scared that I…
  • Preaching and Patience

    Peter Mead
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:52 pm
      Life transformation is typically a gradual process.  We tend to focus on the sudden change stories, but even there, when we dig deeper, we tend to find a process that was ongoing for a while.  We can pray for and celebrate the big breakthrough moments, but let’s not forget that God is patiently building the church at all times. Be patient with the church – By all means preach with expectancy and pray for monumental change, but remember that God has his plans and purposes at work constantly in all the lives that make up your church.  This Sunday’s message is part of…
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  • ESV Women’s Devotional Bible Giveaway

    Lizzy Jeffers
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    The ESV Women’s Devotional Bible is now available and we’re celebrating with a giveaway! With contributions from more than 50 women and men who have been faithfully leading and serving the church, the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible will help women understand and apply God’s Word in their everyday lives. Our prayer is that the Women’s Devotional Bible will nurture women in their relationship with God by guiding them in daily, prayerful reading of the Bible and by deepening their understanding of the Bible through theologically rich devotional content. Watch a…
  • Video: Churches Partnering Together

    Matt Tully
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    In the video below, Matt Dirks sits down with Justin Taylor to discuss his new book (with Chris Bruno), Churches Partnering Together: Biblical Strategies for Fellowship, Evangelism, and Compassion. Matt Dirks on Churches Partnering Together from Crossway on Vimeo. 00:10 – Where do you serve? 00:39 – What was the one thing that Paul dedicated much of his life to? 02:16 – How do you bridge the gap between the first century and the twenty-first century in terms of church partnerships? 03:37 – What is a “kingdom church partnership”? 06:03 – Can you share…
  • Midweek Roundup – 8/20/14

    Matt Tully
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Each Wednesday we share some recent links that we found informative, insightful, or helpful. These are often related to Crossway books, Bibles, or authors—but not always. We hope this list is an interesting and encouraging break for the middle of your week. 1. Sam Storms on what it means that Jesus was “made perfect” What does the author of Hebrews mean when he says in Hebrews 2:10 that God the Father made Jesus, the founder of our salvation, “perfect through suffering”? And what does he mean in Hebrews 5:8 when he says that “he learned obedience through what he…
  • Bible Q&A – Why Read the Bible Every Day?

    Matt Tully
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    In this series, Dr. Dane Ortlund, Senior Vice President for Bible Publishing at Crossway, answers readers’ questions about the Bible. If you have a question for Dane, simply leave it as a comment at the bottom of this post Q: What’s the point of reading the Bible every day? We publish a lot of different Bibles at Crossway these days—Bibles with elaborate reference systems, Bibles with all the headings and verse numbers stripped out, devotional Bibles, a Psalter, wide-margin editions, and many others. What do we expect people to do with the Bibles we publish? Why do we hope…
  • Humanism: You Will Be Like God

    Matt Tully
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    In this series of posts, the late James Montgomery Boice helps us avoid being “conformed to this world” (Romans 12:2) by unpacking the 5 major “isms” that dominate the modern world. It’s All About Me I have acknowledged that there is for Christians a proper concern for secular things, though secularism as a worldview is wrong. The same qualification holds for this next popular “ism,” humanism. Obviously, there is a proper kind of humanism, meaning a proper concern for human beings. Humanitarianism is a better word for it. People who care for other people are…
 
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  • Orange Books Deal Week

    Jonathan Cliff
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Get some great deals during Deal Week. August 18–22 is the first ever Orange Books Deal Week. For five days, you can take advantage of five different special offers on select Orange Books: messages (including something new from Jon Acuff), subscriptions, and resources designed to inspire and help you grow your ministry. For details about the Deals—and the Prizes you could win just for posting the Deals—keep reading. To be updated about special offers like these from Orange Books, sign up on the home page of OrangeBooks.com. What’s better than a good read? A good read for a good deal.
  • Tell your Story

    Jonathan Cliff
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Did you know your church is always searching for more leaders? No matter how big the church you serve in is, there is always a need for more people to invest in the lives of the children there. As a small group leader, you play a huge role in this “recruiting” plan. If your church leader could clone you, they would! You are the one your leaders are attempting to replicate, and you play the oh-so-important role of recruiter for your ministry. You know the people in your world, and you know who would make an awesome SGL. Part of fulfilling the responsibility of “Creating a Safe Place”…
  • Sponsored Post: ScoreBig.com

    Jonathan Cliff
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    I love to go see baseball games. Anyone that follows me on Instagram, knows that recently I drove up the East Coast to see the Orioles, Phillies, and Yankees at their beautiful ballparks. It was fun, cheap, and due to my current life circumstances…easily scheduled. The problem has always been how to affordably take my family of 5 to the same fun sporting events. Enter a new website I discovered recently. ScoreBig.com. There are tons of different ways to purchase event tickets online, but ScoreBig.com combines the bidding, deal-catching, low price grabbing fun of all you’ve ever…
  • In Summer || Starr Cliff

    Starr Cliff
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Homemade ice cream. Mornings on the porch with coffee and the dawn song of birds singing. Visits from family and friends; highly anticipated,  and always better than hoped for. Floating the river. Baseball games. The pool. Bright nail polish. Big beach hats. Georgia awash in green. Fireflies temping us outside…mosquitoes driving us back in. Sweet tea in mason jars. Loud music with the windows down. Fresh, sweet tomatoes and fragrant basil from the garden,  devoured with slices of  mozzarella. My gorgeous kids with tanned legs and golden hair. Skinned knees and bug bites. A slower…
  • Praying Life [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    If God is composing a story with our lives, then our lives are no longer static. We aren’t paralyzed by life; we can hope. Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life (NavPress, 2009), 323
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  • Small Sacrifices: The Murder of Joshua Savyon

    11 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    One year ago today, Muni Savyon made good on his overt threat to murder his son Joshua. He wanted to get even with Joshua's mother (a fact which rapidly morphed into, "He was 'distraught'.") So he was given access to the child whom he said he would kill. "Supervised" visitation. Doesn't it ever occur to the ridiculous, self-important (albeit highly profitable) Family Court industry that the kind of guy who needs "supervised" visitation is going to become irretrievably enraged by that fact alone?I hope the judge who ordered Joshua into visitation with Muni has a good day today.
  • Have Your Own Back

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    You've witnessed this, too: the self-deprecating comments of women who look for all the world like they're winners. I'm no fan of the trend toward women demeaning themselves, not in any case; but this particular situation - it just seemed more representative than most.Last week, I spent a couple of hours in a local coffee shop. I was just hiding out, escaping my apartment for a while, because I do most of my work at home. Two women were seated at the table right in front of me.They were in terrific shape, dressed in workout gear, and they mentioned something about having just come from…
  • Harmony

    6 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    With all of the factional divisions within our culture these days, I often find myself thinking about my childhood best friend.Ali and I had almost nothing in common, yet we were as close as sisters for many years. And I learned one of life's best, most enduring lessons through her.Ali was an amazing artist, while I loved to write. She was a pure tomboy - she played on the basketball team, but I preferred being a cheerleader. She loved John Denver, and I was into Kiss. And as we got older, she tended to swing liberal while I was far more conservative, and we disagreed on most social issues.As…
  • The Road Much Traveled

    20 Jun 2014 | 7:51 pm
    You see it everywhere, this dichotomy of thought, that one has achieved the pinnacle of enlightenment by reaching the point of having no opinion at all.It's easy for the vagabonds who travel this road to rationalize their absence of position, and even easier - in this secular culture - to craft it as a superior stance: they simply claim to be able to see "all sides" of every moral issue. It's a ridiculous concept, one which declares their ignorance - because when it comes to right and wrong, there are only those two places to land. These wanderers take the path of least resistance…
  • Jared Remy's Version of "Taking Responsibility"

    27 May 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Jennifer Martel and her daughter Jennifer Martel's Murderer, Jared Remy The Story Jared Remy pleaded guilty today. He said he wanted to take responsibility for murdering Jennifer Martel last summer. What a man. He owned up to stabbing her to death, leaving their daughter motherless.But...Wait for it...Jared Remy then said to the court, as he took "responsibility": “I don’t think it’s right when women use their kids against their fathers.” Well, copy that, Jared. You're obviously the standard that all daddies should live up to.It seems that the son of Boston…
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  • 7 Christian Culture References to Look for During the 'Simpsons' Marathon

    jessec
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    A list even Reverend Lovejoy would approve of. Starting today, the cable network FXX will air every episode of The Simpsons as part of an epic, 12-day marathon. In other words, it’s time to free up some space on your DVRs.
  • 16-Year-Old Arrested For Writing a Facebook Status About Killing a Dinosaur

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Feeling misunderstood is a big part of your teenage years. You're just trying to express yourself, but everyone takes it the wrong way. Take 16-year-old Alex Stone of Summerville, South Carolina, who was instructed by his teacher to write a short story and post it on Facebook. Alex wrote, “I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur,” and then added “I bought the gun to take care of the business.” Not the most imaginative short story in the world, but there are some intriguing details. But the detail that stood out to his teacher was the part about the gun. She promptly suspended Alex and…
  • Found Footage of Brutal Murders Sets Off International Investigation

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A Fijan fisherman happened upon a misplaced cell phone in a taxi cab, and on that cell phone was a shocking, extremely graphic video of five mariners being shot to death on the open sea. The victims are clinging to the wreckage of a small boat, and are picked off one by one by a group of men who are laughing and chatting on several larger vessels. The identity and nationality of the victims and killers and the location of the grisly events are unknown, but Interpol and multiple governments are looking for answers. Though the phone was found in Fiji, a Fijan naval commander told the press "I…
  • 3 Barriers to the Church's Ability to Love Others

    jonhuckins
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Obstacles to viewing others as human in times of conflict. In recent years, my family has navigated some rough patches; death, cancer treatments, open heart surgeries, chronic disease, etc. It often seems that in these times of trauma or tragedy, family comes together to stand with one another as we wrestle through. We aren’t picking fights, we are crying on each other’s shoulders.  In recent months, our human family has been enduring an especially rough patch: War.  Racism.  Suicide. Deadly viruses. Plane crashes. Few have been untouched (in some way) by the realities unfolding. 
  • Missionary Who Contracted Ebola Is Being Discharged from Atlanta Hospital

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Dr. Kent Brantly, the American Christian missionary who contracted Ebola while helping patients in Liberia, will be discharged from an Atlanta hospital today. Brantly and fellow infected missionary Nancy Writebol—who may also soon be released from the hospital—both received an experimental medication called ZMapp. Two of Brantly’s blood test looking for the virus came back negative. At least 1,350 people have died from the outbreak in West Africa, where, according to CNN, the maker of ZMapp has “sent its entire stock of the experimental drug” in an effort to combat the spread of the…
 
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  • France Travel Deals

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    20 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
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    18 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
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    15 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
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    13 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
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    11 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    $119* — Orange County Flight Deals on Alaska Airlines, One Way Enjoy outstanding flight deals with this autumn adventure sale. Valid for travel from Sept 3 – Dec 16, 2014. Great Rates at 5-Star Luxury Hotel on Cliffs of Laguna Beach Near 3 beaches, this Laguna Beach hotel features 3 outdoor swimming pools plus great room amenities. $356 & [...]
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  • My Take on Ferguson

    Chilly
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    www.washingtontimes.com A:  I’m praying for peace.  - I’m not the judge, jury, victim, police or mob. I don’t know all the facts. I DO know… - I’m praying for the Brown family & friends. - I’m praying for the Wilson family & friends. - I’m praying for law enforcement, investigators, community leaders, pastors and Christians in Ferguson. - I’m praying for justice. - I hate racism. - I hate violence.  - I hate HATE. - God LOVES ALL people and this is my heart as well. - God’s LOVE reconciles, forgives, heals and restores.  -…
  • Hurting Love

    Chilly
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Why is it that when we’re a jerk or a punk, it’s usually towards the person or people we love the most? We bark, grumble and growl…  we ignore and blow-off… and all of this in the face of someone who loves us.  We still manage to smile & speak kindly to complete strangers or acquaintances – the waiter, bank teller, neighbor or barista.  But we can be such idiots to our spouse or kids or parents or closest friends… I wish I could say that this blog comes from a person who is not guilty of such ridiculous behavior, but that would be a lie. I’m…
  • My Take on Haters

    Chilly
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:41 pm
    A:  I love them.  - I’m sorry that they are unhappy.  - I wish they didn’t choose to gossip, blame or remain hurt. - I’ve probably done lots of things that, to a carnal heart, deserve hate. Sigh… please forgive me… again. - Forgiveness really does work. - Giving the benefit of the doubt may seem naive but it works too. - Unconditional love works even better.  - Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t move on … just do it right (and quietly) - Grace. - Someone else has it FAR worse than you. Be thankful. Love others. “No mature Christian who is…
  • Sunscreen & Sunglasses

    Chilly
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    From my personal journal today (and family devotions on the beach). Sunscreen. I love going to the beach! LOVE IT! And, yet there’s something about going to the beach that I hate! Yeah, I do it, but I hate it… applying sunscreen! Especially, when there’s 7 people needing it (in varying degrees of protection: SPF 50, 30, 15, etc). The process takes us 15 minutes or more — and, then, at some point on the beach we must reapply — but this time we’re sort of gritty from the sand. As much as I dislike applying sunscreen, I DO IT. I hate sunburn FAR worse! And, I’m also aware that…
  • Expanding the Margin

    Chilly
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    I’m on vacation. Resting… Playing… Recharging… Praying… and, Listening. It’s been a really busy, crazy, fast-paced, exciting and exhausting season of life and ministry. So, during a walk along the beach, I felt the Lord ask, “How long do you intend to live like this? I was reminded of a series that I preached at Courage Church a few years ago called: “Margin” — I think I need to preach it again TO MYSELF. This series really challenged me in some of the fundamental areas of my life. And, you know what? Looking at and adjusting our…
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  • Egypt Urges US Restraint Over Missouri Unrest

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    19 Aug 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Egypt on Tuesday urged U.S. authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri - echoing language Washington used to caution Egypt as it cracked... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Bibles Are Back: Navy Lodges Scuttle Removal Plan

    Religion News Service
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    The Gideon Bibles are going back in the Navy’s nightstand drawers. In June, the U.S. Navy ordered housekeepers at thousands of Navy-owned guest lodges near U.S. and international bases to remove the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Video: Ebola Crisis ‘Vastly Underestimated’

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    19 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
    The World Health Organization now says the Ebola crisis that has struck West Africa and taken more than 1,000 lives has been "vastly underestimated." In addition, the Doctors Without Borders... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Can A Hookup Lead To The Altar? Some Say Yes

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    19 Aug 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Purposely ambiguous and definitely provocative, the term “hookup” has gotten plenty of attention from researchers analyzing this sexual behavior that can range from kissing to sexual... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 1 Year After Historic Attacks, Egypt Has Yet To Aid Christians

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    19 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    One year after the attacks, Mina Thabet can still see the ruins in his mind; a seemingly endless series of scorched, hollowed out church buildings, schools, homes and businesses stretching out across... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • 7 Christian Culture References to Look for During the 'Simpsons' Marathon

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    21 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    A list even Reverend Lovejoy would approve of. Starting today, the cable network FXX will air every episode of The Simpsons as part of an epic, 12-day marathon. In other words, it’s time to free up some space on your DVRs.
  • 16-Year-Old Arrested For Writing a Facebook Status About Killing a Dinosaur

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Feeling misunderstood is a big part of your teenage years. You're just trying to express yourself, but everyone takes it the wrong way. Take 16-year-old Alex Stone of Summerville, South Carolina, who was instructed by his teacher to write a short story and post it on Facebook. Alex wrote, “I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur,” and then added “I bought the gun to take care of the business.” Not the most imaginative short story in the world, but there are some intriguing details. But the detail that stood out to his teacher was the part about the gun. She promptly suspended Alex and…
  • Found Footage of Brutal Murders Sets Off International Investigation

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A Fijan fisherman happened upon a misplaced cell phone in a taxi cab, and on that cell phone was a shocking, extremely graphic video of five mariners being shot to death on the open sea. The victims are clinging to the wreckage of a small boat, and are picked off one by one by a group of men who are laughing and chatting on several larger vessels. The identity and nationality of the victims and killers and the location of the grisly events are unknown, but Interpol and multiple governments are looking for answers. Though the phone was found in Fiji, a Fijan naval commander told the press "I…
  • 3 Barriers to the Church's Ability to Love Others

    jonhuckins
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Obstacles to viewing others as human in times of conflict. In recent years, my family has navigated some rough patches; death, cancer treatments, open heart surgeries, chronic disease, etc. It often seems that in these times of trauma or tragedy, family comes together to stand with one another as we wrestle through. We aren’t picking fights, we are crying on each other’s shoulders.  In recent months, our human family has been enduring an especially rough patch: War.  Racism.  Suicide. Deadly viruses. Plane crashes. Few have been untouched (in some way) by the realities unfolding. 
  • Missionary Who Contracted Ebola Is Being Discharged from Atlanta Hospital

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Dr. Kent Brantly, the American Christian missionary who contracted Ebola while helping patients in Liberia, will be discharged from an Atlanta hospital today. Brantly and fellow infected missionary Nancy Writebol—who may also soon be released from the hospital—both received an experimental medication called ZMapp. Two of Brantly’s blood test looking for the virus came back negative. At least 1,350 people have died from the outbreak in West Africa, where, according to CNN, the maker of ZMapp has “sent its entire stock of the experimental drug” in an effort to combat the spread of the…
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  • Me & the Military? The Scariest Thing (Day 19) 21 Days of Rest

    Bonnie Gray
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:57 am
    I didn’t want to tell my story. I didn’t want to write that book. Not the one about my pain.  Not the one about my childhood. What use is it to go back in time and drudge up all the unhappiness and hurt? I’ve lived through it once before.  What good could possibly come by rehashing it all in print? I wouldn’t fit in with all the happy, unbroken people in the world. The truth is that I didn’t believe God could use anything I thought was weak.  Or broken. I didn’t believe God could use me weak and broken. Because if I really did believe such a thing,…
  • I Am His Mommy: Soul Words For School

    Bonnie Gray
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    The tags off the backpacks have been clipped.  I’ve labeled their stuff with a Sharpie and lime-green duct-tape.  I’m sitting on the carpet floor checking off the school supplies list and rummaging through two paper bags in front of me one last time.  Before school starts the next day. One bag is for my kindergartner Caleb. The other for my third-grader Josh. Josh is entering into third grade and I can’t help but think of little girl me. There is a big world inside him — a story that is being told where he is the author and I am one of the biggest characters…
  • To Robin Williams: What I Know Now (A Letter To My Younger Self) (Day 18)

    Bonnie Gray
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    When I heard of Robin Williams’ suicide and death yesterday, I was crushed with heartbreak.  I wanted to cry. Robin Williams made me laugh during a time in my life when my parents divorced.  When life was falling apart. I loved watching Mork and Mindy. (proof: my third grade photo as mork) I thought he was so funny, doing his little dances and totally spazzing out every now and then. I loved he was an adorable Alien who somehow fell from the sky and had no idea how to get back home. I think that’s how divorce felt like to seven year old Bonnie.  Something so catalytic,…
  • What Does It Mean To Really Forgive? (Day 17) 21 Days of Rest

    Bonnie Gray
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Are you still in contact with your mom?  What about your father? I never know what the person who’s asking thinks about my answer.  It ties my stomach up in knots and my head feels tight because I know people have certain expectations of what it means to forgive. It’s not just about my parents, you know.  The whole question of what to do about people who aren’t “safe”.  It could be a girlfriend, a parent at school, a co-worker, a friend at church, or your in-laws and relatives – or even your grown-up adult-children and spouse. What does it mean to…
  • The First Step to Soul Intimacy (PRINTABLE) #WhitespaceStory (Day 16)

    Bonnie Gray
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    You know, something very deep inside happens when we take time to feed our souls.  To do the things we really long to enjoy, that gives us a sense of rest.  To have some space to just be still.  And get in touch with the child in each of us. That child in each of us carries stories, thoughts, needs and feelings even though we have everyday responsibilities in our world as moms, working women, wife, daughter and friend. Sometimes those stories come alive as we take a walk, sit with a soulful book, sing, paint, journal, take a bath – or they come alive when we bake, craft, work…
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    Mr. Garner Goes To Washington

  • Hand Notes

    Rick Garner
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    I will miss you soooo much!G left me a note on the back of my left before she went to Kentucky for two weeks. The star is obvious but I'm not to sure what's on the left. Kinda looks like a shark now. :)Maybe I'll wash it off today. But not intentionally. We'll just let the hand washings be light.
  • Shedding My Social Media Skin

    Rick Garner
    3 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    When I first tweeted on August 23, 2008, as @webmonkeydc it was the result of @mheerema nudging me a few times. Then, I had been working for AOL for a couple months after a four year tour at WUSA9 in DC. Coding was a daily activity as was leaning new coding techniques. Thus, my Twitter handle fit. However, there comes a time when social media skin needs to be shed.Today, I project manage more than code. And although I try to keep aware of coding techniques, I'm falling behind fast. Since I live between Baltimore and DC, I really can't claim either. Plus, it's more valuable to…
  • Single Digits No More

    Rick Garner
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    My baby girl is 10 today. I swallow hard at the fact her single digits are gone forever. What a blessing it's been to be her dad these past 10 years!I missed out on much of her first year of life due to my working at WUSA9 in DC. Moving Kim and Georgia to Maryland happened just before her first birthday. Since then, I couldn't have imagined the sweet, caring, nurturing, creative, talented, bold, hilarious, witty, stubborn, debating, persistent, and beautiful young girl she would become.Being present for her accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior will always be a most amazing and wonderful…
  • Back On The Wagon

    Rick Garner
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Few things compare to a morning stroll upon a wooded trail. Patuxent Trails are perfect for walking, running, or biking. Although these trails are less than a five minute drive, I only started consistently using them in May after a six month break from my exercise routine.Yeah, six months.We canceled our LifeTime membership in November. Not the best of times to end a gym membership but LifeTime is expensive and we needed a plan that all of us could consistently use.Our random and long Winter didn't help matters, however, the fault is not with the season. That'd fall squarely on my shoulders…
  • Take A Breath

    Rick Garner
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:13 am
    As I sat in the Chick-fil-A drive-through line, a child's voice caught my attention. The boy sounded as if he were pleading to his mother about something. Looking over my right shoulder, I could see a woman, a young boy, and a young girl walking to a newer model Honda van. The kids each had balloon animals given to them by a local artist inside the store.The pleading seemed to relate to not wanting to leave the store but I wasn't entirely certain of that. Lowering my passenger window, the audio was clearer."Shut up! You're embarrassing me!" My heart sank. Telling a child to shut up is bad…
 
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  • The Current of Change

    Jay Cookingham
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
      Changes are one of those constants in life, like seasons they carry promises and challenges but with deadlines not of our choosing. Oh, we have choices to make for sure. We could turn and catch the wave of change and ride it for all its worth, attempting to tame the roar with our courage. Or, we could plant our feet, letting the full force hit us and go spinning in the torrent, possibly drowning in our own failed expectations and imagined strength. Changes are powerful waves…so are our choices It seems every powerful wave of change begs a soul shaking question. How much of my life is…
  • Silencer

    Jay Cookingham
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:39 pm
        I had coffee with Sam (not his real name) recently; Sam and I were trying to catch up after a few years of minimum contact with each other. As it often goes with life, our circles cease to cross or even touch. He went to his church and I went to mine, and there were no social events that overlapped both of our very separate lives. I can’t say that we were deep friends when we attended the same church together but Sam was a very likeable guy, he invited friendship. We had coffee many times, talked in depth about marriage, family and work, the usual subjects of men drinking…
  • Warriors

    Jay Cookingham
    16 Jun 2014 | 9:35 am
      This past Sunday on Father's Day, our church decided to switch things up a bit. We decided to have a council of dads (3 to be exact) answer a few questions about fatherhood and being men in general. As I interviewed this men, in between the laughter and light heartedness, I discovered the richness of their stories and their grip on Father God's heart. Their story is all our story, ordinary guys serving an God who wants to be Father God to us all. I hope you'll listen and ponder the questions for yourself...and leave an answer here if you would. It would be awesome to hear more of your…
  • Desperate for God

    Jay Cookingham
    3 Jun 2014 | 8:20 am
      For days I have been wrestling with this thought… When desperate for God isn't desperate enough Desperateness is a sense of urgency that lives on the edge of hope. It’s chock-full of risk, jammed tight with do-or-die thinking and flirts heavily with a sense of last-ditchness. Desperatus (Latin for deprived of hope), wrecks havoc on a human heart, exerting its influence and putting extreme stress on our ability to trust. I wonder…is this a good way to approach a God of Hope…with a sense of desperatus? “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that…
  • Obedience Part 1

    Jay Cookingham
    27 May 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Obedience is not a four letter word that makes us cringe (in fact, its nine!) but its related to another four letter word...that word is love...yep, love! Here is part 1 one my sermon on Obedience: Holding on to Love...the beautiful part of this is when the congregation gets involved...just beautiful!http://strategicfathering.sermoncampus.info/main/main/20089937
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  • Finding Joy in the Mundane

    Natalie Snapp
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I don’t know if you’re like me but sometimes I wonder if all of this stuff I do each day really makes a hill of beans in the long run. The mundane is so . . . well, mundane. And while my house is always spirited and you never know what might happen on a day-to-day basis, there’s always this piece of me that wonders if I’m missing out on something else I should be doing. Something that’s just for me. Something that will add more to our 401k or allow us to sock more away in the 529 plans or even just give us some extra wiggle room to give more. As I load the…
  • Easy and Delicious Chicken Pad Thai

    Natalie Snapp
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    * Click image to pin or share from the Pinterest button below the post to save to your boards! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted a recipe here but I was feeling like I wanted to start again because I love to cook. It doesn’t mean I often get to cook how I want to cook (slowly, without distractions like three children chasing an 80 pound lab around the kitchen island as she barks and knocks stuff over), but it does mean I love trying and finding new recipes. I also think it’s important that we help each other out since we’re all trying to live just…
  • Because Hearts CAN Be Changed

    Natalie Snapp
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Last weekend, after we discussed what was happening to Christians in the Middle East during dinner, Spencer held back while the other two scurried upstairs to continue playing. Amid the clanking of dishes being put in the dishwasher and water streaming from the sink, he asks, “Can they change their hearts?” “Who?” I asked, confused. It had been a few minutes and five other conversations had taken place since then. “The bad guys over there who are hurting the people who believe in Jesus,” he answered. Staring into those innocent, chocolate eyes and seeing…
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    Christianity 201

  • Giving and Receiving Criticism

    paulthinkingoutloud
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:46 pm
    This is probably one of the highest things we can do in our personal Bible study; take an issue which is present in the course of a day or week, and delve into what the scripture says about that issue. In this case, we look at criticism, something we all experience and something many of dish out. To read this at source click the title below. How to Offer & Receive Criticism by Mathew Sims Richard Sibbes once said that  “men love not to be judged and censured.” Personally, I have yet to meet the person who enjoys criticism. Whether it’s criticism about your work, life, faith…
  • A Message to Prime Ministers, Presidents and Kings

    paulthinkingoutloud
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    We continue today with weekly contributor Clarke Dixon.  You can also read this at his blog by clicking the title below: Biblical Message to World Rulers: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid. Reflections on Psalm 2 There is no shortage of rulers, now, and in recent memory, who have plunged or kept the people under their care into darkness. We think of Bin Laden and the recruitment of people into lives of terror. We think of the Taliban and remember the dismal treatment of women. We think of Boko Haram and the atrocities committed of late. We think of those associated with the new “Islamic State”…
  • When Your Prayer Request List is Too Long

    paulthinkingoutloud
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    I know there are days in our household when the list of prayer requests seems to be balloon out in size, and we feel we must be exasperating God with so many requests. Additionally, as I type this, to even list the countries of the world that are hotspots right now would take some time, especially if you are aware of key groups or individuals that need an extra blessing from God. After a person has been around the church for awhile, they are often instructed that prayer is so much more than just asking for things for ourselves or on behalf of others. Using the ACTS model (acknowledgement,…
  • Deceivers Can Be Deceptive

    paulthinkingoutloud
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
      I Timothy 4:1 (NIV) The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.  At first glance this appears to be one of several verses discussing rising apostasy (falling away) in the last days. We can read this verse on that basis and clearly understand its main point. But there’s something else going on here in the phrase “taught by demons.” When we think of demons, we often think of movie images of slimy creatures in dank sewers with horrific sounding voices and threatening words. When we…
  • “Perfectly” United?

    paulthinkingoutloud
    16 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    1 Corinthians 1:10: I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. One of the wonderful things that can take place online is when people who might normally disagree over certain issues are willing to set those differences aside and come together over a specific cause or concern. It shows that unity is possible even on days we don’t feel it’s very probable. Even in my own writing, I often find myself…
 
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    Worthy Christian News

  • Israel Kills Three Senior Hamas Commanders As Rockets Rain Down on Israel

    Worthy News Staff
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– Israel killed three of Hamas' senior commanders in overnight strikes as at least 168 rockets were launched at Israel since midnight breaking the previous high of 154 rockets fired in a day.  Meanwhile, Israeli ministers called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to wage a 'war of attrition' with Hamas, but to overwhelm the terrorist organization with military force. Related News on the Internet IDF, Shin Bet kill three senior Hamas commanders – Ynet News While the fate of top Hamas commander Mohammed Deif remains unclear…
  • U.S. Steps Up Military Action Against the Islamic State

    Worthy News Staff
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)– President Obama, reacting to the brutal execution of an American journalist by Islamic State terrorists, called for a "common effort" across the Middle East to "extract this cancer so it does not spread" as U.S. fighter jets and drones stepped up attacks against IS.  Meanwhile, IS threatened to awaken sleeper cells in the West and promised America to "drown all of you in blood."  Along the U.S.-Mexico border, concern is being raised as Mexican drug cartels are in negotiations with the terrorist organization, according to a…
  • Holder Arrives As Protests Continue in Ferguson

    Worthy News Staff
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:13 am
    FERGUSON (Worthy News)– U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson to lead the investigation into the shooting.  It was revealed that Darren Wilson, the police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun. Meanwhile, Community elders and the clergy were credited with helping to bring "a different dynamic" to protests in this St. Louis suburb, police said as fewer…
  • Ceasefire Broken as Rockets Rain Down on Israel, Ministers Call for Action

    Worthy News Staff
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:34 am
    JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– Hamas violated an extended ceasefire some 8 hours before it was set to expire by firing over 50 rockets into Israel on Tuesday evening. Israel responded by killing a Hamas military chief and destroying some 30 terror targets in Gaza. Hamas' armed wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, said Israel had 'opened the gates of hell on itself' by the killings and warned that the Jewish state would pay for its crimes. Israel recalled 2,000 reservists, as it prepares for a possible ground operation into the Gaza Strip. Related News on the Internet Heavy barrage of…
  • Islamic Funeral: Corpses Move (Video)

    Worthy News Staff
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:51 am
    JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– As Hamas holds an 'Islamic Funeral', they forgot to tell the supposed 'corpses' to stop moving while filming the propaganda piece.
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    Worthy Christian Devotional - Daily Devotion

  • Why should I be afraid?

    George Whitten
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Psalms 107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Richard Wurmbrand, a Romanian Jewish Believer and an amazing man of God, spent 14 years in communist prisons where he was tortured brutally for his faith, then lived to tell about it. In his book, The Oracles of God, he writes about acquiring inner peace and tells the following powerful story. During a tempest at sea when a ship was being tossed to and fro by the angry waves, the wife of a naval officer asked her husband, "How can you be so calm in such a…
  • What are your expectations?

    George Whitten
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions 1 Peter 5:8-10 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. The Jewish leaders of His time rejected Yeshua (Jesus) when He first came. He didn't meet their expectations.
  • You are chosen and changed!

    George Whitten
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions 1 Samuel 22:1-2 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father's house heard it, they went down thither to him. And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God…
  • Embrace the Power of the Resurrection and the Life!

    George Whitten
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Psalms 2:6-7 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Acts 13:33-34 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Romans 1:4 And declared to be the…
  • He understands our sufferings more than you know!

    George Whitten
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Isaiah 53:4-5 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted (me-u-neh). But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of…
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  • How Are You? Really.

    Kristen Welch
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:20 pm
    My thoughts were a million miles away and I didn’t even hear her call my name the first time. When she said it the second time, I realized I’d been lost in thought. “Hey, Kristen! How are you?” We were new friends. On the outside, I had it together. But there was a swirling storm inside. I looked better than I felt. I was living out my yes to God leading Mercy House. But I was having a hard day. I was tired and overwhelmed. I had more questions than answers and mostly, I felt so alone. I was facing impossibilities and I just wanted to quit. “How are…
  • Black Spotted Roses

    Renee Robinson
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Dropping my keys on the kitchen counter, I paused to soak in the gift of silence. My morning carpool duty was complete, and now I could think clearly for the first time in two days. I glanced at what Monday morning had in store for me. The dishes piled high in the sink. Evidence of the weekend carved a trail from the garage door, through the kitchen, all the way to the stairs. A cereal spill from breakfast remained. The chores undone laughed in my face. I welcomed the blanket of silence and let it quiet the laughing chores. The chime of a text interrupted the stillness and I reached for the…
  • Smack Dab in the Center

    Deidra Riggs
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Smack dab in the center of God’s will. If I had to guess, I would say that’s where we all want to be. We want to be exactly where God wants us and, when we’re there, we want to know it. We don’t want to have to wonder if we’ve chosen the right path or made the correct choices. When the going gets tough, we want to know it’s because it’s part of God’s plan for us. Knowing we’re right where He wants us makes even the toughest days more bearable. A few weeks ago, at the City Gates Conference, I listened to Dr. Richard Swenson talk to me about…
  • Open My Eyes

    Crystal Stine
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:10 pm
    When I lost my job at the beginning of 2013 I didn’t think I’d ever feel capable again. It was a year filled with words like fear, worry, anxiety, doubt, and sadness. After years of striving, climbing the corporate ladder and doing whatever it took to earn the fancy title for my business card, to move from a cubicle to an office, God closed the door. If I’m honest, He’d been asking me to walk away from that particular “door” for awhile and I’d been too afraid to make the move into the unknown. Striving and considering myself fully capable were much…
  • Grasping Eternity in the Everyday

    Alia Joy
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:20 pm
    My best yes is a whisper brushing up against eternity. I’m asking God to quicken my heart to the things He has but un-rush me in rest. I’m finally seeing I can have both. Passion and peace, dwelling together. My best yes is contentment with my ordinary and a vision for God’s Kingdom at my fingertips. Close enough to touch and taste.  It’s open eyes and removable scales. It’s seeing and cherishing my small in light of His greatness. It’s my little obedience to the now with a hefty vision for the things to come. It is the choices made each day that add up to…
 
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    Plough Weekly

  • The Jesus of the Four Gospels

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    We must place the Jesus of the four Gospels in the center of our faith and our life. This Jesus has become unknown. His words have been distorted and disfigured, his work weakened.
  • A Child’s Right to Play

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    We know children learn best through playing, but play also brings joy, contentment, and detachment from the troubles of the day. In our frantically over-scheduled culture, every child should have a right to play.
  • Love Knocks at Our Hearts

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Once a homeless war orphan who would sing for a meal or a night's lodging, Heiner kept on sharing his gift of song to the very end.
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    Cheryl Cope

  • Book Review: The Name Quest by John Avery

    Cheryl Cope
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    Book Review: The Name Quest by John Avery Explore the names of God to Grow in Faith and Get to Know Him Better This book is not a mere list of names and information about them that is dry, merely facts, or boring. Instead it is organized by character trait for each chapter and it is interesting. Mr. Avery made … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Managing Money God’s Way by Bob Lotich

    Cheryl Cope
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    Book Review: Managing Money God’s Way by Bob Lotich This book is all about changing your mindset around money. There are plenty of books with all the particulars of the how-to manage your money, but not a lot of books about changing the way you think about money. Even for that reason alone it makes this book worthwhile to read. … Continue reading →
  • The Agony of Disappointment

    Cheryl Cope
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    The Agony of Disappointment There are two sides to disappointment. Being disappointed by someone and being a disappointment to someone. They both can produce pain, agony or misery if you let them. Being disappointed by someone Who hasn’t had their expectations dashed? I would find it hard to believe any child growing up anywhere not having this happen at least … Continue reading →
  • Author Interview: Michelle Miner

    Cheryl Cope
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Author Interview: Michelle Miner Q1.)When did you first consider yourself a writer? A1.) I’ve always liked writing and find it easier to express myself in writing whether through poems or in my journal or letters to friends. Even though I’ve written a book, I’m not completely sure I consider myself a writer. (I know that doesn’t make much sense)…I simply … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: The Power of Agreement by Ron Phillips

    Cheryl Cope
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Book Review: The Power of Agreement by Ron Phillips God’s secret for your successful relationships with friends and family and in the workplace (and co-authored by Ronnie Phillips Jr.) First the things I liked about this book. There were plenty of scriptures included to back up points. There were plenty of basic truths included. Most of the stories were interesting … Continue reading →
 
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    Life & Theology

  • Tim Cooper, North Point Community Church, interview

    Ben Reed
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    I recently got to interview Tim Cooper, director of leader training and resources at North Point Community Church, and organizer of their upcoming small groups conference ReGroup (which is a must-go-to conference for anyone on a church staff or that serves in small group leadership). 1. Be honest, Tim. It’s your job to put this conference on. If it wasn’t, is this still a conference you’d attend? Before I was on staff at North Point, I paid to come to several North Point conferences. I’ve always been a fan of the passion and excellence that North Point puts into Community Groups. Now…
  • A change for the Reed family

    Ben Reed
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:21 am
    When God calls, you’ve got to go. Well, I guess you don’t have to go. But to not go would be disobedience, and that’s not a choice I’m ready to commit to. So my family and I…we are going. With buckets full of bittersweet joy. At the end of the month, I will be joining the Saddleback Community Church staff on the groups team! This is a very bittersweet move for us. We’re leaving behind so many great relationships at Long Hollow. And beyond that, all of our family connections are here in the middle Tennessee area. We’re leaving what we know, who we love, and where we naturally…
  • Leaders move without the ball

    Ben Reed
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    In basketball, there’s a concept that’s vital. And it’s something that’s rarely seen by the person unless they’re watching intently. The casual basketball viewer won’t see it, because the casual viewer watches the ball. The ball is where the action happens. Scoring, passing, steals, and blocks all happen AT the ball. But what happens away from the ball is often just as important. image credit: UKSports.com   It’s a concept called “moving without the ball.” It’s pretty self-explanatory, but just for the sake of clarity allow me to explain in further…
  • The Mulligan

    Ben Reed
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    In golf, there’s a shot called the Mulligan. It happens when you hit a terrible shot, and want a do-over. It’s a free re-tee. A concession from the rest of the people playing with you that that shot didn’t happen. image credit: photo-dictionary.com And they’re glorious. Before the last shot, you were embarrassed. Frustrated. Angry. Confused. Lost in the woods. Ready to quit. Now? There’s great potential. You have the whole fairway in front of you. The green is wide open. You’re still on your first shot. Still on the tee box, at least as far as the group, and more importantly, your…
  • 9 truths nobody told you about small group

    Ben Reed
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    Ahh…small group life. You’re in…by the duping of your pastor. Or by the guilting of your wife. Or because you thought you were signing up for a free vacation. But that was 6 weeks ago. And you’re finding out that what you expected isn’t what’s being delivered. And what you were sold isn’t being given. Group isn’t exactly what you thought it would be. I don’t know what the hook was that got you “in,” but that won’t be the hook that gets you to stay. Allow me to tell you what nobody else told you when you signed up. And let…
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  • Bible Verses about Salvation

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    12 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Bible verses about Salvation Introduction to what the Bible says about Salvation These Bible verses about salvation reveal how we can be forgiven of everything we have ever done wrong—no matter how bad—and enter the family of God. Bible Verses about Salvation Contents Introduction to what the Bible says about Salvation A Letter for you […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bible Verses about Sin

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    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Bible verses about Sin Introduction to what the Bible says about Sin These Bible verses about sin reveal that everyone has sinned and that there is nothing we can do by ourselves to earn forgiveness. We cannot stop sinning and no number of good deeds we perform can ever erase them. Bible Verses about Sin […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bible Verses about Providence

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    Bible verses about Providence Introduction to what the Bible says about Providence These Bible verses about providence reveal that God is in control. God did not create everything once and for all at the beginning of time and then step out of the process to let it run on its own by the laws of […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bible Verses about Creation

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    Bible verses about Creation Introduction to what the Bible says about Creation These Bible verses about creation reveal that God created the universe. This is the literal, take home message of the Bible and the world He created is all around us. It is fundamentally down to us to discover how this happened and to […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bible Verses about God

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    Bible verses about God Introduction to what the Bible says about God In the following Bible verses about God we have vital answers to the most fundamental questions we can ever ask. The answers we discover to “Who is God?” and “What is God like?” can influence every other question and decision we make in […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Jean Valjean, Stolen Cookies, and #chsocm

    Ron Amundson
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:27 pm
    In Les Miserables, the main character Jean Valjean makes off with the churches silverware. He is caught, brought back to the church, where in the priest spins a tale that the silverware is a gift and admonishes him for forgetting to take the silver candlesticks as well. Such sets the stage for major change in Valjeans life. Things are quite different at a church in Florida. From the Palm Beach Post. A homeless man stole cookies from a church in the 10700 block of Okeechobee Boulevard. A deputy found him sitting by the building’s entrance. He said he had been looking for assistance, pulled…
  • Valley Girl is Best (rabbit hole and nerd alert)

    Ron Amundson
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:58 pm
    I’ve been using the WEB (not internet, but World English Bible) translation since ~2004 when I first got it for my palm pilot. Today was the first time ever that the use of metric units stood out. Pastor was reading John 11, and I was following along on my Palm… and she reads “about 2 miles” where as mine said about 2.7 km in John 11:17 Ok, so we have a big problem. 2miles = 3.2km, not 2.7km, Certainly, I’ve often used the phrase, its about 2 miles (which in my own parlance generally equates to between 1 and 3 miles), but maybe its been years since I went there,…
  • World Vision Blow up and People of Strong Faith

    Ron Amundson
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Its really not about you. There are people of strong faith who had significant heartburn over WV’s decision to change their employee agreement to provide for local church autonomy as concerns same sex marriage. There are also people of strong faith who applauded WV’s decision and were dismayed at its reversal. The issue of whether SSM is aligned with, or counter to the scriptures is not the big deal. The issue of whether the ancient creeds of the historical Christian faith have been cast aside to the point that SSM is a bigger deal than the trinity is not the primary issue at hand…
  • Rigging the Game

    Ron Amundson
    8 Mar 2014 | 8:48 am
    Its interesting to see how different sectors of Christianity approach a given problem. We see broken folks doing evil stuff and yet good comes about much of the time anyhow. We even see this in the scriptures, going all the way back to Moses, or even David knocking off a guy as he got the dudes wife pregnant, or Rahab lying to protect her guests. One could think the bit about being wise as serpents and gentle as doves, or even the parable of the unrighteous steward, could justify that a good end is all that counts, no matter how much evil needs to be put in motion to get there. Yet, the…
  • Transfiguration Sunday and the Wisconsin Bible Ban

    Ron Amundson
    6 Mar 2014 | 9:25 am
    Its human nature to try and extend exceedingly cool / awesome times, and Peter doesn’t disappoint in last Sunday’s Gospel reading. “Hey, lets build some places to stay at, this is awesome…” Alas God had other plans. Perhaps even more so, Peter James and John were instructed not to talk about i, at least for a while. While we don’t have a ton of insight into the personalities of James and John, no doubt this must have been an especially trying deal for Peter. Get your world rocked, and be on top of it in a huge way… You want this to never end! The top…
 
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  • Exploring Toronto’s Coffee

    rushyama
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Anyone who knows me knows I love coffee. Making and enjoying coffee has been a vital part of my mornings (and 75% of my afternoons) since college. Perhaps that’s natural considering I hail from a city that prefers espresso to water. At any rate, I do thank God often for the simple pleasures of a good cup of coffee and the time to enjoy it. While I don’t mind the occasional Starbucks (it tastes like home for me, maybe in the way that Tim Horton’s does for Canadians), I try to support local indie coffeehouses. It’s a fun way to get (usually) better coffee and to explore…
  • Half-versaries and Home

    rushyama
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    This weekend marks a couple mini-milestones: half-versaries for marriage and moving (back) to Canada. A lot has happened in the past six months — the macro things being moving, buying a home, filing immigration papers, moving again. Combined with the micro differences (Living with a new person! Name change! No car! No pennies! Metric system!), it’s been adventurous times. One of the biggest struggles I faced during the entire “getting married” process was the idea of leaving home. Even though Canada is where I spent my college years, I always figured I’d end up back in the Northwest…
  • Lewis on Joy

    rushyama
    29 Apr 2013 | 9:58 pm
    All joy reminds. It is never a possession, always a desire for something longer ago or further away or still ‘about to be.’ - From Surprised by Joy All joy (as distinct from mere pleasure, still more amusement) emphasizes our pilgrim status; always reminds, beckons, awakens desire. Our best havings are wantings.” - From Letters of C.S. Lewis
  • Teaching to See

    rushyama
    22 Apr 2013 | 9:35 am
    My boyfriend and I were recently discussing information design and data visualization (because we’re a little nerdy like that). He referred me to the site of data visualization pioneer Edward Tufte, where I happened upon the short documentary Teaching to See. This simple, thoughtful film is like having a coffee with Inge Druckrey, a longtime graphic arts professor at Yale (and Tufte’s wife). It’s about learning to observe, practice, create, and teach. As a musician, I enjoyed seeing some of her work directly related to classical music (such as the inspiration for her…
  • Fast(ish) No-Knead Bread

    rushyama
    14 Feb 2013 | 8:32 pm
    The other week at the library, I stumbled upon Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread. I’ve occasionally thought of getting into bread baking, but it always seemed too finicky and time consuming. We also have a couple of bread failure stories in the family, so I wasn’t in a rush to add to the heritage. But after flipping through the pages and pictures, I decided to give it a whirl. The first attempt, Pizza Napoletana, was pretty easy and turned out a delicious focaccia. It gave me hope that maybe bread baking…
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  • Collection of My Blogs

    2 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    As I've been writing for the Master over the years and publishing my material online, I've developed numerous blogs. My Master is Jesus Christ, God's Son. And this site contains a collection of my best and most popular blogs in one place, so that anyone who would like to browse my material can more easily find what they are looking for. I hope you will enjoy what you find here! Feel free to contact me, if you'd like to, through the website listed at the bottom.Below you will find the names of my blogs, and beneath each title you will find links to the posts within each blog. In the sidebar,…
  • Giving to DMI

    2 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Our gift of these articles by Len Lacroix is made possible in part by your gracious support of the ministry.  Our ministry partners, who sponsor us, share a passion for reaching people for Jesus Christ, and we'd love to have you join us in this effort.  One way you can do so is by giving financially.There are two ways to donate to Doulos Missions International. You may either send a check or money order by mail or you may donate securely online.Doulos Missions International, Inc. is incorporated in the State of New Hampshire as a publicly-supported non-profit…
  • Doulos Missions International

    2 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    We're so glad you took the time to visit our blog.  We have been based near Budapest, Hungary, serving as missionaries for nearly five years.   However, we are currently on furlough, away from the field, praying and seeking the Lord's guidance regarding where to be, and for the provision to fulfill the mission.You're invited to listen to our radio interview on the Truth Radio Network, which was aired September 7, 2013.  We were interviewed by Joyce George on the program "A Place Missionaries Call Home."Each of the links below will take you to the following pages on the…
  • Preparing the Way Radio

    2 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    In December 2013, we established a new radio program called Preparing the Way, which is a worldwide radio broadcast via the Internet dedicated to preparing the way for the imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ in repentance, preaching holiness, righteous, and truth.Scriptural Basis As the Scripture says:"A voice is calling, 'Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. Let every valley be lifted up, And every mountain and hill be made low; And let the rough ground become a plain, And the rugged terrain a broad valley; Then the glory of the…
  • Opportunities to Serve the Body of Christ

    2 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    Len and Jennifer LacroixWe are missionaries, and our desire would be to come to your church or Bible Study group to preach and minister to you, while we are in the States.  If you would like us to do so, we can also make a presentation of our work in Eastern Europe.  Please pray about this.  It's a chance for us to encourage people to greater evangelism and commitment to completing the Great Commission globally, and we would be honored to come speak, if it is God's will.  So give us a call or leave a comment, if you would like us to come to speak to your group.You can find…
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  • The Mighty Tiny

    Howard Schaap
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    “It was slow work grubbing them up amid the sand,”Henry David Thoreau said of digging lily-roots in The Maine Woods, “and the mosquitoes were all the while feasting on me.”I can’t help but imagine the walker of Walden Pond slapping and cursing and fleeing. “Mosquitoes, black flies, etc., pursued us in mid-channel,” he continues, “and we were glad sometimes to get into violent rapids, for then we escaped them.” The writing is typical Thoreau even if the response is not; the sentence itself is performative, as those pesky bugs drive Thoreau away from his primary topic, never…
  • Jabberwocky in the City

    Guest Blogger
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Lately, I’ve been thinking about how to make sense of the city around me, especially the nonsensical, nonlinear nature of events, whether that’s a ‘light’ rush-hour coupled with a sudden spring-like day or a five-alarm apartment fire sparked by a welder’s torch; an artist painting the crape myrtle trunks blue on the parkway or thieves bashing in car windows night after night along my street. Then things get tricky and hard to put into words—ineffable. This is the impossible task that writers grapple with fairly regularly. How do we get at ‘the beyond’ part of a scene we have…
  • Living with the Fragments

    Aubrey Allison
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    “A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is.”  ― Flannery O’Connor There is a picture circulating on Facebook of a gray ceramic bowl that has been broken and repaired, its cracks filled with gold. Kintsukuroi. The caption reads: (n.) (v. phr.) “to repair with gold”; the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken. The sentiment resonates. We have all been wounded and broken, and we all can, at least most…
  • At the Table

    Daniel Bowman, Jr.
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Then the baker sat down at the table with them. He waited. He waited until they each took a roll from the platter and began to eat. ‘It’s good to eat something,’ he said, watching them. ‘There’s more. Eat up. Eat all you want. There’s all the rolls in the world in here.’”      —from “A Small, Good Thing” by Raymond Carver When asked, I told the editors of this blog that my next post would be about “technology and human flourishing.”But I’m afraid I have nothing so grandiose to say. In fact, I had just one single image in my mind when…
  • Do we often stand outside of life?

    Justin Ryals
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    “… the only way of ‘mastering’ one’s material is to abandon the whole conception of mastery and to co-operate with it in love: whosoever will be a lord of life, let him be its servant. If he tries to wrest life out of its true nature, it will revenge itself in judgment, as the work revenges itself on the domineering artist.” (Dorothy Sayers, The Mind of the Maker, 186) In The Mind of the Maker, Dorothy Sayers makes the intriguing point that our modern culture typically approaches life according to a scientific or analytic “problem and solution” paradigm rather than what…
 
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  • Saint August 21 : St. Pope Pius X : Patron of Pilgrims and 1st Communicants

    Jesus Caritas Est
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
      Information:Feast Day:August 21Born:2 June 1835 at Riese, diocese of Treviso, Venice, Austria (now Italy)Died:20 August 1914 at Vatican CityCanonized:29 May 1954 by Pope Pius XIIPatron of:first communicants, pilgrimsBorn 2 June, 1835, at Riese, Province of Treviso, in Venice. His parents were Giovanni Battista Sarto and Margarita (née Sanson); the former, a postman, died in 1852, but Margarita lived to see her son a cardinal. After finishing his elements, Giuseppe at first received private lessons in Latin from the arch-priest of his town, Don Tito Fusaroni, after which he…
  • Today's Mass and Readings : Wednesday August 20, 2014

    Jesus Caritas Est
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the ChurchLectionary: 421Reading 1EZ 34:1-11The word of the Lord came to me:Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel,in these words prophesy to them to the shepherds:Thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the shepherds of Israelwho have been pasturing themselves!Should not shepherds, rather, pasture sheep?You have fed off their milk, worn their wool,and slaughtered the fatlings,but the sheep you have not pastured.You did not strengthen the weak nor heal the sicknor bind up the injured.You did not bring back the strayed nor seek the lost,but…
  • Special Prayers for Peace in Ferguson USA - from Riots over Shooting of Teen Michael Brown

    Jesus Caritas Est
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Protestors in the US town of Ferguson20/08/(Vatican Radio) As protests continue in the town of Ferguson in the United States, Archbishop Robert Carlson of Saint Louis has issued a letter calling on Catholics to work for peace. Quoting Pope Francis, he said, “All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace.”Archbishop Carlson has invited the Catholic faithful to attend a Mass for Justice and Peace, set to take place at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, just a few miles from the site of the protests. During the Mass, a collection will be taken up to assist food…
  • Saint August 20 : St. Bernard of Clairvaux : Patron of Climbers, Beekeepers and Candlemakers : Founder of Cistercians

    Jesus Caritas Est
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:38 pm
      Information:Feast Day:August 20Born:1090, Fontaines, FranceDied:August 20, 1153, Clairvaux, FranceCanonized:January 18, 1174, Rome by Pope Alexander IIIMajor Shrine:Ville-sous-la-FertéPatron of:Cistercians, Burgundy, beekeepers, candlemakers, climbersBorn in 1090, at Fontaines, near Dijon. France; died at Clairvaux, 21 August, 1153. His parents were Tescelin, lord of Fontaines, and Aleth of Montbard, both belonging to the highest nobility of Burgundy. Bernard, the third of a family of seven children, six of whom were sons, was educated with particular care, because, while yet…
  • Pictures of the Beautiful Nephews of Pope Francis Killed - and their mother...

    Jesus Caritas Est
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Pictures of PopeFrancis' 2 Great Nephews Killed with their Mother in Car Accident in Argentina - Please PRAY for their Father Emanuel Bergoglio in Hospital...Antonio aged 8 months and Jose aged 2, along with their mother 39 year old mother, Valeria Carmona.Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, 35, is in a hospital in serious condition. He is the son of the Pope's late brother, Alberto Bergoglio.The car carrying the family was travelling between Cordoba and Rosario when it struck a truck loaded with corn. Images Shared from Clarin Argentine…
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  • Cruciform God

    Todd
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Watch this Video: John Crowder “What else could a good God do, but to step in, to rescue His creation.” – Athanasius “He had always planned from eternity, that He would fully identify Himself with the human race. That is His nature because He is love. How does this apply to us? Well instead of being super spiritual and always harping on our spiritual rights, and pursuing our own spiritual advancement, I believe there is something of connecting with and enjoying humanity right here.  As we realize that the divine nature really means, at its core, to love and to pour…
  • Understand your Union with God

    Todd
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Watch this Video: Bertie Brits explains who God is and how He gave us an opportunity to have His quality of life. “The bible says that the Father is God. It also says, that the Spirit of God is God. And Jesus, Paul comes and says, “I pray to Jesus, my God.” So Jesus is also God. You get the Father, you get the Son, and you get the Holy Spirit. All three of them, is a different person personality, but they are all God. It is one. It is like with us, you got a soul, a spirit, and a body. If you say, “is Bertie three or is Bertie one?” You will say, “no,…
  • The Naked Gospel

    Todd
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Watch this Video: Explains that the New Covenant does not allow Mixture. Dr. Andrew Farley is the lead teaching pastor of Ecclesia Church Without Religion and a bestselling author of several Christian books including “The Naked Gospel“, “God Without Religion“, “The Hurt & The Healer“, and the latest “Relaxing With God.” “Jesus didn’t come to get you to do more or work harder. He came to give you rest! Jesus calls us to exchange the heavy yoke around our necks for something he said is “easy” and “light.”…
  • Separation is an Illusion

    Todd
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Watch this Video: John Crowder discusses Dualism vs The Gospel “All of creation came into being through Christ who is “all in all.” Nothing exists outside him. In Acts 17, Paul even tells unbelieving heathen on Mars Hill that they live and move and have their being in Christ! But our Western notions of separation from God are rooted in the Greek philosophy of dualism – the ancient pagan idea that the natural and spiritual world are separate from one another. Let the gospel blow these schizophrenic ideas out of your mind this week as John Crowder discusses the union of…
  • Supernatural Rest

    Todd
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Watch This Video: Bill Johnson teaching on the importance of living in a possession of Rest. “Busy-ness always wars against your awareness of God.” – Bill Johnson “You don’t rest, because you don’t trust God.” – Charity Marquis Mark 6:31  And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while.” For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. Psalm 23 - He Restores our Soul The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me…
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  • A Technology Fast from Everything *Except* the Internet

    John Dyer
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    A few months ago, I moved my family from hot and sunny North Texas to cold and rainy northern England so I could start a PhD on digital Bible use. I hoped to learn a lot about technology, but I what I didn’t expect on was how much the move itself would teach me. Technology Fasts and Sabbaths Almost anytime Christians discuss the internet or mobile phones, someone suggests that it is important to take a break from technology from time to time in the form of a short-term fast or a regular Sabbath. If you feel yourself checking your phone a little too often or feel overwhelmed by our…
  • “The Bible”: A book or a category of things?

    John Dyer
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    When you browse through the Christian section of your favorite  online or neighbor store and see a book with the term “Bible” (or its much murkier corollary,  “Biblical”) on the cover, what exactly does that term mean? Over at Second Nature Journal, I explore this question looking at how various content creators use the term “Bible” and ultimately argue that it isn’t as clear as one might prefer. Here’s how it starts… Tonight, after dinner, baths, and a lot of screaming, my wife and I will settle down next to our toddlers and attempt…
  • What Form of Video Best Addresses Phone Addiction & Isolation?

    John Dyer
    5 May 2014 | 2:41 am
    We all know the basic message: “put down your phone” “talk to a real person,” and “pay attention.” And we’ve probably all noticed the irony of people use social media to post videos that contain these messages and warn about  the dangers of social media. As I’ve been watching these, I noticed that some struck me as quite powerful while others as predictable and even boring. Why is this? Is there a simple reason why some of these videos more effective than others? Why do some make us stop for a moment, but others are easy to dismiss?
  • Kids Are Addicted to Social Media Because Parents Are Addicted to Control

    John Dyer
    10 Feb 2014 | 11:08 am
    Of course, it’s not quite as simple as the headline makes it seem. But new data suggests that while the often heard complaint, “Kids these days spend all their time online rather than face-to-face,” may be true, it’s not true for the reasons we think. No, today’s under-18 crowd is not made up of degenerates who don’t like human contact. Rather, they want face-to-face time as much as we did, it’s just that their parents won’t let them have it. Parents Controlled by Fear In her forthcoming book It’s Complicated: the social lives of…
  • 10 Years of Facebook

    John Dyer
    5 Feb 2014 | 12:26 pm
    In the first act of The Social Network, the movie depicting the origin Facebook, we are introduced to a fictionalized version Mark Zuckerburg who, after being spurred by his girlfriend and overlooked by Harvard’s elite final clubs, begins creating facemash.com, a site that lets visitors vote on which of their classmates is better looking. After a night of beer chugging and code writing, Zuckerburg unleashes his creation on the Harvard campus which both delights and disgusts his classmates. Director Aaron Sorkin then juxtaposing scenes of students gathered around laptops ogling pictures of…
 
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  • 10 Principles for Discipling Key Donors

    Bob Adams
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    A guest post from Todd McMichen, Auxano’s Chief Campaign Officer Recently I had several pastors step into the ranks of being committed to providing ongoing discipleship to key donors. It began during the planning phase of a capital campaign, which laid the foundation for a long-term fruitful ministry. Each pastor put in place a unique structure that reflected his personality, church culture, and relational network. Though each took a distinct approach the results were the same, exponential. Here is a list of common principles these pastors employed. 1. Be bold. Provide a high challenge…
  • Choose Your Fuel: Vision, Hype, Busyness or a Building Project

    Bob Adams
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Mike Gammill is one of our Lead Navigators at Auxano. He recently completed a campaign with San Marcos Community Church in San Marcos, TX. The Vision Clarity impact and unique Campaign story will inspire you. In the summer of 2013, San Marcos Community Church was in the church plant doldrums. As a twelve-year-old plant they really weren’t a “plant” anymore, but their base of mission and worship was still a leased facility. They did own land a couple of streets over. They owned a building too, but it was a metal prefab building and was, literally, in storage. Their dreams of permanent…
  • New Personal Vision Cohort Launching Next Month! Join Me for Your Younique Year!

    Bob Adams
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    For over a decade in my personal ministry, I have worked closely with friends and close associates to coach them along their personal clarity journey. Recently, I have offered personal clarity tools and insights when speaking at conferences and leadership gatherings. As a result, many of you have shared your interest in going deeper on your personal clarity journey. Which is why I want to invite you to participate in Younique Year – a personal vision cohort designed to catalyze progress in realizing your life calling. I use the word “catalyze” very intentionally here. A chemical…
  • Fall 2014 Church Planters co::Lab – Join Me and 16 Other Planters!

    Bob Adams
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The Church Unique Vision co::Lab is helping our church discover its one-of-a-kind thumbprint and then to cast vision with compelling clarity. It’s been a powerful experience for our key leaders. During our discussion, it has been amazing to see how God has imparted clarity to our leaders. Now we hae key people coming alongside us rather than doing their own thing. I strongly encourage other churches to go through this powerful training. - Darren Tidwell, LifePointe Church I am really looking forward to leading the next vision small group that begins on August 28.  There is some…
  • 10 Factors that Determine the Size of Your Vision

    Will Mancini
    13 May 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I often see leaders with radically different size visions, despite having a lot in common. Pastors may have the the same gifting, the same budget and the same amount of people attending worship services and yet still be on entirely different vision wavelengths. Where does this come from? Why does this happen? Here are my initial thoughts. Keep in mind that I believe providence and local ministry context are the primary factors in determining the scope of a ministry’s vision. This list focuses on developmental aspects of leadership. #1 The size of your God This isn’t a spiritual…
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  • Put Your Pain into Perspective

    Cadence Turpin
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    We’ve all experienced moments of feeling like our pain is being “put into perspective.” Whether it comes from witnessing horrible tragedies on the news or walking with our friends through unimaginable circumstances, you’ve probably, like me, sighed in the heaviness of it all and said something along the lines of, “man, the stuff I go through is so petty in comparison to this.” The sentiment is common. For years, I’ve heard myself and other Christians make similar comments over and over again when discussing news stories, social injustices and the burdens of the poor…
  • Can “Vulnerable” Be a Way of Life?

    Donald Miller
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    At this year’s Storyline Conference, we’ve brought in speakers who tell the truth. You know how it is. So many speakers make us feel like our lives are “less than” rather than works in progress. But what does life really look like for the average person? It turns out we all have more in common than you’d think. But we only realize it when we tell each other the truth. We are honored to have Glennon Melton keynote for us at the Chicago Storyline conference. Glennon started a blog called Momastery that has grown to reach millions. She’s a wife, mom, recovering addict, and truth…
  • Conquer Your Fear of Private Speaking

    Amena Brown Owen
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    In an age where public speaking has traded its milk crates and street pulpits for faceless, anonymous, internet comments, it can be easy to forget the importance of private speaking. When I was six years old, my grandma took me to vacation bible school at her church. Our class of first graders chose a bubbly, eager girl with pigtails and me to share in front of the whole church what we’d learned. I was given the mic first. Pews, staring eyes, plus the feedback from the old church PA system jumbled my memory of the lesson. Ms. Eager Pigtails jumped her own personal version of double dutch…
  • How Fantasy Ruins Your Creative Imagination

    Donald Miller
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’m getting into some debatable vocabulary here, but I want to point out a stark difference between imagination and fantasy. I’m hoping a simple dileniation might help those of you with active imaginations. I’m capable of living almost exclusively in my mind. I can walk and daydream for hours. But some of these daydreams haven’t proved helpful. And the ones that aren’t helpful are daydreams about my own glory. C.S. Lewis delineated between the two in his book Surprised by Joy. In the book, he talks about his early days imagining “Animal Land” which was a world he made up…
  • What We Can All Learn from Good Dads

    Steve Moakler
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The strongest resistance I face every day is invisible. Every time I want to take a risk, do something bold, or make a big commitment, it gets right up in my face. It’s crippling, accusing, and limiting. I face fear every day. That must be why “do not fear” is the most repeated command in The Bible. God knows we need to hear it over and over again. I’m not a father yet. But I have noticed a trait I see in good dads. Good dads lovingly lead their children into things that are scary. As much as it must pain a father to watch his kid scream, shake, and tremble, he knows his kids need to…
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    The Christian Gift

  • Summer at the Garden

    TheChristianGift
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    Late August already: the new school year is just around the corner for some, while others have already returned to class. The last few months seem to have moved unusually quickly. Still, there’s more summer to enjoy. With overcast providing nice, even light last Friday afternoon, I grabbed the camera and headed in to Portsmouth to photograph one of my favorite spots there: the formal garden at Prescott Park. The plants are at the height of their summer display, with wonderful varieties of coleus providing punches of vibrant color. Full disclusure: the garden has great sentimental value…
  • In the Morning I Will Sing…

    TheChristianGift
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 59:16 Sunrise at Rye, New Hampshire  
  • A Nod to National Lighthouse Day

    TheChristianGift
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    A friend informed me that today is National Lighthouse Day. Who knew there was such a thing? That said, I think it’s a fine idea. I love lighthouses! (And I have a sneaking suspicion I’m not alone…) I’ve been spending a fair amount of time at Nubble Light at Cape Neddick, Maine this year looking for interesting skies at the edges of the day. On the morning pictured below, I thought the clouds were going to light up with color – but there wasn’t even a hint of it. Still, the moody sky had its own kind of beauty. Here’s to lighthouses everywhere! Nubble…
  • Stand up for Jesus

    TheChristianGift
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    Stand up, stand up for Jesus; The strife will not be long; This day the din of battle, The next the victor’s song. The soldiers, overcoming, Their crown of life shall see And with the King of glory Shall reign eternally. Lyric: George Duffield
  • Night Falls on the Zakim Bridge

    TheChristianGift
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Show me a bridge and I’ll probably want to photograph it. One which has been on my shot list for a couple years now is the Zakim in Boston. Actually, its formal name is the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge. Quite a mouthful, so you can see why most locals refer to it simply as the “Zakim.” It spans the Charles River between Boston and Charlestown. Within close walking distance of the Bunker Hill Memorial, each of the structure’s towers mimics the memorial. It’s quite lovely – and hugely improves the appearance of that area following the…
 
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    Steve Fogg: Clear & SimpleSteve Fogg: Clear & Simple | Marketing, Communications, Branding & Digital

  • Bite-Sized Communication tips: Episode One

    Steve Fogg
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:44 pm
    I’m piloting a new idea this week. Each week I’m going to answer one question and post a short reply via video on a Wednesday (my time). It will be short and sweet. To the point. You could say bite-sized! There will be no fancy ‘in-video’ graphics or sales funnel asking you to buy something later. Just me answering your questions about marketing, strategy, communication, social media or web. If you like this, let me know and I’ll continue to do it. If not, that’s cool. I do like the idea as it does save me time and I can talk quicker than I can type. Now…
  • 6 Lessons About Social Media You Can Learn From My Failures

    Steve Fogg
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Photo Credit I love social media. I written time and time again about the benefits of social media for non-profits and churches. I’m extremely passionate about it and if your sit down with me for a coffee and ask me about it, just sit back and get comfy. You’ll be listening a while. One of the trends I’ve noticed is that I get quite a bit of attention as being an expert at social media for churches. It’s not true, and here’s why. Honestly, I’ve probably failed more times than I’ve succeeded. You only see my highlight reel. So in an effort to be…
  • 10 Marketing Tips To Help You Communicate To People Who Don’t Go To Church

    Steve Fogg
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:16 am
    Photo Credit Can church marketing ever work? Does it only ever suck? Can a church only ever really focus their marketing efforts on the right audience? What should the message be? These questions have been rattling around my brain recently as we have been developing our own external marketing on a new project. Here are some of the thoughts that may help you in your own marketing to your broader community. 1. People will never be convinced to come to church by your marketing efforts alone Marketing pithy slogans and statements will never in itself endear your church to your local community.
  • Hello. Is It Me Your Looking For?

    Steve Fogg
    3 Aug 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Yes, I’ve borrowed the lyrics from my favourite Lionel Richie song. A bit sad. But lets face it. It has been a while in between blogging drinks together. I’ve missed you. Yes, you. You have been on my mind. My conscience has always nagging me. That tactic worked. Tell them. Share it (Don’t worry. I’ve been taking notes). But to be honest with you, I’ve been very busy: • Researching, planning, writing and presenting an exciting new ministry initiative for my church in 2015. This has taken me an extensive part of my time which I’m now sprinting to…
  • 3 Surefire Ways To Get More Likes On Your Facebook Page (For Free)

    Steve Fogg
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:57 pm
    One of the most common questions for those starting out on social media is how can they build an audience. It is very easy on a new Facebook page. For anyone that is on a shoestring budget, up to a point, it is even free. I recently had to set up another Facebook page for a non-profit and here are some of the steps I took to grow the reach of the page in no time flat. Firstly, dive into your admin panel on your Facebook page and look for the tab Build Audience: 1. Invite personal friends Facebook allows you to invite your personal friends. The more admins you have in your page, the more…
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    W2W Soul

  • Guard Your Heart

    Kaleb
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
                    Every choice you have made originated with a thought.  The thoughts that occupy your mind and take root in your heart fuel your words and your words eventually determine your actions and the path... Read more..
  • When Your Life is Out of Sync

    Kaleb
    2 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    There are days when I feel drained, out of sync and disconnected. On those days my perspective of life is fuzzy and I find myself aimlessly weaving in and out of situations and decisions without clarity or guidance. The impulse to look for answers within only leads to more feelings of confusion, discouragement and isolation. I’v... Read more..
  • Why God Designed Time the Way He Did

    Kaleb
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:29 am
    What if you could see your whole life at once? Past, present and future. If you could, would you live in fear or anticipation? Curiosity is an integral trait in all humans and I’m sure, given this opportunity, most of... Read more..
  • What You See Is What You Get

    Kaleb
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:25 am
    When you look at your life, what do you see? Do you see an insecure, unhappy, lost soul dragging through life; children that are out of control or beyond help; a marriage or relationship that’s falling apart; a dead-end job; failing health?  What do you see?  Trials and failures are the natural course of life. We know where... Read more..
  • The Meaning of “It is Finished”

    Kaleb
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    "What did Jesus mean when He said, 'It is finished'?" Found only in the Gospel of John, the Greek word translated “it is finished” is tetelestai, an accounting term that means “paid in full.” When Jesus uttered those words, He was declaring the debt owed to His Father was wiped away completely and forever. Not that Jesus wiped away an... Read more..
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  • Soaking in the Gospel

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    I’m tired of conferences. In twenty plus years of ministry, I’ve been to every conference imaginable, and then a few more. Don’t get me wrong: I see the value of conferences, and I understand why people like them, but I feel about them the same way I feel about cucumbers: I’ve had so many in my life that I don’t care to have many more.That’s why you may find it strange that I attended The Gospel Coalition Atlantic Regional Conference in Prince Edward Island a few weeks back. I was invited as a speaker, and when I heard who the other speakers are, I knew I had to go because I had a…
  • Random Reflections from Three Weeks Away

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Some random reflections from three weeks away: I am way too connected. Maybe you are too. We camped for two weeks in Restoule, Ontario, where there is no cell phone coverage from my cell phone company — although, to my disgust, their competitor has just installed a tower. I can’t tell you how refreshing it was to get away from email and social media. I’ve barely read a blog post or tweet in a month, and I’ve enjoyed it.Now that I’m back, I’m beginning to engage with social media again. I’ve cut back a lot, though, in what I’m going to read. Because…A diet of blogs and tweets…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    16 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: The 2017 Mindset List For this generation of entering college students, born in 1995, Dean Martin, Mickey Mantle, and Jerry Garcia have always been dead. Eminem and LL Cool J could show up at parents’ weekend. They are the sharing generation, having shown tendencies to share everything, including possessions, no matter how personal... God Uses Two "Gardens" To Grow Our Children The most important task we have as a church is to teach the next generation the gospel. 26 Ways to "Provoke the 1 Peter 3:15 Question" at Work Here is a list of 26 ways we’ve come up…
  • Teach Us to Want: An Interview with Jen Pollock Michel

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Jen Pollock Michel has written a book that I wish I'd read a long time ago. It's called Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition, and the Life of Faith. A review at The Gospel Coalition says that the book "is an excavator for the heart; it digs into our foundations and helps us plant new roots." I'm finding the book to be both helpful and enjoyable. I'm grateful that Jen was willing to answer some questions about the book and about her ministry.Desire is at the heart of Christian formation, but we tend to focus on belief and behavior more than desire. Why do you think we tend to do this?We…
  • Taking a Break

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    I'm taking a short break from blogging. Be back in a couple of weeks.
 
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • “Jellybean” Bible Object Lessons

    Mimi Bullock
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:53 am
    Small, sweet and colorful, this eye-catching candy can’t help but attract attention. Bring a bag of jellybeans to kids’ church or Sunday School as a visual aid for a special bible lesson. Once you have completed the demonstration, dole them out and share the candies with the class. (Have a bag of sugar-free candies available for diabetic or sugar-sensitive kids and adults.) Ready to teach a jellybean object lesson? God’s Words Are Sweet “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103 Prepare for this object lesson by…
  • 3 Twitter-Inspired Game Ideas for Kids Ministry

    Mimi Bullock
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    Are your kids “tweeting”? If so, then you can put their Twitter knowledge to use in a fun teaching situation. Even if they don’t know how to tweet yet, this micro-blogging, social networking site is great inspiration for Twitter-inspired games for kids ministry. How would the gospel look if it were tweeted to the followers of Christ? Ask yourself that question and then present these two cool game ideas to your children. (Twitter birds make safe, familiar decorations for a classroom too.) 1. Tweet All About It Instructions: Give kids mini dry erase boards or divide them up…
  • Bible Lesson: John the Baptist’s Birth is Predicted

    Kelly Henderson
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:25 am
    The following lesson was adapted for a small group of children age 5-10.  The students discover that Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous and blameless before God in a time that God had been silent for 400 years.  Believers can trust God to keep all His promises and obey Him as they wait for His promises to be fulfilled. Bible Passage:  Luke 1:5-25 Bible Story Title:  John the Baptist’s birth is predicted Target Age Group:  Ages 5-11 (K-5th Grade U.S.A.) Target Time Frame: 60 Minutes Original Teaching Context: Sunday School Supply List:  Bibles, Activity pages, pens/crayons, charade…
  • Fruit of the Spirit Word Search

    Felicia Mollohan
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Click on the preview image to download this free worksheet for kids based on the Fruit of the Spirit. Page one of the download is the handout, page two is an answer key for leaders. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 Have you been studying the fruit of the spirit in your class and you looking for an activity to help the children in your class remember them? This just might be the activity for you. Word searches are fun and a great way to…
  • Greeting Visitors and Making Them Feel Welcome in the Church Nursery

    Mimi Bullock
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    You walk to the door carrying your most treasured possession–your child. You’ve decided to give the nursery a try. You want your little one to receive ministry at his level and you can’t wait to soak in the church worship service—it’s been a long week! However, when you open the door (that you have a hard time finding) you aren’t greeted by anyone. The staff appears busy, too busy for one more child. You slowly back out the door and think about going home… Think this scenario can’t happen? Think again! It happens all the time—it’s even happened at my church (and yours)…
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    Renew My Mind

  • A Quote That Sums Up My Failures

    Daniel Dessinger
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    I don’t know how he got there, but Seth Godin is in my head. Take a look at this quote real quick: “I don’t like it” “I don’t understand it” Those are the only responses your new idea can possibly generate from many around you if your new idea is actually a great idea, something ownable, something you can build work around. The popular, obvious, guaranteed ideas have definitely been taken, or are so small that they’re not really worth your blood and tears. That means if the new title of your book is instantly understood by all, it’s…
  • Is the American School System Broken?

    Daniel Dessinger
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    I love Seth Godin’s response to this question. Take a look: “School isn’t off the rails. It’s still on the rails. But the society changed. Industrialists built school 100 years ago to train people to be obedient factory workers. The first teacher’s college in Massachusetts was called The Normal School. It was to train teachers to make their kids ‘normal’… The problem is, we don’t reward obedient factory workers anymore. “We are not creating any good jobs where you get paid to do exactly what you are told. Because if we can find…
  • Do You Ever Feel Thwarted?

    Daniel Dessinger
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Sometimes it feels like God Himself has opposed us and our efforts to succeed. The stars seemed aligned for breakthrough and suddenly catastrophe strikes. Hearbreak disrupts. Hope is lost. There’s are times I feel thwarted and it angers me to the core. The injustice of my good intentions falling apart before execution is too much to bear. Then there are times when being thwarted feels special. Almost like a privilege. When my insides feel cleaner and purified by the process of disappointment. As though I am being pruned. And while my desires are not being fulfilled, somehow I know that…
  • God is Faithful to Fulfill His Promises

    Daniel Dessinger
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    “He was enabled to become a father because he considered Him faithful who had made the promise.” Our God is faithful to fulfill His promises. In the face of impossibility, let us consider Him faithful. The post God is Faithful to Fulfill His Promises appeared first on Renew My Mind.
  • Seated in the Palace

    Daniel Dessinger
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Between God’s promises in our life and the palace of our divine purpose is always the process that molds us into the person we need to be to stay seated in the palace. - Kris Vallotton The post Seated in the Palace appeared first on Renew My Mind.
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    Lawrence W. Wilson

  • Why You’re Not Reaching Millennials (Or Boomers, or Gen X)

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    Generation labeling makes the church narrow its vision for spiritual transformation. But people aren’t just one thing. They can change. I resisted seeing the movie Divergent at its release earlier this year because it looked to be a knock-off of The Hunger Games. Amazon Prime made it too easy to change my mind though, and I’m glad I did. This story gets at an important truth we, especially Christians, need right now. continue reading
  • The One Way to End Violence in the Middle East (or Anywhere)

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    To a wide-eyed Midwesterner like me, the current spate of ethnic or religiously motivated conflicts in the world is stupefying. Here in the middle of this vast country, we are surrounded by people who look and think pretty much as we do. There are minority populations of course, but we’ve managed to melt into one big pot of suburban blandness. Seeing people forced from their homes under threat of death because of their faith, others murdered over perceived blasphemies, and civil wars fought over what language to speak is both puzzling and terrifying. I realize those descriptions reduce…
  • The Only Two Questions Any Pastor Should Be Asking Right Now

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Pastors spend a lot of time solving problems, and that means asking questions. Unfortunately, most of those questions are unimportant, even trivial. I know this because I’ve wasted plenty of my own time wondering about these same things. In fairness, many of these questions are forced upon pastors by their job description as the leader of an organization and have little to do with their real work as shepherds of God’s flock. But a pastor has to earn a living somehow, so most spend the majority of their time pondering things like these— continue reading
  • How to Transform Your Life in Only 20 Years

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    Everybody wants to change some aspect of their life. Whether it’s finances or career, marriage or education, we all want to be different tomorrow than we were yesterday. Most of the time, we look for easy changes, quick fixes, or dramatic solutions that will produce instant results. But here’s the news: those things don’t exist. To produce lasting change you must take incremental action over time. Yes, that might begin with a big transition like going to rehab, getting married, or finding a new job. But permanent change—true spiritual growth—comes by harnessing the…
  • 7 Things You Can’t Say about Immigration Reform

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Immigration reform is a hot topic this summer as the U.S. Congress appears poised to take action that could affect some 11 million undocumented residents. My denomination is on record in support of common-sense reform for biblical reasons. Our general superintendent, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, even met with the President to discuss the matter. Even so, immigration is a sticky subject for many Christians. We are law-and-order people for sure, so going soft on violators is hard to swallow. At the same time, we’re deeply compassionate and believe in being hospitable to strangers and those in need.
 
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    Frank King's Blog

  • We Are What We Are by the Grace of God

    Frank King
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:54 am
    Amazing Grace We know that we saved by grace through faith. But the grace of God does not stop at salvation. We also live our daily lives under the umbrella of grace. The things we do in serving the Lord are divinely assisted by His grace. We must never forget that. Take Paul the apostle, for example. He was a man who persecuted the people of God. Granted, it was out of ignorance. But when God saved Saul of Tarsus, as he was then known, He did a gracious work on the inside of him. He became the Lord’s most productive servant of his day. Paul said concerning himself, “By the grace of God I…
  • Three Questions Regarding the Death of Michael Brown

    Frank King
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Crime Scene I know we don’t know everything about what happened that night—excuse me–that bright Saturday afternoon. But as a black man with a teenage son living in America, I see a troubling trend. So let me just throw out three quick questions that I have been entertaining about the death of Michael Brown. First, to the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. Why? I’m saying there must be more than what’s currently being reported as to what happened that day. There must be more to it than that the victim was an unarmed teenager holding his hands in surrender. For a police…
  • The Key to a Faith-Filled Life

    Frank King
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    Hope Blasts Despair Even in world that’s filled with despair and uncertainty, we can live a faith-filled life. In fact, it is to this end that God inspired holy men to write the Bible. “Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4). In the verse above, the word hope denotes a positive expectation. Hence, when God inspired men to write the Bible, it was to the intent that we might become filled with hope in Him. Why should we despair when God is on our side? Of course, hope…
  • Choose to be Joyful

    Frank King
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    Choose to be Joyful You can usually tell when a person is going through difficult times. That’s because we tend to allow our circumstances to dictate our mood and attitude. If everything is going well, for example, we are almost certain to be joyous. On the other hand, bad news tends to turn our smile upside down. But consider this verse: “A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones” (Proverbs 17:22). No matter what our circumstances are, we can choose to be joyful. Or we can allow circumstances to overwhelm our spirit. According to the verse, when we…
  • You Were Born with Purpose

    Frank King
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Your future Have you ever wondered what is God’s purpose for your life? Are you still wondering about that? Some Christians go through many years of their Christian life trying to answer the question, “What is God’s purpose for my life?” Being a preacher, I am often asked that question. Perhaps it’s because I seem to have figured out that God’s purpose for me is to be a preacher. You too were born with purpose. God did not leave you out of His master plan. He “has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and…
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    Inspirations from Phather Phil

  • If there are words for Him, then I don’t have them…

    PhatherPhil
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
  • The True Nature of Love

    PhatherPhil
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”  1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT) As I read and prayed on these words this morning, God reminded me of the depth of this fundamental truth; that when we embrace the true nature of the Love He freely offers and seek to share that Love in all…
  • Defined by Our Blessings

    PhatherPhil
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:11 am
    “Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” – James 1:17 (NLT) When we allow our attitudes, our outlook, our words and our actions to be expressions of the many Blessings God places in our lives each and every day, we not only share His light with those around us but also find that our struggles and circumstances no longer define who we are.
  • Another Chance…

    PhatherPhil
    31 Dec 2013 | 11:20 am
      Dear Lord; Happy New Year’s Eve Father! As my mind wandered this morning Father, drifting along this past year’s erratic path and pondering the days ahead You spoke to my heart; a whispered phrase of things to be… “Another Chance…” You promised.  And with that I realized Lord… Every day I wake with breath in my lungs You’ve granted me Another Chance… “I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies…
  • It Began in a Lowly Manger

    PhatherPhil
    24 Dec 2013 | 9:46 pm
    Dear Lord; Happy Christmas Eve Father! When I think of Christmas Lord, so many things come to my heart… Hope… Love… Peace… Joy… And an overall sense of Wonder. And yet, with all of the situations that have surrounded me throughout this Blessed Season Father, I’ll admit that much of that child-like excitement has felt quietly subdued this year… However this morning as we talked Lord, You breathed some life back into my weary spirit. Today Father, I asked You a very pointed question and You very clearly answered it… Although I’ll admit Your response wasn’t even on my…
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    Mike Calhoun

  • Five Reasons Good Christian Leaders Leave

    mikec
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    Good leaders don’t leave organizations/churches that they hate: they leave the ones they love. Often they don’t leave because they are mad or upset: they are just tired and used up…they feel they don’t have anything left to give. The travesty could have been avoided by good oversight. Although there are probably one hundred reasons that this is true, I have identified five that I feel represent broad areas of concern. Each of these should be building blocks in good leadership. When they are missing or are misplaced then the results are less than desirable. Trust – If there is a lack…
  • What is a Reverb?

    mikec
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    REVERB is an incredible all-night student event. More than 1,000,000 students have attended this event (formally called Superbowl) and there have been over 100,000 recorded decisions for Christ. This year REVERB will be held in twenty locations nationally plus several more in Canada. The night kicks off with a sporting event, some even connected with NHL and NBA teams. This is followed by an interactive AMP rally with music, games, and tons of prizes. During the AMP rally the students will hear a clear Gospel presentation and be given an opportunity to respond. The rest of the night is…
  • Vision…The Vital Component of Leadership – Part 3

    mikec
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    Visionary leaders are people who see farther, more and before others. The quality that makes a visionary leader worthy of following is character. As a freshman in college I heard Dr. Jerry Falwell say, “Character is what you are in the dark.” I have pondered that statement many times when faced with the urge to live a life of duplicity. This is my third and final post on the subject of vision. I addressed the Upward Component, Outward Component and now conclude by examining the Inward Component, character. By combining Numbers 13, 14 and Joshua 14, 15 we get a glimpse into the life of the…
  • Are You Up For A Challenge?

    mikec
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    Okay, let’s just say it … sometimes Junior High students can be a bit of a teaching challenge. But seriously: consider their DNA: Transitioning hormones Living in a constant state of “partial attention” Being wired for fun and activity Fighting against a childishly short attention span As if that was not enough, our society has actually told them that they cannot understand difficult concepts and that we have to water down the content. We (the Church) don’t like to admit it but perhaps we have bought into that lie in our youth ministries. Therefore we dilute the way we teach them…
  • Vision…The Vital Component of Leadership – Part 2

    mikec
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    Visionary leaders understand that “Leadership is a team sport.” A leader with vision minimizes their impact if there is a failure to communicate that vision. In Vision Part 1, I addressed The Upward Component of the Biblical leader Caleb. He was a man with a big vision who depended on and obeyed God. In Numbers 13:30 and 14:7-9, we see Caleb passionately communicating and casting vision. I call this The Outward Component of leadership. From examining Caleb and other Biblical leaders, I want to suggest six components of vision casting: Create the Vision: “Creative ministries move ahead…
 
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  • Feeling Beat Up at Work? Three Great Ways to Manage Yourself Through the Stress

    J.B. Wood
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    A friend confided that, lately, he goes home from work every day feeling like a failure. He is in charge of a sales organization that has been slipping ever since he took over a few months ago. The pressure from upper management is tremendous. It seems like everything is stacked against him – the tough [Read More...]
  • Is Prayer Just Too Boring?

    Marcus Goodyear
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    New Study Suggests Prayer Is So Boring People Prefer Painful Electric Shocks It has been a weird few weeks in the news regarding prayer. Folks got riled up over 15% discounts for public prayer in a North Carolina restaurant, over the end of the discount for public prayer in the same restaurant , over exercise groups praying [Read More...]
  • You Can’t Compete with Grace

    J.B. Wood
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    I recently attended a Strategy conference featuring some fancy Harvard Business School professors at a swanky California seaside hotel. During one of the luncheons, I struck up a conversation with the gentleman seated next to me, a sturdy-looking man who worked for a large charity organization in the Midwest. The word “Grace” was prominently emblazoned [Read More...]
  • Got the Job, But Not the Dream. Now What?

    J.B. Wood
    2 Aug 2014 | 7:31 pm
    After two years of unemployment, my friend Mark finally landed a sales job. It’s not exactly what he had in mind as a seasoned management professional, age 52, but after dozens of leads and rejections, this appeared to be the only game in town. I usually run into Mark when I hit the local Starbucks before [Read More...]
  • The Next Big Breakthrough Business Idea: Be Nice!

    J.B. Wood
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    A colleague was telling me about an epic deal he was working on, involving dozens of high-powered lawyers and bankers. “It was incredibly intense,” he said. “We had a huge conference area set up like a war room, with each party’s representatives lined up on either side of the table. For five days, we worked [Read More...]
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  • The Birth of a Book – An Advent Devotional

    Jean Wise
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The birth of a book is a reason to celebrate for a writer. Look what arrived in the mail the other day from Barbour Publishing - Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room – An Advent Devotional - written by of all people – me. Holding a book that you write is a humbling, exciting, scary, awesome experience all bundled up into one gigantic YIPPEE!  Late last fall I woke up early, often 5 am, prayed for help and wisdom and pecked away on the keyboard on this project. Then months go by and you almost forget about it when it magically appears and brightens your day.  I am giddy today! Now my…
  • Marinating in the Scriptures

    Jean Wise
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    Marinate. Marinate means to seep, rest in, soak in the elements, to leave time to reflect. This word reentered my heart when I attended the Network of Bible StoryTellers Festival Gathering a few weeks ago. In order to learn the bible story they are sharing, the teller gives time for the story to marinate within them. Most tellers commented that learning the story wasn’t a process of memorization, but the story became a part of them, transforming them forever. They marinated in the story. How powerful is that? God’s living Word taking root deep within us, soaking every cell and element of…
  • Irrevocable Gifts and Calling – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” Roman 11: 29 Lord this verse stopped me cold this morning.  Irrevocable? You mean the gifts you have given me are final, unchangeable? The calling I have experienced from you – they are irreversible and fixed forever in your kingdom. I can’t quit? I can’t stamp them with “return to Sender?” I can’t deny them? In your compassionate benevolence, you give everyone gifts. What an adventure life becomes to discover your hidden treasures and to take them into your world. You call each of us in unique and matchless directions.
  • When Life Becomes a Roller Coaster, Enjoy the Ride! – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    “Life is full of ups and downs. If you are anything like me, more than once you’ve prayed to God to take away some of the low spots. If I had only realized, the experience I was trying to avoid was actually a life-altering opportunity that shaped me into the woman I am today, I would have yelled, ‘Hit me with your best shot!’ Knowing this after the fact didn’t make it any easier, but I now see I’m a better person for having endured it. So the next time your life becomes a roller coaster, Climb into the front seat, throw your arms in the air and enjoy the ride!”…
  • Fostering Creativity – Dancing on the Head of a Pen – Book Review

    Jean Wise
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Everyone has the gift of creativity. We just express creativity in different ways. All children are born oozing with curiosity and creativity. As adults we need to coax that childlike inventiveness out of its hidden corner. Some people excel in the kitchen. Some garden. Some tackle complex computer problems and get lost in the world of numbers and equations. Some take their ingenuity to work with broken people. Some of us nurture creativity in others. Some of us are painters or poets or potters.  And some of us write – creating with words and crafting with letters and our tools of ink and…
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  • Proverbs 22:24-25 – Given To Anger

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare. (Proverbs 22:24-25 ESV) Most of us are well aware that “bad company corrupts good morals” (I Corinthians 15:33) and we become who we are consistently with. When we come across verses such as these in Scripture, people’s faces flash through our mind’s eye. A name pops into our head, or we recall and replay a situation where we were wronged. However, the person’s face that rarely comes to mind is our own! Are you that man or…
  • John 4:5-9 – Wrong Place, Wrong Person, Wrong Time

    admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Bible Verse of the Day So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) (John 4:5-9 ESV) Jesus was on his way to…
  • John 4:14 – Let It Flow

    admin
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse “…but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14 NIV) Picture a large meadow of yellow flowers bowing to a gentle breeze. This golden pond of beauty is densely populated on the outer edges by trees that stand stoic throughout the course of time. The summer sun hangs lazily alone in the afternoon sky against a canvass of aqua blue. The air is punctuated periodically by God’s curious creatures that fly about on cue — assuring the…
 
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  • -HS Student in Trouble For Saying ‘Bless You’ After a Sneeze?

    Dr. D
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    “Bless You!”   Here’s a report that a high school student got in trouble for responding with ‘bless you’ after a classmate sneezed. The teacher reportedly does not allow any ‘God speak’ in her class and ‘bless you’ is included on a list of forbidden classroom words and phases. Here’s the story from WMCTV: A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended… When Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner said bless you to her classmate, she says her teacher told her that was for church. "She said that…
  • -Houston: Activists Publish Names On Petition Against Transgender Bathroom Ordinance

    Dr. D
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
                   (Photo credit: Wikipedia) LGBT activists have published the names of 31,000 citizens in Houston, Texas who signed a petition in opposition to the Transgender Bathroom Ordinance which also restricted religious liberty in the city. Here’s the story from LifeSiteNews: Backers of a Houston city ordinance banning discrimination based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” have published the names of 31,000 pro-family citizens who signed a petition opposing the ordinance because they believed it…
  • -Believers Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier Lives?

    Dr. D
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    (British Journal of General Practice: Wikipedia) “Religious faith remains by far the best predictor of a long, healthy life” There are medical studies from the UK that seem to indicate that believers in God who attend worship services may live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Here’s the story from the UK Telegraph: …as Richard Scott, a family doctor, notes in this month’s British Journal of General Practice, religious faith remains by far the best predictor of a long and healthy life. …The positive influence of church attendance is well recognised, but the findings of this…
  • -UPDATE: Bibles Can Stay in Navy Lodges

    Dr. D
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    The US Navy has reversed its decision to have Bibles removed from guest rooms in their lodges around the world due to a huge outcry from American Christians. Here’s the story from the Christian Post: The U.S. Navy has reversed its decision to remove Bibles from Navy rooms, and has noted that it would be reviewing its policy. Navy Exchange Service Command officials had previously said they would be removing all religious literature, following complaints from an atheist group.  … The Navy’s decision to put Bibles back in its lodge and guest rooms came on Thursday, Navy Times…
  • -Federal Judge Gives Baptist College an Exemption From HHS Mandate

    Dr. D
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
            (US Depart.of Justice: Wikipedia) A federal judge in Louisiana on Wednesday gave a Baptist college an exemption from the Obama administrations HHS Contraceptive/Abortifacient Mandate. Here’s the story from the CItizenLink: In a landmark decision, a federal district court on Wednesday said a Christian college in Louisiana is exempt from complying with the HHS mandate. It requires most businesses and nonprofits to offer potential abortion-inducing drugs in employee health plans. Louisiana College is a Baptist school in Pineville. Alliance Defending…
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  • Matthew, Mark, and Finding “Ethics” in the Story of Jesus

    Trevin Wax
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    I’m blogging through Richard Hays’ The Moral Vision of the New Testament over the next several weeks. In this introductory post, I laid out a reading schedule. If you’re just joining us, don’t miss the post that sets the stage for how we understand the ethics of the New Testament, or last week’s summary of Paul’s moral vision. Today, we’re looking at the ethical vision of two Gospels – Mark and Matthew. How does one go about finding “ethics” in the story of Jesus? Hays recognizes that we…
  • Worth a Look 8.21.14

    Trevin Wax
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Healing for a Broken World: Christian Perspectives on Public Policy by Steve Monsma. $2.99. Monsma lays a foundation of biblical principles that should undergird all our political involvement. Three principles are key: justice, solidarity, and civil society. Thabiti Anyabwile – Why We Never “Wait for All the Facts” Before We Speak: My brother pastor thinks that by speaking before we “have all the facts” we’re putting the gospel on the line. I think by not speaking about about the facts we do have and the…
  • When Your Father Tells You To Walk: Engaging the Sanctification Debate Through the Lens of Adoption

    Trevin Wax
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Evangelicals have been engaged in a contentious conversation about the nature of sanctification and what role God’s Law has in shaping our spirituality as we become more like Christ. On the one hand are those who believe the way we grow in holiness is by allowing the Law is to drive us to our knees, show us our continual need for a Savior, so that we renounce all works of self-justification and rest fully in Jesus. This process takes place over time; the wonder of being justified becomes the motivation for obedience.  On the other hand are those who believe…
  • Worth a Look 8.20.14

    Trevin Wax
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Political Thought: A Student’s Guide (Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition) by Hunter Baker. $0.99. Award-winning professor Hunter Baker helps political amateurs gain a foundational understanding of the subject and encourages seasoned political observers to find a fresh perspective in this book. Learn how to fruitfully consider and discuss politics, and gain a greater capacity for evaluating political proposals and the claims that go with them. D. A. Carson – What Are Gospel Issues? Not only do we not agree on what things are gospel issues,…
  • Is Sanctification a Process or a Position?

    Trevin Wax
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Is sanctification the “process” of being made holy? Or is it a term that refers to our position as belonging to God? That’s the question at the heart of David Peterson’s Possessed by God, a book I summarized yesterday. (Start there to get the gist of Peterson’s proposal.) Today, I want to follow up with some thoughts on how Peterson’s book plays out in day-to-day ministry. What Is Sanctification: A Process or Position? Possessed by God is a good contribution to the ongoing discussion on the nature of sanctification and the pastoral…
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  • Qur’an Scholar Research Findings

    Jim
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    Quotation from Mario Joseph “For me God was only Allah, and I believe Allah never married, so no sons for Allah. So I preached that Jesus was not God. Then somebody asked me Who is “Jesus?” – From the crowd. Maybe a Muslim, but he asked me “Who is Jesus?” I was preaching He is not God, but the question was, “who is He?” To know who is He, I read the entire Koran once again: 114 chapters and 6666 words in the Koran. When I read it the name of the Prophet Mohammad I found in Koran in 4 places, but the name of Jesus I found in 25 places. There itself, I was a little confused.
  • Are “Magicians” Condemned in the Bible?

    Jim
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Strong’s Definition Clears up Confusion! Years ago I became fascinated when something disappeared then magically reappeared. It fooled my eyes and my mind. So, I purchased trick after trick and had fun showing the tricks. As a wedding musician I found “Flower Girls” and “Ring Bearers” were initially cute dancing together at receptions, but after 15 minutes no one paid any attention to them and were just in the way. Out of pity I began entertaining them on my breaks with tricks, then hearing their belly laughs. 3 years ago I decided to start entertaining as a Magician professionally.
  • Baseball & Discipline in the 1950s

    Jim
    28 Nov 2013 | 3:55 am
    Methods & Freedom of Kid Discipline! In an earlier article I mentioned the movies “The Sandlot” and “A Christmas Story” reminded me of the 50s. Discipline for children was unrestrained in the 1950s and very effective and memorable. It was fear that kept us from making intentional mistakes. One method used to cleanse me of a dirty word was washing my mouth out with soap. (I especially disliked the taste of Lifebuoy soap. Yeech!) Mom used a 3”-long hat pin for discipline. When she wanted me to change my attitude/actions, she simply said, “Where’s my hatpin?” Man, did I ever…
  • God Does Miracles in Surprising Ways!

    Jim
    27 Nov 2013 | 3:46 am
    Why Do We Think God’s Actions Must Make Sense to Us? Every day we encounter God’s mighty acts, but don’t realize it. It might be avoiding bodily injuries; not getting hit by cars, because God sent them by other routes; healing us of dreadful diseases, we never knew we had, etc. (On 9-11 odd circumstances made numerous people late to work saving their lives!) Occasionally, these acts of God are so spectacular and out of the ordinary, we call them Miracles! Tumor Healed There is an account of an English plumber, Smith Wigglesworth, and a woman who was dying of cancer. After praying…
  • Weather Advisory and Alert!

    Bob
    1 Nov 2013 | 11:13 am
    This is no Joke! Weather Forecasters are in 1 Accord! St. Louis, Missouri, February 21, 2013. Shocking News! A huge snowstorm is approaching! It’s a beautiful clear morning at a chilly 21 degrees. It’s not a holiday, but 350 school districts and private schools are closed for the day. Why? Because a vicious rumor is being spread. Radio and TV stations have picked up the rumor and are spreading a warning as if it is true! Amazing! Who’s spreading this rumor? Meteorologists (I call them “weather guessers”), who are wrong time-after-time, day-after-day! They report that a major winter…
 
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  • New Christian books recommended by Authentic Christian Living

    Authentic Christian Living team
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    We believe it is important to continue to learn and grow in our faith. Our main source for growing in the Lord is by reading His Word, praying and seeking wisdom (which He promises to give us when we seek Him for it.) It is also beneficial to our spiritual growth when we glean from […]Author informationAuthentic Christian Living teamThe post New Christian books recommended by Authentic Christian Living appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • Scripture Memory verses: hiding God’s Word in our hearts

    Authentic Christian Living team
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    David wrote Psalm 119 and included a powerful example for us: when we know God’s word (hide it in our hearts) we recall it in times where we are tempted to sin.  I know this to be true in my life. Moments when I’m discouraged I remember verses about how treasured I am, and that […]Author informationAuthentic Christian Living teamThe post Scripture Memory verses: hiding God’s Word in our hearts appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • 10 Inspirational Quotes from pastors

    MinJea Jung
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    I once heard my pastors compare his job to a waiter. He said his main role was to serve good food to us. Check out these 10 inspirational quotes from pastors that we love. Our prayer is that they will satisfy your appetite! 1. Andy Stanley “when…God initiated his relationship with mankind, it didn’t begin […]Author informationMinJea JungSocial Media Marketing ​Intern | Bachelor of Science – Applied Mathematics from Emory University '14The post 10 Inspirational Quotes from pastors appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • 15 Bible Verses for scripture memorization

    MinJea Jung
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Out of more than 31,000 verses in the Bible, we selected these wonderful 15 Bible verses for scripture memorization.  We hope you print them out and take them with you to remember and memorize.  Feel free to Pin them and come back later if that works well for you. 1. 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these […]Author informationMinJea JungSocial Media Marketing ​Intern | Bachelor of Science – Applied Mathematics from Emory University '14The post 15 Bible Verses for scripture memorization appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • Christmas in July: 16 charities you want to know about

    Authentic Christian Living team
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Today we launch our annual Christmas in July campaign.  Our pages will promote 16 charities that we think are worth noting. If you have Christmas in July ideas, we want to hear them. Will you take 5 minutes to learn about what each of them do? 1. A21 Campaign Work: Be a voice for those in […]Author informationAuthentic Christian Living teamThe post Christmas in July: 16 charities you want to know about appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
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  • The Birth of a Book – An Advent Devotional

    Jean Wise
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The birth of a book is a reason to celebrate for a writer. Look what arrived in the mail the other day from Barbour Publishing - Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room – An Advent Devotional - written by of all people – me. Holding a book that you write is a humbling, exciting, scary, awesome experience all bundled up into one gigantic YIPPEE!  Late last fall I woke up early, often 5 am, prayed for help and wisdom and pecked away on the keyboard on this project. Then months go by and you almost forget about it when it magically appears and brightens your day.  I am giddy today! Now my…
  • Marinating in the Scriptures

    Jean Wise
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    Marinate. Marinate means to seep, rest in, soak in the elements, to leave time to reflect. This word reentered my heart when I attended the Network of Bible StoryTellers Festival Gathering a few weeks ago. In order to learn the bible story they are sharing, the teller gives time for the story to marinate within them. Most tellers commented that learning the story wasn’t a process of memorization, but the story became a part of them, transforming them forever. They marinated in the story. How powerful is that? God’s living Word taking root deep within us, soaking every cell and element of…
  • Irrevocable Gifts and Calling – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” Roman 11: 29 Lord this verse stopped me cold this morning.  Irrevocable? You mean the gifts you have given me are final, unchangeable? The calling I have experienced from you – they are irreversible and fixed forever in your kingdom. I can’t quit? I can’t stamp them with “return to Sender?” I can’t deny them? In your compassionate benevolence, you give everyone gifts. What an adventure life becomes to discover your hidden treasures and to take them into your world. You call each of us in unique and matchless directions.
  • When Life Becomes a Roller Coaster, Enjoy the Ride! – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    “Life is full of ups and downs. If you are anything like me, more than once you’ve prayed to God to take away some of the low spots. If I had only realized, the experience I was trying to avoid was actually a life-altering opportunity that shaped me into the woman I am today, I would have yelled, ‘Hit me with your best shot!’ Knowing this after the fact didn’t make it any easier, but I now see I’m a better person for having endured it. So the next time your life becomes a roller coaster, Climb into the front seat, throw your arms in the air and enjoy the ride!”…
  • Fostering Creativity – Dancing on the Head of a Pen – Book Review

    Jean Wise
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Everyone has the gift of creativity. We just express creativity in different ways. All children are born oozing with curiosity and creativity. As adults we need to coax that childlike inventiveness out of its hidden corner. Some people excel in the kitchen. Some garden. Some tackle complex computer problems and get lost in the world of numbers and equations. Some take their ingenuity to work with broken people. Some of us nurture creativity in others. Some of us are painters or poets or potters.  And some of us write – creating with words and crafting with letters and our tools of ink and…
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  • Sermon on Faith

    Chris
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    Today is the first of a three part sermon series on faith, hope and love. In the next two Sundays, Pastor Drew will talk about hope and love. Today, the topic is faith, what faith is and what it looks like. For a scripture, I have chosen the story of Gideon in the Book of Judges. I love the characters in the Old Testament. They are earthy and real, full of strengths and flaws, as we all are. Gideon’s story tells us about faith. Gideon lived in a scary time in Israel’s history. They were being oppressed by the Midianites, who were terrorizing them and burning the crops. The Israelites had…
  • Shorter Morning and Evening Prayers

    Chris
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    It’s been a while since I have posted from the Prayer Book for Earnest Christians, an Anabaptist resource I use on most days, coupled with the Psalms and Bible readings from the daily lectionary. Here are shorter morning and evening prayers. Morning Merciful, good God and Father, once again you have allowed the rising sun to shine upon good and evil. May praise and thanksgiving be declared to you, O good God, for your tender grace and for the protection and blessing I have enjoyed this past night. Let me enjoy your blessing this day as well. Illumine my heart with your light of grace,…
  • All That We Do

    Chris
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    All that we do we do in your sight, O Christ, but we cannot see the light of heaven for we walk in the dark. Hear our prayers for help as we live our life in the flesh. Hear and answer. Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 65; 147:1-11; 125; 91 Judges 3:12-30 Acts 1:1-14 Matthew 27:45-54 Selected Verses: O you who answer prayer! To you all flesh shall come. (Psalm 65:2 NRSV) The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD strengthened King Eglon of Moab against Israel, because they had done what was evil in the sight of the LORD. (Judges 3:12) They said,…
  • Be Open to Being Surprised By What Is Possible

    Chris
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Scientists in Colorado are studying the amount of light in the universe, and they have discovered a curious thing. There is far more light in the universe than they can account for, from the sources of light they know of. One of the scientists said, “The universe is like a brightly lit room, but you only see one 40-watt bulb. You wonder where all the light is coming from.” Then he said, “The way we understand light may be fundamentally wrong. The universe is exciting, scary, and mostly mysterious.” I love this honest, humble admission of how limited our knowledge is. And it reminds me…
  • Fallingwater

    Chris
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    We attended a family reunion in West Virginia last week. First, second, and third cousins, all descendants of Linda’s father Carl, or his siblings. Perhaps fifty or so there at a resort in the mountains near Beckley. Afterward, as we came home, we detoured through western Pennsylvania to visit Fallingwater, a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s. We took the hour long tour, then spent the night in Donegal before coming home.
 
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  • God’s Masterpiece

    Joshua Moran
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Wow! I had a great time sharing the word with our Wednesday night crew at Christian Life Center and glad I could spend some time in the front of house this week. God has...
  • Panic versus Trust

    Joshua Moran
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Ever been in an emergency situation with a group of people? For some, that moment is the time run around with their hands flailing around. pacing and saying “oh no” every 2 seconds. Then...
  • 5 Must Have WordPress Plugins for Church

    Joshua Moran
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:34 pm
    So you decided to build your church website in WordPress! Congratulations on making a wise choice, and unless you have a budget of 10k or larger, you can grow with WordPress for years to...
  • Doing God’s Will

    Joshua Moran
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:40 pm
    I was reading this today in my devotional from My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers: To choose to suffer means that there is something wrong; to choose God’s will even if it...
  • Guide to Exponential Prayer

    Joshua Moran
    9 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    I was reading Luke 1:1-25 this morning and it is a passage I generally read through quickly and just write it off to the announcement of John the Baptist. However, this morning it was...
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  • How Not to Let Offence Drag You Down

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Overcoming OffenceLast week, as I was writing this post, I began to do a self check and see if there was any offence in me against anyone. See part 1 on Offended Christian here. The more I searched my heart in prayer, the more Holy Spirit kept showing me an individual. The more I wanted to ignore it, the more the Lord brought it to the light. I kept denying that I was hurt. But the fact was, as much as I thought I was not hurt, it was my pride that kept me from admitting that I was hurting. Because to admit that “I was hurt” felt like a confession…
  • I Will Hurt You: An Offended Christian

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Overcoming OffenceThere is a beautiful looking bird in Canada called seagull. Of late I have been fascinated with seagulls. They look white and are magnificent acrobats of the sky. Unlike other birds, when flying they make seemingly impossible antics appear effortless.They can even float motionless in midair by catching wind currents with perfect timing and precision. As much as their acts are amazing, I found hardly anyone in Canada celebrating this bird as they would probably with the other birds of the air. I wondered why these white beautiful…
  • Revive Nations Latest Video Updates August 2014

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Hello Precious GTH readers, I just got back from wonderful meetings in Switzerland. Thank you for all your prayers. If you have not already, you can follow Revive Nations’ ministry updates by becoming a partner for free here or like my Facebook page here. Today I want to share with you some of our recent video resources that are available on YouTube. If you want us to immediately notify you every time we upload a new video, you can subscribe to our YouTube channel here. Pray with Pastor Shyju – Destroying the Tumours That Abort the Destiny! [click above  to watch] Join me in…
  • Iraqi and Gaza Christians Under Fire; Church Growth in China; Movie on King David; Update on Saeed Abedini

    Blessen Varghese
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:44 am
    France Offers Asylum to Mosul’s Christians While the situation for Christians in Mosul, Iraq is taking a turn for the worse, senior ministers of the French Government have issued a public statement offering asylum to Iraqi Christians being driven out of their homes by ISIS. Many Christians have fled their hometown of Mosul after the militant ISIS group seized the city and told them to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. According to the UN, just 20 families from the ancient Christian minority now remain in the city, which ISIS has taken as the capital of its Islamic state. Please…
  • Heart To Heart With Rev. Peggy I. Kennedy #GTH500 Series

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Welcome to the #GTH500 series. Find the other powerful guest posts in this series and join the Instagram contest here. It’s my joy to have Rev. Peggy Kennedy write for us again. She is a conference speaker and author, and her husband Jack are two ” Silver trumpets” committed to hearing the “now” word of the Lord for His church. Enjoy the post. Rev. Peggy I. Kennedy: Greetings to the many partners and friends of Revive Nations! We celebrate the Lord’s continued advance through your commitment. Your leaders, Shyju and Tiny Mathew, have walked in both faithfulness and…
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  • Jesus is asking, “What do you want me to do for you?”

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Prosperity Theology brags, “Give us the highest positions of power.” True Belief begs, “Please be merciful and give me sight.”
  • 3 Keys To Maintaining A Disciple-Making Focus While Church Planting

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    16 Oct 2013 | 6:49 am
    In the Book of Acts, planting churches in unreached areas was the natural application of the Great Commission. In fact, the logical implication of the Great Commission is that it would be done in the context of the local church wherever it exists and that it would lead to establishing local churches where they don’t exist. Baptism isn’t something that is done isolated from Body life. It is the initiatory rite of a new disciple into the church. Naturally, if a church doesn’t exist and we are pursuing the disciple-making mission, a church needs to be established or we…
  • Fighting Human Trafficking by Planting Churches

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    8 Mar 2013 | 11:31 am
    This is a guest post by Patrick Hubbard. Patrick is the Founder and President of Living Bread Ministries. The vision of LBM is to expand an interdependent church planting movement among the global poor. In this post, Patrick explains how their vision of planting churches in impoverished areas is an important step towards ending slavery. The trafficking of human beings for sexual exploitation and forced labor is possibly the greatest humanitarian tragedy the world has known. The United Nations estimates that there are over 2.5 million people in forced labor, including the sex industry, at any…
  • Top 20 Religious Groups in Queens, NY

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    29 Oct 2012 | 11:54 am
    Queens County is recognized by many demographers as the most diverse county in America. As a result, there are hundreds of languages, peoples, and religious groups represented. The following list of the top 20 religious groups in Queens reflects the diversity of Queens County (according to the 2010 ARDA report). Top 20 Religious Groups in Queens, NY Catholic – 677,520 Muslim – 81,456 Orthodox Judaism – 80,000 Non-denominational – 33,325 African Methodist Episcopal Church – 28,085 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America – 24,250 Traditional Hindu –…
  • 52 Natural Ways To Kickstart A Disciple-Making Relationship

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    21 Sep 2012 | 8:55 am
    According to a recent study by Lifeway Research, 80% of churchgoers agree that they are personally responsible to share their beliefs about Jesus with non-Christians. However, in the next six months only about 39% of them ever will. The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 starts with “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations”. Another way to translate the word for “go” is “as you go” or “while you are going”. In other words, disciple making should be a natural way of life for the Christian. As you go, make disciples. It’s in the…
 
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    Writer of Pop

  • This Day in Pop Culture: August 21, 1959

    Jeffrey Totey
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hawaii Becomes a State Though statehood bills for Hawaii were introduced to the U.S. Congress as early as 1919, it wasn’t until this day in 1959 that Congress approved the Hawaii Admission Act.... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: What if Michael Bay had Directed "UP."

    Jeffrey Totey
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Here is what would happen if Michael Bay had directed Disney/Pixar's "Up."Wait for it...it gets better...the ending is the best. From Mr Stratman 7.Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • This Day in Pop Culture: August 20, 1974

    Jeffrey Totey
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Amy Adams is Born The actress Amy Adams is full of surprises. First of all, she was born on this day in 1974…in Vicenza, Veneto Region, Italy…her father was a serviceman. Her first professional... Read more!
  • This Day in Pop Culture: August 19, 1934

    Jeffrey Totey
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The First All American Soap Box Derby RaceThe first All-American Soap Box Derby race was held on this day in Dayton, Ohio in 1934 and has continued to runeach year since except during World War II.... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Amy Grant Mega Mix

    Jeffrey Totey
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Break out the leopard print sports coat – Amy Grant’s dance remix album has arrived today. Check out this remix of past videos and then check out my review.Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
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  • Do humans have a free will? Calvinism says “No!”

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Often wrapped up in a discussion of Total Depravity and Total Inability is a discussion of free will. Though it is variously stated, most Calvinists believe that humans do not have a free will. Some argue that humanity did have a free will before Adam and Eve rebelled against God and fell into sin by eating fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Others argue that a form of free will is awakened in the minds of the Christian. What almost all agree on, however, is that no unregenerate person has free will. Of course, even here, you will occasionally run across a Calvinist who…
  • Total Depravity as Total Inability

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Yesterday we introduced the Calvinist concept of Total Depravity. We saw that in general, the basic understanding of this idea is pretty sound. However, when most Calvinists speak of “Total Depravity” what they really have in mind is something they call “Total Inability.” This is where the trouble with Total Depravity gets introduced. Total Inability Here is what Calvinists have to say about Total Depravity as Total Inability: As a creature the natural man is responsible to love, obey, and serve God; as a sinner he is responsible to repent and believe the Gospel. But at the outset we…
  • Total Depravity According to Calvinists

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The first point of Calvinism’s TULIP is Total Depravity. Total Depravity forms the logical and theological foundation for the rest of the Calvinistic system, and as such, we will spend additional space laying out what Calvinism teaches about Total Depravity, and how it forms the foundation for everything that follows. If we can grasp all the intricacies and implications of Total Depravity, and see how it does not fit with Scripture, the rest of the Calvinistic system will fall like a set of dominoes. It is not an overstatement to say, as does R. C. Sproul, that all five points of Calvinism…
  • Calvinism and the NIV

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Let me take a brief pause in our ongoing series on Calvinism to discuss my choice of Bible translations. I primarily use the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible. It combines the accuracy of the New American Standard (NAS) and the readability of the New International Version (NIV) with the poetry and dignity of the King James Version (KJV). But more importantly for my purposes, the NKJV translation has not suffered from the blatant Calvinistic interpretive bias which is found in various other Bible translations. I am convinced that one reason for the rise of popular-level Calvinism in…
  • The post is perfectly inerrant

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    In Bible college and seminary, I always found it strange that one of the primary reasons given for divine inspiration and the inerrancy of Scripture was “because the Bible says so.” I always thought…. “Really? We know the Bible is divinely inspired because the Bible says so? We know it is inerrant because it claims to be?” This is not a compelling argument… Anyway… I am obviously not the only one who has noticed this. Here is a little image I found online last week which pokes fun a the same idea: Whether you believe in inerrancy or not, invite others…
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  • The Birth of a Book – An Advent Devotional

    Jean Wise
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The birth of a book is a reason to celebrate for a writer. Look what arrived in the mail the other day from Barbour Publishing - Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room – An Advent Devotional - written by of all people – me. Holding a book that you write is a humbling, exciting, scary, awesome experience all bundled up into one gigantic YIPPEE!  Late last fall I woke up early, often 5 am, prayed for help and wisdom and pecked away on the keyboard on this project. Then months go by and you almost forget about it when it magically appears and brightens your day.  I am giddy today! Now my…
  • Marinating in the Scriptures

    Jean Wise
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    Marinate. Marinate means to seep, rest in, soak in the elements, to leave time to reflect. This word reentered my heart when I attended the Network of Bible StoryTellers Festival Gathering a few weeks ago. In order to learn the bible story they are sharing, the teller gives time for the story to marinate within them. Most tellers commented that learning the story wasn’t a process of memorization, but the story became a part of them, transforming them forever. They marinated in the story. How powerful is that? God’s living Word taking root deep within us, soaking every cell and element of…
  • Irrevocable Gifts and Calling – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” Roman 11: 29 Lord this verse stopped me cold this morning.  Irrevocable? You mean the gifts you have given me are final, unchangeable? The calling I have experienced from you – they are irreversible and fixed forever in your kingdom. I can’t quit? I can’t stamp them with “return to Sender?” I can’t deny them? In your compassionate benevolence, you give everyone gifts. What an adventure life becomes to discover your hidden treasures and to take them into your world. You call each of us in unique and matchless directions.
  • When Life Becomes a Roller Coaster, Enjoy the Ride! – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    “Life is full of ups and downs. If you are anything like me, more than once you’ve prayed to God to take away some of the low spots. If I had only realized, the experience I was trying to avoid was actually a life-altering opportunity that shaped me into the woman I am today, I would have yelled, ‘Hit me with your best shot!’ Knowing this after the fact didn’t make it any easier, but I now see I’m a better person for having endured it. So the next time your life becomes a roller coaster, Climb into the front seat, throw your arms in the air and enjoy the ride!”…
  • Fostering Creativity – Dancing on the Head of a Pen – Book Review

    Jean Wise
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Everyone has the gift of creativity. We just express creativity in different ways. All children are born oozing with curiosity and creativity. As adults we need to coax that childlike inventiveness out of its hidden corner. Some people excel in the kitchen. Some garden. Some tackle complex computer problems and get lost in the world of numbers and equations. Some take their ingenuity to work with broken people. Some of us nurture creativity in others. Some of us are painters or poets or potters.  And some of us write – creating with words and crafting with letters and our tools of ink and…
 
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    Ryan Peter. Writer.

  • Depression, Robin Williams, and Pathetic Church Beliefs

    Ryan Peter
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:09 am
    Robin Williams. Talented. Funny. Wacky. Deep. Able to move from one subject to another without even taking a breath. Sometimes accused of being sentimental, although I always thought that he seemed to choose his roles carefully. I used to criticise him a bit – perhaps because I often saw him represent a shallow everything-will-be-ok, you’re-ok and I’m-ok modern liberal sort of philosophy so prevalent in our western culture. I realise now that he actually didn’t – in fact, now I think I get him. I was wrong. Badly wrong. But, of course, it’s too late. In…
  • How I Came to See Holiness in a Brand New Way, Pt 1

    Ryan Peter
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:07 am
    A journey of many, many years comes to a solid foundation to work from. I don’t generally come to conclusions quickly when it comes to theology. It’s taken me years to decide where I sit on many things. And I’m fine with changing my mind, so I’m not very dogmatic. The subject of holiness, however, has probably been the central driving factor of most of my theological searching. That might not be obvious when you look at what I’ve blogged about and written over the years. It may seem like I view the subject as an afterthought. That’s because, in the…
  • The Big Question of Christian Music

    Ryan Peter
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    I suppose the first thing I should say is, is Christian music really a big question? When I was younger, I thought so. My teenage years as a Christian were largely formed by my fledging album collection. I never really paid much attention to preaching or reading (besides the Bible) – my Christian music heroes discipled me from afar. My dream was to be a like them – a Christian rock star. I used to stare at the back of the CD covers of my Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, and Tree63 CD’s, dreaming about the day when it would be my turn – when my music would also count and…
  • A Non-Opinion on Israel and Palestine

    Ryan Peter
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    The big international news these past two weeks has been the eruption of war in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. Opinions abound. Emotions are charged. Suspicion is high. To be honest, I don’t really have an opinion on the actual conflict. It’s too complex and layered for most of us to actually have a well informed opinion on it that isn’t formed by our prejudice (in my “non-opinion”). To speak on it in any way makes people put you into only one of two camps – either you’re Anti-Semitic or you’re a Zionist. There doesn’t…
  • Why Slow Church Intrigues Me

    Ryan Peter
    5 Jun 2014 | 2:39 am
    I’m not one for the latest and greatest thing, especially when it comes to trends in church leadership and models. In my younger years I was all for everything that was different and cool and underground. These days I still have certain things that I like that others don’t, but I’ve learned that not everyone is the same, and I’ve learned that – when it comes to church trends – fads come and go and when you jump on a fad you confuse and hurt a lot of people and, before you realise it, become irrelevant. Jesus isn’t building his church on fads,…
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  • Sin in the Camp; Achan was Framed

    Kevin Shorter
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:54 pm
    As I have mentioned previously, for many years I struggled with pornography. There is much shame that goes into addiction. You feel bad for what you have done, and you often hate who you are. Added to that pain is the problems you feel have been created around you. No matter how private your sin, the story of Achan is often used to guilt you into more shame. While what Achan did was wrong, I believe too much blame is focused on him. Our prejudice to hate sin makes us miss God’s heart of this story. I hope to remove some of that shame and release a fresh view of the love of God. Sin in…
  • It’s Our 5th Anniversary; Here’s a Gift!

    Kevin Shorter
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:53 pm
    For the last five years, the goal of the Prayer Coach blog has been to take some of the mystery away from prayer. God is in love with you but oftentimes we make prayer into something harder than what God intended. This blog has looked at how we view God and how He views us because we often have a different view of these from what is true. At this time of celebration and reflection, we would love to hear from you. What have been some of your favorite posts? What would you like to hear more on? We would love to hear you comments and encouragement. If you are relatively new to us, here are…
  • 10 Things to Pray for Your Kids

    Kevin Shorter
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Our kids are a blessing from the Lord. For all the wonderful things we are all doing, nothing can be as important as raising our children. You may be winning thousands of people to the Lord, pastoring a megachurch, or even running a nation. No matter how important each of these other things are, God can get someone else to do those jobs. You are the only parents your children will have – you cannot be replaced. With this in mind, parenting is not an easy job. Your children will tire you out, get on your nerves, confuse you greatly, and test your faith. We need supernatural help to even…
  • How to Make a Good Confession

    Kevin Shorter
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
    I have two little girls. They are extremely sweet and loving, but at times they become selfish and hurt each other. As parents it is our job to help them restore the relationship to rebuild the love and trust they feel for each other. My wife and I walk them through steps of confession, saying they are sorry and usually ending with a hug. Have you ever watched people confess a mistake when they are being made to do it? Sometimes my girls say the words but never look at their sister. They go through the routine but you don’t feel that it really took. Are we going through this process…
  • I Am His And Through Him I Am Victorious!

    Kevin Shorter
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    This is a guest post from Erin Nelson. She a good friend of our family and a board member of our non-profit, Josiah’s Covenant. Her writing will draw you into her experience and her introspection will draw you into her experience with God. Get ready to be released into more He has for you. Through Him you are victorious! The Race Was On It was here that I waited in lake blue, I saw them, kayak red my husband and my littlest, a race was on. I looked down at my daughter and said, ‘let’s beat them!’ I prayed to God and laughed full as I pushed the paddle deep. We were cruising,…
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  • New Imprint to offer romance novels that promote abstinence

    Gina Adams
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    Pelican Book Group, a division of Pelican Ventures, LLC, has announced the creation of its new imprint,Pure Amore, to launch books beginning in October. Pure Amore will be the first romance genre imprint to promote abstinence before marriage. Editor in Chief for Pelican, Nicola Martinez, says the content of the books will be something both Christians and non-Christians will embrace, but that there was a specific goal in mind while forming the new imprint.“I wanted to produce something that would help young people to see how precious the gift of…
  • Major U.S. company partners with renowned school speaker to counter bullying and school violence

    Gina Adams
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Life Promotions, founded by international speaker and author Bob Lenz, is partnering with Lifetouch, the world’s largest employee-owned photography company, to supply Lenz’ new book entitledDignity Revolution: Standing up for the value of every person, to 6000 middle schools around the nation.  Co-authored with award-winning educator, Deborah Tackmann,  Dignity Revolution is a culmination of Lenz’ three decades of leading assemblies in over 3000 public schools on the issues of bullying, self-harm, suicide and substance abuse. Since 1982, Lenz…
  • Hall of Fame Vocalist to be honored with Governor's Award

    Gina Adams
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    Larnelle Harris will be the first Christian artist to receive the honor since the awards began 29 years agoHall of Fame vocalist and five-time Grammy winner, Larnelle Harris, will receive the 2014 Kentucky Governor’s Artist Award in a public ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, Kentucky this October. The prestigious award is given to Kentuckians who have made significant contributions to the arts in the Commonwealth, across the country, and around the globe. Harris will be the first Christian vocalist to receive the Artist Award since its inception 29 years ago.“It…
  • Critically-acclaimed Author to give away book in August

    Gina Adams
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    "Fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT will simply adore IMPERVIOUS..." -- Pretty Little PagesHeather Letto, author of the new young adult fiction book entitled Impervious (Bookfish), is offering readers a chance to download her entire book for free, one chapter each day,during the month of August.  Additionally, Letto has created a bible study that is also available for free.  The study guide expands on the topic of heaven that the fictional tale of the city of Impervious represents. Letto says the main theme of Impervious revolves…
  • Renowned Speaker and Author says a "Revolution" is needed in America's Schools

    Gina Adams
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Renowned international speaker and author, Bob Lenz, is releasing his latest book entitled Dignity Revolution: Standing up for the Value of Every Person, co-authored with award-winning educator, Deborah Tackmann. Dignity Revolution is a culmination of Lenz’ three decades of leading assemblies in over 3000 public schools on the issues of bullying, self-harm, suicide and substance abuse. Since 1982, Lenz has reached an estimated four million youth in the U.S. and around the world. Lenz says he hopes the book will begin a national movement among middle…
 
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    God and You

  • 5 Baby Truths and Myths Every Young Couple Should Know

    Sean
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    I’m not going to lie. It’s been tough. Really tough – mostly on my wife. Having a baby is no easy chapter to flip through. However there are myths in our world today that I find to be farfetched. Here are some of them. Pregnancy is Terrible There are horror stories left and right about pregnancy. Yeah we’ve heard our share. And you know what? All it took for me and Apple is prayer. I’m serious – just pray about your pregnancy. Pray about your delivery. Pray about your baby. It’s really what matters. We were able to go through pregnancy normally. No…
  • The Real Reason why you Fall out of Love

    Sean
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    I don’t know why I’m writing this. Really. I don’t know much about love. It’s such a wide and incomprehensible thought that I will not pretend to know it enough to write this. However for what little I know of love as a lover and husband and soon-to-be dad, I know that there is a way people fall out of love. And that’s what I’m about to tell you. In and Out People fall in love. That much we’re sure of. A guy meets a girl he likes. His heart begins to throb, his mind begins to imagine, his feelings begins to fly. It’s love at first sight. He goes…
  • A Letter to my Firstborn Son

    Sean
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    It’s been a while since I wrote in God and You – perhaps about a month? A lot has happened lately. I’ve co-founded another start-up, Qeryz, a SaaS company that deals with as-you-go microsurveys. It’s been tough and it’s been busy and I wanted to take this time off to write this letter to my son – in hopes of him reading it someday. So here it goes. Son, You are loved. I want you to know that. You’re going to be young, you’re going to be innocent, you’re going to be cute and cuddly and all things a baby boy should be. But someday I know…
  • Why Christians need the Gospel More

    Sean
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:45 am
    We hear the gospel at some point in our lives and we do two main things: accept it or reject it. Christians are people who have accepted the gospel. The problem is, us modern day Christians fail to see is that we still needs the gospel in our daily Christian walk. The Satan Strategy “We begin our discussion of strategies with the case of patients who still live within our magnificent darkness. Perhaps something has piqued their interest to the point that they are willing, even eager to entertain the thought of becoming a  child of the Enemy. But one fact always works in our favor:…
  • “I Fell out of Love for my Wife”

    Sean
    8 Jun 2014 | 7:19 am
    “I fell out of love for my wife.” “I fell out of love for my husband.” Ever heard those phrases before? Our society is plagued by a disturbingly rising divorce rate. I think I found out one simple but profound insight to this problem. Tonight, I asked myself why God did not explicitly command husbands (or wives) to “love your children?” Why is it that the Bible explicitly commanded husbands to love their wives and for wives to submit to their husbands but none of that for the kids? “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the…
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  • Off to Zimbabwe & Zambia – Prayer & Requests

    Ryan
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Dear friends, I am sending this from the gate at JFK in New York. I am about to board for Johannesburg, South Africa and then on to Ndola, Zambia. It’s a long day of traveling – about 20 hours from gate to gate. Please pray for health, safety, and joy along the way. Specifically, I am going to Ndola, Zambia (Aug 18-Aug 23) and Bulawayo, Zimbawe (Aug 24-Sept 4) to meet with new potential church partners as we strive to reach 500 more beneficiaries this year than last. In addition, we have recently invested in some new church income generation projects that will hopefully allow…
  • Strong Faith

    Ellen
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week I read an account of a 9 year old Zimbabwean girl that I just had to share.  It was written by the volunteers of one of our local church partnerships in Zimbabwe. Here’s how it began: “Faith is a smart girl who likes going to school. She is young but is applauded for being responsible.” Those two sentances speak volumes to me. The first thing local volunteers report about her is that she’s smart. Not that she’s an orphan – which she is. Not that her living situation with 6 other siblings is very difficult – which it is. No, first they want…
  • Support Forgotten Voices this summer at Emma’s Lemonade Stand

    Kathy
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    An 8 year old girl named Emma and her family are spending their summer helping Forgotten Voices! After learning about Forgotten Voices at church, they wanted to find a way to help the children Forgotten Voices supports. So, several Saturdays throughout the summer they are hosting a lemonade stand at their home in Mechanicsburg. Their first sale was Saturday June 28th and their next sale is scheduled for Saturday, July 19th. Be sure to drop by that day anytime between 10am-1pm to buy a cup of cold lemonade, coffee or bake sale item! Look for the “Lemonade Sale” signs to find your…
  • Joy and laughter as we do hard stuff – with pictures

    Ryan
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    It’s summer time. Let’s have fun because life only happens once. We should live, love and rest to do great work, not arrive at a place of absolute exhaustion that stopping just happens. Our Africa Director, Remmy, and I were talking today through some really difficult things happening in the lives of people we serve. Death, anguish, doubting God, etc are all part of the daily pain intersecting with our ministry. Yet, God has called us to be joyful. Even if we spent our lives exhaustively, leaving no ounce of energy left in the day — working until we can no longer stand or…
  • Feature partner: equipping Hope Chapel

    ForgottenVoices
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
                  Hope Chapel is a unique Forgotten Voices partnership. Then again, due to our model of quietly investing in custom plans of local churches doing orphan care, ALL of our partnerships are unique! Here are a few things that make Hope Chapel distinct: - They run a free community school for grades 1-7 - Students receive not only a free education, but free meals during the week. This is essential nutrition that helps kids focus better in school, and supports their overall health, especially for those who are HIV+ and taking anti-retroviral…
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    The Sovereign God

  • Is Contemporary Music Biblical?

    3 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    1Ch 16:25  For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be feared above all gods. 1Ch 16:26  For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens. 1Ch 16:27  Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place. 1Ch 16:28  Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength! 1Ch 16:29  Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; 1Ch 16:30  tremble before him, all the earth; yes,…
  • Into the Holy of Holies Goes the Church of Christ

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Heb 10:14  For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. Heb 10:15  And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, Heb 10:16  "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds," Heb 10:17  then he adds, "I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more." Heb 10:18  Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. Heb 10:19  Therefore,…
  • Why Should You Be Discipled, If You are a Christian?

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Eph 4:15  Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,There are many, many reasons why Christians should be discipled, but Ephesians 4:15 is a big one. All we need do is ask this simple question. What are we to do in this verse?The answer is - we are to "grow up in every way into him..." Consider the scope of this exhortation. We are to grow "in every way." What does this cover? It covers everything. Go ahead test it. Does it cover doctrine that you believe? YesDoes it cover behavior? YesDoes it cover how you…
  • James Preached that We Should Keep the Ten Commandments, as the Law of Love

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Jas 2:8  If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing well. Jas 2:9  But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. Jas 2:10  For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. Jas 2:11  For he who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. Jas 2:12  So speak and so act as those who are to be…
  • Ask for Anything, and Jesus Will Give It to You

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Well, not exactly. Many pastors would have you believe this - that if you ask for something in Jesus name, and believe that you will get it, you will get it. They teach that there are no boundaries to this truth, but they are mistaken. Joh 15:7  If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.Notice Christ says, "If you abide in me..." which is given in the context of him being the vine and we the branches. Apart from Christ, we can do nothing and receive nothing. So, for starters, we must be abiding in him.And he tells us what…
 
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  • Working from rest (part one)

    Justin
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Originally posted on In My Father's House:We, as the people of God, are called to work from rest. As the writer of Hebrews told us, this rest is where our faith intersects the promises of God (Heb.4:1-10). Simply put, we do this by abiding in Christ. But when we don’t do this, we’re…
  • Choosing Optimism

    Justin
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Today I choose to be optimistic. I accept life at life’s terms and am grateful for another day of being alive. Through optimism I find gratitude and through gratitude I find love – a love of life, myself and those around me. Through love I find God, for God is love. Life is a journey, […]
  • Doubt: The Pesky Mosquito

    Justin
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Originally posted on waiting for baby bird:Mosquitoes are pesky and bothersome.  They know how to ruin a good party by landing on your food or in your drink during a summer backyard BBQ.  They make a conversation difficult as you spend most of your time focused on swatting, dodging, or spraying away the small…
  • Back on the Wagon

    Justin
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Hello everyone, I haven’t written in a while so I wanted to give you a quick update and ask for your prayers. If you’ve followed my blog for a while you may know that I’ve struggled with alcohol abuse for many years of my life. I’ve had a couple periods of sobriety, both times lasting […]
  • Where the waves and wind still know His name

    Justin
    20 May 2014 | 12:06 am
    Originally posted on In My Father's House:I don’t remember who said it first, but it’s true. God raises up songwriters to write songs so we will sing words we would never pray. And I think one recent example is “Oceans” by the Hillsong folks. I wrote about this at the beginning of this…
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  • On Being Strangers with Your Spouse

    Kristin George Bagdanov
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Today is my parents’ anniversary. They have been married for 38 years. So, I asked my mom if, after all that time, she felt like she knew my dad entirely, like there was nothing new she could learn about him. Luckily, her answer supported my thesis. She replied: “Definitely not. How could I when people continually grow and change?” A quick caveat about what I am going to say here: it isn’t limited to spouses—it applies to any close relationship—friends, family, long-time lovers. And what I want to say is this: that the best of these relationships, the ones that endure and deepen…
  • AIR Series: Casey Underwood & Judith Dupree

    Kristin George Bagdanov
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Our next installment in the AIR Series features an artist-in-residence and a writer-in-residence! Please join us for what will be an environmentally-centered reception of Casey Underwood and Judith Dupree’s work: Saturday September 27th 5-8pm The Ruminate Barn at 1041 N. Taft Hill Rd., Fort Collins Beer and appetizers are provided at this free & open event RSVP on Facebook ST. PETE’S FLY SHOP will host a casting demonstration & workshop for those who also want to explore the kinetic connections between art and fishing or just want to mix up the traditional art reception…
  • Keeping Awake

    Brianna Van Dyke
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    “The Spiritual life is, then, first of all a matter of keeping awake.” -Thomas Merton I’ve been looking for structure, something to push back the chaotic hustle, busyness, and multitasking that can be so wearing. Somewhere I read a quote from a monastic who said multitasking was a kind of violence against the soul, and I remember being shocked by the severity of those words—especially in a world, okay my world, that honors efficiency and productivity—but I also remember feeling the truth of those words. Grasping for straws, I started with the tangibles: I made lots of lists;…
  • The Simple Life

    April Schmidt
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    The simple life. We long for it. Pursue it. Theologize it. Downward mobility, simplicity, reconnecting to the earth—whether the waves are driven by social justice, nostalgia, or ecology— a major current of culture runs toward the simple life. Because this is America (land of the me and home of the crave), our cultural currents appear on the radars of markets. What’s selling now? Anything green—which means cardboard packaging with one-color soy ink. Thrift stores (re-use centers!). Movies where superheroes of former generations inhabit didactic binary worlds. Co-ops; but not belonging…
  • Bases Loaded

    Josh MacIvor-Andersen
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    My three-year-old son and I have spent a lot of time in the front yard this summer, him up by the steps doing his baseball windup in profile, a swift swaying of his arms front to back, front to back, before his pitch, which on a good throw bounces thrice along the sidewalk before hitting my glove. When I bounce it back, he tends to dive for it right before he shifts to slow motion, looking pensive, going inward, rising first to his knees and then to his full height (36 inches). He starts peering into the bushes while I stand quietly by the street pounding my fist into the leather glove I wore…
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  • New Xulon Book Reveals Facts That Prove Christ’s Existence

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Brant equips readers with the knowledge and understanding to defend their faith.   MAITLAND, Fla., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Within his new book, Setting the Record Straight, ($28.49, paperback, 9781629524900; $40.49, hardcover, 9781498402606; $9.99, e-book, 9781629524917), James R. Brant provides Christians with the knowledge they need to be able to refute the claims the secular world makes against Christianity. The author takes readers on a riveting journey into the mind of God, while separating Christianity from other religions by proving Jesus’ resurrection to…
  • #Brotherhood yet we fail to forgive one another? We withhold the greatest gift:

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    By Andrew Starnes: “While we were yet sinners Christ died for us” Romans 5:8 In life, we are often wounded deeply by individuals and even more so by those close to us. These events lead us to feel bitter, hurt, and justified in feeling anger towards them. We even go as far as condemning them. The great contradiction in the fire service is that we are willing to lay down our lives for a complete stranger but we refuse to forgive a fellow firefighter that we work with. Take a moment and look at forgiveness from another perspective. What if we caused someone great harm? What if we…
  • Orphan Helpers Applauds Honduras’ Recent Actions to Help At-Risk Children

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    Virginia-based Nonprofit Works with Honduran Government to Address Child Welfare, Juvenile Violence, and Border Crisis NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 11, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Orphan Helpers commended today the new Department of Children, Youth and Family (DINAF) in Honduras for taking important steps to improve the lives of children in government custody, as the government also deals with children involved in the border crisis. DINAF was established in June by the President of Honduras aimed at improving services and conditions for abused and neglected children and at-risk youth.
  • Grossly Inadequate Iraq Response by UN and Obama, Says Coptic Solidarity

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Coptic Solidarity condemns the grossly inadequate and slow response by the international community to the ongoing genocide and humanitarian crisis in Iraq driven by ISIL Jihadists against religious and ethnic minorities. The founding words of the United Nations, “Never Again” ring hollow as the UN and powerful member states lack the will-power to intervene and stop the genocide of religious minorities, yet again. As ISIL seeks to establish a Sunni Caliphate in the Middle East, their advances “bear all the warning…
  • 100 Detroit City Blocks to be Restored this Month

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Metro-area church joins national nonprofit in the effort to beautify one of Detroit’s west central neighborhoods PLYMOUTH, Mich., Aug. 7, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — More than 10,000 of the expected 20,000 volunteers are signed up for a great restoration project happening this month in the city of Detroit. Among the ranks will be NorthRidge Church of Plymouth, Mich.  On their website Life Remodeled describes theirs goals this way, ” Our strategy includes remodeling a Detroit Public School each summer in order to create academic and athletic improvements. Additionally, we…
 
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  • Word To The Wise

    Richie
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    What does it mean to rightly divide the word of truth? (2 Tim. 2:15). And how do you do it? This message compares text between Paul and James on the topic of “wisdom” to reveal how seemingly different scriptures, if viewed through the lens of Grace, are in fact saying the same thing (Jesus).
  • No Faith On The Factory Floor

    Richie
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Just perform, conform and comply! Does that picture look familiar? Is mainstream religion (through a mixture of law and grace) educating believers out of the freedom and faith Christ gave them? This clip asks that important question.
  • Ego, Law and Grace

    Richie
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    When the apostle Paul said he had been crucified with Christ, what exactly did he mean? And if he was dead, what life was Paul living? This message unpacks Galatians 2:20 in a powerful way, and reveals the profound contrast between self (ego) and the Law given by Moses to deal with it, and the reality of [...]
  • All Answered At The Cross (The Lord’s Prayer)

    Richie
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Do you pray the Lord’s prayer? It’s innocent, but unnecessary. Why, because each aspect of the “model prayer” got answered through Christ on the cross at Calvary. Born under the Law, Jesus was confined to its perimeters when teaching. Much of what He taught related directly to those who had been raised and educated under the legal [...]
  • Who Turned The Lights Out?

    Richie
    22 Jun 2014 | 8:56 pm
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  • Fingerprints of Creation - Dr Robert Gentry

    Samuel Kadyakale
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:27 am
    Dr Robert Gentry a Geologist presents evidence from Granite that flies in the face of present scientific beliefs that the universe evolved and was not created. It details the nature of polonium halos and how they provide evidence that the Earth was rapidly formed and did not cool over millions of years. The video, shot mostly in California takes the viewer to picturesque Yosemite National Park during the winter and the regions surrounding Palm Springs and Bishop where granites are plainly visible. Three-dimensional graphic animations are included to help convey the process of halo…
  • Is Islam in Bible Prophecy? - Dr Dwight Nelson

    Samuel Kadyakale
    28 Jan 2012 | 10:26 am
    In the following videos Dr Dwight Nelson of Pioneer Memorial Church tackles the question, Is Islam in Bible Prophecy. He goes to among other Bible books, the book of Revelation to explain the origins of Islam. He goes further to show how God has used the sons of Ishmael in the Bible to preserve the truths of the bible and to preserve God's people. He gives among others the time when Joseph's brothers wanted to kill him but ended up selling him to the Ishmaelites who eventually sold him to the Egyptians. Through this intervention God saved his people from famine when they were allowed to…
  • Is Islam in Apocalyptic history - Dr Dwight Nelson

    Samuel Kadyakale
    21 Jan 2012 | 12:52 pm
    In a series entitled,"The Star Is Still Rising Over Islam", Dr Dwight Nelson or Pioneer Memorial Church at Andrews University in the US. preaches on this controversial topic on the part Islam will play in the end of the world. Has God used Islam just as he has used Catholics, baptists etc or is He still using Islam in spreading his will on the earth. Could it be that God had a hand in the rise of this monotheistic religion? Before you answer this question remember that God promised to be with the children of Ishmael until the end of the world. Is He still keeping his promise over the Arabs…
  • Quotable Quotes on Christianity

    Samuel Kadyakale
    17 Jan 2012 | 12:10 pm
    "History's greatest revolution began, not under a red star in Petrogad in 1917, but under the star of Bethlehem 2000 years ago in the cradle where God invaded history."Men begin revolutions with riots and gunfire. God began His revolution by singling out Mary, a simple country girl,and by telling her that the Holy Spirit would cause the very Son of God to be born to her. Mary consented, and the revolution began. That's how God always starts revolutions: by quietly in­vading ordinary lives that are open to Him."— Christianity Today 4/12/70.
  • Barry Black - How Then Shall We Live

    Samuel Kadyakale
    16 Oct 2011 | 10:00 am
    In the following video US senate chaplain Barry C Black preaches on the title How Then Shall We Live. He preached this sermon at a camp meeting in Bermuda.
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  • Struggling? Here’s a Worship Video That Can Help

    Steve Fuller
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Struggling? It happens.  Prayers go unanswered.  Problems multiply.  People disappoint.  God seems distant. And we struggle — to believe, to trust, to hope, to love. So what can we do? David Struggled David wrote Psalm 61 when he was struggling.  We don’t know the details, but he says he felt faint (weak and feeble) and like he was at the end of the earth (far from God). So what does he do?  He prays.  But isn’t he feeling far from God?  Yes.  But he prays anyway. Distance from God is not overcome by waiting, but by praying. And what does he pray when he’s…
  • “I Believe; Help My Unbelief!”

    Steve Fuller
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I Believe, Help My Unbelief That’s what the man with the demonized boy prayed in Mark 9:24. And that’s what I’m praying this morning. Here’s my problem: I’m dealing with some fears that show I am loving fame and money more than Christ.  (Sounds awful — but there it is.) This shows there is unbelief in my heart, since I am not believing Jesus’ promise in John 6:35 – I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. My problem is unbelief, since I am not believing that Jesus himself will…
  • How God Strengthened My Faith

    Steve Fuller
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Worried, Fearful, and Anxious I need wisdom for how to handle a relationship from way back in my past. It’s difficult, because I have no idea what to do, every option looks painful, and I need to do something soon. So last week I found myself feeling worried,  fearful, and anxious about this. What Can I Do? God’s word commands me to not be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6), to fear not (Isaiah 41:10), and to let the peace of Christ rule in my heart (Colossians 3:15). But how can commands like these be obeyed?  I can’t just choose to stop being anxious or fearful,…
  • Pictures from Our Mission Trip

    Steve Fuller
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Pictures Some of you asked to see pictures from our recent missions trip to India and a place that, for security reasons, we call the Northern Highlands. So — here you go! We were part of a team organized by Training Leaders International, which sends pastors and seminary professors to train church leaders who otherwise would have no formal Bible training. Two Powerful Weeks We spent one week in a village outside of Vijayawada, India, and another week in the Northern Highlands. In each location we worked with around 25 pastors, some who had traveled for hours over difficult roads to…
  • Delight Yourself in the Lord and He Will Give You the Desires of Your Heart

    Steve Fuller
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Desires of Your Heart Our hearts are always full of desires. Whether it’s desire for food, or friends, or God, or sex – at every waking moment we are always desiring something. Which is why the promise of Psalm 37:4 captures our attention – Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Powerful promise.  But what does it mean? Some think it means that if I delight in God, then he will give me whatever else I desire, whether it be a job or health or a new car. But there are a couple reasons I don’t think that’s what this promise…
 
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  • Why I’ll still listen to Gungor’s music

    Rey Lo
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:53 pm
    I really enjoy creative people and I particularly enjoy artists. Music, film, theater, painting…my best day would be spent in a local art museum leading into a performance of a play at a community theater followed by a stop at a local venue to hear a few local bands and capped off by a midnight […]
  • I don’t get what I see around me

    Rey Lo
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    I was engaged in a conversation today. It was about being the kind of friend you want others to be to you. But, what if a person can’t be the kind of person they want to be. Maybe past hurts have damaged their ability to engage with others in a healthy way? What if they’ve identified […]
  • I’m some kind of crazy

    Rey Lo
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:51 pm
    In 1994 I experienced a moment of clarity. For the previous couple of years I had been volunteering with a student outreach program at my church. I had never worked with teenagers before. The students were pretty diverse, but I found myself drawn to the ones who didn’t typify what you might expect from church kids. They were the […]
  • If it Feels Good, Do(n’t do) It?!

    Rey Lo
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Originally posted on The Barefoot Pastor:MAYBE IT’S TIME TO GET A LITTLE UNCOMFORTABLE… One of the greatest tragedies, (in my opinion), is people blindly following what society tells us is right, or popular, or trendy, or Ke$ha! Interestingly, the people that we admire are the few who say, “who cares what is popular?? I’m doing…
  • What’s Best about the Team

    Rey Lo
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:47 am
    Being a native San Antonian, I’m pretty excited to see our San Antonio Spurs win their fifth NBA title in fifteen years. Among the multiple accolades and records broken by the core members of this team – Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and coach Gregg Popovich – what impresses me most has less to do […]
 
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    Catholic Spiritual Growth» Gaudium Veritatis (The Joy of the Truth)

  • Christian Friendship - Do We Choose Our Friends?

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    “It is by chance that we met, by choice that we became friends.” Henri Nouwen Two ancient wisdoms seem to contradict each other. On one hand, we hear that we should choose our friends wisely. On the other hand, there is a general belief that we don’t choose our friends. They just happen to be the people that enter our lives. Do we choose our friends? I was just thinking about this with the men's group I'm in. One of our members may be moving away. We were talking about how strange God's will can seem - bringing us all together as friends only to separate us within a year. John - the guy…
  • Christian Friendship - How Your Mortality Affects Your Friendships (This One Will Surprise You)

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    Cultivating and nurturing good Christian friendship is an important part of Catholic spiritual growth. Unfortunately, there are some influences in our lives that make it difficult for us to even want to put the effort and energy into cultivating friendships. Nurturing friendship is hard work! Depending on your age, it might surprise you to think about our human mortality as an impediment to making friends. But if it’s not an influence now, it can most certainly be in the future. Obviously, death physically separates us. But what separates us even more is often the idea of death. As we get…
  • Why Habits Make a Well-Ordered Life Second Nature

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    The first step to Catholic spiritual growth is to grow in prudence, virtue of the well-ordered life. In this series, we've seen that living a well-ordered life is not just a dream. We've discussed how disordered priorities can keep us from prudence. Virtue is always hard work, and we looked at the tough choices that it requires of us. And we discovered a method of goal making that keeps us on track without making us think small. In this last article of the series, we'll talk about how habits can help us to tie all of this together and make living the well-ordered life second nature for us. A…
  • The Well-Ordered Life - Making the Tough Choices

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    Living a well-ordered life with prudence (virtue) is the first step of Catholic spiritual growth. Unless we have the time, energy and attention to give to our relationship with Jesus, we cannot expect that relationship to grow. We’ve seen how we can reclaim some of the time in our day through planned responses to the “urgent” things that make us react automatically. That's an important part of prudence. Virtue can really empower us. But at some point, we’re going to have to make some choices. Something’s gotta go. So how do we choose what to invest ourselves in - and what to say no…
  • The Well-Ordered Life: Bringing Order to Your Physical Space

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The first step of Catholic spiritual growth is to grow in the virtue of prudence to live a well-ordered life. Then you can take the time to pray, to nurture your relationships, and to do all of the other things necessary to deepen your relationship with God. The well-ordered life includes practical elements like time management, household management, financial management, and management of our physical space. These areas require a lot of work and effort. But the effort is so worthwhile! Let's take a look at management of our physical space. I tend to be a . . . bit of a mess in this area.
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  • Scripture for August 29

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)
  • Scripture for August 28

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. (Psalm 4: 4)
  • Psalm 4

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    Psalm 4 is the psalm of David. The main theme is rejoicing in the protection and enjoying the peace of god. Psalm 4 has 8 verses. 1 Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer. 2 How long, […]
  • Psalm 3

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    Psalm 3 is the Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom. Psalm 3 has 8 verses. 1 O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” 3 But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you […]
  • Scripture for August 27

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4: 13-14)
 
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  • The Future of Homiletics

    Kenton Anderson
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:45 pm
    I was recently asked to answer the following question for a journal forum: “What is the future of homiletics?” The following was my response… When I think about the future of homiletics, as distinct from the future of preaching, I … Continue reading →
  • The 500 Word Manuscript

    Kenton Anderson
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    So how much manuscript should a preacher use? Does a sermon manuscript keep a preacher from rambling into irrelevance, or does it stifle and inhibit communication? A more oral and in-the-moment approach can keep the sermon from feeling like it … Continue reading →
  • Moved or Removed: Managing Emotional and Exegetical Distance

    Kenton Anderson
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:18 pm
    One of our favourite ways to move people with our sermons is to use material that has already moved us. It surprises us, then, when the congregation seem relatively unmoved by the things that have had such an impact on us. … Continue reading →
  • The Fourth Wall

    Kenton Anderson
    22 Mar 2014 | 11:26 am
    Someone recently told me that they like the way I “break the fourth wall” when I preach. That sounded kind of cool, so I immediately had to go and find out what he meant by it. Turns out, this is … Continue reading →
  • Best PowerPoint Practices for Preaching

    Kenton Anderson
    6 Mar 2014 | 5:13 pm
    A couple of days ago I posted on the limitations of using PowerPoint as it relates to retention in preaching. That post led to a record number of page views for this website. Clearly, many people are interested in this … Continue reading →
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  • Nothing Sweeter for a Mommy to hear....

    Tori Shaw
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    There is one thing that I began praying for before Dylan was even born. I've probably prayed for that same thing at least once a week, every week of his little life. Tonight, I saw God answer my... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Comic Relief....

    Tori Shaw
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:54 pm
    I have been having so much pain with this pregnancy, mostly because of my back issues but also because the little lady is so low! I've honestly had a hard time just getting my housework and Dylan's... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Date Night!!

    Tori Shaw
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Since moving into our new home we've made some new friends in our neighborhood. They have kids similar ages to our kids and they all love playing together! They recently offered to watch the boys so... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • 2nd Grade!!!

    Tori Shaw
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:44 pm
    I'm not really sure where the summer went but today our little family started our homeschool year. This year is a very exciting experience for all of us! I can't believe I have a second grade student... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • 34 weeks!

    Tori Shaw
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    I can hardly believe it but I am finally 34 weeks pregnant! Since this little lady has tried to make her entrance super duper early already, our doctor has been saying, "we just need to make it to 34... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
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  • What God Wants Most From You

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    by Jonathan Pearson with JonathanPearson.net Most of us know the story of the fall of man. Adam and Eve were living pretty until Satan tempted them and got them to disobey God. Their pride and sense of wanting to “know” led to them eating of the fruit, realizing their sin and shame, and hiding from the God that created and blessed them. As they were hiding, God looked for them and the Bible says, Then the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9 NLT) Did you catch the subtle response of God? It’s not what many would expect. Many have a view of…
  • FaithVillage Contributor Spotlight: Diane Paddison

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    by Kelley Mathews with FV Editors This year, we're highlighting 52 contributors in a weekly post called the FaithVillage Contributor Spotlight. This affords you the opportunity to learn more about those whose words grace the pages of FaithVillage.com on a routine basis. In addition to learning about their blogging habits, you'll also discover their passions and possibly find a new blogger to follow. Diane Paddison, 4word Founder and President, is a Harvard MBA, former global executive of two Fortune 500 companies and one Fortune 1000 company, and serves as an independent director for two…
  • Worship — Not Just About Sundays

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    by Bruce Chapman with Fervr.net Why worship needs to be a part of your life, every day of the year. When we think of worship we think of good music or meeting together with other Christians. Recently I was challenged once again by what the Bible says. We are doing some talks on Ezra at our church showing us who the people of God are. In Ezra 3, the Jewish exiles return to Jerusalem, which has been totally destroyed. The first thing they do? You might expect clear up and start rebuilding — but no, they offer sacrifices in the way God told them to hundreds of years earlier on Mt Sinai…
  • 10 Researched Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    by Dr. Josh Axe with Dr. Axe If you haven’t visited a chiropractor before, you might be missing out. Millions of people around the world have experienced the incredible benefits of chiropractic care. One of the best things about chiropractic care, is that it is a drug-free and surgery-free path to healing naturally. People have reported chiropractic benefits help to improve: Back pain   Headaches   Ear infections   Neck pain   Arthritis and joint pain   Scoliosis   Asthma   Blood pressure   Healthy pregnancy   Organ function   Surgery…
  • Two Things We Must Stop Saying About Adoption

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    by Jason Johnson with JasonJohnson.com There is an unprecedented amount of talk about orphan care going in the Church right now — and I love it. Perhaps in generations to come, ours will be looked back upon with great affection and admiration for how we, the Church of today, rose up to care for kids and families in historic and eternal ways. Yet, while I celebrate and actively participate in many of the discussions taking place regarding God's heart for the orphan and our mandate to care for them, I also cringe at some statements hovering around the Church on this issue that in my…
 
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    Global Church

  • From Graveyard to Vineyard

    Craig
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Bihar, India was once labeled the “Graveyard of Missions.” Now, indigenous Christians at the forefront of a revival are calling their homeland the “Vineyard of Missions.”A group of 200 rural pastors from India Mission, one of Bihar’s fastest growing church planting initiatives, held a week of fasting and prayer. One evening they fervently prayed for resources to reach the thousands of children in their villages. Why is this group so focused on reaching the next generation?  Bihar is one of India’s 29 states, and it’s a tough place to live. The state is rife with violence,…
  • Children in Cameroon to Receive Soul Aid

    Craig
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    “Deeply traumatized and broken in spirit,” this is what the deputy director for the Africa bureau of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says of the many thousands of refugees flooding the border of Central African Republic (CAR) into Cameroon. The refugees have escaped brutal sectarian violence and arrived severely malnourished and traumatized from a journey of terror. It’s reported that women, children and the elderly walk as many as three months, subsist on leaves, roots and dirty water and hide out at night from machete wielding men who block main roads. The militia…
  • Tales of Miracles from the Side of the Road

    Craig
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Prem Dham is a special place. It is a home filled with street children, runaways, and those from poor families. It is also a refuge for adults and children who are developmentally disabled or mentally ill. Jesus loves the least of these through caring believers in this community. Human life is not valued in many places in the world. As you can imagine, it’s worse for those who are disabled in some manner. In India, a combination of deeply rooted poverty, superstition, and certain Hindu beliefs has created a well of suffering for those already at a disadvantage in life. The orphanage…
  • Fourth-Grader Benon Chooses Life

    Craig
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    “I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love God, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life itself, a long life settled on the soil that God, your God, promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (The Message). Benon, a fourth grader from Uganda, believed he was ugly and his mother hated him. He tried to end his life on three separate occasions. Benon’s parents separated and more…
  • Young Disciples Stand Firm: A Report from the Frontlines

    Craig
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    The Gospel is taking hold in the world and the youngest believers have found themselves on the frontlines of faith. Nine year-old Rushita and eleven year-old Rukmini are two disciples of Jesus battling for their faith. The girls live in a slum and attend the Life Club, one of 239 Clubs covering 7,000 children in India. The Clubs are the hallmark of David C Cook’s orphan initiative. “There was no peace in our home,” said Rukmini. “My parents were furious about the Club. Arguments broke out often. My dad scolded my mother for not keeping an eye on us.” The girls’ parents were strict…
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    CHRISTIANITY Every Day

  • Watch: Dolphin Tale 2 Bethany Hamilton Clip

    Pamela Rose Williams
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    In this clip Bethany Hamilton, the surfer, talks about her small role in DT2 and openly discusses her faith in Jesus as part of a promotion for a mainstream family film with big stars. I think you will enjoy it! This promotional clip and post is shared at the request of Grace Hill Media. Christianity Every Day was not paid nor otherwise compensated to run this promotion. See our disclosure and privacy policy at the bottom menu on this page.
  • 5 Things Christians Need to Know about the Ferguson Riots

    News
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    by Russ Jones | ReligionToday.com Contributor Photo: google maps The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri has attracted the attention of the world in the recent shooting and death of unarmed Michael Brown by a Ferguson Police officer Saturday, August 9. Officer Darren Wilson reportedly fatally shot Brown just minutes after he allegedly robbed a convenience store stealing a box of Swisher Sweets cigars in a strong-arm robbery. Since the shooting of the 18-year-old African American teenager, Ferguson has been the scene of Molotov cocktails, rioting, looting, and intense protests. These…
  • Dolphin Tale 2 and the Home School Movie Club Team Up

    Pamela Rose Williams
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Dolphin Tale 2 and the Home School Movie Club Team Up to Create an Exciting Curriculum on Aquamarine Life!  There is something VERY exciting happening between home schoolers and Dolphin Tale 2!  With the help of Warner Brothers, home schoolers will now have a aquamarine site of their very own dedicated to teaching them about the mysterious and cool adventures going on in the Aquamarine world.  The Home School Movie Club, with the help of marine biologist Sheri Seligson (Marine Biologist and author of Apologia’s Marine Biology Curriculum), have created a special Dolphin Tale 2 curriculum…
  • The Story of Creativity, As Told By Legos

    Blogs to Share
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    By Len Wilson | LenWilson.us I  knew I liked Legos, but I wasn’t expecting this. I’ve been watching movies with my kids for ten years now, and with the glory days of Pixar apparently gone, my expectation of wonder for The Lego Movie was weak. The beginning didn’t offer much, either. But, toward the end, a twist. (Spoiler alert!) All of a sudden, the animation turned into live action, and in the midst of the climactic scene, an amazing moment that perfectly captures the story of creativity. Like Emmet the Lego says, each of us truly is special. It sounds like a cat poster, but it’s…
  • Ye are not your own

    Pamela Rose Williams
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” — 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. In the mind of every believer I am quite certain that specific things come to mind when they read today’s passage. These are the things that we should not be doing to and with our bodies because “our body is a temple”. You know the things, you should not smoke, you should not drink alcohol, you should not…
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    Eric Metaxas

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    Eric Metaxas
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
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    Eric Metaxas
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Eric will speak at Newday Summer Camp, a youth conference that runs from July 28 – August 2. For more information, contact Newday Summer Camp.
  • Oxford, England

    Eric Metaxas
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Eric will speak at the C.S. Lewis Foundation’s 2014 Oxbridge Conference in England. This conference takes place in Oxford and Cambridge, and runs from July 21st through 31st. For more information, click here.
  • Communion on the Moon: July 20th, 1969

    Eric Metaxas
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Forty-five years ago today two human beings changed history by walking on the surface of the moon.   But what happened before Buzz Aldrin (pictured in the LM, left) and Neil Armstrong exited the Lunar Module is perhaps even more amazing, if only because so few people know about it. I’m talking about the fact that Buzz Aldrin took communion on the surface of the moon.  Some months after his return, he wrote about it in Guideposts magazine.  And a few years ago I had the privilege of meeting him myself.  (See photo below.)   I asked him about it and he confirmed the story to me, and…
  • “What the Bird Said Early in the Year”

    Eric Metaxas
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    This week I’ve had the tremendous privilege of being in Oxford to shoot a small-group dvd series about C.S.Lewis, due out early next year. You can see photos here. I’ll be adding more each day. Today we shot behind Magdalen College, on Addison’s walk, where late one September night in 1931 J.R.R. Tolkien, Hugo Dyson, and Lewis took a walk. Tolkien got Lewis to consider the idea that Jesus’s incarnation, death, and resurrection were a myth that was also historically true. Nine days later, after a motorcycle ride to the Whipsnade Z00, Lewis assented to that idea, and…
 
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    Pathways International » Miguel

  • ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish.’ Yeah… Umm… About That

    Miguel
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    Last night, after a few hours of discussing “what kills mission” in our Discipleship Group, one said that it was “important to remember that when it comes to mission, you need vision, because ‘where there is no vision, the people perish.’” It struck me as a bit off, but then we sang together and prayed.Read More(Visited 62 times, 13 visits today)
  • Becoming Indigenous – Part II

    Miguel
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    In the first part of this series, I briefly laid out the foundation for the idea of “Becoming Indigenous.” I also asked some questions to help frame the conversation going forward. I’m going to pitch my tent on this topic  for a while with an occasional deviation. You can follow me on twitter @Missionaries, toRead More(Visited 75 times, 1 visits today)
  • Is ‘Listening’ The New Holy Grail of Evangelism?

    Miguel
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    I breezed through this article on the Huffington Post’s religion section last night before I went to bed and it gnawed at my conscience all night.  It’s called “How I Kissed Evangelism Goodbye,” and it is a REALLY GOOD article.  But, I think it’s full of bad assumptions and reflects a poor missiology & ecclesiology.Read More(Visited 132 times, 1 visits today)
  • Becoming Indigenous

    Miguel
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:25 pm
    My wife and I were talking about being accepted as “one of their own” in various communities in the cloud forest region of Ecuador. She said, “It’s like we’re becoming indigenous.” My first thought was, “that’s brilliant!” We talked about it for a bit longer and then went on to other topics, but it hasRead More(Visited 53 times, 1 visits today)
  • What Does ‘Condemned Already’ Mean?

    Miguel
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    Everyone, or so it seems, knows John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Seems simple enough, but even Nicodemus, the Pharisee and Teacher of Israel couldn’t immediately wrap his head around it. (John 3:1-21) The nextRead More(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)
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    christian-view.com

  • Scripture for August 29

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)
  • Scripture for August 28

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. (Psalm 4: 4)
  • Psalm 4

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    Psalm 4 is the psalm of David. The main theme is rejoicing in the protection and enjoying the peace of god. Psalm 4 has 8 verses. 1 Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer. 2 How long, […]
  • Psalm 3

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    Psalm 3 is the Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom. Psalm 3 has 8 verses. 1 O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” 3 But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you […]
  • Scripture for August 27

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4: 13-14)
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    Bible Studies with Adam Collier

  • Announcement: The Ages to Come Podcast

    Adam Collier
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:35 pm
      I am excited to announce that I have started an evangelistic podcast at theagestocome.com. This podcast has two purposes: 1) to share the gospel of Christ using the tool of evangelism 2) to give other believers the opportunity to share the gospel of Christ. Ephesians 2:6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus Podcasting is exploding right now due to the explosion of smartphones.  I am seeing…
  • Time to Prune Life

    Adam Collier
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:07 am
    I have about a dozen apple trees, I transplanted them a few years ago. They were last pruned 3 years ago. Last summer we harvested about one bushel from these trees. The summer before that I think there was one edible apple harvested. I have taken a pruning class and studied apple tree pruning for some time now. This weekend I had my loppers and my pruning knowledge, it is the right time of year so I decided it was time to prune. While pruning I thought of several principles to growing productive apple trees that could be applied to life. Pruning apple trees is about energy management, the…
  • Thirteen Years Ago

    Adam Collier
    23 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    13 years ago I got married, this turned out to be a pretty good deal. It is hard to believe that it has been 13 years, it seems like just a few years.  I have spent almost every waking hour with her for the past 13 years and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Here are the top 10 things that I love most about my wife Melanie: I trust her, in everything I trust her, this alone makes for a great marriage. She improves herself, she teaches herself and teaches me new things often. She feeds us high quality, gluten free and healthy food every day, she is also constantly becoming a better…
  • Separate Love from Money

    Adam Collier
    20 Feb 2014 | 4:06 am
    1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.  7 For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.  10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. This passage of scripture teaches clearly that the love of money produces evil and grief…
  • Several Things I will Not Forget About Uganda

    Adam Collier
    16 Feb 2014 | 8:14 am
    In August a few years ago I traveled to Uganda on a missions trip with another family from my church and our pastor. I did not blog about this trip at the time because I did not have a blog at the time of the trip.  For ~12 days we were in Masaka Uganda, preaching to, greeting and praying with the people.  Pastor Beatrice and Mark Kitende planted a large church in Masaka and have had great success in spreading the gospel of Christ.  The size of the church is the largest in the area at several thousand members.  The church is very active in outreach, in church planting and in…
 
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    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog

  • Luther on trouble in the Church

    Mark McIntyre
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture Ministers of the Word, therefore, if they would be counted faithful and prudent on the Day of Christ, out to be very sure that St. Paul did not speak empty words or prophesy of a thing of nought, when he said: “There must be heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.” Let the minister of Christ know, I say, that as long as he preaches Christ purely, there will be no lack of perverse persons, even among our own people, who will make it their business to…
  • Some links to consider – 8/19/2014

    Mark McIntyre
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:07 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture Some links to articles I found interesting or helpful: Christianity Today published an article by Mark Noll on Our Changing Understanding of the Bible in America. You might be surprised at some of his findings. In looking for a Tozer quote I found Treasures from Tozer which is worth perusing. John Perkins tells us that The Sin of Racism Made Ferguson Escalate So Quickly. J. Warner Wallace provides a summary of Principles for the reluctant use of deadly force. If those involved in Ferguson had followed…
  • Question on Hebrews 6

    Mark McIntyre
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:29 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture Question Recently, a friend emailed a question that came up in a small group Bible study regarding Hebrews 6. There was question about whether Hebrews 6 teaches that a person can lose his/her salvation. Answer One of the first principles of Biblical interpretation is that when there is a passage that is difficult to understand, interpretation of that passage must be informed by passages that are not difficult. In other words, the interpretation of an unclear passage must not disagree with the…
  • On dealing with toxic people

    Mark McIntyre
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:13 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture My guess is that everyone has someone in their life that is difficult to tolerate. It could be the relative who feels free to offer criticism and judgment. It could be the boss who never is satisfied with your work. It could be a member of the church who wants to be involved (and in charge) of just about everything. We cannot help but have toxic people in our lives. While it is important to put up healthy boundaries, and limit your exposure to these toxic people, it is unlikely that you can avoid them…
  • Thy kingdom come . . .

    Mark McIntyre
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture I doubt that I have ever done a truly selfless act in my life. My actions fall into the range of slightly selfless to fully selfish. I don’t want it to be that way, I pray that it wouldn’t be that way, but it is what it is. When I recite prayers from Scripture and sing songs in church, what I’m saying is often more an expression of desire than reality. One example is when I pray in the Lord’s Prayer, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on Earth . . . ” When John the…
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    Before The Cross

  • Don’t Myth This

    Chris Howard
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    One myth is that you have to get your life straight before you can have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, the myth prevents people from stepping into a Church and away from the Gospel message. This creates a challenge for believers tasked to follow the command of Jesus in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” Making matters more difficult, many Christians struggle with the same myth. Sometimes we believe our efforts are what God considers the most important, and if…
  • Top 10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Marriage

    Alexis Sparks
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
    This is a guest post by Alexis Sparks who is “an imperfect person loved by a perfect God with a heart’s desire to fall more in love with God and be transformed by Him.” You can contact her on Twitter and on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here. When I look at our wedding picture I am filled with gratitude and sadness. Sadness because our marriage almost ended 4 years in (filed for divorce and all), but gratitude because God redeemed both Justin and I, and that…
  • What is Your Succession Plan?

    Ray McDoniel
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    This is a guest post by Ray McDoniel. Ray accepted Jesus at age 32 and as God revealed to him that money was his God, he has spent the past 17 years helping others with how to manage their money God’s way and become a Godly steward of His assets. You can contact him on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here. A 51-year old friend died of an aneurysm recently. It’s a reminder that only Jesus knows when He desires to bring us home to Him. It made me think of what it means to have a…
  • My Sinful Confession Part 2

    Mike Mobley
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    Photo by strixcode It’s been a little while since I’ve made my last confession here on Before The Cross. I don’t intend on doing something like this just for the sake of a confession or anything like that, but to share with you what’s going on in my life personally and hope you find encouragement in the fact that none of us will ever “get it all together” perfectly. We all still fall short of the glory of God and need Jesus just the same. The other day my wife and I were talking and I was sharing the struggles of trying to invest and disciple someone…
  • Special Thanks to Our August Supporters

    Mike Mobley
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    We appreciate and want to thank the supporters of Before The Cross this August. Not only do our supporters help make this site possible, but we are partnered together to glorify God by sharing the love of Christ! Each supporter offers something unique in regards to ministry and we would like to encourage you to give them a look. If you have any questions, please let us know. Supporters Logos Bible Software Logos is the worldwide leader in electronic tools and resources for Bible study. Their mission is to serve the Church. They do this by fostering a culture of service and innovation and by…
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    My Freshly Brewed Life

  • Facing The Storm

    Barbie
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    My beautiful California is desperately in need of rain. As I drive along familiar streets to and from, I cannot help but be saddened by the loss of flourishing signs of life everywhere I look. The hills are brown and lawns once lush with green growth are dying due to mandatory restrictions on water usage. As I pray and ask the Lord to bring the physical rain and heal our land from drought, I am reminded how desperately I need the rain of His Spirit to come — to bring healing, to refresh, to bring life. I don’t much care for storms. I do not like the cold, the wind makes my eyes…
  • Featured Friend: Andrea @ Beautiful Craziness

    Barbie
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Welcome to Featured Friend Wednesday where I  introduce you to one of my beautiful writing friends.  I hope you will take the time to read, get to know the writer and visit her blog and social media links. Pride, Control and the Desire for a Refined Confidence by Andrea @Beautiful Craziness I use to have confidence. Confidence in which I could walk into a room, lift my head and be proud of who I was. Confidence in the things I did. I was good at school. I had my life planned out at an early age. I knew what I wanted and I knew what I needed to do to get it. Confidence: “a feeling or…
 
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    Interpulpit

  • The Name: I AM

    Rick
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    It was during the mid-1700s, a time known as the Great Awakening, that men like George Whitefield and John Wesley burned through England and America with revival fire. Both preachers preached to thousands in the open-air because many churches wouldn’t have them. Whitefield was particularly known for his eloquent and animated preaching. Nobody could command an audience like him! The story goes that one day Whitefield, actually inside a church, wasn’t living up to his reputation. It was rainy and the gathering was relatively small. One man reported to have thought, “This man is no great…
  • Have A Blast!

    Rick
    3 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
      The Interpulpit Radio Blast is now airing on the Fourteen 12 Radio Network. It is 15 minutes of glorious gospel truths, much like you see here, only you can listen instead of read! Monday through Friday at 9:15 am and 3:15 pm CST. Go to Fourteen12.com, tune in and spread the word!     You Might Also Like: Definition of Christianity Paul’s Gospel The post Have A Blast! appeared first on Interpulpit.
  • The Lord is My Helper

    Rick
    2 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
      Jesus is the answer. So what’s the question? I believe Paul asked the right question when the heavenly light shone and knocked him off his horse on the road to Damascus: “Who are you Lord?” (Acts 9:5). He learned who Jesus was, and it changed his life forever. When God shined the light of his knowledge into our lives, it changed us as well. At least it should have knocked sin, selfishness, and pride off the throne of the heart. Sometimes, however, it is not the light that knocks us down, but life knocks us down! The trials come and we are found reeling from the hits. At such…
  • Be a Spiritual Person

    Rick
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
      What does it mean to be a spiritual person? Many can miss out on the blessings in Christ, even though they hold all the right Christian beliefs and values. Jesus said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38). Why is it that so many Christians complain of thirst and emptiness when it comes to the Lord? Jesus spoke this about the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit had not yet been given. But now that Jesus has been glorified, and the Spirit was given at…
  • Power From on High

    Rick
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
      Before Jesus left this earth to ascend to the Father, He promised that He would send us the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. He spoke of the Holy Spirit as not just being with His disciples, but being IN them (John 14:17). And then they would know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you (vs.20). Are you also His disciple? Do you believe this is true of you? If this is true, why is it that the church has historically taught such a helpless Christianity? Why have we been taught that the best we can do is simply trust God that one day it will all be ok in the end? If the Holy Spirit…
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    Paperback Theology

  • Are You a Racist? Five Easy Steps from WikiHow can Help You Figure It Out

    Tim Suttle
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    On the website wikiHow.com, there’s a short exercise you can take to tell if you are a racist. It’s only five steps so I figured why not? Step 01: Consider your judgments of what people wear, their hairstyles, headscarves, etc. Are these thoughts negative or justified? Given the fact that I’m middle aged and balding [Read More...]
  • Monday Morning Confessional

    Tim Suttle
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    I confess that the release date for Shrink is less than two weeks away, and I’m getting nervous. A couple of weeks ago my wife opened a package from Zondervan containing a single copy of the book hot off the presses, the first we had seen. She walked it outside and held it up for me to [Read More...]
  • Robin Williams on the Invention of Golf & My Favorite Dead Poets Society Clip

    Tim Suttle
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    In a week of bad news, this makes for a good Friday Funny. I just showed this to my boys. Their favorite line was, “with a tiny flag to give you hope.” Williams was such a funny and brilliant man. One more story & clip to share: I was a sensitive college sophomore when Dead Poets [Read More...]
  • It’s a Bizarre Time to be Living on the Border of Kansas and Missouri

    Tim Suttle
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    I live in Kansas City, where the line between Kansas and Missouri is somewhat obscured. Kansas Citians cheer for the same sports teams, we shop and eat on both sides of the border. Personally, I’ve lived on the Kansas and Missouri sides of the city, and have planted churches in the suburbs of each state. The Kansas [Read More...]
  • The Fisher King: Robin Williams and the Wounds that Made and Unmade His Life

    Tim Suttle
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    In Arthurian legend, The Fisher King is the latest in the line of kings chosen to live in the Grail Castle, guarding and protecting the Holy Grail. But the Fisher king is not a valiant quester like Arthur and his knights. The Fisher King is not actually whole. He has been wounded, uncomfortably, in the [Read More...]
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    Justin Gilpin

  • In America God Heals

    Justin Gilpin
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Video of Miracle Healing Testimonies! Yet again, God shows Himself to be all power and all in control! Only thing that is required of us is to renew our minds and seek after Him. I want to share with you a quick video at the end of this article where is God healing a handful of people! This newsletter’s has been delayed as I had lost track of time. You know the saying, “Time fly’s when you’re having fun”. Been a great summer meeting missionaries in Springfield, MO for my pre-field orientation and pastors all across Georgia! Of course I’m not exempt from the struggles of life, but…
  • Can God Use Me To Heal the Sick?

    Justin Gilpin
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Have you ever felt like God can’t use you? Well I sure have! More so as a missionary because of language barriers. But let me share to you a story that will touch your heart and inspire you to be open to God’s voice. This story of mine begins with a desire to help somebody who earnestly needs it. I left early in the morning and headed to the hospital with nobody to help translate for me. I planned to just get there, and ask God where I should go. If they didn’t understand my English, it didn’t matter, as I’d still pray for them. After arriving at the hospital I…
  • Look Out Philippines! This Missionary is Coming Back!

    Justin Gilpin
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:55 pm
    The delivery man has finally arrived with much awaited report! Excuse my absence, as I just couldn’t write another email until I had this information to share with you now! For the last 10 months I’ve been back in the states working with Assemblies of God to become an ordained missionary. Although I can’t be ordained for a few more years (as I have to complete my degree with Global University among other requirements), I can attest to being accepted as a missionary associate as of March 17th 2014! I couldn’t have done it without your encouragements, prayers and support. Thank you so…
  • Great Men of Faith had to go Through a Wilderness too!

    Justin Gilpin
    6 Jan 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Happy New Year! Hope each of you had a Merry Christmas as well! Most of us are beginning to think about our new years resolutions. But may I suggest before that happens, that time is set aside to reflect on the coming year? A wise person once told me that, “If you don’t know the past and study history, then you are destined to repeat it”. Each of us has a year filled with both good and bad events. Some things we’d like to erase from history if possible. Sadly it can’t be erased and we can’t redo anything, but it can be learned from while all the filth is…
  • Our Small Things Matter to God!

    Justin Gilpin
    2 Oct 2013 | 1:32 pm
    This past month I’ve gone through many struggles, but through it God is showing up and showing off! I’m going to get very real with you all, and even share an uncut video into my personal life at the end of this email. About 5 weeks ago the truck my uncle had let me borrow for my time here in the states blew a head gasket. Without a vehicle here in the States it is very hard to get to work, nonetheless church. I’ve not been effectively able to do the two jobs God had given me here in Georgia without transportation. My brother, being a mechanic was able to replace the head gasket, but…
 
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    REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

  • On icons – 6

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:59 pm
    The goal of the icon writer is to externalize the sacred tradition and to enable the beholder to enter into the unseen world of the Spirit which transcends and yet interpenetrates the world of matter and flesh . . . The purpose of an icon is to take us into the world of the Spirit, […]
  • What the Father has is ours

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Whatever God our Father has is ours, yes – as long as we return to Him.Filed under: God the Father, Thoughts Tagged: Christianity, God, God the Father, Religion and Spirituality, Thoughts
  • On icons – 5

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Icons form a door into the divine realm, a meeting point of divine grace and human need – J. Baggley, Doors of Perception.Filed under: Iconography, Icons, Quotes Tagged: Christianity, Iconography, Icons, Quotes
  • On icons – 4 – Authenticity

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Where do we begin to assess the authenticity of an icon? The extent to which an icon has entered into the life of the Church: the warmth of an icon’s reception by the faithful – only not in terms of aesthetic pleasure, but on the level of prayerful contact (I. Yazykova, Hidden and Triumphant).Filed under: […]
  • On man – 2

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:38 pm
    The man who attains illumination of the nous becomes a real, natural man, entering into his true life’s work and climbing the eternal mountain – Metropolitan Hierotheos of Vlachos.Filed under: Illumination, Quotes Tagged: Christianity, Illumination, Quotes, Religion and Spirituality
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    THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER

  • Cards of the icon

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    Prayer cards and posters of the icon of the Divine Heart can now be obtained directly from here.Filed under: God the Father
  • For the Church – 3

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    “Go and stand at the gate of the Temple of Yahweh and there proclaim this message. Say, “Listen to the word of Yahweh, all you men of Judah who come in by these gates to worship Yahweh. Yahweh Sabaoth, the God of Israel, says this: Amend your behaviour and your actions and I will stay […]
  • The simplicity of the Father

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    He just wants to be loved with genuineness from our hearts. No more, no less. That is all the Almighty Father has ever wanted. Filed under: God the Father, Spirituality of the Heart, The Desires of the Divine Heart Tagged: Desires of the Father, God the Father
  • On the heart of man – 3

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:31 pm
    When a man discovers his heart by the grace of God, then he is truly and really a person – Metropolitan Hierotheos of Vlachos.Filed under: Quotes Tagged: Christianity, Quotes, Religion and Spirituality
  • On the heart of man – 2

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:29 pm
    God reveals Himself, mainly through the heart, as love and light – Archmandrite Sophrony.Filed under: Quotes Tagged: Christianity, Quotes, Religion and Spirituality
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    Christians of T&T

  • Prayer: Overcoming and Breaking the Spirit of Fear

    Cheryce
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Prayer for Breaking the Spirit of Fear Yahweh, Lord of Lords, Mighty King, we humble ourselves before You, showering  You with all the praise, all the honour and all the glory. Fear, Oh Lord, is constantly consuming my thoughts; it is deceptively controlling my emotions and my actions. Read more on Prayer: Overcoming and Breaking the Spirit of Fear…
  • Prayer: Bless Our Home

    Cheryce
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Prayer to Bless our Homes Adonai, we bow before You, Oh Lord, our God. We surrender our all to You. Bless our homes today, Oh loving Father, give our families eternal love, joy, peace and happiness in their lives. Bless us with prosperity, success and favour wherever we may go. Read more on Prayer: Bless Our Home…
  • By His Blood – “I Will… It is Finished!” How to Spot the New Covenant, Part 2

    Brook Potter
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    How to Spot the New Covenant, Part 2  Continued from Part 1 Hebrews 8:8  For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Read more on By His Blood – “I Will… It is Finished!” How to Spot the New Covenant, Part 2…
  • Prayer: Step Out in Faith

    Cheryce
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Prayer For Stepping Out in Faith Sovereign King, today we choose to step out in Faith wherever we go, for You hold the future and have plans for our lives of good and not evil. We put complete trust in You Heavenly Father, for You are God alone who sits high upon the throne. Read more on Prayer: Step Out in Faith…
  • A Sad Heart – A Prayer Against Sadness

    Cheryce
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    A Prayer Against Sadness Peaceful, Loving Father, I humbly ask that you heal this ache in my heart, Oh Lord. Allow me to find that joy that I once knew. The sadness of my heart consumes me but I will not give in, for I am stronger than the mind games the devil tries to play on me. Read more on A Sad Heart – A Prayer Against Sadness…
 
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    Christian Home and Family

  • Podcast 86- I can’t do this anymore! True or False?

    Carey
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    Carey I Can’t Do This Anymore! True or False? Or if you are using a “podcatcher” here is the feed address: http://www.christianhomeandfamily.com/feed/podcast/ I CAN’T DO THIS ANYMORE – TRUE OR FALSE? In this episode of the podcast we’ll be considering a very common statement I hear from people who have lived for many years in a painful or hurtful circumstance. “I can’t do this anymore.” I know how you feel, but is it true? Well, yes and no. I can’t count the number of times I’ve either heard someone say, or have said myself,…
  • Monday mindset: Consideration

    Carey
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Carey A Consideration assignment for your family If you’ve been following along with these Monday Mindsets each week, you probably realize by now that the assignments center around two things: A clear belief that anything and everything you attempt in terms of spiritual or family growth, must be empowered by the Holy Spirit. So start there. Before you begin the first conversation, begin with a prayer of dependence that the Holy Spirit will empower and enable every idea you have and effort you make. The power of significant conversations within your family. Talking about truth together…
  • The power and purpose of consideration in the family

    Carey
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Carey Consideration is not a spontaneous attitude of the human heart. You can’t manufacture it, or fake it, or require it. You can’t grit your teeth and make it happen. Consideration is shaped and produced by the Spirit of God who lives in you. In Galatians 5:22-23 Paul gives us a list of “fruit” that the Spirit produces when He has his way in the human heart. Look at the list carefully… love joy peace patience kindness goodness gentleness faithfulness self control Consideration is the Spirit’s combining of those qualities into an attitude of the heart…
  • Podcast 85 – Flexibility in family life

    Carey
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    Carey Flexibility in Family Life Or if you are using a “podcatcher” here is the feed address: http://www.christianhomeandfamily.com/feed/podcast/ Life gets crazy. Work demands, soccer games, home repairs, shopping trips, relationships to maintain, and important, ongoing conversations to have. It’s enough to make you the most inflexible person alive! On top of all that is the heart-cry we all have to discover and do what God is calling us to. I don’t know about you, but I’m in THAT place almost all the time… wondering what the LORD wants me to do when I…
  • Monday mindset: Purity

    Carey
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Carey Purity. The only time we hear that word nowadays is in reference to water… and that’s a great illustration of how you need to think of purity in regards to your family, and this week’s Monday mindset. By definition, purity is an extreme word. It communicates an extreme level of quality. Water is either pure or it’s not. Even the smallest impurity makes the water… well, impure. You could say that “purity” is a radical word… and that’s exactly how I want it to sound to you, because radical is what I’m aiming at. Every blog post I…
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    Pro Preacher

  • 5 Lessons From The Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church Controversy

    Brandon
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    Photo Credit: Mars Hill Church via Compfight cc Let me be clear.  I am not here to cast stones. I don’t know all the details about Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church, so I am not going to make any snap judgements. All I know about Mark Driscoll is a few brief interactions and what I have read about him and from him. Any time accusations and blame are thrown towards church leaders, it doesn’t just hurt them. It hurts the entire church as a whole. By the way, if you don’t know what I am talking about, you can read a good summary of the events surrounding Acts 29’s Removal of Mars Hill…
  • Why Good Leaders Get Messy

    Brandon
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    Photo Credit: Benjamin Lehman via Compfight cc Recently I was at a high school church camp. The last two days of camp we had some bad weather. Heavy rain forced the camp to shut down most of the outdoor recreation. Although the rain was pouring, it didn’t stop the crazy high school students from playing in the rain, and jumping in the mud. That is when I noticed something about leadership. It was easy to spot who the good adult leaders were. Some of the leaders complained about the rain. They chose to be negative about the situation. They lamented that their group wasn’t able to…
  • Preach To Break Then Build

    Brandon
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Photo Credit: slinky2000 via Compfight cc I have a friend who is really into rebuilding old cars. It is an art form to take a rusted out car from the scrap heap or auction lot and restore it to better than new condition. He once told me that when you rebuild a car, you don’t just add the parts that are missing. That wouldn’t work. Why? Because many of the existing parts are beyond repair. Rust, corrosion, and years of damage have left them unusable. The car must be broken down piece by piece, cleaned, restored, and reassembled with new parts for a proper restoration. I think that is a lot…
  • Why Pastors Should Go On More Walks

    Brandon
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    Photo Credit: _Hadock_ via Compfight cc Many pastors have a sitting problem. We sit 90% of the day. We sit while writing sermons. We sit while answering email. We sit while making phone calls. We sit in meetings. We sit while counseling people. We sit at restaurants. We sit driving to work. We sit in Bible studies. Some of us even sit while preaching. It is obvious to see how pastoral sitting can be linked to decreased activity and weight gain, but that is a problem for another time. The problem that we often don’t realize is that all of our sitting is actually hindering our…
  • Pastor, Don’t Quit

    Brandon
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:31 am
    Photo Credit: Michael Dawes via Compfight cc Early this summer my family and I took a trip to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. We spent a whole week sitting and playing with our kids on the beach. It was a great, much-needed vacation… except for one part. My wife and I signed up for paddle board lessons. Paddle boards are like big surf boards that you stand on and move with a large paddle. We thought it would be fun to learn. When you see people doing it, they look so cool and relaxed while paddling around the island. I quickly learned that paddle boarding is not as easy as it looks.
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    Revolution Radio

  • Revolution Radio with Guest Adam LiVecchi

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Adam and Sarah are very happily married. Sarah is a classically trained Violist. She with Aaron, Adam's brother, have produced several instrumental CDs which can be found on the Store page. Also she has been featured in several other CD's with Shores of Grace. When Sarah plays prophetically the atmosphere changes and people are refreshed. Adam is the founder of We See Jesus Ministries, he travels and speaks in churches and at conferences. He has authored several books, the first one is entitled ?His Name is the Word of God?. He was also featured in a book compilation published by Destiny…
  • When you face trials where is God?

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Aimee will be sharing a message of encouragement and freedom, teaching on when you face trials where is God? How do we get through them and what does the Bible say about them?
  • Interview with Sharnael Wolverton on Quantum Physics and healing essential oils

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    16 Mar 2014 | 2:30 pm
    This was the interview from 2010 that Aimee did with Sharnael Wolverton on Quantum Physics. If you would like to get one of the kits discussed in this program, the offers have changed slightly, but you can do so by clicking here
  • Song of Solomon Part 10 by SJ Hill

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    25 Feb 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Continuing the series on the Song of Solomon Part 10a by SJ Hill
  • Interview with Adam LiVecchi of We See Jesus Ministries

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    18 Feb 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Adam and Sarah are very happily married. Sarah is a classically trained Violist. She with Aaron, Adam's brother, have produced several instrumental CDs which can be found on the Store page. Also she has been featured in several other CD's with Shores of Grace. When Sarah plays prophetically the atmosphere changes and people are refreshed. Adam is the founder of We See Jesus Ministries, he travels and speaks in churches and at conferences. He has authored several books, the first one is entitled ?His Name is the Word of God?. He was also featured in a book compilation published by Destiny…
 
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    Pastor John's Blog

  • Radical Continued

    john crews
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    I know my posting on this blog has fallen off in recent months, and that when I have posted my writing has been dominated by thoughts about life after Jonathan's passing.  It is an inescapable fact that the events of that horrific February night will forever color my view of life, and my view of God for that matter.  Our family continues in the struggle to find our footing in new world that is so unlike the world we once knew.  The Bible tells us that we are foreigners and temporary visitors in this world (1 Peter 2:11-12) and never has that seemed more true.I continue to find…
  • The Four Of Us

    john crews
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    From the day that Dani was born until the day that Jonathan went off to Baylor, it was a set of words we rarely put together.  And when we did use those words it was simply a mathematical description of how many of us happened to be at home at the moment.  It was an expression of convenience -- used when one of the kids was spending the night away or when one of the boys was off at college.But, "the four of us" is now an inescapable expression.  Even worse is "all four of us."As the days, weeks and months roll by, I suspect that from the outside all…
  • Praying For Peace

    john crews
    9 Jun 2014 | 9:08 pm
    In just a couple of hours the clock will strike midnight, and the date on the calendar will roll over from June 9th to June 10th.  And, in that moment Jonathan would have been 28 years old.But there will be no celebration of his birthday tomorrow.  There will be no cake and no candles and, most of all, no Jonathan to blow the candles out.Instead of a birthday, tomorrow will mark an anniversary of sorts.  As Pam said earlier today, it will mark the 28th anniversary of when she and I became parents.  I became "Dad" on June 10, 1986, and I celebrated my first Father's Day by…
  • Of Dogs and Armadillos

    john crews
    25 May 2014 | 3:11 pm
    It has been nearly four months since Jonathan passed away.  While I would like to say that life is getting easier, the reality is that little has changed (putting aside the horror of the first couple of weeks).  In fact, if anything, so far time has not been our friend.Even when Jonathan was in college, I can't think of a time when two months passed without seeing our son.  And, in the last four or five years there was never a time when even two weeks went by without seeing him.  Except for his years at Baylor, Jonathan was always part of our daily life.There are…
  • Torn

    john crews
    9 May 2014 | 4:37 pm
    For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.  If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!  I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.  Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of…
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    The Pure Sacrifice

  • 11 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am

    Deanna Wiseburn
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Removing the Masks

    Deanna Wiseburn
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Where I work now we are not able to wear any kind of jewelry, makeup, hair products or perfume.  It has a lot to do with the nature of the job, and for me this is not a big problem.  As a rule I don’t wear any of this stuff anyway…but I realize this is not the case for most of the people in the world.  So often people spend a lot of time on what they look like, and some even refuse to leave the house without makeup and hair perfectly done.  At 5’4″ I have to admit that I am overweight.  But I have found a place of acceptance about where I am today.  I’m not…
  • Talking About Writing and A Praise Report

    Deanna Wiseburn
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today’s post is a little different.  I have witnessed in the blogging community lately a fun little blog hop, and I halfway wondered if I would be asked, while at the same time not really giving it a lot of thought because I was on a blogging break.  But before I get into that I want to share a song I heard again the other day that resonated with my heart as I declared this is really all I want. The the other week a dear friend that I met through #FMFparty asked me if I would be willing to take part in the blog hop I mentioned above.  I have not known Marie long, but I have fallen in…
  • Finding Spiritual Whitespace ~Review

    Deanna Wiseburn
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Do you find yourself often worn out from your busy life?  Are you struggling just to keep up, and often feeling like you are failing at that? There is hope for regaining the peace that your life needs.  Bonnie Gray has written an achingly beautiful book that will guide you as you make space for spiritual whitespace. “Spiritual whitespace makes room in our hearts for a more intimate relationship with God, rest, and soul rejuvenation.”   I couldn’t wait to begin this book, because I knew that I needed to work on rest. Yet I had no idea how very much I would REALLY need to…
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    Christian Magazine Today.com

  • “Eye” Shouldn’t Have Looked – Life Lessons

    Annette
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Donny, my husband, had bladder cancer and had to be checked and rechecked every three months.  The way bladder cancer is checked is with the use of a camera – and there’s only one way to use that!  Yup, that’s right! Anyway, I would go with Donny to his appointments for support and also to drive him home afterward.  One of his recent appointments was at a cancer center about two hours from our house.  The doctor there was taking longer than usual to see us and we were waiting in the examining room.  Donny had assumed the position that many of us women have assumed so many times…
  • Inspirational Wall Art for Christian Families

    Annette
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    One of the most popular ways to decorate right now is with word art. Word art, of course, comes in many different styles, types, and sizes. For the Christian family, some word art may not suit your needs, but luckily, there are some inspirational wall art pieces that may not only dress up your walls, but help remind you daily that God is good! Here are some pieces that can be seen on Etsy. There are more canvas wraps added daily with different types of mediums in the works. Take a look. We hope you like them… If you follow us on Facebook, you may have seen some of these posted.
  • Visit the Most Beautiful Churches in USA

    Annette
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine: This cathedral is just a twenty minute ride along the subway connecting to the Times Square. The church covers the whole block and is tall such that the Statue of Liberty can fit in it. Only St. Peter’s Basilica in the city of Vatican beats this cathedral in size. This amazing structure was built in the year 1892 and was designed in a Roman Byzantine design. It’s Great Rose Window has been named as the biggest glass stained window in United States having over eleven thousand coloured glass pieces. Washington National Cathedral: This church has…
  • Christian Summer Camps Offering Wheelchair Sports

    Annette
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    The folks at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch offer Christian summer camps, including special wheelchair activities and other wheelchair sports for adults and children who want to attend a summer camp with a Godly atmosphere. The Ranch was opened by Bob Bardwell after an accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Bob understood that this was God’s plan for his life and began the construction of Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch in the early 1970s. Several decades later, Bob has more than half a dozen full-time employees and many volunteers that help run the Christian summer camps…
  • Best 5 Ancient Churches of Turkey

    Annette
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Numerous individuals are astonished to figure out that there is a plenitude of ancient churches scattered everywhere throughout the vast Muslim nation of Turkey. From the mystery cavern churches utilized by Christians throughout the Roman intrusion to the glorious structures restored by the Turkish government that are currently significant chronicled attractions. On the off chance that you need to finish a tour of Turkey, one energizing course would be to investigate the main top five ancient churches in Turkey. Below is the list of the best 5 ancient churches in Turkey:   · St.
 
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    C3 Journey - the Warrior's Log

  • Frozen in place….

    Jim Crumbley
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    We all have our personal FREEZE point. That place where, even after substantial progress, we no longer move forward but become frozen in place. Since the kingdom is always advancing, if you are stuck you are actually going backwards. If we are not advancing, we are retreating from where God is taking us.  Freezing is a symptom of our modern “pestilence;” the INFECTIOUS disease of self-focus. God calls us to die to self. Our culture tells us that the path to happiness is focus on self. Without a concerted effort each day to give God control in our lives, we become infected with…
  • 21 Days of Faith…Days 20/21…Our Personal Point of Faith

    Jim Crumbley
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. Luke 8:44 This woman had been suffering for years not only physically, but also at the hand of Doctors and by the shunning of the community. She was considered unclean and anyone who touched her was also unclean. Simply stepping outside was a step of faith! Yet, she persisted beyond the step and pushed her way through the crowd. As those around her recoiled, her desperation caused her to ignore…
  • 21 Days of Faith…Day 19…A miracle’s delay

    Jim Crumbley
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    You pray and believe. You’ve stepped in faith and continue to endure. Friends have surrounded you and they too believe. God’s word is on your side and you pray it without doubt. Yet…the miracle you believe for seems so far away. You are not alone. But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river’s edge, the water above that point began backing up a great distance away at a town called Adam, which is near Zarethan. And the water below that point flowed on to the Dead Seauntil the riverbed was dry. Then all the people crossed…
  • 21 Days of Faith…Day 18…The Sound of the promise

    Jim Crumbley
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:29 am
    Now Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of the roar of a heavy shower.” 1 Kings 18:42 There had been no rain in Israel for over two years. Cattle were dying…crops were withering…children were suffering. Where was God? Where IS God when we are in the midst of deep pain and fear? Where IS God when we suffer from the dehumanizing effects of disease? Where IS God when our families are falling apart? Where IS God when no job interview results in a “yes”? Don’t worry and don’t be concerned with what you don’t see.
  • Day 17…The Climb Out

    Jim Crumbley
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:25 am
    Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’” You are facing a climb out of your circumstances. Tired of where you are, it is time to face where you are going. But the climb out is more difficult than the fall in. Getting your miracle is a step of desperation. Jesus is walking your way. Now is your opportunity to get His attention. Today is the day where tenacity stops Jesus in His tracks They spent some time in Jericho. As Jesus was leaving town, trailed by his disciples and a parade of…
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    Logos Bible Software Blog

  • Free R.C. Sproul Book! Surprised by Suffering

    Katie Monsma
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Get R.C. Sproul’s Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in the Christian Life for free through August 29! In Surprised by Suffering, Sproul fearlessly dives in and answers one of life’s toughest questions: why does God let us suffer? Sproul argues against the mentality of blaming God for our suffering. He says that pain and sorrow in this life should be expected. Sproul argues that some may be called to a “vocation” of suffering, and all of us are called to undergo the ultimate suffering—death. Sproul also explains how God promises difficult times for us in his…
  • Get 15% Off a New Pentecostal & Charismatic Base Package!

    Kaleb Cuevas
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    For the first time, you can choose from a line of brand-new Pentecostal & Charismatic base packages that bring Logos’ powerful tools and hundreds of hours of research right to your fingertips. Plus, for a limited time, you can save 15%! Carefully selected resources paired with powerful tools We’ve carefully selected resources that will help you study the Scriptures in depth with a powerhouse library of Pentecostal and Charismatic books. Bring the power of Logos 5’s datasets and tools to a huge Pentecostal and Charismatic library. Some of the amazing titles you’ll get for pennies…
  • You Can Still Get 3 Bible Studies for Free

    John D. Barry
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Through September 4, you can get three free Bible studies when you order the Not Your Average Bible Study Series. You’ll get nine volumes for only $24.95, plus three more volumes that are still in production. The story behind this series “Why has no one taught me to ask questions like these until now?” This was one of my first thoughts when working on my bachelor’s degree in biblical studies. In May 2008, when we started Bible Study Magazine, we decided to help people ask the types of questions scholars ask. We dedicated our “Not Your Average Bible Study” section to…
  • 15% Off Brand-New Baptist Base Packages!

    Kaleb Cuevas
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Baptist base packages have arrived, and for a limited time, you can get them for 15% off! These new base packages combine our powerful Bible study tools with a hand-selected library of Baptist resources, offering you an unparalleled research experience for study, teaching, and sermon preparation. Combine the power of Logos 5 with classic Baptist studies Bring the power of Logos 5’s tools and datasets to a giant Baptist library. These tools bring hundreds of research hours’ worth of material right to your fingertips. Plus, you’ll get incredible titles, including: Augustus Hopkins…
  • A New Way to Study the Old Testament: Engage Your Eyes and Ears

    Taylor Blomquist
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    After years of waiting, your dream of hearing Hebrew pronunciations during your original-language studies has finally come to fruition. Now you can hear the language, study the text, and uncover a new layer of linguistic study with Hebrew Audio Pronunciations. This resource’s production was painstaking, but we’ve created a product we know you’ll love—a product that gives seasoned language scholars and beginning Hebrew students alike the ability to see and hear Hebrew in its original form, giving anyone a distinct advantage in Old Testament language studies. DAL, a…
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  • Top 5 Ways The California Drought Helps YOU!

    16 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    The situation in California is dire.The state is in an epic drought.State governing officials just issued strict water conservation measures for all Californians--absolutely NO watering lawns everyday, washing cars with a hose or allowing sprinklers to spray water on sidewalks. Fines will be issued to violators. The "water police" are making the rounds. "Water wasters" are being ratted out on websites and hotlines.So what do Californians do in the midst of this crisis?They buy Evian.And adjust their sprinklers, put away hoses, time showers and pray for rain. Californians sacrifice to SAVE THE…
  • Jiminy Cricket is a Liar

    9 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are...When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true!Shut up, Jiminy! You know that ain't true. You're a BUG. You couldn't be a lawyer or a banker or a doctor if you wished on every star in the galaxy! Cool hat, though.I'm sorry. I don't mean to pick on a cricket. It's just that I'm frustrated. Have you noticed how many teens live in Jiminy's dream world when it comes to their future careers? They have no idea what they are good at, are motivated only by money, and haven't the slightest interest in doing the HARD WORK it takes…
  • Put Down Your Finger & Back Away from Your Opinion

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Opinions are like belly buttons. Everyone has one.I come from a very opinionated family. We have opinions about our opinions. We like to "go on the record" or like the people in the old Saturday Night Live skit: "Talk Amongst Ourselves." I could chalk it up to our Irish blood, but that would probably be a cop-out. I mean You can tell an Irishman, but you can't tell him much is really true, but the reason why people in my family bring a bean casserole AND an opinion to get-togethers is more than just heritage. My Dad especially loves to "debate the issues" and discuss what the "moderns" think…
  • 5 Steps to 3 Ways You Can Do 2 Things Better

    19 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    The title to this blog is confusing, isn't it?But did it capture your attention?It probably did.The last two months I have been writing for GovLoop - an online network of government professionals who share tips and techniques for providing top notch government programs, leadership and services. Writing for GovLoop was a challenge. I had to come up with 12 articles in 12 weeks, but believe it or not, that was not the challenge.The challenge was creating the right title to get people to actually READ my article.When my first few articles posted on GovLoop, I noticed the editor had changed my…
  • Rolling into Heaven as a Bloody Stump

    5 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    I grew up believing that the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount were a list of things I should do.Blessed are the meek...(OK, I need to be meek.)Blessed are the pure in heart. (OK, I need to be pure of heart.)Blessed are the peacemakers..(OK, I need to be a peacemaker.)And so on...Of course, I failed miserably at following through on that huge list, and as I now know, thanks to Dallas Willard's book The Divine Conspiracy, I also failed in my interpretation of it. As it turns out, the Sermon on the Mount is not a list of things for me to do or be. It is not a bunch of "rules for living." It…
 
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    Living in the Kingdom of God---Diana Symons

  • Love Is Not For The Faint Of Heart

    Diana Symons
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    We become bondservants out of love. Love is not for the faint of heart. Love takes guts and determination. Why? Because we need to love people we don’t even like. We need to love our enemies — you know, the ones who hate us back. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Cor 13:4-7) Love does not take…
  • You’ll Never Love Like Jesus Without Humility

    Diana Symons
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Love is the essential heart attitude of the kingdom, and you can’t love without humility. Love is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity. (1Cor 13:4) Love makes you take a backseat to the needs and feelings of others.  Humility guards your heart. It keeps arrogance out and makes you gentle. Good deeds done without humility become bragging grounds. We feel justified in telling people how we prayed for someone or helped them. Humility allows us to do good in secret. When we feel free to talk about our…
  • Your Identity In Christ Is Authority In Love

    Diana Symons
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Authority puts demands on our love. Your identity in Christ is who you are, not who you will be in heaven. When Jesus said, the kingdom of God is near you, He meant here and now. If we lived in the understanding of our identity, we’d be a wholly different church. Imagine the prince of a kingdom living his life. Would anyone question his commands? Would anyone ask, Who do you think you are? No, the prince’s father is the king. There would be hell to pay for abusing or disrespecting the prince. The prince has perfect confidence that what he says will be backed up by the authority of…
  • If You Dread The Day Ahead, Find Your Love

    Diana Symons
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    If you wake up in the morning dreading the day ahead, find your love. When we are born again, we take on the mind of Christ, and He loves without measure. We’re to love God above all things, and we’re to love each other with the same level as we selfishly love ourselves. As a church, we’re not good at that. We really haven’t been taught to love people. We say that we do, but we haven’t been taught to live it. If you love with the love that God put in you, you’ll see people through the eyes of God. He loves us all immensely. He doesn’t want anyone to…
  • If People Can’t Tell That You Are A Christian, Then There Has Been No Transformation

    Diana Symons
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Transformation takes time. When you became a Christian, did you change dramatically? You should have. The difference in you should have made everyone you know stop and ask you what happened? Maybe you were raised in the church without a big conversion. Is your life dramatically different from your friends outside the church? And by that, I don’t just mean that you don’t get drunk or do drugs. I mean, can they see by your life that Jesus shines in you? If we carry around all our fear, frustration, and anger just like everyone else, then the gospel has not changed us. There has…
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    Seedbed

  • Threshing Floor Podcast 022: The Middle East and Having a Global Christian Mindset

    Seedbed
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    In this episode of The Threshing Floor our hosts turn to a conversation on the hearts of many people today, The Middle East. We focus our conversation on having a heart for people outside of our world and what it means to cultivate a reality of living with a global mindset. We also go through some twitter mail, share more about apocalyptic sidekicks, give reasons why we love vinyl records and go on an tangent about the matrix. Resources Mentioned: Standing in the shadow of the priest. Omar Hamid Al-Rikabi Listen: Direct Download iTunes RSS Stitcher
  • How Did We Get the Gospels?

    Terence C. Mournet
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    How did we get the Gospels? We have no record of Jesus ever writing anything down, so how did what Jesus said and did make it to written form? Dr. Terence C. Mournet suggests that the process of moving from oral teaching to written texts involved both stability and flexibility, and this should teach us something about the ideal of contextualization. View our growing playlist of Seven Minute Seminary.
  • The Old Testament: Love It or Hate It, Epic of Eden is the Bible Study You’ve Been Waiting For

    Seedbed
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Let’s be honest: It’s just easier to study New Testament. The pre-Jesus part of the Bible can seem so convoluted with lineages, stories, and laws that Jesus came to abolish. Some people wonder what use is it for us to study a book that contains prohibitions against the trimming of your beard, or eating certain types of seafood. Conversely, we may ask what we have to gain from a testament that seemingly highlights the strict justice of God, to the point of requiring severe punishments for things like disobedient children? What about animal sacrifices? Most of what we know about the Old…
  • 7 Tips for Starting College Right

    Guy Chmiesleki
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Moving off to college marks a new season of life for young adults who are in the process of transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. Campus pastor Guy Chmieleski offers 7 tips for starting college right and taking on everything that’s new and different. – Moving off to college marks a new season of life for young adults who are in the process of transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. There are so many things that are new and different – and require some level of intentional thought and effort for the sake of making the most of your formative college years. So here are…
  • 4 Images from Revelation Illumined by Historical Background

    Andrew Dragos
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here are 4 images from the book of Revelation that are brought to light by historical background. This makes the book come alive for Christians today and also helps us understand it as the original audience would have. 1. The Lukewarm Water of Laodicea Some have found the image of Jesus spitting the Laodicean’s out of his mouth (Rev 3:14) to be quite repulsive—and that kind of evocative feeling is quite the point of all good literary devices! But the church at Laodicea would have been more stirred by this than us. The city had no natural spring for water, so water had to be carried in…
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  • The Sticky Faith Guide For Your Family (A Review)

    Joshua Rhone
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Dr. Kara Powell’s most recent book, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family: Over 100 Practical and Tested Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Kids, is a follow up to the earlier, Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids, which she co-authored with Dr. Chap Clark. While both books draw on research that was collected as part of longitudinal study conducted by the Fuller Youth Institute, two things set The Sticky Faith Guide For Your Family apart from the earlier book. First, The Sticky Faith Guideutilizes research that has been done in the years since the release of…
  • Goodnight, Ark (A Review)

    Joshua Rhone
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Goodnight, Ark, written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by Jane Chapman, is part of the Zonderkidz line of books. (I recently had the opportunity to read and review another book from the Zonderkidz line: Jonah and the Great Big Fish.)  If it isn’t readily apparent, Goodnight, Ark is a children’s book that seeks to recount the biblical account of Noah and the ark in an age-appropriate manner. As an adult who is reading and reviewing the book, I’ve tried to keep that in mind. First, let’s look at the content of the book. Admittedly, when it comes to this aspect of the review, I…
  • Jonah and the Great Big Fish (A Review)

    Joshua Rhone
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    Jonah and the Great Big Fish is part of the Zonderkidz line of books. Intended for children ages four through eight, Rhonda Gowler Greene attempts to tell the story of Jonah in an age appropriate manner. As an adult who is reading and reviewing the book, I’ve tried to keep that in mind. First, let’s look at the content of the book. Admittedly, when it comes to this aspect of the review, I can’t help but comment as an adult who is well-acquainted with the story of Jonah. The story begins with God instructing Jonah to go to Nineveh. He’s to tell the people of the city to…
  • An interview with Garrison Keillor

    Joshua Rhone
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:12 am
    Yesterday I watched Jeffrey Brown’s interview with Garrison Keillor. They talk Lake Wobegone, Keillor’s unlikely success and how Keillor prepares for and delivers the much acclaimed ‘News from Lake Wobegone’ segment of the show.
  • Amazon to now offer 3D printing!

    Joshua Rhone
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Amazon now has a 3D printing store. It’s more than just a place to purchase a 3D printer and supplies, although you can purchase a 3D printer if you so desire––the PrintrBot can be yours for as little as $349! It’s a place where you can go to customize a product for yourself or to give to someone as a gift, while at the same time purchasing 3D printed jewelry, home decor, toys and games, and tech accessories. Admittedly, Amazon’s 3D shop is still in its infancy. As such, it’s likely a mere foretaste of what to come. For example, one could imagine a future iteration…
 
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    Intersections4Life

  • Believe

    Steve Becker
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    It has been a tough few weeks. I have some close friends who have lost loved ones within the last few weeks.  A couple of close friends have family members that are dealing with major health issues as well. Oh, lets add that my sister-in-law is dealing with breast cancer at a young age as well. My wife’s grandfather, Raymond, passed away almost two weeks ago and his funeral followed shortly thereafter.  I had the honor of officiating at the graveside.  I loved this man like my own grandfather and will miss him. Again, its been a tough few weeks. It’s hard to imagine, but I only…
  • A Word With You

    Charles Crutcher
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    Many “dog” years ago, I was a young teenager with long hair, a by product of a lot of rock and roll music. During those formative years, a lot of things were going on internally, and some other dynamics at the time really brought on the confusion. My family moved around a lot, making it difficult to build any deep relationships with other people for very long. My senior year was spent with a bunch of strangers. I felt very lost, to be honest. Have you ever been there? Isolation can happen anywhere, even inside church walls. I found a lot of people inside the church saying things…
  • I Do

    Steve Becker
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    August 5th, 2004 I won the lottery.  Not the one where you pick numbers and become monetarily wealthy.  No, I won a bigger lottery that day.  That day I was joined in marriage with my beautiful wife Jennifer. Fast forward ten years.  Jennifer and I are stronger than ever in our relationship.  Sure, we faced some tough days. I can almost guarantee there were days where she wanted to just boot me out the door and give me directions to a lake of fire.  Yet, here we are. I have grown quite a bit as a man over the last decade.  Everything from how I handle my temper to sharing work at the…
  • Get Busy Living

    Steve Becker
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    One of my all time favorite movies has a quote that I repeat to myself often when I am feeling down and defeated. “I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.” – Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption This last two weeks has been a true challenge to stay standing with my head up.  My family has had two major medical events pop up out of the blue and really knock the wind out of us.  Both of these happened within a week of each other and they are going to have a lasting effect at least through Christmas. Mentally I have…
  • The Art of Whimsy and Wonder

    Charles Crutcher
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    This past weekend, I had the joy of spending time with family and friends doing what I love: mosey. Another way to put it is spending time with others. Saturday I spent a beautiful day with great weather that is a bit out of place for July, only experiencing temps in the sixties and seventies in Oklahoma. Under the big captivating sky, me and some friends were among undulating green hills of a golf course. I knew the day was special and would probably never come around just like that again. Some of these friends I have known for several years and some newly acquainted. You know what I love…
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  • Big Boy – Pettidee (ft. Teron Carter of GRITS)

    Britt
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:46 pm
      Grammy, Stellar, & Dove Nominated artist PETTIDEE releases his new hit single “Big Boy” featuring Teron Carterof the multi-award winning group Grits. Two Christian Hip Hop legends collab for a new gritty single. The track is fire! Download on iTunes Now!   Download it Today on iTunes!   
  • Ornithology – Foreknown Free Dowload

    Britt
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
      Foreknown, is known as the unofficial voice of Christian nerd rap. His album “Ornithology” is a perfect example of why. As is the nerd way, Foreknown shows a wide spectrum of knowledge on multiple issues of varying importance throughout his 13 track journey. Some songs such as Mini Van and Quartermaster, will have you rolling your windows down and singing along. Other songs like The Never Haves and Little Miss So & So make listeners stop and think about the content.   Never missing the opportunity for a good metaphor, Foreknown has given listeners of Ornithology several…
  • Me Against the World – Fedel Free Download

    Britt
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
      Download the Rapzilla.com Exlcusive Me Against the World EP by Fedel. Take a ride with FEDEL as he tells his compelling story of overwhelming obstacles to be who God called him to be. Find out more on Fedel at FedelMusic.com! Download the EP Here!     Tracklisting: 1. A Hood SomeWhere In Memphis 2. When I Was 12 3. Made It Out the Hood 4. Save My Soul 5. Don’t Care 6. Me Against the World 7. *BONUS* I Will Be 8. Suburbs vs The Ghetto (ft. J.R.)
  • The Mixing Process – DJ Aslan Free Download

    Britt
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
        DJ Aslan’s “The Mixing Process” will take Christian Hip-Hop fans on a somewhat familiar path with songs by Lecrae and Andy Mineo but adding a fresh, new music bed to each track. Get ready for 30 minutes of dope hip hop and soul, all the while knowing your latest “dj” app will be jealous of this real mixtape Let us know what you think about the mixtape in the comment section below!   The Mixing Process track list 1. Christon Gray “Roses 101 – After All” 2. Tedashii “Can’t Get With You” 3. Lecrae “I Know” 4. Derek Minor “Ready…
  • Bible Study on Creation for Youth: Genesis 1 – 2:3

    Britt
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
      Here is a bible study on creation for youth that I put together and walked through with our youth Sunday School class. I read all of Genesis 1-2:3 out loud and then we went around the room reading the creation account by paragraph. I have already written out several discussion questions for each paragraph. The students took turns reading the paragraph and then we would discuss the questions as a class. The second part of the lesson is a lot of scripture where God himself takes credit for being the author of creation. It brought up good discussion and forced them to interpret the text…
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  • Big Boy – Pettidee (ft. Teron Carter of GRITS)

    Britt
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:46 pm
      Grammy, Stellar, & Dove Nominated artist PETTIDEE releases his new hit single “Big Boy” featuring Teron Carterof the multi-award winning group Grits. Two Christian Hip Hop legends collab for a new gritty single. The track is fire! Download on iTunes Now!   Download it Today on iTunes!   
  • Ornithology – Foreknown Free Dowload

    Britt
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
      Foreknown, is known as the unofficial voice of Christian nerd rap. His album “Ornithology” is a perfect example of why. As is the nerd way, Foreknown shows a wide spectrum of knowledge on multiple issues of varying importance throughout his 13 track journey. Some songs such as Mini Van and Quartermaster, will have you rolling your windows down and singing along. Other songs like The Never Haves and Little Miss So & So make listeners stop and think about the content.   Never missing the opportunity for a good metaphor, Foreknown has given listeners of Ornithology several…
  • Me Against the World – Fedel Free Download

    Britt
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
      Download the Rapzilla.com Exlcusive Me Against the World EP by Fedel. Take a ride with FEDEL as he tells his compelling story of overwhelming obstacles to be who God called him to be. Find out more on Fedel at FedelMusic.com! Download the EP Here!     Tracklisting: 1. A Hood SomeWhere In Memphis 2. When I Was 12 3. Made It Out the Hood 4. Save My Soul 5. Don’t Care 6. Me Against the World 7. *BONUS* I Will Be 8. Suburbs vs The Ghetto (ft. J.R.)
  • The Mixing Process – DJ Aslan Free Download

    Britt
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
        DJ Aslan’s “The Mixing Process” will take Christian Hip-Hop fans on a somewhat familiar path with songs by Lecrae and Andy Mineo but adding a fresh, new music bed to each track. Get ready for 30 minutes of dope hip hop and soul, all the while knowing your latest “dj” app will be jealous of this real mixtape Let us know what you think about the mixtape in the comment section below!   The Mixing Process track list 1. Christon Gray “Roses 101 – After All” 2. Tedashii “Can’t Get With You” 3. Lecrae “I Know” 4. Derek Minor “Ready…
  • Bible Study on Creation for Youth: Genesis 1 – 2:3

    Britt
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
      Here is a bible study on creation for youth that I put together and walked through with our youth Sunday School class. I read all of Genesis 1-2:3 out loud and then we went around the room reading the creation account by paragraph. I have already written out several discussion questions for each paragraph. The students took turns reading the paragraph and then we would discuss the questions as a class. The second part of the lesson is a lot of scripture where God himself takes credit for being the author of creation. It brought up good discussion and forced them to interpret the text…
 
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  • God is always working something on our behalf

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day twenty-four...I started driving a tractor in the field when I was around eight years old. That was right about the time Dad went into partnership with another family member and we had moved to a farm that was four times the size of what we had.
  • The only true celebrity

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day twenty-three...Leave it to the advertising industry to create something out of nothing. Sales of the Dos Equis beer brand have skyrocketed since the brand began to air commercials featuring “The Most Interesting Man in the World.”
  • Faith isn't an impressive performance

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day twenty-two...In Shakespeare's play, “Hamlet,” Queen Gertrude makes the comment, “The lady protests too much, methinks.” This famous line has become a modern‐day response to those who make such a big deal out of something that their big deal comes off as suspicious, at best.
  • Faith is not supposed to be silly

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day twenty-one...The church's new school was about to financially break the church. Enrollment was less than expected and expenses were more. The worship leader sat in a folding chair to the left of the keyboard, as the pastor conducted an emergency meeting with the elders and the rest of the staff.
  • Faith can't be understood by observation

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day twenty...When Nik Wallenda crossed Niagara Falls in 2012, ABC required him to be tethered to the wire, because they didn't want any possibility of a televised death.
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  • Jeremiah 15: God Is Patient

    Zak Schmoll
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:56 am
    It is amazing how patient God is with the people. If we take the perspective that every sin is an offense to the perfect nature of God, then God has been offended by humanity thousands of times every day for all of history since Adam and Eve. In Jeremiah 15, we see God saying that the people of Israel had messed up so bad that he was going to basically allow them to be dominated by enemies, famine and disease. He is obviously allowing them to reap the fruits of their behavior. Jer 15:2  And it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee, Whither shall we go forth? then thou shalt tell them,…
  • Jeremiah 14: Stick to the Word

    Zak Schmoll
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    It is hard to be false prophet. In Jeremiah 14 we have a conversation between Jeremiah and God. God is telling Jeremiah that Israel is going to be punished, and Jeremiah responds that there are people who are prophesying in the name of God and claiming that there really will be no punishment. Understandably, God is not thrilled about that. Jer 14:15  Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed. Jer 14:16  And the people to…
  • Jeremiah 13: Avoid Pride

    Zak Schmoll
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:59 am
    I think that the vice of pride is a major problem that we all have experience with. We might as well face it. We are all pretty good at something. We might be good at our jobs, good in school, good at a sport or good performing on stage. Some people say that they have no talent, but this is honestly not true. Everyone is good at something. That being said, because we are all talented and somewhat in some way, it is pretty easy to become proud. We can start thinking that we are better than we are. It is so easy to allow pride to come in. On a very basic level, pride is affirming. Even if other…
  • Jeremiah 12: Responsibility

    Zak Schmoll
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    I think it is rather obvious that we all have different callings. God gives people different propensities and talents, so we are supposed to use them for His benefit. Some people are called to be pastors and to lead the people of God here on earth, but as we see in Jeremiah 12, they have substantial responsibility. Jer 12:10  Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. Jer 12:11  They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man…
  • Jeremiah 11: The Problem of the Heart

    Zak Schmoll
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:52 pm
    I know that a lot of people will say that they don’t want to believe in Christianity because they don’t have first-hand evidence of the Providence of God. Maybe they have never seen a miracle, so they automatically assume that miracles cannot happen. Jeremiah 11 talks about how the people of Israel did not even have that excuse. As people who had been divinely delivered multiple times, there had been generations of testimony regarding God and His deliverance, but the people were still not willing to recognize Him. Jer 11:6  Then the LORD said unto me, Proclaim all these words in the…
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  • My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 4)

    mholmes
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
      So we’re finally here: the last installment. In this post we conclude my year of tithing and its results. In case you missed the first 3 installments here they are: My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 1) My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 2) […] The post My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 4) appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 3)

    mholmes
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    In case this is your 1st time here, this case study is an unbiased account of my first year tithing. In my first post I spoke about being fired within my first 90 days of tithing (click here). In the 2nd post, I spoke about being disheartened not seeing the results from my tithing experiment […] The post My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 3) appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 2)

    mholmes
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    As I stated in the last post I wanted to give an unbiased and truthful account of my first year with tithing. Up to this point in my life I had never seen anything done like this before. Most people when they talk about tithing are quick to talk about how much of a multiplication […] The post My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 2) appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • My first year results with tithing: a personal case study

    mholmes
    3 Feb 2014 | 6:34 am
    I was hesitant to write this post. Why? It’s not something you read or hear. The fact is, when most people give their testimonies about tithing it’s usually with an instantaneous and positive ending. Most ministries tell how the person who gave received a 400% increase in a matter of months. Last year…that was NOT the […] The post My first year results with tithing: a personal case study appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • After You Give Your Tithes Follow the Virgin

    mholmes
    9 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    The Christmas season is upon us. As a result, everyone turns their attention to a manger, a virgin mother, and a Baby that changed the world. As much as I am indebted to that Baby I wanted to focus on the mother–the Virgin Mary. I wanted to talk about her faith actually. When she heard […] The post After You Give Your Tithes Follow the Virgin appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
 
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  • Gospel-Centered Links June-July 2014

    Dave
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Top 20 Christ-Centered Expository Preaching Checklist I’ll begin my link post with a link to a link post! Preaching Christ From All The Scriptures Qualified A very important article: But as every good virtue in this fallen world has its Achilles’ heel, so this good and excellent principle has been taken too far by some. The very text we use, most often, to defend the preaching of Christ from all the Scriptures – does not, in fact, teach that every passage is necessarily about Him or His work. The misuse and abuse of the beauty of Christocentricity has (1) caused some to…
  • 6 + 1 Types of Typology

    Dave
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    This past January I took a course at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary titled “Christ in the Old Testament.” Gordon Hugenberger taught the course and he is a big fan of typology. I’ve covered typology and allegory in the past but Hugenberger gave a historical overview of some interesting approaches to typology. Here’s a quick summary: Nature Typology  e.g. Jonathan Edwards and John Calvin New England Theocratic Typology e.g. William Bradford Some North American colonists intended to establish a new theocracy, roughly after the pattern of OT Israel, in the New World.
  • Are You Reformed?

    Dave
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    “Are you reformed?” I get that question quite a bit as a Baptist attending a Presbyterian seminary (Westminster). It’s a tough question to answer. My answer depends on the context: What does “reformed” mean to the person asking the question? What “Reformed” Used to Mean “Reformed” properly refers to: The theological heritage of John Calvin, the Synod of Dort, and the Westminster Confession A commitment to covenant theology, including pedobaptism Belief in predestination and reprobation (i.e. TULIP, commonly called Calvinism) A…
  • The Gospel In Real Life

    Dave
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:10 am
    I am enjoying the current issue of Themelios. The article Do The Work of an Evangelist by D.A. Carson is truly excellent. It ties closely to the main theme of Armchair Theology so here is an excerpt with my commentary. For some Christians, “the gospel” (equivalently, “the evangel”) is something you preach only to unconverted people. The gospel merely tips people into the kingdom; transformation and sanctification are sustained by discipleship. Once people become Christians, then the work of life transformation begins, often buttressed by various discipleship seminars: “Biblical…
  • Free EBook: Is Jesus in the Old Testament?

    Dave
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:57 am
    Here’s a quick note that Iain Duguid’s ebook Is Jesus in the Old Testament? is available for free download on the Westminster Bookstore website to help promote a sale on three of his commentaries. If you scroll down you’ll also see deals on other books he wrote about finding the gospel in the Beatitudes and the lives of the patriarchs.
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    WisdomWonderBeauty

  • One-Day Website Challenge – An Entre-Xperiment

    Mr. Wiseguy
    3 Aug 2014 | 12:55 am
    www.BetterBigDay.com – building a website in a day I call this an entre-xperiment (patent pending). When it comes to business (and creativity in general), constraints are more important than options. It’s more helpful to decide what you won’t do than what you could do. To put this into practice, we gave ourselves some crazy constraints – 4 guys, 6 hours, and $25 to come up with an idea and build a website from scratch! We gave ourselves passing grades – the site was up with enough content to run on auto-pilot for two months! A few big take-aways: Distractions…
  • Young at Heart for the Overly Responsible

    Mr. Wiseguy
    16 May 2014 | 10:56 am
    Photo Credit: susieq3c via Compfight cc Here’s a quick (yet surprisingly long), real-time post written over a lunch break (or two – I blame editing)… Haven’t had one of these in awhile, but when inspiration strikes, take advantage! It’s no small secret I have a man-crush on Jon Foreman, lead singer of Switchfoot. I’ve seen him perform nearly a dozen times, including a small after-show I like to pretend was a birthday gift from him to me. Today I came across an article he had on HuffPost a few weeks back. He talks about hitch-hiking and surfing, as well as…
  • Mother’s Day

    Mr. Wiseguy
    11 May 2014 | 5:30 am
    Play day at the park Mommy, It’s a good thing I’m around to remind daddy about big days like today! He’s a little forgetful sometimes. It’s okay though – once I reminded him, he was all in! I’m doing most of the work of course. You may notice today that I’m a little extra giggly, that I smile a little more often, that my diapers are a little less messy. That’s my way of saying thank you. Thank you for carrying me around for nine months as I grew. Thank you for being uncomfortable, for changing your diet and your lifestyle, and for eating all…
  • Home-Buying Fears

    Mr. Wiseguy
    30 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    I already had this post planned, but after a recent conversation with a good friend, it suddenly became crucial. She mentioned she loves reading the blog, and yet was also intimidated because ‘you’re always making such good decisions.’ As soon as she said it, I knew what she meant. We’ve had some recent big wins in the WWB family, and in busy seasons of life (pretty much all the time), I post what I can write quickly (the successes). Not so with this one. This is a look at life between the posts… Fear.  -  Photo Credit: h.koppdelaney via Compfight cc Fear Fear…
  • We Survived the Move! (Barely)

    Mr. Wiseguy
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:19 am
    Tunnel Snow Swirl Photo Credit: Sharon Mollerus via Compfight cc Let me tell you, it was close! We started with a blizzard the night before moving day, and we just finished our first house-project-that-sounds-easy-but-surprisingly-never-ends. It’s been a crazy month! When we first walked through this house, we were most excited by……… the utility room! That’s right – not the kitchen or the yard or the garage. The utility room. It was huge – and mostly empty. One piece of advice from the BiggerPockets podcast is to look for easy equity. This was a great…
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    Seeing Invisible

  • You Should Be a Member of a Subculture

    Blake Mankin
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    Every place has a culture with both stated and discrete ways of doing things. Stop at a stop sign. Tip at least 18% at restaurants. In Austin, there’s a coffee house called Flight Path. In college, it was one of my favorite places to study–mostly because it had a strong culture of silence. It didn’t take long to realize the largest room in the cafe was a place where talking was unacceptable. No rules were posted on the wall stating this explicitly, it was simply a strong cultural expectation. Most of the rules and strong suggestions, like the silent culture of Flight Path,…
  • Changing Oil and Laying Down Your Rights

    Blake Mankin
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    I was sitting in a small room recently waiting on an oil change. The room was full of people trying hard to avoid eye contact, some tapping toes and most scrolling through social media sites on their phones. These types of environments seem to come with an expectation of silence, almost as if the people on the covers of the old magazines hanging on the wall will scold you if you make a noise. At one point, a woman stood up to make a phone call, and we all wondered if she’d have a public conversation or would step outside into the heat of the Houston summer. She chose to pay the price of…
  • When Your Church is Made of Grass

    Blake Mankin
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    The air conditioner at the building where my church meets doesn’t work all that well. August in Houston is blazing hot, meaning the sanctuary gets toasty in a hurry. It’s not uncommon for beads of sweat to form around my forehead as I sit in my pew. Wouldn’t my church experience be more enjoyable if they could just fix that AC? This thought process happens sometimes as I walk into a service on a Sunday afternoon. I can feel entitled to a better environment, a more comfortable two hours. Surely we’re driving away people with the building’s high temperature, right?
  • How Much is Enough? Minimalism and the Christian Faith

    Blake Mankin
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Meagan and I are getting ready to move across town–closer to work, friends, and the place our church meets. Even though we currently live in a garage, getting ready to pack up for a move has its way of surprising us with how much stuff we have. I realized recently I had far too many pairs of underwear, and sometimes I just have to wonder, “Do I really need all of these books?” Yes, excess can live even in a relatively small space. The idea of shedding excess is a growing ideal all around us. “Simplicity” and “minimalism” are words used in increasing…
  • Marriage After One Year

    Blake Mankin
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    It’s now been more than a year since I married the most incredible woman in the world. May 25, 2013, Meagan walked down the aisle towards me and we started our life together as husband and wife. It’s been a thrilling ride, full of laughter, adventure, sanctification, and daily lessons in dying to ourselves. As we continue to put one foot in front of the other, we continue to find each step brings a new, beautiful view. I’ve learned a lot with Meagan by my side. I’ve learned lessons about relating to others, like how undivided attention is one of the greatest gifts you…
 
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    The Virtuous Girls

  • He Made a Miraculous Catch of Fish

    virtuousgirls1
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Jesus’ Sign Miracles #8 John 21:1-11 Jesus’ disciples had gotten together and decided to go fishing near the Tiberias sea. However, they caught nothing that night. The next morning, Jesus (who was on the shore) told them to throw their nets to the right side of the boat, and they had a great catch of […]
  • God = Life

    virtuousgirls1
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Where there is God, there is life.
  • Brelyn Freeman: Breezy’z Boutique Founder, Encouraging Women to Love God, Themselves, and Others

    virtuousgirls1
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Visit Brelyn online at: www.breezyz.com Twitter: @BreFree @brezyxcessoriez | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram Breezy’z Boutique was opened in 2011 when Brelyn Freeman was at the tender age of 17! Celebrated by many style conscious and trend-savvy shoppers, Breezy’z Boutique is the source for the fashionable and classy woman. Breezy’z is growing quickly, featuring a […]
  • All That Is Wrong Is Normal

    virtuousgirls1
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    At the GREAT urging of my little sisters, I’m almost finished reading Rise of the Dibor – book one in Christopher Hopper’s White Lion Chronicles trilogy. So far, my favorite character is Hadrian. This is not a review of Dibor. Even though I don’t mind reading other people’s reviews, I absolutely hate writing reviews and […]
  • He Raised Lazarus from the Dead

    virtuousgirls1
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Jesus’ Sign Miracles #7 John 11:1-44 One of Jesus dearest friends had died, and Jesus feeling emotional over the loss went to where Lazarus had been buried. Jesus told Martha (Lazarus’s sister) to remove the stone. At first Martha objected, but then Jesus told her that she would see God’s glory if she believed in […]
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    Crafting The Word Of God

  • Bearing One Another In Love

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2 Love is central in our relationship with God and in our relationship with others.  Our kids need to understand the importance of selfless and sacrificial love. Not in what the world says is love, but in true biblical love. Instructions […]
  • All Made In God’s Image

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    2 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    God made all of us. Humans were made special by God. We were made in the image and likeness of God. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27 “13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my […]
  • Jonah Sun Catcher

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Things are starting to calm down around here so I decided to upload a quick post. This is another quick, but cute sun catcher craft. This time for one of my favorite stories; the story of Jonah and the great fish. Instructions Print the template onto card stock. (Template) Glue the template sheet to the […]
  • Update: Lack Of Posting

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:24 pm
    I want to talk about why I haven’t been regularly posting new crafts and activity sheets this month. The month of July has always been the most hectic month for me every year. It seams as if this is the moth when I’m at my busiest. Lucky for me this year I have even more projects to work […]
  • Lead By Example

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:11 am
    Quite often we fail to realize that the eyes of the kids in our children’s ministry are constantly glued on us and on what we do. For those whose parents are not saved we can be the only example they have of how a believer should act. This raises a question that we should all […]
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    Renewed Daily

  • Is It Difficult for You to Need and Accept Help?

    Renewed Daily
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:40) Chalk it up to pride. Call it stubborn. Maybe willful. However you choose to describe it, one of the most difficult aspects of chronic illness and disability is the necessity of accepting help. Ouch. No one wants to be “the least of these.” I hope you'll hop on over to Rest Ministries to finish reading today. See you there!  If you have been helped by this post and think it could be helpful to someone you know, please share this…
  • Din of Battle

    Renewed Daily
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways. - Psalm 85:8 Recently my Dad was on a North & South kick. You know the show, right? *sigh Don't get me started. I only want to talk about one aspect of that show. I know, there are SO MANY of them. So many shows, they go on and on and on some more. And the only time in the entire program that God spoke to me was in this one thing. The drummer boy. I had never really known much about drummer boys and their role in the battle. I found myself…
  • Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It

    Renewed Daily
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. - 1 Peter 1:17-19 Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it! Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb; Redeemed through His infinite mercy, His child and forever I am. This first verse puts it so into perspective, doesn't…
  • Do You Feel Like God is Asking For Things You Can’t Give?

    Renewed Daily
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5) He doesn’t need your hands. He doesn’t need your feet. Are you feeling relief yet? I know mine don’t have much to give Him.He doesn’t need your to-do list or your full calendar. He doesn’t need your pocketbook. Whew, right? Rest Ministries has the rest of this devotional. I hope you'll join us there.  If you have been helped by this post and think it could be helpful to someone you know, please share this post on the social network of your choice for me. All you…
  • Sunday Scripture: 8/17/14

    Renewed Daily
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. - Romans 12:6-8 If you have been helped by this post and think it could be helpful to someone you know,…
 
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    Kristine Mcguire

  • The Power of Our Words

    kristinemac
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    "A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak." Ecclesiastes 3:7 NLT The other day I was reminded about how important it is to engage our brains before... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Imagine If You Will A Church Being Christ-Like Rather Than Religious

    kristinemac
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:13 pm
    On August 11th, The Blaze posted an article about a confrontation taking place between a church and a strip club in Ohio. Here's the sitch. The church in question has decided to wage a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Complexity of a Choice

    kristinemac
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:22 pm
    In light of yesterday's news, there has been much discussion about depression, suicide, and how best to approach a subject (and physical/emotional/spiritual condition) with which many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Reaching for Hope

    kristinemac
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    When my husband shared with me the news that actor Robin Williams is dead from an apparent suicide…my heart broke. Why? I did not know the man. I do not know his family.  But I have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • An Insider’s Guide Speaking Tour

    Kristine McGuire
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hello, This is Thom. I don't normally post, I leave this part of the ministry to Kristine as she is much better with words than I.  In this case, I'm just too excited to not jump in. We... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Thoughtful

  • Margaret's Ark (Book Review)

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Last week, I read a book that is way out of my comfort zone.  It was available from my local library as an ebook, and I thought the premise was interesting.   It got to the point where I would not allow myself to read it at night, for fear I would have nightmares. It wasn't a horror story, but it was apocalyptic.  Like The Day After Tomorrow.  Or I Am Legend.  Knowing.  
  • What are you praying for?

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    It seems like there are so many more things to be praying for today.  Maybe it’s just that communication has improved and hearing prayer requests isn’t limited to a few minutes during the Sunday service.  It would be an easy thing to pray all day and not run out of people or situations to pray for.  Our cities, our countries, our world needs prayer.  Our families.  Our friends, both the
  • The Dust From My Feet

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Shelly Hendricks is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. She was a teacher and a librarian in another life. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension and Essential Tremor, among a myriad of other issues mostly stemming from these two. She had brain surgery in 2012, to install a VP Shunt, and had a revision in January of this year. She now considers herself to be a ‘bionic woman’ who is
  • Deliver Us From Evil (book review)

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Deliver Us from Evil by Don Basham was an interesting book about a Christian man's journey from believing that the devil and demons did not exist and had never existed to recognizing the influence of them in our world.  The tag line of the book is "A Pastor's Reluctant Encounters with the Powers of Darkness."  It is really an apt description. At the beginning of this story, Mr. Basham
  • Red Lights and Low on Gas

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Saturday night, I found myself across town with about 30 miles worth of gas in my car.  My husband had told me he would get gas in the morning, so I headed toward home.  I knew there was enough gas to get home and to the gas station in the morning, but I asked God to help us extend that gas a little farther by helping me not have to stop at any red lights. In the interest of full disclosure, I
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    Switchbacks

  • Zipping Through The Obstacles

    Karen Woodall
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    Last week our family wrapped up our summer vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Though we rented a very nice mountain cabin, most of our time was divided between the Tennessee Aquarium (definitely worth the visit if you’ve never been), white water rafting on the Ocoee River, and ziplining through the trees. The entire get-away […]
  • Confronting D’spayre

    Karen Woodall
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Over the last several years, blockbuster movies like Iron Man, The Avengers &Captain America have brought once barely known comic book figures into the cultural mainstream, so that now heroes like Bruce Banner, Tony Stark, and Steve Rogers are household names. And so too, are their arch-enemies, Victor Von Doom, Loki, and the Red Skull. With […]
  • Bound to a Bad Decision

    Karen Woodall
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    Years ago, a family member of mine had a friend who was selling gold coins as investments. Being a only a casual collector, he negotiated what he thought to be a fair price and exchanged money for a single coin. Wanting to be sure that he’d gotten what he paid for, he took his new purchase to a […]
  • “Hang in there! You can do it!”

    Karen Woodall
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    How many times have you heard that? Maybe someone said it to “encourage” you when you were facing an exceptionally tough situation. Or maybe it was you who said it hoping to “bless” someone else. I know it’s usually intended as positive inspiration to push you forward so that you won’t give up… A kind of “one […]
  • Salsa Church

    Karen Woodall
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    It’s been beautiful at our house this summer.  Hot days, warm nights and just enough rain. For a backyard gardener like me, that means ripe garden tomatoes, crisp bell peppers, hot jalapenos and habaneros, and fresh onions are stacked on the counter in our kitchen. That can only mean one thing… Salsa time! So recently, […]
 
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    Self Talk the Gospel

  • What Happened When I Found Out

    Beth Nicoletto
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I remember the day it clicked. I had just been presented with a speaking opportunity. One that would involve me in front of a large number of high school students, sharing my story of abuse as a child. The director had asked me if I’d like to spend my summer sharing my story, clearly seeing something in me that I didn’t see in myself. I felt paralyzed. I thought to myself, why would anyone want to know my story? What could I possibly have to offer? I don’t know how to speak in front of people. I’m inadequate. There’s someone else who’s better for the job than I am. Later that…
  • Why the World Needs More Women to Water Camels

    Lacy Bartlett
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    If there is anything a newborn teaches you, it’s that there is no time and nothing but time all at the same time. They say that getting married is like holding up a mirror to yourself, your heart, your attitude, and intentions only to see how selfish you are. Well, if that is true then having a baby is like using one of those God forsaken lit up microscopic mirrors that sheds fluorescent light on every pore, stray hair, and sun spot. These fast and still moments bring my mind to two places in the wee hours of the morning: the things that formed me as a little girl and the things I hope…
  • How I Found Security Outside My Concrete Walls

    Jen Rumley
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As we drove down the gravel and dirt road, I began to wonder what it was that God was stirring in my heart. For months, there had been a nagging, necessary, pulling to simplify. Fear, unknown and grief of memories came flooding in as I worked diligently to shove aside any thought of change to the comfortable little life I had been living. I have never been one to hold on too tightly to tangible things, but somehow the house we were about to leave was representative of so much more. Pictures flashed through my mind of little ones learning to crawl, babies being rocked to sleep, meals shared in…
  • How to Find Victory in Death

    Whitney Bunker
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Most people don’t like to talk about death. It’s a hard reality for us to face. Even so, this theme is discussed all throughout scripture. Jesus himself presents a paradox about death and life in Matthew 10:39, ”Whoever finds heir life will lose it, and whoever loses their life, for my sake will find it.” Dying is living, living is dying. In saying this, Jesus wasn’t just preparing His disciples for His eminent death on a cross; He was also preparing them for the persecution and suffering they would endure. In 2010 I experienced a year of intense suffering. …
  • STG Friday Faves – Vol. 7

    Self Talk the Gospel
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to our Friday Faves! In case you missed it, here is a collection of content we found online this week that we thought you might enjoy. Although we won’t always endorse or agree with everything you see here, we would love to provoke your thoughts. Enjoy! Are You The Assassin of Your Own Ideas? by John Richmond “I was unintentionally engaging in ‘idea assassination’ — like a sniper firing convenient excuses at my own idea. The truth is, shooting down my ambitions allows me to avoid hard work, the risk of failure, and public criticism. Amazingly, I seem to carry…
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    Jane Hall

  • The Power of the EX!

    Jane Hall
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    I was at one prison for 15 years; at a juvenile prison for 5 years and at a juvenile jail for 5 more.  The Lord Himself only knows how many souls came my way.  As a child, I wanted to be a missionary.  I have a clear, clear memory of telling my mother of my career plans.  She asked me why I would have such a desire and I said, “They seem to be the happiest people on earth.”  Years later. for whatever reason-she didn’t take my working at the “penitentiary” as she called it too well, she would tell people I was a missionary.   I remember standing in a hot…
  • On Flying in General

    Jane Hall
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    I believe I can fly I believe I can touch the sky I think about it every night and day (Night and day) Spread my wings and fly away I believe I can soar I see me running through that open door I believe I can fly I believe I can fly. (R.Kelly)At the youth prison, we had some difficult kids.  What a euphemistic observation.  One of the hardest kids (Kingdom of Heaven, p.158) was always angry.  He had reason to be but as is so often the case, there was very little I could do about any of his issues.  Space Jam had hit the movie screen and the kids loved it.  In desperation, I bought the CD…
  • Everyday?!? Yikes!!!!

    Jane Hall
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    I said I’d post everyday.  As I said yesterday-or the day before-I did not think this through.   I can’t watch the news.  Like Auburn football, it scares me to death.  It doesn’t scare me for me; I’ve had a great life.  I want Ben & Ginny Grace and Tripp & Audrey Rose and Ann Harper AND all who are to come to have an even better life.  Things look rough to me.  But, 42 years ago, the US was engaged in a very real Cold War.   It’s easy to look back now and say, “It wasn’t that bad.”  But it was.   We were at a family reunion;…
  • Everyday!?!

    Jane Hall
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:07 pm
    I said I would start posting everyday!  Evidently, I lost my mind temporarily!!! This is hard work.  I think; I know, that the things we do everyday are the things that make a difference in our lives. It doesn’t matter in the least what I say if I don’t do the right things (Kingdom of Heaven, p. 71).  I always thought the book should have been, Pray, Love, Eat.The post Everyday!?! appeared first on Jane Hall.
  • The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit

    Jane Hall
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    It is hard for me to keep focusing on the blog when it seems as if it’s going nowhere.  Literally out of the blue, I got enough confirmation to write everyday.  And I vow to do so.  An inmate who served almost 24 years GOOGLED my name, found the site and wrote the sweetest, dearest, note.  He’s trying to care for aged parents and work and adjust to freedom. I started this post on Pentecost and didn’t finish it. Today’s gospel (8/10/14) was about Peter’s leap of faith in stepping out on the water.  I’ve always loved it because I think Peter…
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    Bible Gateway Blog

  • New American Bible Revised Edition Is Now Available on Bible Gateway

    Jonathan
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    We’re happy to announce that the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine has granted permission to Bible Gateway to include the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE) in our extensive online free library of more than 180 Bible translations. The NABRE is most commonly used among English-speaking Catholics in the United States. It’s a modern English Catholic translation equally suitable for private devotions, careful study, and reading aloud. According to its preface, the NABRE “is the achievement of some 50 biblical scholars, the greater number of whom, though not all, are…
  • Reading the Bible’s Historical Books: An Interview with Patricia Dutcher-Walls

    Jonathan
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Old Testament biblical history can be some of the most difficult material for readers of the Bible. The conventions of contemporary history writing are quite different from those of ancient Israelite writers. How can we better understand what we’re reading in the Bible’s history books? Bible Gateway interviewed the Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls about her book, Reading the Historical Books: A Student’s Guide to Engaging the Biblical Text (Baker Academic, 2014). Which ones are the Bible’s historical books and why are they so classified? The Rev. Dr. Dutcher-Walls: We call…
  • Robin Williams’ Death an Opportunity to Look at Depression in the Scriptures

    Mel Lawrenz
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    By Mel Lawrenz, Director of The Brook Network and creator of The Influence Project. “The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?” (Proverbs 18:14). The shocking news of the suicide death of actor Robin Williams has left millions of people all over the world with a mystery: how could someone known for a whole-face smile that caused multitudes of people to laugh to the point of tears be so distraught that he would take his own life? Many are perplexed, and there are many others who are saying to themselves: if anyone knew how desperately depressed I am, they…
  • Love Well: An Audio Excerpt by Jamie George

    Jonathan
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    Jamie George (@Jamiegeorge24) is a speaker, writer, and the author of Love Well: Living Life Unrehearsed and Unstuck (David C Cook, 2014), a book telling how God taught him the art of subtraction—releasing shame, regret, and all that bogged him down to make room for deeper faith. Here he reads an excerpt from his book concerning the parable of the prodigal son. Bio: Jamie George founded The Journey Church in Franklin, Tennessee in 2006 as a safe haven for the “religiously wounded.” Acclaimed worship band, All Sons & Daughters, was birthed in this faith community. In…
  • Reminder: Two New John Piper Devotions Begin Tomorrow

    Andy
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Just a reminder: two new email devotionals by John Piper begin tomorrow! There’s still time to sign up at our Newsletters page. The two devotionals are 15 Days in the Word with John Piper and Daily Devotional with John Piper; you can read a bit more about them in our original announcement. John Piper is one of the most influential voices in the modern church—here’s a great chance to learn why. On a related note, we’ve heard that some people are having trouble finding the signup form on our Newsletters page. Indeed, that page was significantly updated as part of our new…
 
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  • Zelda and the Outdoors

    Caleb Smith
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    I stepped outside the other day to go to my car and stopped as I saw the brightness of the world. It occurred to me that “to go” was really the only reason I head outside, at least most of the time. This seemed, and seems today, a bit of a shame. This is what a lot of us do. We use outside as nothing more than a way to get from Building A to Building B, with most of even that trip actually spent inside a car.  The situation here is quite a shame. Outside is filled with wonders and beauty. Flora and fauna grace hills, fields, mountains, lakes, valleys, and forests. There is…
  • I Don’t Just “Believe the Bible,” And Neither Do You

    Caleb Smith
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:42 pm
    It is normal and usually well-regarded in evangelical circles for people to say that they simply “believe the Bible.” They’re not this or that, and they don’t follow such or the other philosophy. They just believe God’s Word, and all the people said Amen! Hallelujah!  Well, as nice as this might sound, it’s not real. No one really just believes the Bible, nor would it be possible to do so. When we come to Scripture, we all bring preexisting logical structures, presuppositions, and other ideas to the text which are not necessarily present within it. This…
  • It All Goes Back to Jesus Christ

    Caleb Smith
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    We are Christians. “Christ” is part of our very name. We are different from Jews because we believe Jesus is the Christ; we are different from Muslims because we believe Christ is God’s Son. So everything must go back to Jesus Christ. This sounds obvious, but is it? Does all of our theology, all of our practices, all of our lives, find their root explicitly in the divine Son of God? Think of your answers to the questions of life. Shouldn’t they be like this? “Who is God?” “Jesus.” “What is the meaning of life?”…
  • 7 Ways to Walk on the Way

    Caleb Smith
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Just some random stuff I wrote way back when about living the life we’re called to live in following Christ. Be Generous …it is necessary to…keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35 The giver of a gift is happier than the recipient. God blesses him for being generous, and he can take joy in the fact that his work fulfills the Law of Love and lets his light shine before men for the glory of God. Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not out of regret or out of necessity, for…
  • The Baby

    Caleb Smith
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    If you know me in real life, you probably already know this, though you might be left in the dark for some reason. At 2:03PM, on July 16, 2014, my wife gave birth to David Nathaniel Smith (aka Nathan), my son. (And yes, I am 19. And yes, he was an entirely post-nuptial pregnancy.) He was 21¾ inches and 9 lbs 2.3 oz. So began a brand new and amazing chapter of my life. At this point its been 11 days. They have been pretty interesting, certainly fun and a bit difficult at times. But I love every minute thus far. To be honest, I was worried a bit before the baby was born that I just…
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    Nomadic Ministry

  • The Third Trumpet

    Kyle
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:33 am
    Has God gotten your attention yet? After hail mixed with fire and a giant mountain/meteor crashing into the sea I believe God will have sufficiently put the world on notice that the time of the end is near, but the warnings will continue because God still wants to give those who are not there yet a chance to come home. The third trumpet brings with it another celestial body, probably smaller than the last, that poisons a third of the rivers and fresh waters. Imagine the chaos that will ensue if one-third of the population that is remaining cannot get drinking water. Yet many will still see…
  • I Don’t Wanna Be A Fan

    Kyle
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Yesterday I finished Kyle Idelman’s book Not a Fan. It explains to us, what I have believed for a long time, that many of the people we consider Christians are just fans. Fans being those who sit on the sidelines cheering on their team in good times, but falling away when the going gets tough. They are the people who like to sit in the pews, but do not care to sit in the trenches with the downtrodden, the lost, and the sinner. This got me thinking that maybe the Christianity that many of us practice is not healthy for us in our daily walk with Jesus. The church service may be be doing more…
  • Hiking With God

    Kyle
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    My wife and I have recently started hiking the trails at our local park. I had forgotten how quiet and peaceful it could truly be when you got away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It also got me thinking that maybe we need to get back to the basics to hear God. I mean we often complain that no one hears the Word of God anymore, maybe there is just so much going on that He gets drowned out of our lives. Maybe those who are searching for a deeper relationship with the Father just need to find Him outside of the everyday. Maybe God truly is in the beauty of nature. God created every…
  • The Second Trumpet

    Kyle
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    God will give us every opportunity to return to Him. Whether it be in our day to day lives or with a global warning such as the trumpet judgments. The second judgment causes a giant mountain to fall into the sea causing the deaths of one third of the sea life, a third of the sea turns to blood, and a third of all ships are destroyed. With this God is ratcheting up the pressure to hopefully turn more hearts to Him before it is to late. The Second Trumpet in Scripture   Revelation 8:8 states, “8The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was…
  • Kenosis

    Kyle
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:28 am
    There is no doubt that Jesus was fully human during his time on earth. He was able to feel the same temptations, doubts, and fears that derail even the strongest of our lives. It is because of this that He is able to so easily relate to us and fill a void that many have in their lives. What about his divine nature though? If He was fully human He would have had to give up some of his divinity, right? This was the thought of theologians and is designated as the heresy Kenosis. Kenosis is the belief that Jesus gave up some of his divinity when He became human. Kenosis was first brought forth by…
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  • Do you worry about the end or get excited?

    admin
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.  You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  Matthew 24:5-7 (NIV) If the end of your life is happening tragically, naturally, or by the entire world coming to a conclusion, I think that it will feel the same way no matter how it comes to you.  I know my parents thought that Jesus would return…
  • What more does God need to do?

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    If you gave up one of your children to death to help a person be free and clear, what more do you think you would need to do?  Can anything else be done?  Is there any greater cost? 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19…
  • Where would Jesus sleep?

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Vacations with extended family can be a lot like following Jesus in that they both require patience, faith, and sacrifice. Patience so you don’t end up jumping off the hotel because your cousin is so annoying, faith that the driver won’t fall asleep at any given moment, and sacrifice the best possible bed for your relatives, so you wind up with a blow up bed. In all these things, we should remember that we are the annoying relative, and Jesus has patience with us. We should know that Jesus is our driver, and He won’t fall asleep at the wheel, because He wants us to be safe.
  • Do you love people that you hate?

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    It is so easy to get angry with others if they cause you to get frustrated or if they cause any type of harm to you or your family.  Also, in today’s world, it seems that if you do nothing about it you could be considered weak or not caring. If these people that do this to you were truly loved by yourself, do you think it would change the world we live in? Love for Enemies 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He…
  • Are you willing to suffer?

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Arrested. Tortured. Beheaded. Murdered.  Hung upside down to die.  What do all these punishments have in common? They are all punishments early followers of Christ faced for following Him.  The punishments they faced were punishments reserved for the hardest criminals, but were given as a means of persecution.  The Bible warns us that we are going to face persecution.  The road to the future won’t be easy.  We have to choose whether we want to pay the price of following Him, or if we want to be like the world. You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands…
 
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  • Distractions from God’s Will

    Sharon R. Hoover
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    This post follows on last week’s discussion, How to Know God’s Will. As we seek to know the will of God, we often become distracted. Through my years of discipling believers and walking my own path, I’ve seen challenges emerge and effectively remove us from our Christ-centered journeys. These diversions come in many forms but most […] The post Distractions from God’s Will appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • How to Know God’s Will

    Sharon R. Hoover
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Have you ever asked: How can I know the will of God?  If you have, then, welcome! It is one of the most common questions asked about the Christian life. We read, pray, study and occasionally listen. Sometimes we feel content and in the center of God’s will. Other times we wander unsure of the direction […] The post How to Know God’s Will appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Our Drift from Generosity

    Sharon R. Hoover
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    We know the  Golden Rule of Kindergarten: share with others. We teach it, encourage it, expect it. Scripture calls us to it (Luke 10:25-37, James 2:14-17, Hebrews 13:16). Yet as adults we drift away from basic generosity. Ambition, hurts, envy, and betrayals become unseen companions in our journey. They bend our steps off our intended Christ-centered path. […] The post Our Drift from Generosity appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Connecting Life through Blogs

    Sharon R. Hoover
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:35 am
    Everyone has a story. And, we are connected to one another’s story. Sometimes our paths physically criss-cross; other times similar experiences draw us together. We have much to learn from one another’s story. Blogs offer one way to share these adventures. Their public voice creates a bridge between us and allows us access to one another that we […] The post Connecting Life through Blogs appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • 5 Ways to Explore the New Bible Gateway

    Sharon R. Hoover
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    I am a fan of innovation. This week brought a new, crisp interface for my favorite online Bible research site, Bible Gateway. I do still like to turn the pages of my “real” Bible. But when I want to do research online, I appreciate the ease and depth of Bible Gateway. The new interface simplifies […] The post 5 Ways to Explore the New Bible Gateway appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
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  • Behind the Song: “I Am Yours” by HisNameHigh

    Brad Andres
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    The worship song “I Am Yours” was formatted as a hymn since its origin. The hymn-like style shows itself in terms of chord progression, and lyrical and melodic phrasing.  When Tyler first presented the song to all of us, we immediately knew it was a song worth keeping and developing.  We instantly felt a connection to its unique hymn style. Old Truth, Fresh Forever We’ve heard the truth that Jesus died on a cross for us so frequently, that sometimes, we forget what this truth truly encompasses.  The crucifixion of Jesus is an event that we should visit often. We should continually…
  • Abide In Me [Photo]

    Brad Andres
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    Yes God. I will do my best to live constantly connected to you. Let me see more of your fruit develop, grow, and flourish in my life. I need to become more like you. Only You supply the nutrients and things which I need to grow into more of Christ. Amen.
  • Left Behind Trailer [Video]

    Brad Andres
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. I’m looking forward to the re-make of this video and book franchise. It’s crazy to think about what will happen once people disappear from the earth and others are left behind in absolute chaos.  Here’s the early trailer. I’ll keep up to date as I follow the movie through its release.
  • Behind the Song: “Far Side of the Sea” by HisNameHigh

    Brad Andres
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    In Psalm 139:1-12, David brags about the God in whom he has enjoyed tremendous mercy and help from during the most difficult of times. Throughout the song David reveals two “Omni’s” of God:  His omniscience (knowing all things about everything) and His omnipresence (being everywhere all the time). “Far Side of the Sea” was composed so that these two incredible characteristics of God would soak into the spirit, soul and mind of anyone who hears or worships the Lord with this song. Let’s focus on God’s omnipresence with the hope that with greater insight will come greater…
  • Can Christians Learn From Burger King’s Gay Pride Burger?

    Brad Andres
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    Burger King released “The Proud Whopper” in support of gay pride and in sponsorship of an event in San Francisco. An inscription on the wrapper says, “we are all the same inside.” For the time being, this “Proud Whopper” is limited to the San Francisco area. In a video the fast-food chain posted on Youtube, some were teary-eyed after eating the burger. “It makes me feel supported and it makes me feel proud,” said one woman in the Burger King video. “It’s just a burger, but baby steps all the way.” Most Christians did not throw…
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  • 1 Quick Action To Keep You From Being Uptight

    Chris McAlister
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    I know you’ve seen it. There’s a couple arguing. The man is intense. Uptight. And then he turns around placing his coffee order with a smile and small talk pleasantry. I know it well because I’ve done it. I remember when I was going through a season of being uptight at home while I was praised for being calm and collected at work. I could fake it at work. The tension I was masking was coming out at home because my guard was down. What’s that about? I want to be the same person in both places. I want to be calm in the midst of chaos. One ritual helped me do that. One of…
  • I Don’t Want To Mess This Up

    Chris McAlister
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    I can’t go to the grocery story without my cell phone. Can. Not. You see I walk in with the list. The list texted to me by my wife. But that isn’t why I need the phone. I need the phone because the word “pineapple” is confusing. That one word lacks too many descriptors I need that would reduce my anxiety. Is it canned? Is it the real one you have to cut? If it is canned is it sliced, chunked, or tidbits? What about the syrup? Heavy? Light? Mixed with vodka at this point is the only way I want them. I know men get this. Because I see us walking around the grocery store…
  • Food, Body Image and Shame

    Chris McAlister
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hey SightShift gang. Sadly we’ve been over exposed to messages of shame regarding our bodies and nutrition in this comparison-fueled society. I’m always on the lookout for voices helping others navigate into freedom. Meet Simi. Simi’s on a mission to help ladies through a fantastic program with only 8 spots available. Because I’m about to do a series of posts for just the guys the timing on this is great so we can keep things balanced out ;-). You can see my questions for her in bold: Q: Will you tell us a little bit about yourself?   Hi! My name is Simi Botic, and I…
  • Freedom From Fear (and SightShift resources)

    Chris McAlister
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Starting a new journey is scary. It just hit me today.  It’s been over four years since the first retreat.  At this point it’s been four years (wow!) of leading events and creating resources and making mistakes to help you find freedom from fear.  In an effort to get you caught up on what’s available and the backstory (or inside my buffoonery like running from zombies at night!?!?) check these: 1. A youtube video series (Five 10 minute HD videos that teach through what SightShift is all about and you can watch right now.) 2. A book that is the heart and soul journey…
  • Fear Doesn’t Win

    Chris McAlister
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:51 pm
    When you feel frustrated that others don’t understand your path.. When you feel stuck… Fear doesn’t win: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGDo6GfRoUM  
 
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    Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru

  • Engaging Missions Podcast Interview with Bryan Entzminger

    Steve Bremner
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Recently I was approached by Bryan Entzminger about being a guest on his podcast, Engaging Missions. Since I love to podcast, and to a lesser extent, love to do as little as necessary in producing them, it was great to basically get to record this but have someone else take care of the recording and editing. As we talked, he let me share some exciting things about how mine and Lili's ministry has shifted over time on the mission field, and some of the amazing things God has been doing in the [Continue reading...]
  • How to Hear God’s Voice with Ease | Podcast with Jeremy Mangerchine

    Steve Bremner
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:53 pm
    This week I got to interview Jeremy Mangerchine on the podcast to discuss his recent book The Longest Bridge Across Water: An Ordinary Man's Encounters with an Unordinary God. Thanks to technology, I was able to talk to him while he sat parked somewhere in New Orleans on his cell phone while I sat at my desk in Peru. I've been doing this show for years, and I still get jazzed up about the fact I can basically have a conversation with anybody in the world thanks to the internet, and record [Continue reading...]
  • If You Love Him Feed His Sheep, Don’t Exploit Them!

    Steve Bremner
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    In my last post, I Don't Care What Your Business Card Says, Mr Apostle, I touched on the theme of modern-day apostles and how just because one claims to be one, doesn't mean they truly are. The same could go with any leadership title or five-fold ministry gift. I just chose to start with apostle, but I wasn't planning on going after each of the five-fold ministry gifts or anything. It's just the disparity between an apostle then and an 'apostle' today is quite huge. Interestingly enough, [Continue reading...]
  • I Don’t Care What Your Business Card Says, Mr. “Apostle”

    Steve Bremner
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    In our day there is a proliferation of men “who call themselves apostles, and they are not…” (Rev 2:2) I constantly get friend requests and new Twitter followers on a more regular basis than I used to, presumably as more and more people have discovered this blog or podcast or any of my Kindle books. I no longer accept every friend request, but encourage following my fan page instead. On Twitter, I feel no guilt in not reciprocating a follow. However, every so often I look at profiles [Continue reading...]
  • Are Millennials Leaving The Church or Just Our Definition of it?

    Steve Bremner
    2 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    My thoughts this morning come to you after reading a couple of different articles. The first from Relevant Magazine that I read last night, but I'll get to that second. This morning I came across an article from Church Leaders called The Church Failed Millennials, Just Not in the Way You Think It Did. The author admits to being 27 years old, which at this point is not too many years younger than I am, since by definition I'm considered one of the older millennials. And granted, I'm writing [Continue reading...]
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  • ANC complacency on Islamist terror a threat to religious freedom — Dudley

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    The African National Congress’s complacency on Islamic extremist terrorism around the world poses a threat to the future of religious freedom in South Africa, African Christian Democratic Party MP and Whip, Cheryllyn Dudley told Parliament yesterday (Wednesday, August 20, 2014). Speaking in the Debate on National Women’s Day, she called on President Jacob Zuma to re-think his comment that such things as abductions of schoolgirls by Boko Haram terrorists happen under certain circumstances but that such circumstances would never happen in South Africa. Support for Hamas“We are…
  • IMEA Award nominations for local band, Sons of Life

    Luchae Williams
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Sons of Life’s We Will Fly album has earned nominations for Best Christian Rock album and Best Christian Rock song in the American IMEA awards. They need your votes: you can vote for them by clicking on the IMEA link, typing in your email address and scrolling down to items 21 and 22 and submitting your vote. Local Christian band, Sons of Life, have been nominated for the prestigious IMEA awards in America following the release of their debut album, We will fly, earlier this year. The Stilfontein-based Christian band was chosen out of thousands of bands predominantly based in America,…
  • JOYburg aims to call out the gold in the city!

    Andre Viljoen
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Artist’s impression by Barry de Jager (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE).Sue Jameson…joy activist. Johannesburg was built on gold — and today there is an ambitious move to call out the gold in the city and to ‘reform and rebrand’ the city as JOYburg. Joy activist and laughter coach, Sue Jameson, says everbody is invited to join in the joyful movement to “build a better city for all” by establishing a culture of honour in which “we will join others and recognise… discover… proclaim… declare and call out the gold in this city, and its beautiful…
  • Former EL pre-primary teacher is on a mission to change the world

    Gaye Moonieya
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:20 am
    Cait Bands, a former East London pre-primary school teacher and pastor heads for the USA next week to start her second year at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. Cait’s dream is to minister around the world. The former pre-primary teacher and Stirling Presbyterian youth pastor, 27, leaves next week for Redding, California where she will enter her second year at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM). “My passion is for the generation to come and this year has equipped me to fulfil that passion,” says Cait, eyes sparkling. Everyone noticed the new sparkle in…
  • Time fixed for Karoo Mighty Men Conference 2015

    Alf James
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    Glorious Karoo sunset at KMMC 2014. (PHOTO: Rob Southey). The dates have been set for the fifth Karoo Mighty Men Conference (KMMC), which will take place from  April 24 to 26, 2015 on the outskirts of Middelburg in the Eastern Cape on Rusoord Farm. If past years are anything to go by the event will be marked by the glory of the Lord being revealed in spirit and in truth; from the beauty of His sunrises and sunsets to His hand in saving souls and restoring relationships. For those who have not attended a KMMC, the seemingly never-ending Karoo plains, framed by the majestic Sneeuberg…
 
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  • When you're going through a deep, dark valley

    Wendy van Eyck
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    A note from Wendy: Today's guest devotional is by a women I've never met but who reached out to me to tell me her story, her story that was like mine but different. Her story of meeting a man with skin darker than hers and making South Africa her home. They now live back in her home country, the USA, but somehow it feels like she could come over for milk tart and rusks and we'd get along just fine. And finally He said to me, “My grace is enough to cover and sustain you. My power is made perfect in weakness.” So ask me about my thorn, inquire about my weaknesses, and I will…
  • When God does nothing

    Wendy van Eyck
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a person may be weighed down by misery. Ecclesiastes 8:6-7 (NIV)“I also like it when God does nothing.” I look at my husband and wonder if all the treatments he’s had for cancer are affecting his brain. Then Xylon goes onto say, “I like it when God does nothing because sometimes the things I pray for are pretty stupid. If God let them happen my life would be a mess.”He went on to give an example of a job opportunity that recently fell through. At the time Xylon felt like his dream job had just been denied…
  • How to pray when you don't know what to do

    Wendy van Eyck
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you. 2 Chronicles 20:12b (NIV)The oncologist called again this week. She asked Xylon to come in and see her. We don’t know why. Lord, we don't know what to do, but our eyes are on you. I scroll through social media and see people mourning Robin Williams, remembering a man who made them laugh, questioning the pain that makes a man take his life. An icon of the desperation so many people hide in life. Lord, we don't know what to do, but our eyes are on…
  • When you’re desperate to be somebody (or how to quiet the voices saying you aren’t good enough)

    Wendy van Eyck
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Hosea put it well: I’ll call nobodies and make them somebodies; I’ll call the unloved and make them beloved, In the place where they yelled out, “You’re nobody!” they’re calling you “God’s living children.” Romans 9:25-26 (MSG)There are very few social occasions when I feel comfortable. Usually the problem starts long before I arrive at a dinner, a work meeting, or a party. It starts in my bedroom, when I look in the mirror and I tug and pull on my clothes. Then I look at my cupboard for something more suitable, something that will make me feel beautiful, corporate…
  • When it feels like God has forgotten your dreams

    Wendy van Eyck
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    A note from Wendy: Today I'm lending this space to Renee Fisher. A woman and a writer who knows what it feels like to lose sight of dreams and then have God birth new ones.]Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every…
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  • Believe

    Steve Becker
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    It has been a tough few weeks. I have some close friends who have lost loved ones within the last few weeks.  A couple of close friends have family members that are dealing with major health issues as well. Oh, lets add that my sister-in-law is dealing with breast cancer at a young age as well. My wife’s grandfather, Raymond, passed away almost two weeks ago and his funeral followed shortly thereafter.  I had the honor of officiating at the graveside.  I loved this man like my own grandfather and will miss him. Again, its been a tough few weeks. It’s hard to imagine, but I only…
  • A Word With You

    Charles Crutcher
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    Many “dog” years ago, I was a young teenager with long hair, a by product of a lot of rock and roll music. During those formative years, a lot of things were going on internally, and some other dynamics at the time really brought on the confusion. My family moved around a lot, making it difficult to build any deep relationships with other people for very long. My senior year was spent with a bunch of strangers. I felt very lost, to be honest. Have you ever been there? Isolation can happen anywhere, even inside church walls. I found a lot of people inside the church saying things…
  • I Do

    Steve Becker
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    August 5th, 2004 I won the lottery.  Not the one where you pick numbers and become monetarily wealthy.  No, I won a bigger lottery that day.  That day I was joined in marriage with my beautiful wife Jennifer. Fast forward ten years.  Jennifer and I are stronger than ever in our relationship.  Sure, we faced some tough days. I can almost guarantee there were days where she wanted to just boot me out the door and give me directions to a lake of fire.  Yet, here we are. I have grown quite a bit as a man over the last decade.  Everything from how I handle my temper to sharing work at the…
  • Get Busy Living

    Steve Becker
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    One of my all time favorite movies has a quote that I repeat to myself often when I am feeling down and defeated. “I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.” – Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption This last two weeks has been a true challenge to stay standing with my head up.  My family has had two major medical events pop up out of the blue and really knock the wind out of us.  Both of these happened within a week of each other and they are going to have a lasting effect at least through Christmas. Mentally I have…
  • The Art of Whimsy and Wonder

    Charles Crutcher
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    This past weekend, I had the joy of spending time with family and friends doing what I love: mosey. Another way to put it is spending time with others. Saturday I spent a beautiful day with great weather that is a bit out of place for July, only experiencing temps in the sixties and seventies in Oklahoma. Under the big captivating sky, me and some friends were among undulating green hills of a golf course. I knew the day was special and would probably never come around just like that again. Some of these friends I have known for several years and some newly acquainted. You know what I love…
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  • It Is A Race Against Time!

    Ugochi Jolomi
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    The world is in darkness. Wickedness and cruelty is on the increase. Natural disasters are being unleashed back-to-back, epidemics, plagues and many more. Souls are perishing. Men and women are... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Is Love Enough?

    Ugochi Jolomi
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Is love enough to consent to marriage? Is love enough to sustain a marriage or any other relationship? Do we need something more than love? Is there anything more than love? These questions need real... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Wake Up The Love

    Ugochi Jolomi
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    A Poem Do you still melt from the look Do you still shiver from the touch Does it still feel like you’re on a hook Wishing your together time was much Do you still sit up and wait Or you no... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • The Mirror

    Ugochi Jolomi
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Can we truly survive and thrive without a mirror? Of course we can! But speaking in terms of checking our looks, women especially find it difficult to leave the house without looking in the mirror,... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • I Don’t Want To Fight!

    Ugochi Jolomi
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:32 pm
    I am really growing, I don’t mean in my number of years lived, but in maturity. And I don’t mean to commend myself but I am happy that I can look back and say that I have left where I used to be,... Please click on title to READ ALL.
 
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  • Even When it Hurts

    Keri
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:58 pm
    The last couple of months have been somewhat quiet here on the Love Isn’t Selfish blog. My attention had been pulled away to our non-profit’s […]
  • The Traumatic Life of a Betta with a 3-Year-Old

    Keri
    21 Jun 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Stephie189 / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)  B (the betta) escaped trauma a few nights ago because after giving my […]
  • On the Ark with the Lions

    Keri
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:03 am
    La Lince / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) For some reason, when I woke up this morning, one of the […]
  • 5 Lessons from Frozen

    Keri
    30 May 2014 | 9:43 pm
    ChaoticMind75 / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) Like many households, we’ve seen the movie Frozen a time or two. Or […]
  • When Life Shatters

    Keri
    3 May 2014 | 10:36 pm
    The other day, I knocked my tablet off a counter and cracked the screen. It’s not pretty. The same day, I was setting up at […]
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  • The Thankful Challenge

    Jennie
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Did you see the “Thankful Challenge” on Facebook?  A friend of mine challenged me to join in the chain of posting 3 positive things for which I am thankful for five days.  I also had the task of challenging two other friends each day with participating in the Challenge.  As silly as it sounds, by day two, I struggled to come up with my list.  Then I remembered Christina’s reminder to pay attention to the small ways that God works in my life. Even in the most difficult and challenging days, there is something to be thankful for.  After missing out the past couple…
  • The Sun Always Comes Back Out

    Christina
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    I stepped outside in the cool evening air, taking in the light rain still falling and the hint of sunshine over the mountains. The storm had just passed; the lightning was through, the thunder was gone. I padded my barefooted way across the wet patio to the damp earth, enjoying the soft give of the rain-moistened soil beneath my feet.And there it was—God's promise to never flood the earth again:“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember…
  • I Slipped

    Karen
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    “Hey, friend. Haven’t heard from you for a while. Miss you.”I stared at the unsent text to my friend of almost 3 years. Since she moved across the state, we stay in touch via texts. Every 2-3 days, we check in with each other. But it had been more than a week since hearing from her.Telling myself not to worry, I hit “Send.”I tried to get on with my day, tried to calm my fears, tried to cast them on Jesus.Mostly, it worked. Until, a few hours later, I saw her reply: “Can you call me? It’s a 10.”You see, she and I had become friends at her lowest point. Embroiled in a…
  • The Joy of Conviction

    Joy
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    How often have you been listening to a sermon or reading a book and been convicted, encouraged, or excited, only to walk away and not change or do anything about it?  Or have you ever said to yourself, “Man, so-and-so REALLY needs to hear this,” but you’ve failed to apply the message to your own life?  I am so guilty of both of these issues that I almost don’t want to talk about it.I have been reading Mark lately, and the other day I got to the part when Herod kills John the Baptist.  I have read it before, but one part struck me on this particular reading that had not…
  • An Un-Canonized Psalm of Trust Building

    Erin
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    I want to trust my husband, but the truth is he has not been trustworthy.So, how do you trust someone who has not earned the privilege of being trusted? After much wrestling I have come to the understanding that it is okay that I just do not right now. At least not to the depth that I desire.I looked up verse after verse in scripture on the word “trust” and not one time did it tell me to trust in man or even in myself. I did, however, find over 50 verses that plea with me to trust in the Lord. Reminding me that he alone is worthy of my trust.Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do…
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  • I Pick You!

    Michael Thompson
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    As I stared across the room I smiled and marveled at the wonderful, radiant woman she has become. It seemed like yesterday that my older brother and sister-in-law brought her home to be part of our big, crazy family. It was not a simple or an easy journey. But from day one this little girl had a warmth, kindness and depth we all recognized as a special gift from God. All the kids in our extended family are amazing, genuine, undeniable blessings. But we all recognize that there is something unique about Lenae. A few days ago when I got to see her I watched her interact with her wildly…
  • A Rude Awakening

    Michael Thompson
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    5:10 AM Being an early riser by nature, it’s not an unusual time for me to be up. But those particular red numbers from the digital clock are now permanently etched in my brain. That’s what happens when four rapid-fire gunshots so loud they could be in the next room serve as your wake-up call. There was this fellow named Pierce Lee Gaddy who decided to search the cars in the parking lot of my hotel…except he failed to get the owners’ permission. Spotted by an alert guest who called 911, the would-be thief was interrupted by Wilmington police arriving on scene. So he…
  • The Last Resort

    Michael Thompson
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:18 pm
    “There is nothing left to do now but pray!” I cannot count how many times I have heard that…or said it. It appears when I arrive at a moment where I have extruded my best ideas, executed my best strategies and exhausted my best efforts but am still gazing at completely unchanged circumstances, with a final gasp of reluctant futility I decide to ask God to help. The clear message of such a frustrated cry of the soul is: I haven’t been able to fix this, so now I will roll the dice and hope the God number pops up to rescue me from this mess. As if turning to God is my…
  • A God You Can’t Handle

    Michael Thompson
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    “I just don’t understand God!” The statement was deeply honest and completely foolish simultaneously. My friend who was struggling with how things were unfolding in his life. He was absolutely exasperated that he couldn’t see two steps in front of him. He felt like God was messing with him…upsetting his apple cart. As if God got pleasure from watching him squirm in frustration. The underlying misconception was clear. He really thought he should understand God and God’s ways–at least as it pertained to his own life and future. As I’ve…
  • The Inside Story

    Michael Thompson
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
    It isn’t often in our scattered existence that my wife and I get to sit with close extended family from both sides in the same week. This week we do…and few things are more precious. When you sit with people who have been in your life all your life, who know the ins and outs of your backstory and who love you anyhow, the beautiful reality of a love we are created to enjoy rushes over you like a waves on the beach. These tender moments help pour meaning into the mundane and significance into the daily task of living a life on purpose. Times like this are incredibly deep and…
 
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  • Plastic People

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I remember an old friend calling me up out of the blue.  I hadn't talked to him for a while and we used to get along really well.  We exchanged the typical pleasantries (how've you been, how's work, etc), but then he gave me the pitch.  He had joined a "new organization" where there was a ton of money to be made.  The guy who started it was making tons of money and driving fancy cars.  My old friend told me that he had found my new opportunity to make some serious money.Maybe you've had an experience like that.  Perhaps you've had an old friend extend the olive…
  • Authority

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Like it or not, authority is an important thing.  We all recognize the authority of the police (or if you don't and you break the law, then you'll be made to recognize it).  Authority can also mean credibility.  We talk about someone as being an "authority" on a certain subject, such as a doctor might be an authority on healthcare.  Authority doesn't simply come from wearing a uniform, however, but is established by something else.  The authority of a policeman is established by the state for example.  The authority of a doctor is established by medical…
  • The Hook

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Every good story starts with a hook.  This is where the author tries to draw you in and create in you the desire to find out what happens next.  This is what we mean when we say that you got "hooked" reading a book or watching a movie.John has a similar hook in his gospel with the wedding at Cana (John 2:1-12).  In this story Jesus attends a wedding, but they run out of wine.  In their culture this would have been very shameful for the family.  In order to help the groom save face he takes ceremonial washing jars and turns the water they contain into wine so that the…
  • The Awards Podium

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I remember going with my dad to the state championship freestyle wrestling tournament when I was in High School.  We drove all the way to northern Nevada for the tournament just so that I could compete.  Freestyle wrestling is not very popular in Nevada, so we didn't have high expectations, but we thought that the statewide tournament would give at least some competition.  I remember my dad asking the lady at registration how many other wrestlers had entered, to which she replied that she could only release that information to competitors (which meant we had to pay the…
  • Lost in Traffic

    7 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nothing is worse than getting lost in traffic, especially away from your own city.  My wife and I took a road trip to Seattle in the first year of our marriage, and had a little trouble finding our way around.  Why would anyone make one-way roads anyway?  I just imagine some disgruntled city planner cackling to himself about all of the driver's he was going to trap going down the wrong road without any chance at a U-turn.If you've ever had an experience like that, then you know that having the right route is crucial in arriving at the right destination.  Take the wrong…
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  • Bible Verses about Salvation

    neil@lookingtowardshome.com (Neil Goodman)
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Bible verses about Salvation Introduction to what the Bible says about Salvation These Bible verses about salvation reveal how we can be forgiven of everything we have ever done wrong—no matter how bad—and enter the family of God. Bible Verses about Salvation Contents Introduction to what the Bible says about Salvation A Letter for you […] This is a content summary only. Please visit the new, original page for full details.
  • Bible Verses about Sin

    neil@lookingtowardshome.com (Neil Goodman)
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Bible verses about Sin Introduction to what the Bible says about Sin These Bible verses about sin reveal that everyone has sinned and that there is nothing we can do by ourselves to earn forgiveness. We cannot stop sinning and no number of good deeds we perform can ever erase them. Bible Verses about Sin […] This is a content summary only. Please visit the new, original page for full details.
  • Bible Verses about Providence

    neil@lookingtowardshome.com (Neil Goodman)
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Bible verses about Providence Introduction to what the Bible says about Providence These Bible verses about providence reveal that God is in control. God did not create everything once and for all at the beginning of time and then step out of the process to let it run on its own by the laws of […] This is a content summary only. Please visit the new, original page for full details.
  • Bible Verses about Creation

    neil@lookingtowardshome.com (Neil Goodman)
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Bible verses about Creation Introduction to what the Bible says about Creation These Bible verses about creation reveal that God created the universe. This is the literal, take home message of the Bible and the world He created is all around us. It is fundamentally down to us to discover how this happened and to […] This is a content summary only. Please visit the new, original page for full details.
  • Bible Verses about God

    neil@lookingtowardshome.com (Neil Goodman)
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Bible verses about God Introduction to what the Bible says about God In the following Bible verses about God we have vital answers to the most fundamental questions we can ever ask. The answers we discover to “Who is God?” and “What is God like?” can influence every other question and decision we make in […] This is a content summary only. Please visit the new, original page for full details.
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  • Answering a Sincere New Calendarist Inquirer

    Anastasios Hudson
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    Dear in Christ A., Since the last time we talked I have looked into some other “true” churches and have been absolutely appalled at much of their beliefs. However, this is still not the case for your church. Who from what I see is teaching the same Orthodoxy of the Holy Fathers. I’d be curious to know which other “true” Churches you have investigated and which teachings of theirs you find appalling. It seems to me that many in this day and age imitate the Greek Old Calendar Church.  In other cases, there were former members of our Church that left us and went…
  • New Book: Metropolitan Petros of Astoria

    Anastasios Hudson
    2 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    Thanks be to God, I have finally published my book, Metropolitan Petros of Astoria: A Microcosm of the Old Calendar Movement in America. This book, which was originally my Master’s thesis at St. Vladimir’s Seminary (2005), has been edited and corrected, and formatted for publication. At present, the book is available in print-on-demand and ebook formats from the following locations: Print: CreateSpace and Amazon.com Ebook: Amazon Kindle, Lulu, Kobo, Nook, iBookstore From the back cover of the print edition: “Metropolitan Petros of Astoria was born Stephanos Astyfides on…
  • Excerpt from Upcoming Book on Metropolitan Petros

    Anastasios Hudson
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    My book, Metropolitan Petros: A Microcosm of the Old Calendar Chu