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  • Standing Against the Human “Dignity Deniers” RSS Feed | Web Exclusives
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    God may not be dead, but considering the imago Dei in philosophical discourse and public policy certainly is. Not only that, but the rational reasons for acknowledging the exceptional dignity of humans are wrongly denigrated as merely reflecting our religious past in which rigid moralism supposedly trumped reason. Today’s dominant cultural voices argue that an individual’s moral worth should be predicated upon his or her individual capacities of the moment. This view is most acutely expressed in bioethics, the field that wields tremendous influence over health-care public policies…
  • Uphold Doctrine, Avoid Discrimination RSS Feed | Web Exclusives
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Earlier this month, the California State University system decided to stop recognizing InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as a campus organization. This was far from being the first time that a campus ministry has faced such a challenge. Perhaps most famously, several years ago Hastings College of the Law withdrew recognition from the Christian Legal Society, resulting in a 2010 Supreme Court decision in favor of Hastings. InterVarsity itself has previously faced a number of challenges at a number of institutions such as Vanderbilt, SUNY Buffalo, and others.In several of these decisions,…
  • Weekend Reads: Old Testament exposition
    Caleb Nelson
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament By David Murray Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament  (Thomas Nelson, 2013) does what one would expect, and does it much better than one would expect. In other words, author David Murray doesn’t offer one way of leading Christ out of the text and nine ways of reading Him into it. All 10 ways are what scholars call “hermeneutically valid.” They help the
  • Israelis and Palestinians working for peace ...

    Brian McLaren EMC
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    Learn about the power of attention, distraction, and nonviolence here:
  • Grateful.

    Brian McLaren EMC
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    “No one can obtain felicity by pursuit. This explains why one of the elements of being happy is the feeling that a debt of gratitude is owed, a debt impossible to pay. Now, we do not owe gratitude to ourselves. To be conscious of gratitude is to acknowledge a gift.” ― Josef Pieper, Happiness and Contemplation Years ago, a friend introduced me to the writings of Catholic philosopher Josef Pieper. One of Pieper's themes was the relationship between happiness, gratitude, and contemplation. This week I'd like to share some of my favorite quotes from Pieper on these and related subjects.
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  • Dollars and Sense: The markets are singing ‘Happy Days,’ should we?

    Warren Cole Smith
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    The Fed speaks. As happens periodically, all eyes were on the Federal Reserve last week. The markets have been marking time for the past few weeks, in part waiting for the Fed to meet, which it did on Tuesday and Wednesday. Specifically, traders were waiting for news of a change in the Fed policy on interest rates. The Fed gave the markets the news they hoped for: Interest rates will remain where they are—essentially 0 percent—for the foreseeable future. The exact words the Fed used
  • Blogging toward humility

    Marvin Olasky
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Folks still speak of “the blogosphere,” but it no longer is one sphere (if it ever was). Many readers have feeds of their favorite blogs, and that’s true of the religious realms as well. The 1994 document “Evangelicals and Catholics Together” is now 20 years old, but in blogging, evangelicals and Catholics tend to be far apart. And so, as a public service, I hereby introduce evangelicals to the best-written Catholic blog I’ve seen: The Anchoress. It comes from the mind and
  • Weekend Reads: Old Testament exposition

    Caleb Nelson
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament By David Murray Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament  (Thomas Nelson, 2013) does what one would expect, and does it much better than one would expect. In other words, author David Murray doesn’t offer one way of leading Christ out of the text and nine ways of reading Him into it. All 10 ways are what scholars call “hermeneutically valid.” They help the
  • Online ammo stores sued by parents of Aurora shooting victim

    Michael Cochrane
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The websites that supplied Aurora, Colo. shooter James Holmes with ammunition, body armor, and tear gas were named as defendants in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence on behalf of one of the victim’s parents. The lawsuit alleges the websites were negligent in supplying Holmes with much of the equipment he used to kill 12 people and wound more than 58 others in an Aurora movie theater on July 20, 2012. “A crazed, homicidal killer should not be able to
  • China’s abortion regime

    June Cheng
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    And the heroes fighting it—a street-level look translated into the Chinese language
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    A Holy Experience

  • When Everything’s Pressing in & You Would Like Some Answers

    Ann Voskamp
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    {As us farm girls head out across the ocean (stay tuned this week for the adventures our little trip? #FarmGirlsin ??) … our heart bursting with just this: ) I sat across from a woman who just kept looking up at the ceiling to keep herself from falling apart. Looked at the ceiling like she was looking for answers from somewhere on high. Looked at the ceiling and told me that she loved God and she hated God and right now was best of times and the worst of times and — that’s when she dropped her eyes hard like a gavel and half-demanded an answer— and why does God…
  • How to Not Miss Out on Really Living [New Book : New Blog Design : Next 10 yrs Blogging]

    Ann Voskamp
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    [If reading via email or RSS feed, come on over to see the new blog design to celebrate 10 (!) years of blogging... ] It’s crazy how that goes — Sometimes you don’t know you’re walking through a door until you find yourself inside. Sometimes you don’t know how it happens like that: Days can be like red-eye all nighters, but the years go by in blinks.  And you turn around and it’s all the mirage of memory, and you hurt a bit for just a bit more time. How can the kids know how you ridiculously want to speed through the hard parts and slow down all the happy…
  • How to See God in Midst of Brokenness

    Ann Voskamp
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    He points a finger at me, shakes it like a wand, like a prayer, like shaking me awake. “I need to talk with you.” Gordon’s on his tiptoes, looking for me through the lunch crowd, punctuating each word high in the air with his left pointer finger. “I’ve got a question for you.” He’s stabbing the air. I feel poked in the chest, pushed up against the back of my chair. I reach for water, something to wet a thick, scratchy throat. A question? What kind of question? Why ask me a question? How can he ask anything of me — and think he’d get anything worthwhile? I live in the curve…
  • How To Not Miss Out On Your Real Life Calling

    Ann Voskamp
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    When they cut the three right open and start pulling out the inner guts, there isn’t a sound in the room. They’re focused and silent and pulling at strings and ripping away at things and I wonder if I am doing any of this ridiculous thing right? Not the pumpkins, the squash — I could care less how we hack these three squash up. It’s the kids, this year, my life. I keep losing the keys and time and bits of my stringy mind and it’s hard to keep company with Jesus when you are losing your sanctification over piles of shoe rubble heaped at the back door. Unanswered…
  • How to Help Our Daughters Through Losses

    Ann Voskamp
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Our daughters make this holy journey into womanhood whether we prepare them for it or not. And they will likely feel losses — lose friends, favorite aunts, fathers and mothers along the way. How do we help them process what they’ve lost as they are trying to find the way into this new skin of womanhood? My South African word sister, Lisa-Jo Baker, opens up her story of growing up from the motherless daughter into the motherless mother in her new book, Surprised by Motherhood, a love letter of hope to all the daughters who are trying to make sense of a world of losses. A grace to…
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    Stuff Christians Like

  • Bro-ears

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Today is a great guest post from Gabriel Lytle! Check him out on Twitter too @gaberuski!) I’ve spied shell necklaces under a collar. I’ve seen “Ice” swaying about one’s tank. I even once witnessed pants touching the ground, But there’s a new sheriff in town: In-ear monitors In-ear monitors (aka “ears”) are high-tech earphones typically molded to fit snug inside your ear. You know, something a musician uses while performing. I’m enjoying my job as a snobby barista, making lattes and denying room-for-cream, when suddenly a local worship…
  • When God goes full circle.

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Six years ago, Jenny and I lived in Alpharetta, GA. We had a small house with green carpet and a purple bedroom that I called “Purple Rain.” The older woman before us who had owned it had what I believe interior designer’s call “Thomas Kinkade Palette.” We had young kids that were in that intense age where it’s impossible to leave the house, you destroy restaurants when you show up and you get roughly 92 minutes of uninterrupted sleep at night. In many ways we were in the survival years, but in others we were just starting to dream. Every few weeks, we would drive to a planned…
  • How to write an amazing Christian passive aggressive note.

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:29 am
    Someone sent me a picture of a sign they saw in a church. It is perhaps the greatest Christian passive aggressive note I have ever seen in my life. Since we Christians are so into “teachable moments” I thought I might be able to redeem this but turning it into a teaching tool. Let’s do life together. We’re in a season. We should sit in circles not rows! Sorry, I get a little carried away when I start down the path of the ole Christian conversation. Here is how to write an amazing Christian passive aggressive note. 1. CAPS. YOU GOTTA GO WITH CAPS. You know who loves lower case? The…
  • My new favorite license plate.

    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.

    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…
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    Acton Institute

  • Chelsen Vicari on the Religious Left

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Radio Free Acton On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Sarah Stanley speaks with Chelsen Vicari, Evangelical Program Director at the Institute on Religion and Democracy, about her new book Distortion: How the New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging the Faith. Soundcloud: 
  • Our Sentimental Humanitarian Age

    Acton Web
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    by Samuel Gregg I always thought it would be difficult to imagine a period in which the West would be more adrift than the 1970s. Being a child at the time, I was spared consciousness of most of that miserable decade. Thus far, however, the second decade of the 2000s seems likely to give the 10 years that spawned Watergate, stagflation, the Carter presidency, the Oil Crisis, Idi Amin, the Baader-Meinhof Gang, Jim Jones, Pol Pot, the Red Brigades, and the Iranian Revolution (to name just a few of the star attractions) a serious run for its money as a byword for Western decline. You might also…
  • July / August 2014 Notes

    Acton Web
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Ron Blue on Biblical Financial Management Ron Blue, who has helped Christians to be better stewards of their resources for decades, spoke to 80 guests at the Acton Institute headquarters in Grand Rapids, Mich. The event took place on August 26 and was titled "Persistent Generosity." Blue is the founder of Ronald Blue & Co., LLC. Article read more
  • President's Message

    Acton Web
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    A bright spot for me during Acton University 2014 was the addition of music to our evenings. Amanda Vernon, a local musician, entertained us one evening then gave a lovely musical benediction the next. She had been touring the United States prior to Acton University, but was back in town in time to join us. President's Message read more
  • Saving the First Freedom: Religious Liberty in the Age of Big Government - Live via Satellite

    Acton Web
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Schedule Doors Open--11:30am Live Streaming Begins--12pm Lecture 1 (30 mins) Cardinal Robert Sarah Lecture 2 (30 mins) Dr. Jay W. Richards (30 mins) For more information regarding this event, please email Sarah Stanley at or call 616.454.3080. Event Date:  November 10, 2014 - 12:00pm1:30pm Location:   Acton Institute 98 E. Fulton Street Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Street parking is available. There are also paid parking lots nearby. Please enter building off of Sheldon Blvd. Pricing $15 individual registration; $10 students. Lunch included. Register Now Throughout…
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    Radio Free Acton

  • Chelsen Vicari on the Religious Left

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Radio Free Acton On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Sarah Stanley speaks with Chelsen Vicari, Evangelical Program Director at the Institute on Religion and Democracy, about her new book Distortion: How the New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging the Faith. Soundcloud: 
  • Os Guinness with Father Robert Sirico on The West's Augustinian Moment

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    Radio Free Acton As we head into the fall of 2014, the world seems in many ways to be a very dark and dangerous place. Between the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria (and the resulting slaughter and displacement of Christians in the middle east) and the relentless advance of secularism in the West, many Christians are wondering how Christianity can advance in our modern world. In this edition of Radio Free Acton, Acton Institute Co-Founder and President Rev. Robert A. Sirico talks on this topic with Os Guinness, public intellectual and author most recently of Reniassance: The Power of the Gospel…
  • David Bromwich on Edmund Burke, Part Two

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    Radio Free Acton On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Michael Matheson Miller - Research Fellow at the Acton Institute - continues his interview with Yale's Sterling Professor of English David Bromwich on his new book, "The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke." This week's podcast is part 2 of the interview; part 1 can be found in the prior edition of Radio Free Acton. Soundcloud: 
  • David Bromwich on Edmund Burke, Part One

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    Radio Free Acton On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Michael Matheson Miller - Research Fellow at the Acton Institute - interviews Yale's Sterling Professor of English David Bromwich on his new book, "The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke." This week's podcast is part 1 of the interview; part 2 will be forthcoming in the next edition of Radio Free Acton. Soundcloud: 
  • Herman Selderhuis on Refo500

    6 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Radio Free Acton 2017 will mark the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of his 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg Castle Church, the event that would eventually lead to what we now know as the Protestant Reformation. In anticipation of this very significant anniversary, churches, seminaries, colleges, and many other organizations have begun the process of examining the events leading up to and flowing out from the reformations of that time, and a great deal of those organizations have joined together to form Refo500, which describes itself as "the international…
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    Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Sermon-Cast

  • Start Again: Life on Mission

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    This weekend, Nancy concludes the "Start Again" series with a message on how our faith can be lived out by serving our communities and spreading the gospel.Featured Scripture:Gen. 2:10; John 7:38; Joshua 7:35; Deut. 15:7-8, 10; Acts 2:42-47 Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • The Search for Happy: "What's Better Than the Happy Life?"

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    This weekend, our senior pastor John Ortberg is kicking off a new series, The Search for Happy. Everyone is looking for "Happy," but what is it we're really looking for, and how do we find it?Featured Scripture:Philippians 1:1-8; Ephesians 1:1; 1 Timothy 1:1; 2 Corinthians 1:1; Philippians 1:1; Philippians 2:5ff; Acts 16:25; Psalm 30:5; Philippians 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 13:5; Philippians 1:1; John 15:11; Hewbrews 12:2Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • The Search for Happy: "Four Ways to Make Your Life Miserable"

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    This weekend, our senior pastor John Ortberg continues the series, "The Search for Happy," with a message on how we can be joyful no matter what our circumstances are like because "joy is not a feeling of happiness based on what happens" but because "it is the only rational response to the resurrection of the Redeemer."Featured Scripture:Philippians 1:12-26; Hebrews 3:13Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • The Search for Happy: "The Shocking Secret Happy People Learn"

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    This weekend, Senior Pastor John Ortberg continues the series, "The Search for Happy," with a message on the common misunderstanding that we'd find joy in achieving status and at the top of the social ladder but that it's found as we descend with Christ to the bottom -- at the Cross.Featured Scripture:Luke 15:10; Philippians 3:1, 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:16; Nehemiah 8:10; Philippians 2:1-11; Galatians 2:20Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Start Again: Life Together

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:14 pm
    This weekend Charley continues the "Start Again" series with an invitation to Jesus' grand vision of community and "doing life together."Featured Scripture:John 13:34-35, Matt. 28:16-20, Matt. 22:36-40Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
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    Brian McLaren EMC

  • Patience.
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    “Patience is not the indiscriminate acceptance of any sort of evil: "It is not the one who does not flee from evil who is patient but rather the one who does not let himself thereby be drawn into disordered sadness." To be patient means not to allow the serenity and discernmet of one's soul to be taken away. Patience, then, is not the tear-streaked mirror of a "broken" life (as one might almost think, to judge from what is frequently shown and praised under this term) but rather is the radiant essence of final freedom from harm. Patience is, as Hildegard of Bingen states, "the pillar that…
  • Grateful.
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    “No one can obtain felicity by pursuit. This explains why one of the elements of being happy is the feeling that a debt of gratitude is owed, a debt impossible to pay. Now, we do not owe gratitude to ourselves. To be conscious of gratitude is to acknowledge a gift.” ― Josef Pieper, Happiness and Contemplation Years ago, a friend introduced me to the writings of Catholic philosopher Josef Pieper. One of Pieper's themes was the relationship between happiness, gratitude, and contemplation. This week I'd like to share some of my favorite quotes from Pieper on these and related subjects.
  • A good conversation gains momentum ...
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    I wrote a note recently to Andrew Walker, the Director of Policy Studies for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He was gracious enough to reply. Here are a few thoughts in response to his letter: First, Andrew, I know you're very busy and I appreciate you taking the time to reply. A few things you said invite a response from me. I'm sorry this isn't more brief, and I don't expect you to respond. You said: Unfortunately, though, “conversation” as you often construe it, is simply a pretext and power play designed for endless speculation that never…
  • Q & R: insiders and outsiders in 1 Thessalonians
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Here's the Q: I recently read A New Kind of Christianity, and was quite impressed. God has been gradually changing my understanding of much of the Christian message, and it's been exciting for someone brought up as a fairly traditional Wesleyan. I had already moved somewhat away from my roots when I became part of the Charismatic stream of things. For several years we have been attending an Assembly of God church and I have been teaching the adult Sunday School class. Because of my Wesleyan background and the more adventurous ways God is leading me in recent years with regards to salvation…
  • Israelis and Palestinians working for peace ...
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    Learn about the power of attention, distraction, and nonviolence here:
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  • Still Standing in Iraq: Ministry Asks for Prayer for Iraqi Church Leaders

    Larry Hoop
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    IRAQ (ANS) – According to a posting on the Operation Mobilization (OM) website by disaster response specialist Dakota Daemyn (not his real name), a weary Pastor Rashad (not his real name), talked to the OM team in his office in northern Iraq. Daemyn said inside the office, a quiet air conditioner made the room much more comfortable than the corridor outside, where several people hung out. Guests of the church filled the rooms and floors night after night. Daemyn said, “They are guests because they no longer have a place to call home, having been chased from their cities and their…
  • Artists as Agents of Hope

    Zoe Erler
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    For Gina Hurry, founder and co-director of InSpero in Birmingham, Ala., arts ministry was not simply an idea for another church program, nor was it something she copied from another artist, city, or church. Rather, she said, it was something God birthed in her heart and the hearts of those collaborating with her. InSpero, whose name reflects a combination of two Latin words meaning hope and inspire, is a ministry that offers monthly artist gatherings, retreats, workshops, special speakers, and soul care for creatives — a term Hurry uses to include visual artists, musicians, dancers,…
  • Covenant College Faculty Members Edit and Author Booklet Series

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    On July 9, 2014, P&R Publishing released the first four booklets in a series on faithful learning. Edited by Dr. Jay Green, Covenant College history professor, the “Faithful Learning” series explores various academic disciplines from a Christian perspective. In addition to providing insight on how Christianity shapes scholarship, the booklets ask readers to think about how work in the academic field can help form their faith. “Traditionally we think of how our faith informs our work as scholars,” said Green. “In this case, rather than merely being concerned with a Christian…
  • Will InterVarsity Losing Cal State Standoff Be Tipping Point for Campus Ministries Nationwide?

    Larry Hoop
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Despite a year’s worth of persuasion and a New York Times article that sparked widespead support this summer, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has lost campus access in America’s largest university system because it requires student leaders to affirm Christian doctrines. California State University has told the campus ministry that “no exemption can be made” to a new non-discrimination policy that requires leadership positions be open to all students, InterVarsity announced in a monthly prayer letter. Now 23 student chapters are no longer recognized by their universities as…
  • Insider Movements Report Has Broad Implications

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    After three years, the Study Committee on Insider Movements (SCIM) has completed its work. The 42nd General Assembly approved the recommendation to make “A Call to Faithful Witness, Part Two: Theology, Gospel Missions, and Insider Movements” available to presbyteries, sessions, and missions committees, and to recommend it for their study. The initial segment of their report, “Part One — Like Father, Like Son: Divine Familial Language in the Bible Translation,” was recommended by the 40th General Assembly. By a narrow margin, the 41st General Assembly initially considered a minority…
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    From the CCblogs Network

  • So, a United Methodist and a Jew go to Appalachia . . .

    Deborah Lewis
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The first day of our spring break trip I noticed how Christian-centric my Facebook feed is. Relaxing after the first achy work day, waiting for dinner, we’d only have one group conversation at that point, but already I was seeing things a little differently. read more
  • The tattooed pastor

    Jeff Nelson
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I got my fourth tattoo recently.The typical person wouldn't know I had any, let alone four. The only ways people find out is if I or somebody else tells them, or if there's some occasion that calls for no sleeves or shirt. I don't really hide them, but I don't really broadcast them either. read more
  • 4 things that perfection costs us

    Elizabeth Hagan
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Several years ago I heard a TV special in which actress Jane Fonda said this about life: “We are not meant to be perfect. We are meant to be whole.”Hearing it was one of those stop-me-in-my-tracks kind of moments. What truth! read more
  • A lesson on resilience

    L. Gail Irwin
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    My daughter has a pet plant, Vivaldi. He’s a succulent, and a nice, bushy one, too. But it wasn’t always that way for Vivaldi. When she first brought him home from the nursery, she was given special soil and instructions to “be careful not to overwater a succulent.” read more
  • A canopy of grace

    David Williams
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As the Poolesville Community Garden winds down its first year of operation, it's been great seeing the church and our partnership with local businesses, Poolesville Green, and the town of Poolesville, Maryland, thrive. It's exciting, and a blessing, because gardens are a wonderful, amazing way to be fed. read more
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    The Christian Post

  • Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Iggy Azalea: Why Are More Women in Hip-Hop Simulating Sex to Sell Music?

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    Nicki Minaj recently set tongues wagging following the release of her sexually explicit "Anaconda" music video and amongst the chatter of fans and critics begs the question: why are so many women in hip-hop using sex to sell records?
  • Samsung Gear 2 Neo Features and Specs Revealed

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    Smartwatches aren't unheard of, and before the unveiling of the Apple Watch or the hype of the Motorola Moto 360, Samsung had already been putting out wearable devices way ahead of its competitors. One of their most recent and well-received smartwatch is the Gear 2 Neo, which is a step up from the Gear 2.
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Debuts to Great Ratings and Reviews

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    The Surface Pro 3 is a laptop produced by Microsoft and is seen as a fully-fledged laptop instead of a tablet like its predecessors the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2. The device has already been released Jun. 20 earlier this year and has mostly been well-received with good reviews and ratings.
  • 'Into the Woods' Premieres Dec. 25, Disney Retains Musical's Original Character Names

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    Disney is set to premiere their first adaptation of a Broadway musical, "Into the Woods" which will scheduled to hit the screens on Dec. 25 later this year. The film was adapted from a Tony award-winning musical of the same name, which was written by Stephen Sondheim and based on a book by James Lapine.
  • 'NCIS' Season 12 Spoilers: Newcomer Invited to Team by Gibbs?

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    While the "NCIS" is yet to air, spoilers are still hanging about on the Internet. One such detail that's expected for Season 12 of the show reveals that Leroy Jethro Gibbs is welcoming someone new, just as things appear to look more romantic between Anthony DiNozzo and Leia Pendergrast. It would seem that the newcomer is Ellie Bishop and was invited by Gibbs.
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    Business Blessings

  • Financial Fitness Pack Now Available

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    Business Blessings is pleased to announce that we are now working with Life Leadership to provide you access to some amazing personal financial teaching. The Financial Fitness Pack teaches the principles behind the Offense, Defense, and Playing Field of personal finance. With a basic understanding of these three areas, which are rarely taught together as a whole, anyone can learn to prosper, conserve, and multiply the fruits of his or her labor. Economic affairs do not have to be boring or stressful. Have fun learning how to take charge of your money and be fiscally fabulous! The Financial…
  • Help! I Can’t forgive that Person

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH FORGIVING SOMEONE FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO YOU? You know you should forgive, but it just doesn’t seem to be working. You know you need help. You have been searching for the answers but have not found them yet. The reality is, the world is full of people. Unfortunately, where there are people, there will also be relationship issues. This is nothing new. It’s been around almost since time began. Adam blamed Eve for eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Later, the first brothers, Cain and Abel, clashed. We can go right down through history to this present…
  • 10 Things the Church can learn from the Federal Budget

    19 May 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Last week’s Federal Budget has caused quite a stir in Australia.  Some newspapers are reporting that it is the toughest budget in 20+ years. There is no doubt that the budget is going to affect many people’s lives.  As a Father of four who knows what it is to juggle the families finances to make ends meet I know it is going to hit us and could possibly hit us hard.  For single parents, those under 30 who find themselves out of work and those just barely surviving on the pension will be hit particularly hard. While the government is seeking to provide skills to people to better…
  • Alice’s Challenge

    2 Oct 2013 | 3:44 am
    There are times in most people’s lives, when trying to cope with everything just seems too difficult. It is how we face up to life’s challenges that defines who we are. I recently spoke to one diminutive lady who has used the power of prayer to rise above the massive challenges in her life. While the breeze gently ruffled the lace curtains, I sat in Alice’s Lane’s kitchen to hear her inspirational story. As a young woman rearing a family on her own, Alice was able to manage daily necessities on the pension; but it weighed on her heart that she was unable to pay outstanding debts. One…
  • Ruth: an amazing story of provision!

    2 May 2013 | 4:33 pm
    I know that many people love the book of Ruth and I do to.  It is a story that so often gets referred to in weddings with the theme of wherever you go I will go.  Which is very impacting, however today I would like to look at the fact that Ruth is also a great story of provision and a great testament to how God brings us back into our full destiny. The book of Ruth starts of with the fact that there was a famine in the land, the land given to the children of Israel as a place of provision for them.  In fact it says that Elimelech and his wife Naomi and their two sons were Ephrathites.  It…
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  • Cardinal Dolan and the St. Patrick's Day Parade

    Paul Moses
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Back when I was covering the religion beat at New York Newsday in 1992, I interviewed various theologians on the question of whether anything in Catholic teaching required that a group called the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization be barred from marching under its own banner in New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade. The views I heard were diverse. One of the theologians, Father Avery Dulles, reached at his desk at Fordham University, told me he hadn't made up his mind. "It really depends. If it is a religious event, you kind of go in one direction," he said. "If it is a manifestation of civil…
  • Why Obama's strategy won't work

    Margaret O'Brien Steinfels
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Two pieces (somewhat long) lay out the reasons 1. there will be no grand coalition gathered against ISIS and 2. the competing goals of the relevant Middle Eastern nations.
  • Blase Cupich to be next archbishop of Chicago. (UPDATED)

    Grant Gallicho
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Atlanta -- Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Washington, will succeed Cardinal Francis George as archbishop of Chicago. His installation Mass will be held on November 18. The Associated Press broke the story Friday night, and was quickly followed by other outlets. Vatican Radio confirmed the appointment early Saturday morning. On Friday evening, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced it would hold a press conference on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Central. The appointment of George's successor was widely considered to be Pope Francis’s most significant decision for the church in the United States. The…
  • Graham Greene's (Catholic) hopes for Charlie Chaplin

    Dominic Preziosi
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    In marking one hundred years of publication, the New Republic is featuring a number of its most memorable articles and this week has uncovered what it calls one of “the wackiest things” in its archives: A 1952 open letter from Graham Greene to Charlie Chaplin, penned three weeks after Chaplin’s return to England amid allegations by Senator Joseph McCarthy and the FBI of communism and the revocation of his visa by the attorney general. Greene expressed hope that at least one group in the U.S., and perhaps a certain publication now celebrating its ninetieth anniversary, might publicly…
  • Abortion coverage on the health-care exchanges: still a fine mess.

    Grant Gallicho
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    Several health-insurance companies across ten states are not in compliance with the Affordable Care Act when it comes to handling elective abortion coverage, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The investigation, which was requested last winter by several members of the U.S. House of Representatives—including Speaker John Boehner—did not set out to measure whether insurance companies were following the law. Rather, it was intended to discover which health plans on the exchanges cover elective abortion, how they charge for that coverage, and how enrollees…
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • What to Expect from Your Child’s Letters

    Susan Sayler
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Working in the Compassion USA Contact Center, I get the opportunity to help answer the questions of Compassion sponsors over the phone, via email, or online about their sponsored children. And often there are questions about the letters sponsors receive from their children. Building a relationship through letter writing is one of the most important things you can do to offer hope to the child you sponsor. So here are a few of the questions I get from time to time. Hopefully, they’ll help you know a little about what to expect from your child’s letters while you are building that fruitful…
  • Not Too Soon for Christmas

    Yvonne Reynolds
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    With two December birthdays in our family (and one of those birthdays being mine!) we have a tradition of waiting until my daughter’s birthday to put up our Christmas tree. We decorate our tree with lots of special ornaments we have made or collected over the years. So what does a Christmas celebration look like for our sponsored children? Do they have special Christmas traditions in their families? Do they decorate their homes with Christmas decorations? Do they attend special Christmas services at their churches? Over the years, Lina has shared with me that her family has enjoyed a…
  • Can We Defeat Poverty? (Infographic)

    Web Team
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Recent studies tell an incredibly positive story of progress against extreme poverty around the world. We now have decades of peer-reviewed research supporting the fact that we are making significant strides in combating the issue, but we’re finding out that people simply don’t know. People still believe the myth that the problem is too big and the solution is too small. But it’s not true!   We have hope that we can see the end of extreme poverty in our lifetime. We are motivated to keep forging a path toward its demise. We have the guts to get our hands dirty to do the work that…
  • How to Write Your Sponsored Child from Your Phone

    Eryn Carman
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    You’ve been snapping a bucket load of pictures of your kids as they head back to school. Standing on your front porch. In front of the bus. By the flagpole. They’re beginning their new yearly adventure and it’s a tradition to chronicle it. It’s also a great opportunity to share your world with the child you sponsor. Right after you take that adorable photo of your little one, you can send it off in a letter to your child across the world … right from your phone! It’s easy! Here’s how to write your child from your phone: 1. Open a web browser on your…
  • The Power of Storytelling

    Nestor Reynoza
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Storytelling is a powerful tool. From the ancient Greeks to contemporary writers, we have all used stories — especially the compilation of stories we find in the Bible. Jesus Himself used stories to teach the truth about the kingdom of God to people while He was on earth. The power of storytelling was recently exercised in the minds of 221 children in Compassion through the “Tell a Story” contest. The story of Sara Rivas (both her written story and the story she lived) is a small sample of the great treasures hidden in the children who receive support through Compassion in El Salvador.
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    Big Is The New Small

  • Are You Choosing Excellence?

    Scott Williams
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    Excellence – (noun) [ek-suh-luhns] The fact or state of excelling. Often times Excellence is viewed as this moving, high-level target that only a select group of fortuitous individuals can achieve. Excellence is simply a choice, it’s choice to: study more, practice longer, take that extra step in customer service, spend the necessary time with your children, making sure the restroom in your place of business is spic and span, to say “My Pleasure” instead of saying “Pull around to the second window…” Excellence is a choice to care more than most think…
  • Why Apple Has The Best Business Strategy On The Planet – iPhone 6

    Scott Williams
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Let me start off by confessing that I’m an Apple fan, I’m part of the Apple tribe, I love what Apple does and how they do it. With that being said I always have some interesting debates with my Android and “Other Device” friends. It always ends with them talking about their improvements, their advancements, their sexy product commercials and how Apple is behind the times. My response is generally something like, “So what, your product really doesn’t matter and no one really cares.” Don’t get me wrong as an Apple fan, at times I find myself…
  • Walls Fall Down An Awesome New Book by Dudley Rutherford

    Scott Williams
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    Using The Battle Of Jericho, Pastor Dudley Rutherford outlines 7 Keys to facing and winning those impossible battles in life. You can see the coach inside of Pastor Dudley coming out in this book. Imagine a coach pointing you to the secret playbook to helping you overcome any obstacle you are facing. That playbook is revealed through one of the most extraordinary victories ever recorded—the battle of Jericho. Whatever walls you may be up against, you don’t have to stay stuck behind them, get over them and get through them. This book will help you do just that. This book is inspiring,…
  • Leaked Video of New iPhone 6

    Scott Williams
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    Leaked Video of New iPhone 6. Leaked Video of New iPhone 6 is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • Why You Should Be A Nurturing Leader

    Scott Williams
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    When people hear the word “nurturing” they tend to think of “mothering.” Their minds go to positive places, delightful places and encouraging places. When people hear the words “Nurturing Leader” their minds may go to a totally different place and think of a leader who is: soft, too nice, a mother figure and a push over. Lets start by defining nurturing and jump into what being a nurturing leader is all about: nur·ture [nur-cher] verb, nur·tured, nur·tur·ing. 1. to feed and protect: to support and encourage, as during the period of training or…
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    Desiring God Blog

  • The Big God in Your Small Group

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    What do you want from your small group this fall? You might be hoping for more effective ministry to friends and neighbors. God, how can we see more people meet Jesus? You might be excited to study more of the Bible together. God, show us more of yourself in your word. Maybe there are some really hard things happening in your lives, and you just hope everyone survives and keeps believing. God, how are we going to make it through this? There might be patterns of sin in you or others that you want to see torn down and replaced with healthy habits of faith, love, and purity. God, we want to be…
  • Are You Leeching the Local Church?

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    When I was a teen, I bought into the very fashionable assumption that the local church would only cramp my style and put a barrier to “authentic spirituality.” I stopped attending for a while until I got wind of a hip, cool church across town that was full of attractive, young, relevant people. The music was great, the preaching was edgy, and the atmosphere was exciting. For months, I drove all the way across town, nearly an hour each way, to attend services at the church that “got it.” It was a booming place, with six fully packed services each weekend. And if I arrived late, I was…
  • Joy Designed

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Left to ourselves, we are stuck in the mud of our total depravity — the centripetal wrapping of our affections around ourselves. We turn away from God for our joy, and choke ourselves with the slavery of self-glory. Like hot ocean water spinning off hurricanes of hostility into the world, our depravity spawns lies against one another, bitter envy, heated relational breakdowns, wicked acts of terror, and world wars. The big question is whether God will simply stand back and let all this depravity devolve into deeper and deeper chaos? Will he simply wash creation with a flood and flush man…
  • Lay Aside the Weight of Irritability

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Sunday morning. The Bloom family is bustling to the van for church and a debate arises between two or three about who’s going to sit where. We’re cutting it close for time as it is. Out of my mouth come firm words in a sharp tone, “Stop the bickering! Get in and sit down!” Saturday, early afternoon. The Saturday family chore list is still long and my anxiety rises when I think that we won’t get done what needs to get done. I move into sergeant mode and start barking brusque orders. Things get done but the family tone has turned surly. Weekday night, about 9pm. I enter a children’s…
  • Precious Lessons of Rebuke

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Last spring I spoke flippant words and those words hurt someone in the church. And although we talked about it openly and everything was made right, a weird remnant of insecurity hung over my interactions with others. God reminded me that the healthy criticism of rebuke is a good and necessary thing, but good rebuke goes deep (Proverbs 17:10). And nobody likes disappointing people. Inwardly I wrestled with the emotional fallout, and I wished God had protected me from speaking the words in the first place. I simply could not let it go, replaying the situation over and over in my mind. Even as…
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    Emergent Village

  • Heating the Pond

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    As the darker nights draw in, it’s important to make sure that you have the right heating system in your garden pond. After a summer spent cultivating and tending to your fish and plants, a cold winter can spoil the healthiest pond, costing you time and money. In the summer months, plants provide essential oxygen for fish, but as the weather changes and plants die off, the rotting waste releases toxic gasses. Add to this fish waste and other decaying matter and a lethal blend is created. If allowed to freeze over, the fumes can’t escape and can suffocate and poison fish. The purpose of a…
  • Increase the Value of Your Property with a Homemade Rock Fountain

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:49 pm
    We’ve given you advice on ways to update your garden in the past, but today we’re going to give you the first steps to building your own rock fountain that will wow your friends and family. While this can provide the perfect place for Zen relaxation, landscaping features can also add to the value of your property. What might seem daunting at first should take just a few days to complete so follow our tips and you’ll be creating a beautiful focal point for your garden in no time. Picking Your Spot While you’ll want the location of your fountain to be aesthetically pleasing, you also…
  • 5 Essential Home and Garden Security Tips

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    We love and cherish our homes whether it’s a small one-bedroom flat as our first proper home after moving out, a cottage, small semi-detached property or luxury mansion in the country and we all want them to look their best and impress any family and friends who come to visit. The problem that we all have, especially when we have our own gardens, is keeping our property secure. We can spend hundreds, even thousands upgrading our homes and gardens into something we truly love, places we want to spend time in and show off whenever we can; but this only encourages thieves and vandals to take…
  • What makes oak so good for furniture?

    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

    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…
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    Ethics & Public Policy Center

  • Memorial to Waste

    Mona Charen
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    The farcical attempt to build an Eisenhower memorial in Washington has been an insult to the memory of an American hero. The post Memorial to Waste appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • A Healing Illness

    Peter Wehner
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Bret Baier's book offers a story of joy and perseverance in the face of unexpected trials. The post A Healing Illness appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Oneself in Others

    James Bowman
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    A memoir on the reading of Middlemarch offers some worthwhile observations, but not much in the way of original wisdom. The post Oneself in Others appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Getting There

    James C. Capretta
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Obamacare—or at least the version of it that the president and his advisers currently think they can get away with putting into place—has been upending arrangements and reshuffling the deck in the health system since the beginning of the year. That’s when the new insurance rules, subsidies, and optional state Medicaid expansions went into effect. The law’s defenders say the changes that have been set in motion are irreversible, in large part because several million people are now covered by insurance plans sold through the exchanges, and a few million more are enrolled in Medicaid as…
  • Miracle at Philadelphia

    Peter Wehner
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    On this day in 1787, delegates to the Federal Convention voted to approve a new Constitution, which was submitted to the states for ratification (which occurred on June 21, 1788). How this event came to pass is among the most extraordinary stories in human history. “It appears to me, then, little short of a miracle,” Washington wrote to Lafayette on February 7, 1788, “that the Delegates from so many different States (which States you know are also different from each other), in their manners, circumstances, and prejudices, should unite in forming a system of national Government, so…
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  • Uphold Doctrine, Avoid Discrimination

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Earlier this month, the California State University system decided to stop recognizing InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as a campus organization. This was far from being the first time that a campus ministry has faced such a challenge. Perhaps most famously, several years ago Hastings College of the Law withdrew recognition from the Christian Legal Society, resulting in a 2010 Supreme Court decision in favor of Hastings. InterVarsity itself has previously faced a number of challenges at a number of institutions such as Vanderbilt, SUNY Buffalo, and others.In several of these decisions,…
  • Standing Against the Human “Dignity Deniers”

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    God may not be dead, but considering the imago Dei in philosophical discourse and public policy certainly is. Not only that, but the rational reasons for acknowledging the exceptional dignity of humans are wrongly denigrated as merely reflecting our religious past in which rigid moralism supposedly trumped reason. Today’s dominant cultural voices argue that an individual’s moral worth should be predicated upon his or her individual capacities of the moment. This view is most acutely expressed in bioethics, the field that wields tremendous influence over health-care public policies…
  • #WeAreN

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:35 pm
    As a kid growing up in Evangelical churches, I would occasionally hear about the ultimate in Christian travel—the Holy Land tour. And the tour would be followed up some months later by a slide show showing where its members had gone. The slides featured ancient stone buildings, panoramic views of Jerusalem, and sunglass-wearing Americans standing atop of the Mount of Olives with the golden Dome of the Rock in the background. But I don’t remember anyone ever talking about the Christians living there. There were pictures of churches, sure, but did anyone actually go to church…
  • A False Choice

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The performance of populist parties in Europe should be a warning for American conservatives. Those European parties (while they often vary greatly from one country to another) are consistently winning the votes of working-class white voters who feel abandoned by the political class. Similar forces are at work in America. The right can’t win (or can only win the narrowest and most fragile of victories) without them, so it must speak to them.One possible path for conservatives would be to try to become more welcoming and inclusive, in part by embracing comprehensive immigration…
  • Tocqueville in Arabia

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    Over the course of the last three hundred years, in broad swaths of the globe where Anglo-American and European thought has prevailed, history has been understood as the story of the advancement of human freedom. When there was debate, it was about what freedom meant and how freedom could be achieved. In the Anglo-American world, the larger concern was coercive power, and freedom was thought to be achievable through limited government and market commerce; elsewhere, the larger concern was scarcity and want, and freedom was thought to be achievable through greater state control of the economy…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Fight for Unity, or Don’t Fight at All: My Plea for Christians to Keep Your Opinions To Yourself

    Anne Marie Miller
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    When I was sixteen, my dad left the ministry. He did nothing wrong, but it was an ugly church-wide meeting full of Southern obstinacy. I saw men in our small church yelling at each other, accusing each other, accusing my father, accusing my mother, accusing the youth pastor. Some claims were insidious, others plan incredulous. I will never forget that Sunday in April. A fire rose inside me that rarely burns for much anymore. As shy as I am, as non-confrontational as I am, and – for that church – as female as I am, none of that mattered. I stood up, my whole body shaking and read verses…
  • 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.
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  • Meditation Monday – Beauty in Every Season

    Christine Sine
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    Time to reflect: Find a quiet place, if possible where you can see outside to the beauty of God’s world. If not, focus on the photo above or listen to the Youtube video below. Make yourself comfortable. Sit with your hands in your lap, palms up. Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths in and out(...)
  • Harvest Prayers and Resources for 2014

    Christine Sine
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    Yesterday Tom and I drove down from Portland Oregon to Eugene, past field after field of hay harvested and stacked. We also drove past fields of pumpkins ready for harvest. It made me realize that summer is indeed upon us, most of the harvest is in and we are storing up for winter. It reminded(...)
  • Leadership As Spiritual Direction

    Christine Sine
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    Yesterday’s post by Lynne Baab made me think about the whole concept of community, leadership and spiritual direction which is something that I am very interested in. A couple of years ago I was interviewed by a M Div student for her class on leadership. I told her that for me leadership was not a(...)
  • Hearing God’s Voice Communally by Lynne Baab

    Christine Sine
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:54 am
    Today’s post is by Lynne Baab who has encouraged me to focus on spiritual direction over the next few months. Talking about communal listening is a great place to start this. As Lynne says, individualism has too great an influence on our faith. Lynne M. Baab is the author of numerous books on spiritual practices.(...)
  • What Is Spiritual Direction? Insights from Margaret Guenther

    Christine Sine
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    The focus for the next few months on Godspace will be spiritual direction, a good preparation I think for the Advent season and Christmas. It is also a good follow on to the emphasis in the last few months on hospitality. What on earth is spiritual direction some of you may ask? The very idea for(...)
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  • Share Your Story: Best Books for Business

    Jennifer Dukes Lee
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    So first, a confession: This week's community link-up falls under the theme "Best Books for Business," but I am not an avid reader of business books. However, I’ve read plenty of books that have deeply influenced my work in the world. My work life has been greatly impacted by books that have helped me to prioritize, think differently about my writing life, and be grateful, even on the hard days. Books have helped me see that God cares deeply about my work, even when it is tedious. And other books have encouraged me to chase after God-sized dreams. And…
  • The Power of Storytelling: The Power of YOUR Story

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    She sits quietly in my office, hands folded nervously, tears streaming silently down her face. Her visit to meet me, a patient advocate for cancer patients, is not one she ever expected to make. I review her paperwork while she dabs at the tears, a tad embarrassed at her emotions overflowing onto her cheeks. She is young, married, in her 30s, working in a fulfilling job with wonderful co-workers, with two small children at home. Her diagnosis of stage IV metastatic breast cancer is not one with a lengthy prognosis, but today, that's not her primary concern. I determine she qualifies…
  • The Power of Storytelling: Marketplace Stories Set the Stage for God to Act

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    Our team is always looking for stories of God working in the lives of marketplace professionals. We all love missionary stories of how God penetrates hearts as the Gospel transforms lives, and sometimes whole cultures. We are now seeing the same kinds of stories in a different marketplace--a missional marketplace where each of us can find ourselves. Stories breathe life into the seemingly mundane nature of day-to-day work. Through stories, we discover, again and again, that there is nothing mundane or incidenta, about the order of things and how God weaves His purposes throughout our lives,…
  • The Power of Storytelling: He Wants to See You. Now.

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    The phone rang. Focused on the words on my computer screen, I absentmindedly picked up the phone. “He wants to see you.” “Now?” I asked. “Now.” I grabbed my suit coat (that’s what we wore in those days) and made a mad dash down my building’s back stairs to the tunnel that connected all of the buildings on our campus. I surfaced in the executive building, full of granite, art work and polished wood bathed in silence. In corporate communication circles , I occupied one of the high positions--the CEO’s speechwriter. I had written for CEOs before him, and I would write for CEOs…
  • The Power of Storytelling: When Numbers Become Stories

    kd sullivan
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    A dilapidated stove sits on the back porch, along with some broken furniture and a bag of tattered clothing. A volunteer and I knock on the paint peeled door, unsure of what to expect. Lock jiggling, we see a brown eye peering through the crack. “We are here from Love INC,” I say. The door opens quickly and a smile erupts as our hostess graciously invites us in. I try not to draw my breath in surprise. An immaculate flat with gleaming golden oak floors beams at us. Our friend introduces herself and her children. They also smile big and thank us for coming. They are sitting on the floor,…
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    Good Letters

  • The Demons That Possess Us

    Vic Sizemore
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:20 am
    When I graduated from Seattle Pacific’s MFA program, I was sorely disappointed to hear Greg Wolfe announce The Brothers Karamazov as the next common reading selection. Upon returning home from my final residency at Whidbey Island, I pulled Dostoyevsky’s great novel down from the shelf as my first post-graduation self-assigned reading. It was such a [Read More...]
  • Surrendering the Lead: An Observation from the Way of Saint James, Part 2

    Jan Vallone
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:32 am
    Continued from yesterday. On our seventh day walking El Camino de Santiago, my husband and I rose before dawn and departed O’Cebreiro, a Celtic mountaintop village with cobbled streets and numerous pallozas—round, stone houses with thatched roofs. We walked beneath the moon and stars, soon joining a group of eighteen young adults we’d met a [Read More...]
  • Surrendering the Lead: An Observation from the Way of Saint James, Part 1

    Jan Vallone
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    I could not accept retirement with grace. Perhaps it was because retirement was not something I sought. Quite the opposite. After eighteen years as a lawyer, I’d been teaching high school English for six, loved it better than pistachio ice cream, hoped to continue for fifteen more years. Perhaps it was because I spent a [Read More...]
  • We All Have a Place on the Great Chain of Being

    A. G. Harmon
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Somewhere along the Great Chain of Being, we all have our place. That’s an old concept, and perhaps one that doesn’t fit our times as easily as it did in the past, but there’s much of it that still holds true. From the ancients comes the idea that all things in reality can be located [Read More...]
  • There’s No Original Art

    Peggy Rosenthal
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:25 am
    What a joy to be knitting something beautiful for a woman I don’t know and never will. She’s a guest at my church’s soup kitchen, where every guest gets a gift at Christmastime. The yarns are a rich red and orange wool interlaced with red-orange nylon eyelash. She’ll say “how pretty —at least I hope [Read More...]
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    Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture

  • The Death of Adulthood

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    We’ve reached the end of adulthood in America according to AO Scott. Or at least of the patriarchal version of it, anyway, which Scott sees in three paradigmatic dramas of our era—Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Sopranos, whose protagonists and their downfalls allow us to “marvel at the mask of masculine incompetence even as we watched it slip or turn ugly.”  On Scott’s reading, “in doing away with patriarchal authority, we have also, perhaps unwittingly, killed off all the grownups.”  It’s a provocative, sweeping hypothesis of the sort that are useful for engendering…
  • The Lavishness of Friendship and a World Beyond Vows

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Wesley Hill’s Christianity Today cover story on friendship is now available, and it deserves consideration. The title they gave the online version is terribly misleading, but I’m told (by the author) that the title inside is much more reflective of the piece: “’Til Death Do Us Part: Why Now More Than Ever, We Need to Recover a Rich Vision of Lifelong Friendship.” Wesley argues—rightly—that evangelicals need to build stronger and more enduring ties of friendship, and that one path toward this would be to recover the “historic Christian practice of vowed friendships.” While he…
  • Mere Fidelity: The Benedict Option

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    “Is there a lesson here for Christians? Should they take what might be called the “Benedict Option”: communal withdrawal from the mainstream, for the sake of sheltering one’s faith and family from corrosive modernity and cultivating a more traditional way of life?” That’s how Rod Dreher has defined the “Benedict Option,” which he has been discussing over the past few years. In this episode, we take up the question of how Christians should respond to modernity:  should we withdraw or not, and in what way? We’re joined by special guests Jake Meador…
  • The Mark Driscoll School of Leadership

    Keith Miller
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    For months now, I’ve been wanting to write something about the Mark Driscoll saga, but I’ve never quite found the words. I wanted to argue that some of the charges of plagiarism were overblown, but I didn’t want to come off as blindly defending one of my “tribe.” I wanted to explain why using ResultSource to game the New York Times bestseller list seemed like a permissible marketing practice to me, but I didn’t want to defend something that Driscoll, himself, had since disavowed. I wanted to shame those dredging up decade-old anonymous message board posts…
  • The Questions of Gay Marriage: Covenant or Biology in Genesis 2?

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    I began a series almost a year ago of looking at the arguments around gay marriage.  I took a long hiatus from that, due to finishing my master’s degree and moving my life across an ocean.  However, I return to it here.  See the previous installments here.  And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they…
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  • Live Stream: Hong Kong Apologetics Conference

    Ted Burnham
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Ravi Zacharias and several of RZIM’s team members from offices around the globe will be in Hong Kong for a three day apologetics conference.  Please note: All events will be streamed live from Hong Kong and archived for later viewing.  Hong Kong is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time. Schedule of Events What Does It Mean to be Human? Ravi Zacharias Starts: September 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM HKT, 7:30 AM EDT (GMT+8)   Made in God’s Image – Simon Edwards Starts: September 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM HKT, September 18, 2014 at 10:00 PM EDT (GMT+8)   Fit Bodies, Fat Minds…
  • RZIM Events in Seattle Area

    Ted Burnham
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
      Join Ravi Zacharias, Stuart McAllister, and Margaret Manning for two live streaming events this weekend in Washington state. Please note, unless otherwise listed all times are PDT. Jesus Among Other Gods Open Forum- Ravi Zacharias September 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM PDT, 8:00 PM EDT (GMT-7) Ravi Zacharias speaks on Jesus among other Gods followed by a live open forum with Ravi, Stuart McAllister, and Margaret Manning at City on a Hill Church’s Conference in Washington state.   Agents of Hope in a Contentious Age – Stuart McAllister September 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM EDT…
  • Registration for Next RZIM Academy Course Closes on August 28th

    Ted Burnham
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Registration for the next course of the RZIM Academy closes at Thursday, August 28th at midnight EDT.  To sign up, visit and click on the box at the bottom of the page labeled Core Module: September 1 – November 23. REGISTER NOW Scholarships are available, but please get your applications by tomorrow (August 27th) if you want to enroll in the course starting next week.  That application can also be found at the bottom of the RZIM Academy’s homepage.
  • 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…
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    Red Letter Believers

  • Six Flags. Seven Principles. One Love.

    David Rupert
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    Can a company in today’s cutthroat world actually run on biblical principles – and prosper? Can an organization be guided by faith and still be sensitive to a diverse world? Can you take the words of Jesus and put them in a corporate setting? There is a company that’s doing precisely that– Herschend Family Entertainment, which runs 26 theme parks such as Six Flags , Dollywood, and Stone Mountain. Joel Manby is the CEO and cheerleader for a relationship-based organization that makes a difference in it’s employees lives, resulting in a better experience for its customers. Manby…
  • Is Christianity a waste?

    David Rupert
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sometimes I look at this life I’m living, trying to make righteous choices, and the doubts creep in. I wonder if it’s just a waste of time when I could be enjoying the full fruits of this world. After all, the world looks like they are having fun. Unbridled by the tenants of faith and the threat of sin, shame, and punishment, they do what they want. Morality is what you define it to be. And then there’s everyone else. Since the beginning of time, it’s estimated that more than 8 billion people have made a decision to follow Christ. Since 1934, the number of…
  • I can be great (But it’s not what you think)

    David Rupert
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    I always had this belief that I would be successful. This belief was instilled in by a mother who was a high school dropout, married at 17, and had lived a modest, yet decidedly meager life. But in her sons, she saw greatness. She pushed me to memorize the math tables that swirled in my head. She turned off the TV and stuck books in front of my square eyes. The B plus was a sign of failure. The second-place wasn’t good enough. She never relented in telling us that we weren’t like the other kids. “You can do better.” Doctor. Pilot. Scientist. Any of those professions would…
  • The Freedom Project

    David Rupert
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:05 pm
    A writer’s group I belong to just published a group project, Freedom! It’s available for free here. Freedom_Final Please feel free to copy, print, and share!   The post The Freedom Project appeared first on 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…
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Far Kingdom

    Steve McCoy
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    I haven't been shy in expressing my love for and joy in the music of Gray Havens (Dave & Licia Radford). The new song, "Far Kingdom," is a song I've been listening to for a while from their upcoming January 2015 album Fire & Stone. I couldn't wait to introduce to you, and they've just released a video so I get the pleasure of sharing it. It's simple, and soaring, and gorgeous. I have yet to listen to it without getting the chills. Follow the lyrics below the video. Also check out Where Eyes Don't Go.  Far Kingdom is from The Gray Haven's upcoming album, "Fire and Stone," to be…
  • Check Out Delta Spirit: Into the Wide

    Steve McCoy
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    I've been mentioning this new album around social media lately and want so bad for everyone to check it out. Delta Spirit: Into the Wide ($6.99). I've enjoyed all their past albums and I've seen them in concert. Amazing live band. With all my praise in the past, they've outperformed my expectations. I LOVE this album.I will have a review or response or something here or at CaPC at some point. But for now, just pick it up and let me know what you think.
  • Lots-o-Links 9.3.14

    Steve McCoy
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am has a big sale on Kindle books, including these for $1.99 each...Systematic Theology by John Frame ($45 book!)Ministries of Mercy by Tim KellerThe Shepherd Leader by Tim WitmerPuritan Papers Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3, Vol 4, Vol 5 ed. J.I. Packer (Fantastic vols with essays/lectures on Puritans on various topics. I've used these for years.) What A War Artist Brings To War (Richard Johnson)I’m heading back to Afghanistan this week to spend some time with the U.S. International Security Assistance Force troops overseeing the end of combat. As I was packing it all up…
  • Music Monday 9.1.14

    Steve McCoy
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    <--STREAMING FREE-->Ryan Adams: Ryan AdamsJustin Townes Earle: Single MothersBlonde Redhead: Barragan<--CHEAP-->Alt-J: An Awesome Wave ($5)The Decemberists: The King Is Dead ($5)<--COMING SOON-->Delta Spirit, one of my favorite bands, one of my favorite live bands, and has a new album releasing on 9.9 -- Into the Wide (pre-order for $6.99 and get 3 songs now). I've requested and received a review copy and I'm enjoying it a lot. At this point it is feeling like it will end up being my favorite DS album. My favorite song so far is "Push It," which is one of the…
  • New Music Tuesday 8.26.2014

    Steve McCoy
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    There are two new albums I bought this week. Two in one week is rare for me. Both are a lot of fun to listen to and are getting great reviews. I suggest you pick'em up!
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Where to go to Church

    Greg Peters
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    It recently came to light that the inimitable Billy Graham said that if he could do it all over again, he would be “an evangelical Anglican.” Such a sentiment immediately caught the attention of evangelical Anglicans everywhere: we could have both J.I. Packer and Billy Graham playing on our team? Then it sunk in: if he could do it all over again he would be an Anglican. Graham, enjoying his twilight years, does not appear to be contemplating a “conversion” to Anglicanism. Nonetheless, he sees something in Anglicanism that makes him think that it holds promise and Anglicans everywhere…
  • Boethius and Divine Simplicity

    Adam Johnson
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Perhaps you have heard of the term “divine simplicity.” The basic meaning is that God is one – he has no distinct or separate parts that can in any way be in conflict with each other. Often this doctrine is employed in the context of discussions concerning the divine character. One might say that God’s justice and mercy were at odds with each other, for instance, and then qualify or correct that by means of divine simplicity, arguing that because God is one, his mercy is a just mercy, and his justice is a merciful justice. The implications of divine simplicity for how we think about…
  • The Common Room: On 1 and 2 Samuel

    Scriptorium Admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Theologians Dr. Joe Henderson and Dr. Adam Johnson discuss the books of 1 and 2 Samuel.  Moderated by Dr. Matt Jenson. The post The Common Room: On 1 and 2 Samuel appeared first on The Scriptorium Daily.
  • Wolfhart Pannenberg (1928-2014), Theological Outflanker

    Fred Sanders
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Wolfhart Pannenberg, retired from a long theology career at Munich, has died at age 85. Pannenberg was a major twentieth-century theologian by any count, with a series of brilliant articles, important books on the topics of revelation, christology, ethics, science, anthropology, and metaphysics, and a hefty 3-volume Systematic Theology to cap off his career. Pannenberg was a theologian of history in three senses: first, the concept of history was central for his constructive thought (more on this below),  and second, he always always situated his doctrinal deliberations within the history…
  • Amateurs Needed for the School of Translators

    Fred Sanders
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Last year, four professors from Torrey gave brief talks on some of our favorite 20th-century Christian thinkers (Chesterton, Sayers, Tolkien, Lewis). Videos of the talks are here; the whole thing was pretty obviously an excuse to collaborate with Chris Mitchell on a project where he could share his expertise with the whole Biola faculty. But “expertise” is an interesting word for this series on non-experts. Although we tend to categorize them as “Christian thinkers,” all four were conspicuously not professional theologians, pastors, or spokespersons for official…
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    Chris Marlow

  • The Payoff

    Chris Marlow
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    You know that moment when all the pressure disappears? You can look back at the work, the stress, the obstacles and the risks and you finally reach the reward at the top of the mountain? Watch this video for 10 seconds. The Payoff We all were a bit weepy… the week had brought MANY challenges including driving 8-10 hours a day in a van that felt more like a wooden roller coaster from the 1970’s. Then there was also four or five hours of sleep in six different hotels and constant packing and unpacking over and over again! And, of course, the never ending search for decent wifi so that…
  • Love Hope

    Chris Marlow
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Love Hope — Ethiopia Today, I leave on another jet plane across the Atlantic. On Wednesday, I will touch down on Ethiopian soil with some really amazing friends to do our best and tell some powerful stories with dignity and hope. Our team has been working on this moment for almost two years. And now, that moment is here: a chance to make a massive impact in a community suffering from extreme poverty. This is a community in which moms and dads often have to make a decision that is far beyond my understanding… a decision that asks: “Should we abandon our child and let him live in…
  • 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,…
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  • The Next Season: Who’s with us?

    Andrew Jones
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    I am very VERY happy to make public that our family has been accepted by a mission organisation and we are returning overseas towards Europe and Africa. The next 3 years will see us work in about 30 countries, many of them the same countries we have been investing in, helping to launch new expressions of  faith communities and sustainable impact ...
  • Truck revamp

    Andrew Jones
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Its been a lot of work but the truck is now ready for shipping to Africa. Inside and out, our family have been busy. We have chosen a look that is kind of rat-rod, steam-punk and carnival at the same time. Not too posh for Africa but not too rubbish for Europe. Photos of the inside coming soon.
  • Hoping the Scottish vote YES for Independence

    Andrew Jones
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    UPDATE: I have updated this post because it was graciously brought to my attention that the English people are not the same as the English/British government and my original post was therefore insulting. My sincerest apologies. ORIGINAL: My son posted on Facebook yesterday that he would be voting “YES” on the Scottish Independence referendum coming up next Thursday, if he ...
  • Funny Accent

    Andrew Jones
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    My wife has a funny accent so the kids make fun of her. So do I actually. Debbie’s mum is from Kentucky and her dad was from Oklahoma. So my wife says “BADMINTON” in one syllable and she also says “curtains” without hitting the “t”. More of a swallow than a “t”. Recently the kids and I asked her to ...
  • 51

    Andrew Jones
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:46 pm
    I turn 51 today. Its a nice chilled day for me. I dressed up in some vintage clothes – a blue waistcoat and some black Hugo Boss pants. Then I changed my blog by adding an image of mahogany taken from my cabinet and giving it a fresh look. Now I am dressed casual and have already lit the firebath ...
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    The Lutheran

  • Repair, rebuild, restore

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Taking their cue from the prophet Isaiah to help repair, rebuild and restore the world around them, more than 2,300 women — 700 of whom were first-timers — gathered July 24-27 in Charlotte, N.C., for the Ninth Triennial of the Women of the ELCA.  The gathering theme, “Of many generations,” was inspired by Isaiah 58:12: “Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.”  Opening worship preacher Claire Burkat…
  • God language column brings cheers, jeers

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Sparking thoughtsThoughtfulness in our “God language” can be a gift and welcome method for pastoral care and counseling. The first time I felt moved to say “God, she … ” was at the bedside of a woman hospitalized after domestic abuse. The life she described was from childhood, a saga of violence at the hands of males. Despair and anger hung in the air. Then prayer, naming God our Mother, came readily. The Spirit led us to evoke — as Peter W. Marty puts it in reference to both the Father and Mother God — “the best of parental love.” The…
  • Lutherans provide shelter

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Lutherans are on the frontline of sheltering the surge of unaccompanied immigrant children detained at the Texas-Mexico border. More than 400 children this month will cycle through Lutheran Social Services of the South’s three transitional shelter facilities in Corpus Christi and El Paso, Texas. A fourth shelter, which will serve as many as 160 kids at a time, will open this fall in McAllen, Texas. “For us, this isn’t a political issue,” said Evan Moilan, chief mission officer for the nonprofit, which is the largest provider of children’s residential care in…
  • Boyhood

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Thinking about our youth helps us get in touch with the triumphs, defeats and mysteries that have shaped us. Films can be powerful reminders of the turning points in our coming-of-age. That’s certainly true of this drama directed by Richard Linklater, who also gave us the extraordinary trilogy Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnightabout the joys and complications of relationships. Boyhood, a nearly three-hour film, follows an East Texas boy from elementary school through his arrival at college. Filmed in sequence across 12 years with the same actors, it…
  • Finding meaningful work together

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We knew each other by sight — some of us, even by name. But we had no idea that we were each at sea, adrift on our own boats. The church community should have been a place to let our hair down and be ourselves, to gather and say, “I’m struggling with this. I need help, and I need prayer.” But six days a week we inhabit a world that prizes individualism and self-sufficiency, so we were embarrassed. We were unemployed. More than a year ago, five of us began to meet, endowed with little more than a name (Meaningful Work Group) and a key to our church, Christ…
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    Century Blog

  • The need to blame

    Bruce K. Modahl
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I begin sermon preparation by reading through the texts and writing a 200-word summary of the themes I observe in that initial reading. I include this summary in an online publication for the congregation I serve. It's called "Sunday is Coming," a title with an edge for the preacher.When I do this reading I I look for trouble—for the obvious, palpable problems in the text. read more
  • The NFL and the church share a culture of silence on abuse

    Autumn Miles
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    (RNS) Too often, it can be easy to assume that some issues are less prevalent in the church. We forget that, as a collective of individuals shaped by the culture at large, sin is indiscriminate in whom it touches. Many church leaders do not realize that all evils are present in their congregations, especially sins that carry a heavy culture of silence.A new LifeWay Research poll shows that 74 percent of pastors misjudge the prevalence of sexual and domestic violence within their congregations. read more
  • Other people saying things

    Steve Thorngate
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    "It is neither Islamic, nor is it a state." read more
  • New today: The Giver's temptations, Robin Lovin and Nancy Bedford on Resident Aliens at 25, the tattooed pastor

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    18 Sep 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
  • So, a United Methodist and a Jew go to Appalachia . . .

    Deborah Lewis
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The first day of our spring break trip I noticed how Christian-centric my Facebook feed is. Relaxing after the first achy work day, waiting for dinner, we’d only have one group conversation at that point, but already I was seeing things a little differently. read more
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  • Of Significance

    Roger Mugs
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:19 pm
    As secure of a person as I feel I am, I think I am surprised at how much I nonetheless wrestle with significance. Am I doing what I’m supposed to be doing? Am I a faithful enough missionary? Will my work have a lasting impact? Will anyone care or remember me? Do I even want to be remembered? What if I made more money elsewhere, would I then have a greater impact on the Kingdom? Do I spend enough time in prayer to be doing to real lasting work? If I had to leave tomorrow would anything I’ve built last long enough to accomplish the Lord’s purposes? And this last question…
  • Most Shocking to Me Daily Is

    Roger Mugs
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:40 pm
    There are people in this world with a tolerance for monotony I cannot help but quietly envy.
  • Insider Movements are Bad Mothers-in-Law

    Roger Mugs
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:53 pm
    If you accept the imagery of marriage being a picture of Christ and His Church, then insider movements are the bride trying to bring her mother along to the marriage. There is leaving and cleaving in marriage, there should be leaving and cleaving when you become a believer (become a member of the Church) and you cling to Christ. Anything else isn’t asking for a successful marriage; too much baggage is being brought along for it to have any hope of working.
  • An Empty Box of Chocolates

    Roger Mugs
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    In my younger years I was not, what most would call, suave. In fact while there were lots of examples of this, perhaps the most telling situation was when, in seventh grade, I asked an eight grade girl to be my girlfriend. She took three days to think it through, which in itself probably should have given me pause. Then one day right after the bell rang, she pulled me in to the hallway and said “no” in front of all my peers. That wasn’t that big of a deal in itself I suppose, even George Clooney was probably rejected once or twice in his life. But I was not rejected once. I…
  • Why I Smoke a Pipe

    Roger Mugs
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:09 pm
    About three years ago I took up pipe smoking in earnest. I had been smoking a pipe with occasional opportunity since when I was with a few friends, every night around midnight my freshman year of college. Now I don’t get back to the states but once every three years or so, and thus my dental hygienist was a bit surprised at what she saw. Knowing what I do for a living she said, “I’m really surprised at the amount of stain I see in here. It almost looks like smokers stain, but I assume it must be coffee.” Nope, it’s smoke. This, well, I’m not sure she had a…
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    Think Christian Articles

  • A life of faith, softly spoken

    Kimberly Davis
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    Posted on 09/20/14 When he was 6, my cousin, Timothy Isaiah Holmes, had a question. At The Learning Center for the Deaf in Massachusetts, Tim's teacher handed out pieces of blank paper and told the students to draw a picture representing their question. Tim eventually had pages and pages of a man on a cross. But he didn't have the language to help him understand who this man was. He didn't yet have a language for the hope that he would come to have and the Savior he would come to know. Tim died last month during his first week of graduate school at the National Technical Institute…
  • How the church can model unity in post-referendum Scotland

    Jonathan Downie
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Posted on 09/19/14 This morning I woke up to the result of the most important vote in the history of my country. The people of Scotland, given the option of staying in the United Kingdom or going it alone, chose to stay. In the end, 55% voted against Scottish independence and 45% voted in favor, with a record-breaking 85% of voters choosing to have their say. So, this morning, I didn’t wake up to the beginnings of an independent Scotland, but I did wake up to a deeply divided land. As a fellow believer put it, “industries, workplaces and families have been divided.” More…
  • Gilmore Girls and Christian community

    Bethany Keeley-Jonker
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Posted on 09/18/14 My social media were abuzz when it was announced that the entire run of Gilmore Girls will be available for streaming on Netflix beginning Oct. 1.  Fans of the show loved its rapid-fire dialogue and heartwarming relationships; I’ll also confess to enjoying the debates over which boyfriends were the best/worst in the series. (All of Rory’s boyfriends were the worst, while Lane’s were the best, FYI.) I think there’s another reason Christians can enjoy the series, which ran from 2000 to 2007, and that is for the way it balances the love of family…
  • Is buying an experience the way to buy happiness?

    John Van Sloten
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:12 am
    Posted on 09/18/14 It turns out money can make you happy - if you spend it on the right things. Recent consumer research has shown that people feel happier spending their money on experiences rather than on material objects. This intuitively makes sense. If I think back on my most memorable purchases this past summer, they’re all highly relational: holding my wife’s hand in Paris for eight days; attending an Arcade Fire concert together; sharing an outstanding meal with friends; swimming laps with my son at the local pool; and hiking down to the edge of a small mountain lake, in…
  • Pop culture’s parentless playground

    Stephen Woodworth
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Posted on 09/16/14 There has been much interest in a recent New York Times Magazine piece by A.O. Scott tracing the demise of American adulthood through the lens of popular culture. Citing the likes of Mad Men, young-adult fiction and comic-book movies, Scott observes that we have “witnessed the erosion of traditional adulthood in any form” to such an extent that “nobody knows how to be a grown-up anymore. Adulthood as we have known it has become conceptually untenable.” “Should we mourn the departed,” he asks, “or dance on its grave?” While…
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  • 7 Reasons WHY Great Sex Is A Must In Your Marriage

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Last week I wrote a blog that was called 7 Keys To Great Sex (if you missed it go ahead and read that one first). I heard from a number of people and even talked about some of the reactions that the post got on my podcast “Craig’s Car Ride.” One thing I noticed is: when you talk about sex, it gets a big reaction. (Tweet This!) Some good and some bad, and while I totally understand this is a sensitive topic, ultimately we want to see people having great marriages, and an important part of having a great marriage is having great sex. Why? Here are 7 reasons: #1. Sex Helps…
  • 3 Things You NEED To Know That Can Hinder A Marriage (Other Than Bad Sex)

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    This week we’ve been talking great sex. Well, more specifically, great sex in marriage. If you haven’t seen my latest post, check it out now. I really believe the seven things I share with you are going to help your sex life with your spouse immensely. That being said, if a great marriage were only about great sex then things would be simple (Tweet This!). However, we know that great sex is only part of having a great marriage. There are many other things that factor in. Here are 3 quick things that can get in the way if we don’t get them right. 1. Failure to recognize…
  • 7 Keys to Great Sex in Marriage

    14 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    My wife Jeanette and I and our friends Dave and Ashley Willis are working on a brand-new video series called “Best Sex Life Now,” which you’ll see very soon. After 16 years of marriage, I’m more passionate about this than ever: married folks need to be having sex… and great sex at that! (Tweet This!) So here are seven keys to help you unlock that great sex life. #1 Twice a week. Practice makes perfect. Sure, sex is a great chance to have an orgasm, but more than that, sex connects you and brings you closer. You won’t have great sex the first time and…
  • 5 Tips for Helping Girls with a Porn Problem

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    As someone who happens to get a significant amount of emails sent to XXXchurch forwarded my way, I can personally vouch for the fact that young women are battling with porn more than ever. (Tweet This!) In fact, it might surprise you that most of the people I hear from are either married women or girls who are still virgins. Perhaps we’ll get into why so many married women are watching porn at another time; for now, let’s explore what’s up with the young girls these days. Let’s start off with how the girls are struggling with porn. Yes, many watch it on their computer…
  • Bouncing Your Eyes: Part 3 - What's The Point?

    10 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Not too long ago, Steven Luff wrote about the concept of “bouncing” one’s eyes. I think Steven and I would agree that why we do what we do is more important than what we’re doing. But sometimes behaviors are so destructive that we must first approach the what.  For instance, for many of you reading this, if you want to keep your relationship, you need to stop doing what you are doing. But I am not talking about freedom here – I am talking about control. Sometimes, control is necessary for a while to get a ball rolling toward freedom. (Tweet This!) This is…
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  • The Real Key to Success with Proven Results!

    Terrace Crawford
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    I read so many articles each week that really try to pinpoint how to be successful. I’m very ambitious and an entrepreneur at heart, so naturally I get sucked in easily by this sort of topic. The truth is, there … Continue reading →
  • Win FREE TICKETS to @TheD6Conference!

    Terrace Crawford
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    I’m heading to Louisville for the D6 Conference this October & I would love for YOU to join me in Louisville for the event! To make that happen, I’m giving away TWO FREE REGISTRATIONS (one for YOU & a guest) to TWO … Continue reading →
  • 3 Key Tips for Effective Communciation

    Terrace Crawford
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    I ran across this video from my archives the other day and thought it was worth sharing again.  Its a video I shot with my friend, EJ Swanson, backstage at a conference. EJ shares 3 tips that could help you become … Continue reading →
  • Check Out These Ministry Partners!

    Terrace Crawford
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    For those of you who haven’t been directly to the site in recent weeks, you may have missed out on some helpful new resources. Here are the folks that are making things happen at this month: D6Family - Check out … Continue reading →
  • How to Minister to Parents When You Don’t Have Kids Yourself

    Terrace Crawford
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    I was recently interviewed by my friend Jeremy Lee over at  I had a great time discussing two things I love: Youth Ministry and Social Media.  During our time together Jeremy asked me a lot of questions about how I’ve helped parents during … Continue reading →
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  • An old post from 2003: Dare to Dance with a cat.

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    Dare to Dance with a Cat Yesterday I did it. I danced with my cat. His name is Pepe. It was a fast song some group named the Supertones. Anyways, I picked him up and we danced. Not really good and not really too fast. But do know know what happens when you dance with a cat? Yesterday, I found out quick. It wasn't the pain, nor the clawing that got me. It was the shock. Here I had a peaceful loving pet; and suddenly ...without warning I was toast or rather a scratching post. Will I do it again? Probably not for some time. But some of us would dare to. Now I got thinking that is how it is…
  • Watch Dogs 2014.

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    Went to a meeting about being a watch dog in my children's schools. Should be a good thing. Anyone else involved?I know my friend, Shawn Williams is.
  • Currently Reading: Summer/Fall 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Along with the many resources for studies, lessons, commentaries .... I just finished Perry Noble's book and in the midst of the Preaching distracted resource and the 6 questions book is for a Fusion group study that is upcoming in October.So what are you reading?
  • 2014 Pastors For Family Values Summit

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    so last Thursday I went to this event sponsored by the Family Foundation at the Greater Richmond Convention Center (which BTW is where ICOM 2015 will be and I can't wait ..unless the Lord comes again)There were several speakers, including: Dr. Del Tackett, Dean Inserra, Victoria Cobb and others.Here are some quotes of the day:Dr. Tackett:"We got to get back to the teaching/ preaching of the triune God. We made God personal but not Holy. We need to be careful how we treat the nature of God. Understand the diversity and unity of Him.""When we take the design of God to twist to fit our ways…
  • The Parables New Sermon Series

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    This past Sunday we started a new sermons on the Parables. I gave out a 3 wk reading plan so we can be reading together on the parables (Notice Day 3 should be Matt. 13 not Matt.4) Looking forward to how an earthly story has a heavenly meaning.
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  • Come And See

    Rick Morgan
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    Jesus invites us to come and check him out.John 1:38-46  Jesus looked around and saw them following. "What do you want?" He asked them. They replied, "Rabbi" (which means "Teacher"), "where are You staying?"  39  "Come and see," He said. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon when they went with Him to the place where He was staying, and they remained with Him the rest of the day.40  Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus.  41  Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, "We have found…
  • What Do You Want?

    Rick Morgan
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    How would you answer Jesus question?John 1:35-39  The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples.  36  As Jesus walked by, John looked at Him and declared, "Look! There is the Lamb of God!"37  When John's two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.  38  Jesus looked around and saw them following. "What do you want?" He asked them.They replied, "Rabbi" (which means "Teacher"), "where are You staying?"  39  "Come and see," He said. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon when they went with Him to the place where He was staying,…
  • A Special Announcement

    Rick Morgan
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"John 1:6-9 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.John 1:15 John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’”16 From his…
  • 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…
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  • College: 12X More Expensive

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    #death Wow. This is an unbelievable reality that pares nicely with my previous blog post about helping our kids have a brighter future. And what about student debt?   Ouch. Is this the future that we want for our children? Is this what we want to give them as they attempt to start lives as adults, husbands, wives, and parents themselves? It is nothing short of tragic. We have to do something about it. You have to do something about it. The post College: 12X More Expensive appeared first on John Saddington.
  • A Better Future for Our Children

    John Saddington
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    Image via Kara Gomez I had the great pleasure yesterday to spend time speaking, coaching, and mentoring kids at the San Antonio Code Jam. Complete props to Debi, her team, and the 100+ volunteers that came out to help with the event and, of course, Rackspace for providing an unbelievable environment for the event! It’s hard to describe the event as a whole since I was pretty blown away by the the entire thing – seeing hundreds of kids actively and interested learning software programming at such young ages is so encouraging! But perhaps what is even more encouraging is the fact…
  • Death to the “Ideator”

    John Saddington
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    I believe that the majority of people who have “Ideator” as part of their job explicitly in their title and role/responsibilities should be stripped of it, partly because they have no idea (funny how that is, right?) what it really means pragmatically. These so-called “ideators” talk big game, use large words and vocabularies, and are often elevated to near god-like status with their apparent ingenious thinking. Take a step back from the glitz and glamor and one may realize that most of them don’t have much to actually show for their thoughts. What’s even…
  • Your 342,000 Swings

    John Saddington
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:33 pm
    I love this article here about how many swings Derek Jeter has made over the course of his career. That’s an epic amount of swings. I also love what he has to say about this as well: It’s just what we do. It’s part of the job. People in other fields do things over and over again in their jobs, I’ve just been doing this a long time. We often find ourselves in awe and wonder about how other professionals become so amazing at what they do but the honest to God truth is always the same: They work hard and consistently practice. I have found the same to be true in the…
  • Too Spotty

    John Saddington
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    For many, many years I felt haunted by what I felt was a spotty resume, an inconsistent and patchy job history. I was afraid that my seemingly inconsistent and irregular record of work was going to cost me future opportunity. And when I reviewed my resume I felt ashamed; on many occasions I wouldn’t even apply because they would ask me to list my previous employment and the list, especially considering my young age, was too long to easily explain. I was afraid that it would be misinterpreted as erratic and that people would judge my character as one who was not trustworthy, who didn’t…
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • Climbing the Ministry Ladder

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:25 am
    Conrad sat in the living room staring at the “yearbook” that Central Church had given him when he resigned several years ago. Well, “resigned” wasn’t exactly the right word, but other than that, there was nothing about his time pastoring the 700-member church that did not evoke fond memories.  He was only the third pastor Central had ever known, and while he did not experience the rapid growth of his predecessors, he’d seen the church grow from 556 members to 703. Not that it was about numbers.  Well, maybe it was. His first church was 168 members, but he…
  • The Last Post

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    No, we’re not talking today about the bugle call known as “The Last Post,” although there is a similarity of theme.  Wikipedia reminds us about that song which originally connoted the end of day for soldiers and then crossed over into memorial usage: “In all these countries it has been incorporated into military funerals, where it is played as a final farewell, symbolizing the fact that the duty of the dead soldier is over and that he can rest in peace.” Neither are we saying this is the last blog post here at Thinking Out Loud, though perhaps some of you were…
  • Book Review: The Grave Robber

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:16 am
    “Everyone wants a miracle. But here’s the catch: no one wants to be in a situation that necessitates one! Of course, you can’t have one without the other.” (The Grave Robber by Mark Batterson, p. 14) He just keeps getting better. I honestly can’t wait until Mark Batterson’s next book; I think he’s now firmly in my Top Five Authors circle, but for different reasons than the other four. He doesn’t go deep deep, but he does manage to get me thinking. If someone had simply never read a Christian book, then this is would be a good introduction, and hey, December…
  • Evangelism Styles in Conflict

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    There’s an audio term, presence, which reflects the degree to which the listener is made to feel that they are right there, experiencing the sound in an intimacy and proximity that makes them part of what they are hearing. There’s a similar presence to moments like the one in this video. You can feel the tension as the young pastor happens upon the fire-and-brimstone street preacher. So what’s the difference? Some of it is certainly theological, some of it is generational, and some of it seems to be simply the difference between a positive and a negative approach. Six…
  • Wednesday Link List

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    The Wednesday List Lynx still prowls the office here after dark. Welcome to this week’s link list to those of you who didn’t already have it automatically download to their phone. T.D. Jakes has two syndicated television projects in development, one a daily show, the other a weekly. At age 14, she was taken from her family and given to an ISIS commander as a bride. Then she and a friend escaped. It’s called Lateral leadership, defined as “leading your peers, those you serve alongside but don’t report to, and they don’t report to you either.” Pope Francis…
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    Just A Thought

  • Dr. Livingston, I Presume?

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I read a book about Dr. Livingstone once. Bored me to tears. The Daring Heart of David Livingstone by Jay Milbrandt was anything but boring. David Livingstone was known as a missionary, explorer and anti-slavery advocate.  As a missionary, he only had one convert during his lifetime.  His entire life was a jumble of faith, missions, exploration, fame and failure. He spent more time in
  • Back to the Wall!

    6 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Over the years, I have always tried to sit with my back to the wall.  It could have something to do with the fact that, as kid, I was attacked from behind at school.  I remember sitting on a ramp near our locker area and feeling a sharp pain near the back of my neck.  I woke up on the ground with my back and neck bleeding from cuts made when another kid repeatedly hit me with his cleats. 
  • David Wilkerson

    4 Sep 2014 | 3:58 pm
    My familiarity with David Wilkerson comes primarily from The Cross and the Switchblade and receiving his newsletter for a short period of time in the late 1980's.  This created an image in my mind of a man who seemed cutting edge but also at times quite legalistic.  I knew almost nothing else about him. When Zondervan announced a new biography about David Wilkerson, written by his son Gary, I
  • Jesus Loves Me This I Know

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
     I have been singing this children's hymn for over a week now.  Like any ear-worm, it has buried itself deep and I have even woken up in the middle of the night with the song on my lips.  However, this simple but profound song isn't driving me crazy, it's driving me deeper into the Word of God!   I found a definition of love that I have been using as a baseline as I read various
  • 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
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    Eric Bryant - Blog

  • “The Exchange – From Despair to Hope” by John Burke

    Eric Bryant
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    At Gateway Church in Austin, we kicked off our series: “The Exchange.”  John Burkeshared about an exchange from death to life. You can watch the message John shared at the McNeil campus at Here are some resources for this week as well as the upcoming themes for the series: Sept 7 | From Death to Life – (Next StepsLeader’s Guide What’s Next If I Want To Follow Jesus? Sept 14 | From Despair to Hope Next StepsLeader’s Guide Sept 21 | From Lonely to Never Alone Sept 28 | From Striving to Satisfied Oct 5 | From Guilty to…
  • We Remember…

    Eric Bryant
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
  • “The Spoken Word: A Workshop” by Danielle Bennett (MTN2014)

    Eric Bryant
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Danielle Bennett shared the following helpful and powerful workshop at Mosaic Terra Nova (MTN2014): “You have a story to share! Performance Poetry is really about the poetry. The presentation part is easy. Performance is easy when you just tell the truth. There are no rules in poetry. What makes a good poem? 1. Originality. Resonance is good but tell your story rather than copy others. Don’t be afraid of your last. 2.  Use your words. Word choice. Search for powerful words. Don’t settle for first draft cliches. 3. Details. Include details to help people connect with…
  • “The Exchange: Death to Life” by John Burke

    Eric Bryant
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:33 pm
    At Gateway Church in Austin, we kicked off our series: “The Exchange.”  John Burkeshared about an exchange from death to life. You can watch the message John shared at the McNeil campus at Here are some resources for this week as well as the upcoming themes for the series: Sept 7 | From Death to Life – (Next StepsLeader’s Guide What’s Next If I Want To Follow Jesus? Sept 14 | From Despair to Hope Sept 21 | From Lonely to Never Alone Sept 28 | From Striving to Satisfied Oct 5 | From Guilty to Blameless Oct 12 | From Powerless…
  • The Exchange at Gateway Church Austin

    Eric Bryant
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Join us for our fall kick off at Gateway Austin! From the website: An amazing Exchange takes place in who we are and how we can live life when God’s at the center. Join us as we take a deep dive into the profound transformation God offers us and the practical difference such change makes in our every day life lives. Sept 7 | From Death to Life – (Next Steps) (Leader’s Guide) (What’s Next If I Want To Follow Jesus?) Sept 14 | From Despair to Hope Sept 21 | From Lonely to Never Alone Sept 28 | From Striving to Satisfied Oct 5 | From Guilty to Blameless Oct 12 | From…
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  • Best of the Godbeat: At #RNA2014, Religion Newswriters Association honors top religion journalism

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    The @PittsburghPG did very well at #rna2014. 1st & 2nd place for religion coverage in Metro newspaper— Ann Rodgers (@annrodgerspgh) September 21, 2014 Here at GetReligion, we've been big fans of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's exceptional religion writers.So we weren't surprised to see former Post-Gazette Godbeat specialist Ann Rodgers, Pittsburgh's longtime "queen of religion news," and her successor, Peter Smith, take top honors in the Religion Newswriters Association's annual writing awards. Winners were announced Saturday night at #RNA2014 —…
  • Oh yes, there are sacred cows in news reporting about India

    George Conger
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    India’s minister for women and child development, Maneka Gandhi, has grasped the third rail of Indian politics, launching a sectarian attack on Muslims and Christians for their treatment of cows.Or has she? India’s press has not quite made up its mind as to whether Ms. Gandhi is pushing animal rights, corruption, terrorism or religion. And, from what has been printed so far in the major dailies, the press does not want to find out. In the political jargon of the Anglosphere, the “third rail” of politics is THE issue politicians avoid discussing. In America the third rail (named…
  • 'Jesus is not a member of the NRA,' Episcopal bishop tells religion writers at #RNA2014

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    "Jesus is not a member of the NRA."Of all the words said by all the experts who spoke on all the panels at the information-packed Religion Newswriters Association annual meeting this weekend in the Atlanta area, those may be the most memorable.Journalists, after all, know a good soundbite when they hear one.That explains why both religion writers for The New York Times and many of their colleagues tweeted the NRA quote, which came during a session on "God and Guns" at #RNA2014."Jesus is not from Georgia. Jesus does not speak English. And Jesus is not a member of the NRA." BIshop Wright of…
  • Pod people: Covering both sides of what Pope Francis is saying and doing

    Terry Mattingly
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    So, Catholic GetReligion readers, is the Pope Francis glass half full today or half empty?Well, some might say, that depends on whether the person answering is a liberal Catholic or from the conservative side of the church aisle. Is it really that simple? I don't think so.Consider the stunning news out of Chicago, with the announcement that Pope Francis has selected a bishop admired by the left (which in media reports makes him a "moderate") to take the place of Cardinal Francis George, a hero of the doctrinal right. Is Catholic conservative Thomas Peters right when he claims, while…
  • U2 is 'secretly Christian'? Say what? How long must we sing this song?

    Terry Mattingly
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    It's not a news piece, but there is a lot of chatter out in mainstream media right now about that Joshua Rothman essay in The New Yorker that ran under the headline "The Church of U2."I'll be honest. I have no idea what that piece is trying to say, just in terms of the on-the-record facts about the band's history. It's like the last three or four decades of debate about what is, and what is not, "Christian" music never happened. It's like Johnny Cash, Bruce Cockburn, T-Bone Burnett, Mark Heard, Charlie Peacock, etc., etc., never happened. Here are the opening paragraphs, including the…
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    Ragamuffin Soul

  • “If we build it, they will come.” The Field Of Dreams Church Growth Strategy And Why It Needs Tweaking

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    It is relatively new. To a degree. I mean the stained glass windows of the churches of yesterday were created by amazing artists and, I’m sure, in somewhat of a hope that it will allure people to worship their God more intensely. But I’m not sure that people came to a church service in order to stare at the windows for an hour. Somewhere in the last 20 years a slew of churches have grabbed a hold of a new “outreach” strategy. If we build it they will come. So we create attractional services to attract people to see God for the first time. Which…happens. Which…works. But I can’t…

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    I’m a really bad hunter.  Like horrible.  I’ve been hunting for 2 years now and have killed absolutely nothing. You know what that makes me? A really bad hunter. Once I had 4 deer under my tree stand and I didn’t shoot them.  Why?  Because I heard “The Big One” at the top of the ridge. Dreamers shouldn’t be hunters. I mean lets be honest.  I can’t even sit at the same spot in a coffee shop longer than 25 minutes without needing to move. But you know who thinks I’m an amazing hunter?  Losiah does. Why does he think I’m an amazing…
  • The #1 Secret To Increasing Your Influence.

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    There isn’t a secret to a better blog. There isn’t a secret to greater influence. There isn’t a secret to making more money. There isn’t a secret to more people going to your church. There isn’t a secret to better public speaking. There isn’t a secret to funding your indie project. It’s not a secret. So if they tell you it is… you will be let down. Work Hard. It’s not a secret. There are 244343 tips and tricks out there. But none of those tips and tricks work unless you WORK HARD. I know all the “It’s about working smart not working hard!” people are out…
  • Blessersize

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    You’re Welcome… Los
  • 3 Keys To Making Your Kids Feel Better Than A Selfie

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Reactionary parenting is sometimes all we’ve got. With culture changing SO RAPIDLY all around us, it’s so hard to stay in front of where our children are going. The snowball rolling down the mountain that is social media and isn’t going to slow down. It’s not. And you know what? It’s ok. You don’t have to know the difference between a Snapchat and an iChat. Our kids are going to understand it better than us in no time. And many of them do already. We don’t have to understand the technology better than they do. We simply have to understand THEM. Here are 3 Keys To Making Your…
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  • iMonk Classic: A Conversation in God’s Kitchen (1)

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Note from CM: Over these next two weeks, we will be focusing on the Bible, what it is, its nature and purpose. We begin today with part one of Michael Spencer’s most comprehensive overview of Scripture: A Conversation in God’s Kitchen. This is a long essay, so I am breaking it up into portions that I hope will prove more manageable for discussion. If you would like to do some reading to go along with these posts, here are book suggestions. We will be reviewing Enns’s book during this series. We have reviewed or commented on some of the others here on IM. Click on the links…
  • Wilderness Update — “It’s Not You, It’s Me”

    Chaplain Mike
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    I can tell you’re not sure if you wanna go  and really that’s most understandable  there’s whole a lot involved in where you place your bet  and all these reports? They’re a little suspect  • Bill Mallonee, “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” We interrupt our regularly scheduled Formation Talk for a personal wilderness update. Another Sunday here in the wilderness wondering what to do. I’m not feeling at home in church these days. If it didn’t sound like a bad break-up line, I would march right in to the congregations I’ve been involved with over the…
  • Saturday Ramblings — September 20, 2014

    Chaplain Mike
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Happy Saturday, fellow iMonks! We’ve had simply gorgeous early fall weather here in central Indiana this past week. It’s enough to make a person want to start rambling. So here we go . . . Let’s start with Paul Penley, who’s certainly got guts. Who makes a statement like this on an evangelical blog? — Personal Bible Reading Destroys the Church. Here’s his point: Jesus had a dream. He envisioned a community of followers who embraced his way and each other. He prayed, “may they be one” (John 17:21). 34,000 church denominations later, his prayer goes…
  • How I Became a … Theistic-Evolutionist

    Mike Bell
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    Over the next few Fridays I will be bringing you a series entitled “How I Became a…” They will give an insight into some of the views that I hold, and how I arrived at those views. We will begin the series with “How I Became a… Theistic-Evolutionist.” Despite my Evangelical upbringing I have always believed in an Old Earth. I can credit/blame my Father for much of that. He has been the biggest theological influence in my life. Not necessarily in regards to specific topics, but because he was always willing to go against the flow and challenge the status…
  • Open Forum — September 18, 2014

    Chaplain Mike
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I will be participating in our annual charity golf tournament for the Daniel Mercer Family Fund today, so I thought it would provide a perfect opportunity to hand the keys to the shop over to you and give you the chance to talk about subjects you’d like to discuss. It would be especially nice to hear from some new readers or infrequent commenters today. In the nearly five years since I started writing for IM, I have noticed that the community of those who comment tends to wax and wane. Also, most of the time the published conversations end up representing relatively few voices among the…
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  • The Next Season: Who’s with us?

    Andrew Jones
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    I am very VERY happy to make public that our family has been accepted by a mission organisation and we are returning overseas towards Europe and Africa. The next 3 years will see us work in about 30 countries, many of them the same countries we have been investing in, helping to launch new expressions of  faith communities and sustainable impact ...
  • Truck revamp

    Andrew Jones
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Its been a lot of work but the truck is now ready for shipping to Africa. Inside and out, our family have been busy. We have chosen a look that is kind of rat-rod, steam-punk and carnival at the same time. Not too posh for Africa but not too rubbish for Europe. Photos of the inside coming soon.
  • Hoping the Scottish vote YES for Independence

    Andrew Jones
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    UPDATE: I have updated this post because it was graciously brought to my attention that the English people are not the same as the English/British government and my original post was therefore insulting. My sincerest apologies. ORIGINAL: My son posted on Facebook yesterday that he would be voting “YES” on the Scottish Independence referendum coming up next Thursday, if he ...
  • Funny Accent

    Andrew Jones
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    My wife has a funny accent so the kids make fun of her. So do I actually. Debbie’s mum is from Kentucky and her dad was from Oklahoma. So my wife says “BADMINTON” in one syllable and she also says “curtains” without hitting the “t”. More of a swallow than a “t”. Recently the kids and I asked her to ...
  • 51

    Andrew Jones
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:46 pm
    I turn 51 today. Its a nice chilled day for me. I dressed up in some vintage clothes – a blue waistcoat and some black Hugo Boss pants. Then I changed my blog by adding an image of mahogany taken from my cabinet and giving it a fresh look. Now I am dressed casual and have already lit the firebath ...
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  • Biblical Theology and the Sexuality Crisis

    Albert Mohler
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Western society is currently experiencing what can only be described as a moral revolution. Our society’s moral code and collective ethical evaluation on a particular issue has undergone not small adjustments but a complete reversal. That which was once condemned is now celebrated, and the refusal to celebrate is now condemned. What makes the current moral and sexual revolution so different from previous moral revolutions is that it is taking place at an utterly unprecedented velocity. Previous generations experienced moral revolutions over decades, even centuries. This current revolution…
  • The Osteen Predicament — Mere Happiness Cannot Bear the Weight of the Gospel

    Albert Mohler
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:08 pm
    The evangelical world, joined by no shortage of secular observers, has been abuzz about the latest soundbite of note from the Pastors Osteen — this time offered by Victoria Osteen as her husband Joel beamed in the background. It is a hard video to watch. In her message, Victoria Osteen tells their massive congregation to realize that their devotion to God is not really about God, but about themselves. “I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God–I mean, that’s one way to look at it–we’re doing it…
  • Lead with Empathy, Love Your Neighbor, Let the Truth Come Out — A Response to Ferguson

    Albert Mohler
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    From a modified transcript of today’s edition of The Briefing:   I first addressed the situation in Ferguson back on August 12th, which was then the first opportunity I had to speak to the issue. Since then I have not addressed the question because I wanted to stand by what I said back on August 12th. We should not speak to the facts on the ground until we know what those facts are. The facts we know now are pretty much the facts we knew then—that there was an 18-year old African American young man who was shot 6 times, twice in the head and four times in the forearm by a police…
  • 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…
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  • In Plain Sight

    Pete Wilson
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Last night in Nashville the documentary “In Plain Sight” premiered and I’m honored to be a small part of this work. IN PLAIN SIGHT seeks to raise awareness of the thousands of women and children who are forced, coerced, or deceived into the commercial sex trade each year in the United States. From Sacramento to Little Rock to Nashville, learn about what’s happening “in plain sight” in our own backyard, and meet six modern-day abolitionists who are fighting to bring an end to sex trafficking in our nation. This fall, In Plain Sight, is premiering in a few select cities…
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    22 Words

  • High school football player becomes motivational speaker in best post-game interview ever

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    After a recent come-from-behind win for East View High’s Patriots, an ultra-excited Apollos Hester couldn’t contain his bubbling positivity. Try to watch this and not be inspired. It’s impossible…
  • These 1940’s cartoonists drew their characters blindfolded. Dick Tracy is almost perfect…

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    In a 1947 experiment as silly as it was fascinating, the Chicago Tribune asked several cartoonists to draw one of their classic characters…and then wear a blindfold or close their eyes and draw the character again. It’s clear they’re all incredibly familiar with their subjects, but especially impressive is Chester Gould with his near-perfect blind replication of Dick Tracy. When the paper published the results they rounded out the article with a bit of surprisingly critical commentary in the captions… (via Reddit)
  • 34 people who saw a statue and knew what they had to do next

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    Statues take on a whole new meaning when creative passersby insert themselves into the scene… (via Imgur)
  • Don’t tell this ambitious dog that a log is too big to play fetch with

    Joey White
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Most dogs love a game of fetch with a stick, but this one prefers to chase after something closer to a tree than a twig…
  • Artist’s depicts a woman’s entire life by continuously updating a single image of her face

    Megan Berman
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    South Korean illustrator Seok Jeong Hyeon skillfully captures a woman’s aging process from babyhood to old age, in a single digital “live” drawing. He draws a baby girl and then edits the drawing to represent her different stages of life until she is a vibrant old woman… Watch her grow from a baby to a little girl, then lose her chubbiness and become a young lady. As she becomes an adult, she loses her innocent gaze, and her eyes seem more knowing. Hyeon deftly changes the woman’s appearance, using a light touch to age her with subtle changes to her hair and skin and…
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    Eugene Cho

  • Thanks for your prayers and support. This is the week I share #OverratedBook with the world.

    Eugene Cho
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Dear friends, supporter, and folks that have prayed and encouraged me over the years: First, thank you for your love, prayers, and support. Sincerely. This is the big week/month I get to share my first book, Overrated: Are We More in Love With the Idea of Changing the World than Actually Changing the World? with the world. (The official launch date is Monday, September 1.) I’m excited, nervous, humbled, and everything in between. In many ways, it feels like that hour immediately after you’ve preached your guts and heart out…and you feel very vulnerable to everything. You…
  • If we want to seek the peace of the city…we have to engage the conflicts and injustices of our city.

    Eugene Cho
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Unless you’ve been living in absolute isolation, there’s been much in the news – here, there, and everywhere – including the violence and protests in Ferguson. But in the midst of much shouting, screaming, finger pointing, tweeting, and ‘Don’t Shoot’ hand raising…we also need to engage in practical solutions. It would be tragic if it simply resulted in lots of noise…and it doesn’t compel us (as individuals and church communities) to examine our own lives, our blind spots, and our commitment to live into our calling as ministers of…
  • Please don’t ignore it. Five ways that Christians and churches must engage Ferguson and 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…
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    Ligonier Ministries Blog

  • Is Marriage "Just a Piece of Paper"?

    R.C. Sproul
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    In the past few decades, the option of living together, rather than moving into a formal marriage contract, has proliferated in our culture. Christians must be careful not to establish their precepts of marriage (or any other ethical dimension of life) on the basis of contemporary community standards. The Christian's conscience is to be governed not merely by what is socially acceptable or even by what is legal according to the law of the land, but rather by what God sanctions. Unfortunately, some Christians have rejected the legal and formal aspects of marriage, arguing that marriage is a…
  • Social Media Highlights (09/21/14)

    Nathan W. Bingham
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Here are highlights from our various Facebook and Twitter accounts over the past week. It is clear that lax doctrine and lax living are pretty frequently associated. —Spurgeon — Tabletalk Magazine (@Tabletalk) September 17, 2014   Post by 5 Minutes in Church History. Without the gospel, a gathering of people, though they claim otherwise, cannot be an authentic church. —RC Sproul — Ligonier Ministries (@Ligonier) September 18, 2014 Better understand the church today by studying her history. W. Robert Godfrey surveys 1600-1800 in this new…
  • 2014 Fall Conference at Reformation Bible College: We Would See Jesus

    Nathan W. Bingham
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The Ligonier campus has been home to many guests over the past few days. Prospective Reformation Bible College (RBC) students took classes during fall preview weekend, and spent time meeting with faculty and current students, touring the college, and then joined us for RBC's fourth annual convocation service. Christians also travelled from across the United States and beyond to enjoy the teaching and fellowship at our 2014 Fall Conference, "We Would See Jesus." This year we focused on recapturing the centrality of Christ in preaching and life. R.C. Sproul began our conference…
  • Abort Abortion: The Bottom of the Slippery Slope

    Keith A. Mathison
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    In a previous post, I discussed those who support abortion by dehumanizing the fetus—claiming that it is nothing more than a lump of tissue. Sadly, however, those who deny the scientifically verifiable fact that the unborn child is a human being are not in the worst ethical position. Although the claim that the unborn child is nothing more than a lump of tissue has been the common refrain for years, many prominent abortion supporters and advocates openly concede that the unborn child is in fact a genetically distinct, living human being. Such frank admissions demonstrate to the fullest…
  • The Power to Persevere

    Steven J. Lawson
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Eternal life means I have God's supernatural grace within me that enables me to live the Christian life. His power strengthens me to run the race in a way that glorifies Him. Paul said, "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). God's power indwells us in the person of the Holy Spirit, whom we received at our conversion. Our problem is that we so often fail to tap into His power that is always there. We are like the man who was pushing his car up a hill only to discover he merely needed to turn the key and ignite the powerful engine. How much better it is to turn…
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    Tim Archer's Kitchen of Half-Baked Thoughts

  • Bridging the past and the future

    Tim Archer
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Tradition is the living faith of those now dead. Traditionalism is the dead faith of those still living. Jaroslav Pelikan The Vindication of Tradition Traditions of a church can provide an organic link to her past. They can also choke out the future. It takes discernment to have traditions without traditionalism. Another reason that I think that, in most cases, the elders are the ideal ones to lead the church is their tie to history, their ability to bridge the past and the future. The average minister comes into a congregation and spends a limited number of years. He’s not part of the…
  • Links to Go (September 19, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    3 Questions No Victim of Domestic Violence Should Have to Answer What Did She Do to Provoke the Attack? Why Did She Defend Her Abuser? Why Did She Stay With Her Abuser? How to Steward the Power of Marriage Marriage is a good that many people in our culture do not and will not experience. For those of us who have been given the stability and power that comes with it, my hope and prayer is that we wield it well. That we use it not only for ourselves but for our neighbors, not only for our own comfort but for the comfort of our community, especially for those who are particularly vulnerable…
  • The leadership of elders

    Tim Archer
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When you listen to preachers talk, many of them complain about their elders. It’s a bit like men and mother-in-laws, as far as stereotypical relationships. It’s just supposed that preachers and elders will be at odds. Sometimes that does happen. The church is made up of humans. I think it can be especially hard when the preacher and the elders are from different generations. Then all of the tension that we’ve been talking about this week enters into the equation. The churches of Christ have typically been an elder-led movement. Some have intentionally sought to change that,…
  • Traditions, generations, and a warning of death

    Tim Archer
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    There’s another side to the generational issue. Just as there are young people who dismiss their elders, so there are older Christians who “despise the youth” of those with less life experience. To many, it feels like the only thing that younger generations want to do is change things. The reaction is often to fight back with three deadly phrases: We’ve never done it that way before That’s not how we’ve always done it We tried that once and it didn’t work In the end, it boils down to tradition. Dr. Wendell Broom once described the creation of a…
  • Links to Go (September 17, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Why Climate Change Concerns Pro-Life Christians Lately, because of political controversies and headline-grabbing court cases such as the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, the public’s view of evangelical reverence for life has been reduced mainly to fetuses and fertilized eggs. In truth, evangelicals are addressing myriad threats to life, from poverty and slavery to genocide. If the life movement can devote itself to fighting these, can’t it also confront the threat to our life-giving water — and compel the small- and large-scale actions that will conserve it for human…
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    Vision Baptist Church, Alpharetta, GA

  • Making Christ known

    Austin Gardner
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    I Kings 8:60 That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else. Solomon prays and asks God to do great things. He asks Him to hear their prayers and to do wonders but the reason or motive that Solomon asks these things is very interesting. He wants ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH TO KNOW THAT THE LORD IS GOD AND THAT THERE IS NONE ELSE. Isn’t it interesting that David’s desire was that all the people would know his God. I wonder how many of us are consumed with this desire. Would we build a house to His name for this purpose? Will we invest…
  • Faith Promise

    Austin Gardner
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I Kings 5:9 My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon unto the sea: and I will convey them by sea in floats unto the place that thou shalt appoint me, and will cause them to be discharged there, and thou shalt receive them: and thou shalt accomplish my desire, in giving food for my household. Doing Salomon’s desire with the timber would cause his desire to be accomplished in feeding his family. That is exactly how it works in the things of God. We do His desire in serving Him, giving, evangelizing the world, etc. and He accomplishes our desire of meeting our needs, giving us a life…
  • Get tired

    Austin Gardner
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    II Samuel 23:10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil. Hold on to your sword. You might get tired in the work but never of the work. Hold on to your sword and he will win a great victory. Use all your strength. Work until you are tired.
  • Time invested

    Austin Gardner
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    II Samuel 21:22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants. Four giant killers in a row. From no giant killers to a giant killer roll what a transformation. Could it be that the world could be transformed and His name lifted high if we would but become giant killer trainers? We must train leaders of leaders. We must make it the object of our life to find and train men for His honor and glory. For too long we have done our ministry and tried to develop ourselves into a world class leader but have not concerned ourselves with the…
  • Missionaries Prayer Letters

    Robert Canfield
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    I hope you take the time and read our missionaries prayer letters. Click “here”    
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  • Come Join the Celebration

    Andy Wood
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord… Psalm 145:10 This is a work of God. This little guy has lived at my house longer than I have. Throughout the summer he’s maintained this exquisite work of art, despite several collisions with humans. He’s not alone. He joins with all creation, using their gifts and design, worshipping their Creator. And on days like this, I get to have a front-row seat. Blue jays, cardinals and mockingbirds call to each other nearby. The squirrels interrupt their play to begin making preparations for winter; one just came to check out the rear deck rail…
  • What to Do When Your System Breaks Down

    Andy Wood
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    Somewhere near you there’s a frustrated pastor whose tried-and-true methods for leadership or church growth he has spent much of a lifetime developing aren’t working anymore.  He’s too passionate to quit, but too tired to start over. Somewhere down the road is an organization that once was the hallmark of success because of its ways of doing ministry or business.  The strategy it perfected was brilliant and worked when others failed.  Until it quit working as effectively. Somewhere nearby a young man is giving up on everything he knew of the Faith as a boy.  Why? Because his boyhood…
  • Why Your Systems are Destined for Failure

    Andy Wood
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    One day you’re going to use the same technique for praying that you have seen God respond to time and time again.  But your prayer won’t get what you consider a positive response. One day you’re going to claim that healing, rebuke that sickness, or do whatever you’ve done repeatedly to see the Lord respond in situations like that. But he healing won’t be coming.  At least not the way you believed it would come. One day you’re going to repeat the same steps or process you have used dozens of times before and seen genuine fruit or progress in your personal life or ministry. But…
  • A Thousand Summers

    Andy Wood
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day (2 Peter 3:8, NAS). A Thousand Summers and a thousand more, Your bride has waited and anticipated That “blessed hope” You spoke in the language of forever. Knowing we were born and born again for this, We will hold on to Your promise and, if need be Wait a Thousand Summers more. So we wait, but never barren of Your presence, And we hope, but never void of Your great care. So we serve, with boldness standing on the promise That a Thousand Summers…
  • Come Just As You Are

    Andy Wood
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    Cesar Malan was a famous minister from Geneva.  He showed genuine interest in the spiritual welfare of anyone he met. And get this!  He would actually ask them about it! Once Malan asked a woman he had just met about her relationship with God.  Caught off guard, and somewhat annoyed by his question, she curtly said she didn’t care to discuss the matter. Apparently this wasn’t the first time Cesar had faced such a response.  The minister kindly assured her that he would be praying for her salvation. It wasn’t long before circumstances brought the two together again.  As they talked,…
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  • You’re Not a Student First
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    You’re Not a Student First: To prepare you for heading back to campus as a Christian, this new... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • "You Were You Are" from Bluetree (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    "You Were You Are" from Bluetree (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO): "Worship & Justice"... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Dave Gibbons: Discipleship, Collaboration and the Holy Spirit
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Dave Gibbons: Discipleship, Collaboration and the Holy Spirit: Verge Conference 2013... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Spoken Word: Propaganda – Demonstration of the Gospel
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Spoken Word: Propaganda – Demonstration of the Gospel: Spoken word from the Verge Conference... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • K-LOVE – "Beautiful" by Dan Bremnes
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
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  • Systematic Theology, Volume 2

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Douglas F. Kelly. Systematic Theology, Grounded in Holy Scripture and Understood in Light of the Church, Volume Two: The Beauty of Christ: A Trinitarian Vision. Mentor, 2014. 567 pages. $39.99/£24.99A number of systematic theologies have appeared in recent years from highly respected figures involved in the world of evangelical and Reformed theology. Recent years have seen volumes appear from Michael Horton, Gerald Bray, and John Frame. Douglas Kelly has now released the second volume of his own systematic theology, and it deserves attention alongside these other celebrated volumes.
  • The Problem of Theological Cataracts

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:22 pm
    As we make our way toward the end of the Ten Tenets, Tenet 8 comes into view:8. Suppression of the truth, like the depravity of sin, is total but not absolute. Thus, every unbelieving position will necessarily have within it ideas, concepts, notions, etc that it has taken and wrenched from its true, Christian context.C. S. Lewis once famously said: "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." If, as Christians, we see everything through the lens of Holy Scripture, we can, by the grace of God, understand…
  • Biblical versus Systematic Theology?

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Systematic Theology is often contrasted unfavourably with the relatively new discipline of Biblical Theology. The very terminology immediately sets Systematics at a disadvantage, as if Biblical Theology alone were 'biblical' and anything that sets out to be 'systematic' should be viewed with profound suspicion. At one time in his career Karl Barth even refused to lecture on 'Systematic Theology' because, he argued, the combination of this noun and this adjective was highly problematical. Many Evangelicals share Barth's suspicions, often for the same reasons. 'System' conjures up the notion of…
  • Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Nicholas M. Healy, Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014. 142 pp. $23.00/£16.99Stanley Hauerwas has his share of critics, but there is something wonderfully uncommon about this book. The writing is fresh, relentless, and incisive. Healy writes as a systematic theologian, taking minor umbrage at Hauerwas's caricature of the overly-tidy, faux comprehensive excesses of systematicians. It's true that Hauerwas often points out that the true subject of theology ought to be God. But Healy notices that, in fact, God seems to take a backseat to the idea and formative…
  • Stolen Capital: The Weight of Words in Hozier's "Take Me to Church"

    9 Sep 2014 | 10:01 am
    I'm not a musicologist or a respected lyrical critic. In fact, I don't know much at all about music. I'm a novice theologian who can't help but be pricked when he hears what is played on the radio during his morning commute. This week, it happened to be the song, "Take Me to Church," by Hozier. The opening melody, which is truly haunting, is what kept me from turning the radio dial. Then came what someone described as "the deep, soulful voice" of Andrew Hozier Byrne, the Irish singer-songwriter. After a few seconds, I was hooked and decided to listen to the writer's story--whatever it might…
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    Connecting to Impact

  • Light Friday Hit List
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here are some favorites that challenged, inspired, encouraged, made me laugh, or all of the above. Be sure to check ‘em out then add your own favorites to the widget below!   Ah, the beauty of musical humor Your turn! I started this list, I need your help finishing. Share your favorite inspiration, practical wisdom, or hilarity this week, from you or someone else (or one of each), and be a part of the Hit List. And for discussion: are you a fan of punny humor? What’s your favorite pun? Write a quick comment
  • Busy? I’ll Make This Short
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I love encouraging and digging into the word around here, but I have to admit I’m spent. The busyness of the past few weeks coupled with some change in the weather that knocked my body for a loop have left me a little loopy. So today, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to just be a little silly and not at all serious. I started thinking about the busyness and certain sayings associated with it. Maybe you know the ones. Things like, I’m busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest I’m busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger I’m busier than a one…
  • Coming Apart at the Seams
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The greatest hope for any mask-wearer is in understanding all masks eventually crack and dissolve, gradually revealing what is hidden beneath. All masks crumble because they are man-made. This is a good thing, though. Imagine if the mask didn’t crack. It would forever separate us from love, authenticity, and freedom. We could go our entire lives missing what we were created to enjoy. Our endlessly loving God allows our masks to fall apart because He cares so deeply for us. –The Cure,by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, and Bill Thrall. It’s a scary thing to risk being vulnerable…
  • Have an Answer to Temptation
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    1 My son, be attentive to my Wisdom [godly Wisdom learned by actual and costly experience], and incline your ear to my understanding [of what is becoming and prudent for you], 2 That you may exercise proper discrimination and discretion and your lips may guard and keep knowledge and the wise answer [to temptation]. 3 For the lips of a loose woman drip honey as a honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil; 4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged and devouring sword. –Proverbs 5:1-4 (AMP) Reading these verses in the Amplified Bible really put this in…
  • Sanctuary: the Sun Prepared
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sanctuary– 1 : a place (as a church or a temple) for worship 2 a place of refuge and protection Meditating on the beauty He’s created and the power of His words… Psalm 74:16-17 (NASB) Yours is the day, Yours also is the night; You have prepared the light and the sun. You have established all the boundaries of the earth; You have made summer and winter.   What’s your sanctuary this week? What thought, verse, etc. are you meditating on? 10 comment(s) for this post: Janis Cox: 13 Sep 2014 Thanks for linking to Sunday Stillness. Remembering those words, "Yours is the…
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  • A Tale of Two (Civil) Senators

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    This morning, at the kind invitation of House Speaker John Boehner, I attended a Joint Session of Congress to hear courageous Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko describe Russia's threat to his country and plead for U.S. backing of his embattled nation. It was moving to hear President Poroshenko, and heartening to see the at least superficial unanimity of Members of Congress as they stood, repeatedly, in ovations of support. This is, I believe, the eighth time I've had the privilege of attending such Joint Sessions, including two State of the Union messages by President Clinton. At all such…
  • The Savagery and Horror of ISIS

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    With the continued savagery of ISIS in the news, FRC’s Bob Morrison and Ken Blackwell have two op-eds in American Thinker that examines the stance that the U.S. has taken on this group.   Both Blackwell and Morrison’s recent article looks at how President Obama has dealt with ISIS and the growing threat that this group poses on global security. President Obama is locked in a Westphalian mindset. That seminal 1648 Treaty of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years War in Europe and gave us the nation-state system we see today. Or most of it. What ISIS shows, however, is that the…
  • Healthcare Plans Are Not Returnable

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Healthcare is unique among many of the products we commonly purchase in that it is non-returnable.  Healthcare is only available for purchase once a year during "Open Enrollment", unless one has a qualifying life event. Once you enroll in a healthcare plan, while you can drop your coverage anytime over the course of the year, you cannot enroll in another plan until next open season. Why is this significant? Well, if you have to purchase healthcare on the ObamaCare exchanges, you are unable to find out due to a secrecy clause in the law whether that particular plan covers elective…
  • Tony Perkins with Bret Baier

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    FRC President Tony Perkins joins Bret Baier discussing abortion coverage in the Affordable Care Act
  • Meriam Ibrahim on Fox News 'The Kelly File'

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    Watch the latest video at &amp;lt;a href=""&amp;gt;;lt;/a&amp;gt; On Monday September 16, 2014 Meriam Ibrahim was featured on Fox News' 'The Kelly File'. Meriam will also be honored at this year's Values Voter Summit.
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    Why God?

  • 7 Facts Prove The Truth Of The Resurrection

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Josephus, the 1st century historian, (apart from the disciples or acquaintances) records, "For Jesus appeared to them the third day alive again, as the holy prophets had predicted" Jesus of Nazareth, who claimed to be the Christ prophesied in the Jewish Scriptures, was arrested, was judged a political criminal, and was crucified. Three days after His death and burial, some women who went to His tomb found the body gone. In subsequent weeks, His disciples claimed that God had raised Him from the dead. He appeared to them various times before ascending into heaven. From that foundation,…
  • Interesting Biblical Archeology Links

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Creationist Perspectives on Antediluvian (Pre-flood) Civilizations Ancient Atomic Knowledge? by Ooparts & Ancient High Technology - Evidence of Noah's Flood "Thirteen nuclear reactors existed in "prehistoric" periods along the 200-metre mine bed at Oklo --it was discovered in 1972, and they were comparable to the modern nuclear reactor in power and heat combustion. This mine had the capability of enabling self-sustained nuclear chain reactions". This discovery shocked the entire scientific community back in 1972. The "evidence" will largely fit in four categories. 1)Descriptions in what…
  • Famous Scientists Who Believed in God

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Information Gathered From Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543) Copernicus was the Polish astronomer who put forward the first mathematically based system of planets going around the sun. He attended various European universities, and became a Canon in the Catholic church in 1497. His new system was actually first presented in the Vatican gardens in 1533 before Pope Clement VII who approved, and urged Copernicus to publish it around this time. Copernicus was never under any threat of religious persecution - and was urged to publish both by Catholic Bishop Guise, Cardinal…
  • Expert Opinions Support The Bible

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:58 pm
    C.S. Lewis showed the very strong connection between the development of modern scientific thought and the belief the scientists held in a Creator (Lawgiver). “Men became scientific because they expected law in nature and they expected law in nature because they believed in a lawgiver.”14 "Overwhelming strong proofs of intelligent and benevolent design lie around us ... the atheistic idea is so non-sensical that I cannot put it into words." (Lord Kelvin) "I am a Christian ... I believe only and alone ... in the service of Jesus Christ ... In Him is all refuge, all solace." (Johannes…
  • Neuroscientist Dr Andrew Newberg Shows Evidence For God In The Human Brain

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Why God Doesn't Use Biostatistics: Science and the Study of the Mind, the Body, and Spirituality. While Andrew Newberg sees himself more in the eastern religions than Christianity, his research is very interesting to note the design present that may indicates how we may be designed to love God. Neuroscientist Dr Andrew Newberg along with therapist Mark Robert Waldman, and their research team have concluded that spiritual belief changes the human brain for the better. Their studies have pointed them towards the acknowledgement that prayer does slow down the aging process, as well intense…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • What we get wrong about church discipline

    Aaron Armstrong
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Over the last few years, we’ve seen a number of stories come to light about evangelical churches practicing “shunning” as part of church discipline. This typically happens as part of the final stage of church discipline, when a congregation member persists in unrepentant sin is excommunicated—and then cut off socially, with friends (and sometimes family!) actively distancing themselves socially.And herein lies the problem.The key passages on church disciplineThere are a few key passages of the New Testament that describe church discipline, the most famous being Matthew…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersPleasing God by R.C. Sproul—99¢The Promises of God by R.C. Sproul—$2.99How (Not) to Be Secular by James K.A. Smith—$3.99Christ’s Glorious Achievements by Charles Spurgeon—$3.99Love or Die by Alexander Strauch—$3.99Christ’s Glorious Achievements by Charles Spurgeon—$3.99Finishing Well to the Glory of God by John Dunlop—99¢Heaven on Earth by Stephen Nichols—99¢Inerrancy and Worldview by Vern Poythress—99¢The Deity of Christ edited by Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson—99¢Silver bullet ministryCraig Schafer:By all…
  • When the fear of God is dictator in the heart

    Aaron Armstrong
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    “Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread” (Isa. 8:13). The fear of God will swallow up the fear of man. A reverential awe and dread of God will extinguish the creature’s slavish fear, as the rain puts out the fire. To sanctify the Lord of hosts is to acknowledge the glory of His sovereign power, wisdom, and faithfulness. It includes not only a verbal confession, but internal acts of trust, confidence, and entire dependence upon Him. These are our choicest respects towards God, and give Him the greatest glory. Moreover, they are…
  • The weird and the witty: an Electric Monk on a bored horse

    Aaron Armstrong
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    If there’s one thing I learned as a grumpy, broke and pretentious teen and twenty-something, it’s this: It taking life too seriously is hard work. It takes a lot of effort to be dour all the time.This is helpful for me to remember now as a thirty-something. After all, I work for for a ministry that does very serious (and very good) work. The material my team and I produce tends to be focused on very serious issues, even when we’re telling hopeful stories. And sometimes there’s almost this expectation that I’ll spend my free time focused on those areas, too.But I…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersA Quest for More by Paul Tripp—FREE (ends today!)The Most Misused Verses in the Bible by Eric Bargerhuff—$1.99From the Resurrection to His Return by D.A. Carson—$3.49Worship by the Book edited by D.A. Carson—$5.98 (US only) The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach by Bryan Chapell—$5.98 (US only)And although it’s not on sale, you’d do well to pre-order David Murray’s upcoming book, The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World.It’s Personal. Don’t You Ever Forget it.Erik Raymond:When you…
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    OM USA

  • Despair and hope in northern Iraq

    OM usa
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    Dakota DaemynDakota Daemyn*, a disaster response specialist serving with OM Near East, led a week-long assessment of the current crisis in northern Iraq. That assessment forms the basis for our ongoing ministry to displaced Iraqis in the Kurdish region of Iraq.“We fled to the village outside Mosul the first time ISIS came,” one man told me, his thin, earnest son translating for him. “After things settled down we went back in. The second time we were given 10 hours to leave. At the edge of town they ripped up our passports, they destroyed everything we had.”On the other side of his…
  • Ukraine Prayer Update

    OM usa
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    We've just received this update from our OM team in Ukraine:Ukraine Needs Your Prayers- The conflict in Ukraine continues to grow in intensity and scale of destruction.- The MH17 flight tragedy in Ukraine's eastern region has shocked the world.- The conservative death toll figures from the conflict since mid-April is now over 2000 people and 6000 wounded. More than half of those in the last month.  Recently about 60 have died every day. - The number refugees or internally displaced persons (IDP) is over 330,000. - In several large cities hundreds of thousands people are without basic…
  • Hope in Desolation

    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

    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

    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…
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    The Wandering Shepherd

  • God on the Move: “The Syrup Principle” – The Epistle of Galatians

    Randall Smith
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Have you ever tried to push something uphill that couldn’t get traction and rolled back on you? Years ago a heavy snow storm hit Jerusalem, and I had the wonderful privilege of driving up the slope of the west side of Mount Zion toward the Bishop Gobat school property to attend a meeting that I couldn’t seem to arrive at, because the road was unplowed and barely passable. What made matters even worse was the fact that the large boulders that normally marked the side of the road were hidden under the snow drifts, and navigating the road was made even more hazardous by objects that were…
  • Following His Footsteps: “The Truth Within” – Luke 7

    Randall Smith
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    Have you ever had someone suggest to you that you could find the truth about life WITHIN yourself? The other day I was invited to watch a motivational seminar on video by a Christian friend who thought I could really gain some insight from a well-known speaker. Because I know this friend well, I put it on the list of things I do for personal growth, and when it got to the top of the stack, I watched it. The man was entertaining and informative, and I found some of the information quite useful, that is, until he journeyed into “self as a source of truth.” That idea troubled me. There are…
  • God on the Move: “The Divine Right” – The Epistle to the Romans

    Randall Smith
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    What do you do when your life is falling apart? For some it can be the dreaded phone call that announced, “Sorry, the test came back positive, we are going to need to discuss options”. Perhaps yours was the announcement of a spouse, or the loss of someone you loved deeply. For others, your job fell apart even though you gave it more than any healthy and sane person should. One minute life is moving along, the next minute a powerful storm pummeled your life, and your plans seem to be in tatters. What do you do? I read a Huffington Post article some time back by a life coach named Tamara…
  • Following His Footsteps: “Misrepresented” – Matthew 10

    Randall Smith
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    Have you ever had someone misrepresent your position before others? The other day a friend explained to me that he got in trouble at work because he sent an email to someone in another department that was entirely appropriate, but that employee added offensive words to the end of the message and passed them on to his immediate supervisor with a stinging rebuke that made clear they “didn’t want to receive that kind of correspondence again.” Fortunately, my friend had a copy of the original still in his “sent” file – and it became clear that the problem wasn’t his email, but the…
  • God on the Move: “Fight the Good Fight” -Acts 19

    Randall Smith
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Recently, many American Christians I have spoken to became deeply concerned with the lack of a coherent strategy to face the growing global threat of ISIS. The mission community is watching this crisis, especially those of us who work in the Middle East region. Watching with horror as journalists were brutalized, many around the world reacted in fear, and wanted the comfort of our governmental leaders – and some are noticeably bitter about not getting what they wanted in assurances from Washington. Others are more concerned with the startling outbreak of the Ebola virus, and the seeming…
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    Dad Talk

  • Lessons from Cracker Jacks

    7 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
    I was recently contemplating the past, something I find myself doing more and more as I get older, when the thought of something exciting returned from my childhood. Cracker Jacks! Yes, we still see Cracker Jacks today on the shelves of our grocery stores.  Now mostly in bags, not boxes.  Shiny mylar bags with high definition pictures of the molasses candy covered popcorn and peanuts contained within.  Even the familiar Sailor Jack and his dog Bingo graces the bag.  Not much has changed from what I remember from my youth. One thing, however, is missing.  Well, more than one thing, but…
  • Chasing Jesus

    14 Feb 2012 | 10:33 am
    I am proud to present to you a guest blogger. Richard Gill. Yes Richard is related to me. He is my youngest brother in whom I am very well pleased. Not to take away from his bio, below, but his story is one that is quite a journey. A true chief of sinners to righteous servant story. A man after God’s own heart! Biography: Richard Gill lives with his wife and family on a small ranch in Oroville, CA. He enjoys riding his Harley, spending time with family and tinkering with the endless building projects that are required around the ranch and at his work as a contractor. His heart’s…
  • Just Another Magician

    5 Feb 2012 | 4:18 pm
    Just before the turn of the 19th century into the 20th century, there was a young man by the name of Erik Weiss. Erik was born in Hungary the son of a Rabbi, and immigrated to the United States, with his family, one of 7 siblings. The family settled in the state of Wisconsin, and later moved to Harlem, New York. At the age of 9, Erik took a job as a trapeze artist and called himself “Erik, the Prince of the Air”. As a young teen Erik became interested in the art of magic. He started out with simple card tricks and soon found himself performing in dime museums and sideshows. To…

    24 Sep 2011 | 5:33 am
    Mediocrity is something I have struggled with most of my life. It is something that has created many missed opportunities and immeasurable heart ache for me and my family. Recently, a good friend approached me and asked if I would accept a guest on this blog. This is something I would not do lightly. But Colonel Paul Longgrear, US Army retired, is a man who shares my heart for the fathers of this age. Paul is a true American hero and I recently had the honor of attending his induction into the Army Ranger Hall of Fame. His story is an extraordinary one and one Google search will show you why…
  • A Cat Named Pinky

    4 Sep 2011 | 6:19 pm
    In our relationship with God, we must realize there is a difference between the spiritual world and our physical world. Although the bible clearly states, in Matthew 16:19, “Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”. There is a difference in how we see ourselves on earth and how God sees us in the spirit. When I was a very small child my oldest sister Fern, as I recall, brought home a cat. This cat was a grey brindle with four white feet and a very pink nose. Based on what she saw, my sister named this…
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    Heart Choices

  • Five Minute Friday: Hold

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    It's Five Minute Friday when we are given a one word prompt and get to write for five minutes flat. The word for today is: HOLD.STARTThere are days when life seems wonderful and filled with fun. But there are days when life is very difficult.  I remind myself that these are seasons in life. And in each season there are lessons for me to learn to help me grow.But I must confess there are days when I'm barely holding on.Life is so different than what I expected. But God ...I am reminded of the Scripture above from Psalm 73:23. David was going through a difficult season in his life. He was…
  • Rain, Rain, Go Away

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Rain in Phoenix is a novelty. Normally, I'm thrilled when I hear the sound of rain on our roof. But early this morning was a different story. We had record rainfall. The ground in a desert like Phoenix can't absorb the rain quick enough so flooding occurs. We have many washes that are normally dry but they quickly fill up in storms like these. This morning we had almost five inches which is more than our annual levels.I woke up to the sound of commotion. My next door neighbor's condo was flooded. Greg and I quickly checked our condo for leaks. There was a small damp area in the dining room.
  • Five Minute Friday: Whisper

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    It's Five Minute Friday. We are given a one word writing prompt and get to write for five minutes flat. Our word for today is: WHISPER.STARTThe children were busy playing and making much noise. They were focused on the toys and not listening. I watched as Heidi tried to get their attention to no avail.Then she began to talk softly. A few heads looked up as they heard her voice. She continued to talk softly and gave instructions. Several other heads began to check to see what the few children were doing. I was amazed how she managed to change the atmosphere from a noisy classroom into…
  • Choosing What's Best

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    The children in our preschool class of three year olds were instructed to sit 'crisscross applesauce, hands in your lap'. But one little boy refused to listen. Each time his name was called he glanced up. But then just as quickly, he returned to what he was intent on doing.It can be frustrating getting children to understand and do what is asked. They want to do what they want to do, when they want to do it. If only they would listen and obey. After all, it's for their good.  And time won't be wasted with time out's and discipline.As I thought about this, I realized how like little…
  • 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…
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  • Boca Raton HCG Clinic Choices

    Rob C
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Boca Raton HCG Clinic Options Visit a HCG Clinic in Boca Raton if you’re serious about losing weight. It is evident that there is an obesity crisis occurring in North America. There are two reasons why this crisis is occurring. The first reason is because people are eating the wrong foods. Due to a busy lifestyle people are not taking the time to eat nutritiously. Fast food restaurants have become the source for people to eat at least one of their daily meals each day. Also, there is an alarming increase in soda pop consumption and other sugary foods. These types of foods lack the…
  • Local Buy Here Pay Here Financing Options

    Rob C
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Local Buy Here Pay Here Facts If you have bad credit then you probably know just how hard it is to get a loan of any kind. This is especially true if you are trying to secure a care loan. So how are you supposed to hold down a job without a car? How do you rebuild your credit if you nobody will give you a car loan? A local buy here pay here financing option is the type of solution that can help you to overcome these issues. The problem with having bad credit is that lenders don’t take the time to get to know you personally. They don’t ask what caused the problems that you had…
  • All You Need To Know About Gun Hydrographics Printing

    Rob C
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Looking Into Gun Hydrographics? You don’t have to worry that the term “gun hydrographics” sounds threatening or very complicated because it really is not. It is just a very effective way of changing how the surface of your item looks into various designs and colors that you can choose. Now, hydrographics printing has many names (hydro printing, hydrodipping, water transfer printing, fluid imaging) but at the end of the day, they all mean the same thing. Here is the cool way in which the methodology of this printing process happens. There is a soluble film on which you will find various…
  • Why Use In-House Financing Car Dealers?

    Rob C
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    In-House Financing Explained With so many Americans suffering from debt and poor credit scores, in-house financing car dealers are becoming increasingly popular. Working with in house financing car dealers doesn’t come without its cons and risks, such as increased down payments, interest rates, and repossession rates. However, those who are able to look past these flaws and who are willing to make their payments on time now have a chance to finance a vehicle without a high credit score. What Is It? In-house financing car dealers are dealerships who offer financing deals on their cars…
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    Coffee Shop Journal

  • John W. Gardner: Leaders are Lifelong Learners

    Marla Saunders
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    I came across this speech by John W. Gardner today. I don’t often get stopped in my tracks by speeches from nearly 25 years ago, but when Harvard Business Review posted an article on lifelong learning, my curiosity was piqued. I was rewarded by this beautiful speech that inspired me to live with purpose, meaning and interest. The quote below is just a snippet of the full speech, which is worth the time you will spend reading it and digesting its meaning. “Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something…
  • Vendor or Partner?

    Marla Saunders
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:36 am
    I read a great article on Agency Post today about seeing yourself as a partner in your client’s business, rather than as a vendor. Partners are fully vested in the business, will put in the extra hours needed to let it succeed, and will allow their minds to dwell on creative options to solve everyday challenges. Partners will have “Eureka!” moments in the shower. Vendors, on the other hand, do not. They provide a service or an engagement and walk away. Our companies have always approached clients as partners without actually using those terms. That focus on learning a new…
  • Journey

    Marla Saunders
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:25 am
    Blessed are those who make You their strength, for they treasure every step of the journey. On their way through the valleys they stop and dig wells to collect refreshing spring water, and the early rains fill the pools. They journey from place to place gaining strength along the way, until they meet God in Zion.   – Psalm 84:5-7 (The Voice translation)
  • Why I am saying “No” to business

    Marla Saunders
    13 Jun 2014 | 12:21 pm
    On a recent airplane flight from LA to Hawaii I found myself without a book to read. My iPad mini was loaded with at least ten books in the “to be read” queue, but I was thinking about beaches and sunshine. I knew I needed a real, physical, old-fashioned book. Without much hope, I popped into the airport sundries shop and managed to strike gold. Essentialism, by Greg McKeown, is one of those books that is likely to change my life over the course of the next year in ways I did not anticipate. Bottom Line Premise: Once you stop trying to do it all, you can make your highest…
  • Farming is making a comeback!

    Marla Saunders
    5 Jun 2014 | 1:52 pm
    One of the perks of my job is getting to dive into our client’s businesses during the course of our work with them. I love our Discovery Process where we lead the clients through really fun exercises that lead to deep insights about their industry and their brand. In the process, our team gets to learn details about another industry from the inside out. A favorite client of ours has been Farm Credit of Florida. It turns out that the Farm Credit system was established by the government back in 1916 to provide stability and financing to the agricultural industry. Nearing 100 now, Farm…
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  • that time my son reminded me how God is in control

    Dan King
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Sometimes you just need a reminder that God is in control.Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule And sometimes God speaks to us in the most unexpected ways. That happened to Krista and I the other day. It’s been a whirlwind of a week. If you told me a week ago that we’d have a newborn baby in our house within the week, I would have told you that you’re crazy. We’ve wanted to adopt for a couple of years, but nothing ever seemed to work out or feel right. So when I got the phone call asking me if we wanted to take in a baby just born the day before with the possibility…
  • 3 lessons from a year of activist faith

    Dan King
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The Activist Faith project has been more than a book project for me. It’s been part of a process of discovering a way of life. The process started in my heart several years ago, and it’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since the book was released. In the last year of my #activistfaith journey, I’ve experienced some amazing stuff (in no particular order): Conducted several radio interviews, including one on Moody Radio The building of a school dreamed of by a Haitian pastor, and funded by a once-in-a lifetime team of bloggers A visit to an incredible…
  • how to do social justice while you work

    Dan King
    29 May 2014 | 2:26 pm
    I got to introduce someone to the wide-open world of Google. It was a few years ago, but still… it was around the time the word “google” was being added to the dictionary in verb form, meaning “to search the Internet to find information.” I forget her name, but I remember her amazement quite clearly. There was an expected bit of sensory overload, mixed with an equal amount of head-spinning at the virtually limitless possibilities. It was something like watching a person who had been blind their whole life able to see for the first time. The company I worked for…
  • gravity waves, the big bang, and my unshakable faith

    Dan King
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:28 am
    This post is probably going to get some people mad at me. I just noticed that Big Bang is a trending conversation on Facebook, and saw some really fascinating articles about how astronomers believe they’ve finally proven the Big Bang Theory. I don’t really fully understand the science myself. And I’m not going to pretend to say that I know enough to argue against it. Essentially, they’ve found some gravity waves that prove the rapid expansion of the Universe in the first few nanoseconds after the Big Bang. It’s being called one of the greatest discoveries of our…
  • #selfies with jerry

    Dan King
    27 Jan 2014 | 12:54 pm
    One of the many highlights of the #AfricaWH blogger trip for me was meeting Jerry. He’s an orphan living at Destiny Villages of Hope in Uganda, thanks to Operation Baby Rescue (a World Help initiative). After watching this video about his story, I think meeting Jerry was at the top of almost everyone’s list when we arrived at the village… Jerry will likely never know that our short time together had a profound impact on me. He helped me remember a very important life principle, and he did it in a kind of unexpected way. He did it through #selfies. I was holding him, and…
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    Biblical Preaching

  • David Murray – Rehearsal for Calvary

    Peter Mead
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    David Murray is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Seminary.  He is also pastor of Grand Rapids Free Reformed Church.  David is the author of Christian Get Depressed Too, How Sermons Work, and Jesus on Every Page (USA Link).  You can read his blog, HeadHeartHand or follow him on Twitter @davidpmurray.  David is married to Shona and they have five children ranging from 1 to 18 years old.  I am thankful to David for contibuting to our Incarnation Series marking the release of Pleased to Dwell. Here, David takes us back to the book of Judges and points…
  • Peter Comont – Jesus Wept

    Peter Mead
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    Peter Comont is  the Senior Pastor of Trinity Church Oxford, a new church plant in heart of the city of Oxford.  He is involved with several initiatives to teach, train and nurture the next generation of leaders including Living Leadership, the Porterbrook Seminary,  and the South Central Ministry Training Course.  Peter and I met at a conference in Asia several years ago and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations during those days.  In today’s Incarnation Series guest post, Peter offers us a really helpful reflection on the subject of the incarnation, God and what constitutes…
  • Jordan Scheetz – The Incarnation in the Old Testament

    Peter Mead
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:23 am
    Jordan Scheetz is Chair of Biblical and Exegetical Studies, and Associate Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature, at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Amsterdam, NL.  Jordan has been a good friend for many years and I’ve always appreciated his passion for God’s Word and making disciples.  He wrote The Concept of Canonical Intertextuality and the Book of Daniel (2012).  In this series, marking the release of Pleased to Dwell, Jordan looks at the rich Old Testament themes weaving together to point us to the Incarnation of the Messiah: _________________________________…
  • Dane Ortlund – Life As It Was Meant To Be?

    Peter Mead
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Dane Ortlund is Senior Vice President at Crossway.  He is the author of several books, most recently Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God (August, 2014).  I really appreciated Dane’s A New Inner Relish and so am eagerly awaiting my copy of his new book.  In this Incarnation Series guest post, Dane prompts us to re-think Jesus’ miracles in light of the incarnation.  (Dane’s books are available via (UK) & (US) as well as all other good book retailers!) _________________________________ In his essay “Is…
  • Bruce Fong – Inspirational Incarnational Influences on Expository Preaching

    Peter Mead
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:42 pm
    My first ever seminary class was with Dr Bruce Fong sixteen years ago.  It was such a joy to walk through half the Bible under Bruce’s contagious laugh and delight in the Scriptures.  We have both changed jobs a couple of times since then, but he is now the Dean of Dallas Theological Seminary’s Houston Campus.  Bruce blogs regularly on  As we continue this series marking the release of Pleased to Dwell, Bruce shares with us some thoughts on the difference the Incarnation makes to expository preaching. _________________________________ Every preacher is…
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  • Christ in All of Scripture – Proverbs 29:23

    Lizzy Jeffers
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
      Proverbs 29:23 “One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.” Humility. The surprise of God’s wisdom is that it outfoxes our own intuitive formulas for success. Pride feels smart, but is foolish (Prov. 26:12). Inevitably, pride goes before a fall (Prov. 16:18). “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (Prov. 14:12; 16:25). This is so because in selfishness and impatience our pride overreaches. Pride even hastens judgment, because it scorns the saving Word of God (Prov. 13:13). By contrast,…
  • September’s New & Notable Books

    Matt Tully
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    Wellness For The Glory of God: Living Well after 40 with Joy and Contentment in All of Life John Dunlop, MD This book encourages older Christians to embrace aging as a gift from God, incorporating the physical, mental, social, financial, spiritual, and emotional aspects of a person’s life into a holistic definition of wellness. “This is a fascinating book filled with rich, practical wisdom from the Bible and from a lifetime of treating thousands of patients. Highly recommended!” Wayne Grudem Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary Learn…
  • Crossway’s Heirloom Line of Bibles

    Lizzy Jeffers
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    “Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments.” Psalm 119:129–131 “The uniqueness of Scripture is found not just in its wisdom or even its divine origin. What makes the Bible utterly unlike any other book–religious or otherwise–is the unsurpassed grace we encounter on its pages. We need Scripture because without it we cannot know the love of God. God’s gracious self-disclosure comes to us through the Word made flesh and…
  • Announcing Crossway Direct-to-Church

    Matt Tully
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    What Is Direct-to-Church? Crossway was founded over 75 years ago with a small budget and a big vision for sharing the good news with the world. Most churches find themselves in the same situation—limited by finances but driven by a great mission. Crossway’s new Direct-to-Church program enables churches to buy books and Bibles in bulk—with pricing that supports their ministry efforts and honors their church’s budget. As part of the program, churches receive: 40% off bulk pricing Free shipping and handling (US addresses) Updates on new church resources and exclusive seasonal sales Sign…
  • Midweek Roundup – 9/17/14

    Matt Tully
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:15 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. Dave Harvey on the importance of reading for leaders You’re a pastor, aspiring pastor, or church planter, which means you’re busy. Not to go all DeYoung on you, but you’re “crazy busy!” If you’re already pastoring, then you’ve got stuff to do, people to see, sermons to prepare, meetings to attend, hospital visits to…
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  • Making Parents Look Good

    Jonathan Cliff
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m a small group leader and a parent. Actually I’m a parent first. Maybe I should rewrite that first statement. As a parent, I love nothing more than to see my kid receive attention from adults that mean them well and want to see them succeed. But selfishly, I love a small group leader that can do that while making me look good in front of my kids. I don’t want a small group leader that is a “better voice” for my kids, I want one that is “another voice” for my kids. As small group leaders learn to embrace the role as an accompanying voice in the life of my kid, the more value…
  • Getting the “New Kid” to Open Up

    Jonathan Cliff
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    As a Small Group you leader you need to have the ability to get kids to open up to you.  We need to feel pretty confident that we can get any kid, anywhere, in most any circumstance to talk with us.   You may be thinking, “I just wish I could get my kids to STOP talking so much!”  But I’m not talking about the kids you know, I m talking about those first time kids that come into our group, or maybe the kid in the checkout line at Wal-Mart (of course in public make sure you don’t creep the parents out and be sure to invite them to your church). Are there things you can do to get…
  • Ideology towards Practicality

    Jonathan Cliff
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m a father and I’m learning. I’m learning that signing my son up for baseball means I get to sit outside in the freezing cold March nights. I’m learning that my daughter will talk about her favorite songs for hours on end. I’m learning that what my kids hear at church isn’t necessarily easy for them to do right away. I’m learning that my children are a much greater challenge to me than my job as a leader of children’s ministries. I’m also a pastor and I’m learning. I’m learning that setting things on fire in a building with sensitive smoke detectors is not a great…
  • 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 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”…
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  • Poetry: Too and To

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Too and ToToo sick tonight  Too sick to fightToo sick to be right  Too sick to make it to midnight.Too many broken dreams  Too many failed schemesToo many unheard screams  Too many of life’s extremes.Too is abundance, to is towards   Too is my circumference, to is like new cordsToo is heavy, to is free flight.Too will be laid down, to heaven I’ll go tonight.Chere L Brown, Fort Worth, TX, June 3, 2014
  • Poetry: Pills

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    PillsPillsRound solutions To all that illsPills, pills, pillsPillsHard solutionsFor the over the hillPills, pills, pillsPillsScientific solutions Can they save or will they killPills, pills, pillsBy Chere L. Brown, Fort Worth, TX 2012
  • My Couch

    15 Jul 2012 | 9:24 am
    This is the day I spent all day doing nothing on my couch.Oh, I watched a biography on Jamie Foxx and another about John Ritter; I guess that was something.In my mind I stayed busy.I checked my email, read my Google Reader, viewed my Facebook, and watched a half dozen Ted Talks. At different intervals, exhausted from such mental excursion, I took two naps. The only times I left my couch were to go to the bathroom and to warm something in the microwave, which I ate while sitting on my couch. At times my couch is much like an astronaut’s pilot seat.It is very confining, but gives me an…
  • Shannon's Story: Shannon's Obituary

    8 Jan 2010 | 11:40 pm
    Shannon Ivy Brown September 14, 1968 – December 19, 2009 Shannon Ivy Brown died December 19, 2009 after thirty years of serious health conditions starting with a brain tumor at age 11.She died in Richmond, California due to a septic blood infection.She was 41 years old. Shannon Ivy Brown was born September 14, 1968 to Daryl Thomas Brown and Chere Lynn Brown (Barnett) in Seattle, Washington.Shannon has lived with her mother in Washington, California, Nevada, Tennessee and Vermont.She has been a resident of Richmond for 11 years. She had a wonderful sense of humor. Shannon’s greatest…
  • History As Lived By The Cracker Lady: Auld Lang Syne (Millennium/Freedom Mix)-Kenny G

    1 Jan 2010 | 12:05 am
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    Jenna Brooks - Read My Mind: Culture and Other Things

  • The Cheat

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:22 pm
    I heard the phrase again at work the other day: “Be careful what you ask for.” I hate that snippet of conventional wisdom. It just bugs me. To be honest, I reject most of the ideas that people call “conventional wisdom”, especially those which smack of cynicism to me. I especially dislike this one, though. Be careful what you ask for? What a hopeless way to exist. Autonomous. Self-reliant. Won’t get taken in. Cynics. We’ve all been exposed to too many of them lately. I don't know about you, but they sometimes get under my skin, leaving…
  • It's All About "Choice"

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    "Bailey" went to GoFundMe to ask people to pay for her abortion. GoFundMe didn't want to support her efforts, so they deleted her.Maybe it's just me - it usually is - but there's a dark, delicious irony in a Facebook page I came across, one which has a case of the vapors over the fact that GoFundMe aborted Bailey's page:"...please continue to email GoFundMe and express your outrage that Bailey's page was taken down in the first place."Hey, chill. After all, GoFundMe is just exercising their Right to Choose.Oh, but reports say that they did forward the money that people…
  • 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…
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • Rumor: Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Play Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone Movie

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Oliver Stone may have found his Edward Snowden. According to Deadline, even though no formal contract has been signed, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has told the controversial filmmaker that he is interested in playing the infamous former NSA contractor in a new biopic. Stone’s team has already secured the rights to a novel by Snowden—about a whistleblower seeking international asylum—and another journalistic book about his leak of top-secret documents. The movie is set to begin shooting in December ...
  • Watch the Most Inspiring Postgame Interview Ever Recorded

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    Start your week with some inspiration from high school running back Apollos Hester—possibly the world’s most motivational football player. Following a recent Friday night victory by his East View Patriots the young gridiron star went on local TV, delivering one of the most inspirational postgame interviews, possibly ever recorded. Clear eyes. Full hearts ...
  • More than 300K People Marched on New York to Bring Awareness to Climate Change

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    This weekend, more than 300,000 people marched on midtown Manhattan in what’s being called “the largest mobilization against climate change in the history of the planet.” Celebrities (including Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo), political leaders (including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and former Vice President Al Gore) and people who were bussed in from cities around the country took part in the People’s Climate March, a massive effort to persuade world leaders to take more dramatic action to fight climate change. This week, global political leaders will gather at a UN summit…
  • Scott Harrison

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    On this week's podcast we catch up with Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of Charity: Water. They're doing some amazing things right now - including their September Campaign - and you'll love hearing Scott talk about a new product they're rolling out. We also spotlight a great singer/songwriter, Noah Gundersen, and talk to him about his new album, Ledges. As for the rest of the show, we effortlessly connect seemingly unrelated topics like brick ovens, Wilford Brimley, asbestos, guns, succulents, Nik Wallenda, gords and the show Utopia. Impossible, you say? You clearly don't know what we're…
  • You Too Can Have Miley Cyrus Design Your Next Tattoo

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    Want a new tattoo but just not sure what to get? Lucky you, you don't have to think about it anymore, because Miley Cyrus, America's sweetheart, will happily design one for you. All you have to do is donate $10,000 to My Friend's Place, the Los Angeles-based charity for homeless teens Miley's taken under her wing of late. So, hey, the money's going to a good cause, so what are you waiting for? And if $10,000 sounds a little steep, never fear—she's got lesser goodies for you. For a mere $40, Miley will send you a bevy of temporary tattoos she's designed. That sounds like a pretty good…
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    Travel Deals Blog

  • Belize Hotel Deals

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $132 & up — Belize City Hotel w/ Free Parking The two-story Best Western has 75 rooms, both smoking and non-smoking, with exterior entrances built around an outdoor courtyard. $175 & up — Waterfront Condominium Resort, Up to 30% Off At Hopkins Bay Belize, relax by an outdoor pool or hit the private beach where you can enjoy [...]
  • All-Inclusive Luxury Resort Deals

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    3 Night Escape in Quintana Roo + All Inclusive Includes welcome cocktails, meals for 2, unlimited beverages, resort savings & more. $825 & up — Montego Bay, Jamaica: 3-Night Luxury Package, Up to 35% Off Includes exclusive Preferred Club amenities, Unlimited-Luxury activities & amenities. Travel through March 31, 2015. $4915 — Virgin Gorda, BVI: 7 Nights Ocean Suite Package [...]
  • Spain Hotel Deals

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $128 & up — Great Rates at Unique 5-Star Hotel in Madrid Located in the heart of Madrid’s entertainment district, features 2 contemporary restaurants, a bar on the rooftop terrace, a nightclub, a fitness center and a heated indoor swimming pool. $205 & up — 5-Star Luxury Hotel Near Madrid’s Attractions on Sale Close to Sorolla Museum, Prado [...]
  • Caribbean Cruise Deals

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $109 & up — Bahamas Long Weekend Cruises incl. Nassau Invigorate your senses with an excursion to the Bahamas and get up to $150 onboard credit when you book 9 months in advance. $159 — Bahamas 4-Night Cruise w/$200 Credit, R/T Florida Cruise to  Bahamas departing from Ft. Lauderdale aboard Caribbean Princess. $219 & up — 4-Nt. Caribbean Cruise [...]
  • Maldives Hotel Deals

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $2999 & up – 4 Nights Deluxe Villa Package for 2 Travelers, 25% Off In the endless expanse of azure Indian Ocean, Baros Maldives is a paradisiacal retreat set on a small coral island, ready to make your dreams come true. Includes roundtrip speedboat, meals amd Complimentary resort amenities. $10405 & up – 7 Nights Water Villa [...]
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    Chilly Chilton | ... I help people.

  • Truth IS Dare!

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Truth is powerful. Truth is Jesus! I’ve found myself making choices in behavior, attitude and thought that directly relate to a renewed relationship with Jesus (truth) and His Word.  IF I’m not improving, then I’m proving that I’m lazy, lying or lost. Freedom is a gift not a right, it comes through Christ not charisma. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free … So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”John 8:32, 36 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except…
  • Gems

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
     Jesus said, “Every teacher of religious law who becomes a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a homeowner who brings from his storeroom new gems of truth as well as old.”  Matthew 13:52 I like this for a couple of reasons: 1. Jesus opens the thought & door for religious teachers to be redeemed – in fact, He speaks to the wealth (blessing) that such a conversion brings to the body of Christ! 2. So often we see Jesus ONLY rebuking them or them ATTACKING Him – but, there were many during Jesus earthly mission and afterwards that wholeheartedly changed – NEVER…
  • 48

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Reading some Psalm 48 as my 48th birthday begins… O God, we meditate on your unfailing love as we worship in your Temple. As your name deserves, O God, you will be praised to the ends of the earth. Your strong right hand is filled with victory. For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die. Psalm 48:9-10, 14 “It takes a long time to become young.”  ~ Pablo Picasso
  • Too Much Me

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    morning hair – no filter So, here’s some random stuff about me – in no particular order … for the most part, this is an absolutely pointless, random blog  – so many things that you simply DON’T want or need to know. Enjoy (or not)… it’s entirely up to you!   I love seafood and hate cinnamon. I try to run and eat right every day (don’t laugh). I’ve jumped off 80′ cliffs but never parachuted from an airplane or bungeed off a bridge. I’ve been to 49 states – still waiting on Alaska – hmm, you know,…
  • My Take on Ferguson

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am 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.  -…
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    The Underground

  • Staff Playlist (September 2014)

    Michael Ernest
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
    We love music, and because we love you as much, we decided to share with you what has been enjoying heavy rotation on our media players. “Forever” by Kari Jobe Just because I love Kari Jobe,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Stay in School

    Ronnie McBrayer
    4 Dec 0001 | 4:00 pm
    The Buddha said, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Well, ready or not kids, your teachers are showing up in classrooms everywhere. It’s time to crack open the books, slip the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hot Single Releases (August – September 2014)

    Michael Ernest
    4 Dec 0001 | 4:00 pm
    From Capital Kings to Trip Lee, we bring to you the hot new single/video releases. “I Am Not Alone” by Kari Jobe Kari Jobe dropped the single/ music video for her song “I Am Not Alone” which... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lessons in Life

    Ronnie McBrayer
    4 Dec 0001 | 4:00 pm
    My youngest son started middle school this year. On the first day of classes, climbing on the bus with all his Number Two pencils and three-ring binders, he also carried with them enough anxiety to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Belief, Not Belligerency

    Ronnie McBrayer
    4 Dec 0001 | 4:00 pm
    “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” These are the words of Simon Peter, one of Jesus’ first disciples, written to some of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Rumor: Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Play Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone Movie

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Oliver Stone may have found his Edward Snowden. According to Deadline, even though no formal contract has been signed, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has told the controversial filmmaker that he is interested in playing the infamous former NSA contractor in a new biopic. Stone’s team has already secured the rights to a novel by Snowden—about a whistleblower seeking international asylum—and another journalistic book about his leak of top-secret documents. The movie is set to begin shooting in December ...
  • Watch the Most Inspiring Postgame Interview Ever Recorded

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    Start your week with some inspiration from high school running back Apollos Hester—possibly the world’s most motivational football player. Following a recent Friday night victory by his East View Patriots the young gridiron star went on local TV, delivering one of the most inspirational postgame interviews, possibly ever recorded. Clear eyes. Full hearts ...
  • More than 300K People Marched on New York to Bring Awareness to Climate Change

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    This weekend, more than 300,000 people marched on midtown Manhattan in what’s being called “the largest mobilization against climate change in the history of the planet.” Celebrities (including Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo), political leaders (including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and former Vice President Al Gore) and people who were bussed in from cities around the country took part in the People’s Climate March, a massive effort to persuade world leaders to take more dramatic action to fight climate change. This week, global political leaders will gather at a UN summit…
  • Scott Harrison

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    On this week's podcast we catch up with Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of Charity: Water. They're doing some amazing things right now - including their September Campaign - and you'll love hearing Scott talk about a new product they're rolling out. We also spotlight a great singer/songwriter, Noah Gundersen, and talk to him about his new album, Ledges. As for the rest of the show, we effortlessly connect seemingly unrelated topics like brick ovens, Wilford Brimley, asbestos, guns, succulents, Nik Wallenda, gords and the show Utopia. Impossible, you say? You clearly don't know what we're…
  • You Too Can Have Miley Cyrus Design Your Next Tattoo

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    Want a new tattoo but just not sure what to get? Lucky you, you don't have to think about it anymore, because Miley Cyrus, America's sweetheart, will happily design one for you. All you have to do is donate $10,000 to My Friend's Place, the Los Angeles-based charity for homeless teens Miley's taken under her wing of late. So, hey, the money's going to a good cause, so what are you waiting for? And if $10,000 sounds a little steep, never fear—she's got lesser goodies for you. For a mere $40, Miley will send you a bevy of temporary tattoos she's designed. That sounds like a pretty good…
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    Faith Barista{Soul Rest Sunday} Sing Me a New Song | Faith Barista

  • {Soul Rest Sunday} Sing Me a New Song

    Bonnie Gray
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    you are good soil and I am your seed. {what I hear God whispering to me} new moon rising in the twilight    I want to sing a new song. But I can’t be sure. My heart has been rising and setting on an old song. The hours pass and the days move like water turning under the moonlit sky. It’s really what I long for. But it’s always been good enough. Not anymore. Something is changing in me, Lord. There’s a new moon rising in the twilight of my night. Something is changing. I’m daring to believe — and I don’t want to look away. Do you have a new…
  • Sparkle. Psst…It’s a Blog Birthday! {Everlasting Light Jewelry Giveaway}

    Bonnie Gray
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    {5 years ago, I cried bitter tears here into the sand, feeling weary and small. I started writing & a blog named FaithBarista was born. asilomar state beach, pacific grove, ca} Today, we’re celebrating Faith Barista’s 5th birthday!   Celebrate with me! Enter to win one of DaySpring’s Everlasting Light Jewelry Giveaway at the end of today’s post. Three Winners. Pick up a copy of my book Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest for yourself. (I’d love to meet with you between the pages!) Or gift this book to help me bring rest and beauty…
  • the Anniversary. the song of soul intimacy. whitespace for couples.

    Bonnie Gray
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
      Oh, who would have ever known it Could be this easy? I was a long, long way off. Then just like that it was over, Everything I knew of love… I was a long, long way off. Thank you for opening the window. The sky is clear as my mind is now, I was a long, long way off. Join me in welcoming the sun in, It’s much brighter than the night I hid in, I was a long, long way off.  And I think I like how the day sounds, Through this new song.   And I think I like how the day sounds, Like how the day sounds, Through this new Song. From a long way down… Yeah, it’s well worth the…
  • An Intimate Encounter: Choose

    Bonnie Gray
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    {page in my prayer journal 5/27/12 when my panic attacks first began & i could not stop them. i wrote a page of “i choose”.} Two years ago, when I was just beginning my journey into the deepest of my most painful memories, when my panic attacks first began — I felt so hopeless.  What can I possibly do, when I can’t even control my breathing? I felt I had no choices. I couldn’t do anything.   As I cried without consolation, like fog slowly moving across the west ridges along the coast, I felt a slow tenderness touch my heart through the words David once…
  • My One Wild Desire: Say Yes to Rest Monday (An Soulful Invitation)

    Bonnie Gray
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    {soulful, beautiful hand art created by Annie Barnett. Be SmallStudios} There’s been something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. But, I’ve been afraid to begin. I’ve been afraid because the internet – social media – gives my heart an allergic reaction. I don’t want to be part of the noise and quite frankly, all these images, challenges, tips and advice rushing through the stream of online information makes me feel anxious. It’s a very noisy and crowded space.  And it overwhelms me.  It takes me away from that quiet place inside me.
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    Sustainable Traditions

  • Journal of a New Agrarian: Killing Chickens

    Jason Fowler
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    We are missing something fundamental in how we think about and practice meat eating. A lost agrarian skill - killing chickens - connects life and death. The post Journal of a New Agrarian: Killing Chickens appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling and Community (Book Review)

    Jason Fowler
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    Planted is a fascinating and enjoyable read...with an important message to embody our discipleship to Jesus in lived community and creation care. The post Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling and Community (Book Review) appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Soil of the Heart

    Jason Fowler
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It all begins, as the author reminds us, with brokenness before our Creator who is the Great Farmer to the soil of our hearts. The post Soil of the Heart appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Plain Speaking

    Lydia Reese
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    I think that plain speech is really difficult to do, but it is a really valuable thing when living with one another. Especially when you’re feeling a bit peeved at someone... The post Plain Speaking appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Avad: To Serve The Earth

    Lydia Reese
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    God is not asking us to turn everything into a productive vegetable garden, but is asking us to serve the needs of our earth, and to recognize its goodness and worth. The post Avad: To Serve The Earth appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
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    Mr. Garner Goes To Washington

  • Turtle Invaders Are Here!

    Rick Garner
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Zyrobotics, LLC for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.It's sad to think that some of you reading this have never heard of or played Space Invaders. Ah, the memories of playing that game at the mall arcade (something else long gone)! Sigh. Now, multiple game platforms exist and few games are more convenient than those playable via apps on your phone. With a wink at the classic Space Invaders approach, Turtle Invaders is a new app for younger children and children with special needs. I downloaded it and took it for a spin.You are an octupus…
  • Where Are You, iEmanuella?

    Rick Garner
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    One of the things I love about the web is finding fascinating people and resources. Last week, a video was shared on my Facebook feed. You can see the first thing that I saw below, a young girl showing words on card. Like me, you've probably seen dozens of these. I chose to watch it out of curiosity. The video wasn't just a story of a young woman growing in her faith, it was also a call to action. A challenge to love people first, regardless of their choices or if they agree with you. At the video's end was apparently the girl's online identity in white text over a black: iEmanuellaGoogling…
  • Issuing A New Challenge

    Rick Garner
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    Last weekend, I was called out to take the #ALSIceBucketChallenge by a friend. The following week, Georgia was called out by a friend to take the challenge. While I had a week to fulfill my challenge, G was given the typical 24 hours. We made her deadline but not before it had gotten nearly too dark to record outside. G and I agreed we'd "dunk" each other. We also discussed changing things up a bit and not donating to ALS. Instead, we chose to donate a scholarship to Girls Grace Adventure which is a discipleship oriented program for 2nd through 5th grade girls. GGA takes place at Grace…
  • Gary Needed Gas

    Rick Garner
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    An unusual event happened Monday around 6pm, and I'm curious how you would interpret the event.I arrived at the BP gas station in Maple Lawn and immediately noticed a man talking to another woman at a gas pump. By her body language she wasn't very receptive to what he was sharing. By his voice, he seemed sincere and somewhat desperate.As I turned off my car's engine and finished a text on my phone, the man walked over to a woman at the pump in front of me and began sharing his story with her. As I listened to his words, I considered just staying in my car or even driving away. For a moment,…
  • 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 hand 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.
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  • I Go to the Water

    Jay Cookingham
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    I go to the water Waves lapping Shore defining The water comes to me (c) 2014 Jay Cookingham  When I need a Sabbath, I try to go to the water and today I am down by the Hudson River.I need rest for a weary soul.So I steal a few hours from a schedule thick of life, responsibilities and things to do. I drink in the power of the river and I ponder the Psalms...He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it flowed through the desert like a river. Psalm 105:41Restless like the river, I move to a few secluded spots I know, hoping to find the one that fits. I do and silence…
  • 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…
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    Christianity 201

  • One Single Rule, One Solitary Commandment

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    1Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden ‘?” 2The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'” 4The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5“For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be…
  • New Earth, New Bodies

    20 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    If you haven’t already, you really should read Randy Alcorn’s book Heaven. He introduces the idea that despite hundreds of references in scripture to the hereafter, only a couple of them seem to point to some place up there. Most talk about a new earth. This idea somewhat conflicts with some of the things we were taught in Sunday School, and like other doctrines, we often find ourselves having to re-learn things as we get older. If the book’s 530 pages is intimidating, allow me to recommend Randy’s shorter version of it, 50 Days of Heaven: Reflections Which Bring…
  • The Devil is in the Details

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Earlier today, Kevin Rogers had an interesting article at his blog, The Orphan Age, which gives us a few things to think about. When do we place the blame on the Devil? Aren’t some things just the consequences of living in a fallen world?  To read this at source, click the title below. (We’ve used a lot of Kevin’s writing here over the years, so please send him some link love by clicking through.) DIAGNOSING BEDEVILMENT When it comes to understanding strange behavior there is plenty of controversial speculation about how the Devil is involved. There may be two extremes in…
  • A Great Giving Church

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Regular columnist Clarke Dixon returns this week with a look at Acts 2.  To read this at his blog, Sunday’s Shrunk Sermon, click the title below. Generosity and the Acts 2 Church 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 Day by day, as they spent much time…
  • Compassion in Action

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.  ~James 1:22 NLT Yesterday I shared this post at Thinking Out Loud, but wanted to also cross-post it here as well.  Diane Lindstrom blogs at Nice One Nana! To read this at source, click the title below. The Fog of a Broken Heart Apparently, the two most common lies are “I’m fine” and “It’s OK.” Casual conversation seems to trap us into a practiced script that alienates us from exposing the truth about who and how we really are. It’s difficult to be honest with…
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    Worthy Christian News

  • Diplomats: Iran open to softened US nuke proposal

    Worthy News Staff
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)– With Iran refusing US demands that it gut its uranium enrichment program, the two sides are now discussing a new proposal that would leave much of Tehran's enriching machines in place but disconnected from feeds of uranium, diplomats told The Associated Press Saturday. The talks have been stalled for months over Iran’s opposition to sharply reducing the size and output of centrifuges that can enrich uranium to levels needed for reactor fuel or weapons-grade material used in the core of nuclear warheads. Iran says its enrichment program is only for…
  • Megachurch Pays to Part From Fellow Presbyterians

    Worthy News Staff
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:48 am
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)– A large Christian congregation will spend nearly $8 million to separate from a denomination that has increasingly embraced a liberal theology, according to TheBlaze. Nearly 90 percent of the congregation of Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, voted in October to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) and join the theologically orthodox Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians. But to retain its church property after officially leaving its former denomination, the congregation will have to pay it…
  • Poll: Nearly Half of Palestinians Support Armed Struggle Against Israel

    Worthy News Staff
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:37 am
    JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– A public opinion poll published on Tuesday showed that half of the Palestinian public supports an armed intifada against Israel, the Jerusalem Post reported. The poll, published by the Nablus-based An-Najah University, included 1,360 Palestinians (860 from the West Bank and 500 from the Gaza Strip) above the age of 18, was conducted during the period from 11-13 September. It has a margin of error of three percent. The poll showed that 49% of respondents favored an armed intifada against Israel as opposed to 44% who said they were against it. Still, 56% said they…
  • Obama To Deploy 3,000 Troops to Fight Ebola

    Worthy News Staff
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:28 am
    WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)– President Barack Obama on Tuesday called West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the U.S. role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment of 3,000 troops to the region, Reuters reported. "The reality is that this epidemic is going to get worse before it gets better," Obama said at the Atlanta headquarters of the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "But, right now, the world still has an opportunity to save countless lives. Right now, the world…
  • More Mega 9.0 Earthquakes Are Coming, Study Says

    Worthy News Staff
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:23 am
    WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)– No one should be surprised if a magnitude-9 megaquake erupts off America's West Coast — or anywhere else around the Pacific Ocean's "Ring of Fire," for that matter, NBC News reported. That's the upshot of a study in October's issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America: Researchers say that computer models of future seismic activity, plus a check of past activity going back thousand of years, suggest most of the Pacific's earthquake zones are capable of generating shocks at least as strong as magnitude…
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    Worthy Christian Devotional - Daily Devotion

  • Kiss the Son, lest He be angry!

    George Whitten
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Psalms 2:10-12 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. Revelation 5:12-13 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such…
  • Give a Good Word!

    George Whitten
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:58 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad. A friend writes: "My father did some pretty nasty things to me. But at the end of his life, as I kneeled by his bedside, I told him how thankful I was for every good thing he had done and every way he had blessed me, and there were many. We were good friends when he passed away." One of the greatest regrets you can avoid at the end of your life is the failure to praise others when they deserved it, (and even when they didn't). But why is it…
  • Take up your mantle!

    George Whitten
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions 2Kings 2:13-15 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;  And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.  And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. When Elijah…
  • Be Fruitful in Spite of Your Circumstances!

    George Whitten
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Matthew 7:17-20 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a corrupt tree bears evil fruit. A good tree cannot produce evil fruit, nor can a corrupt tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. So then you will know them by their fruits. In Israel, it's amazing how many trees are being planted all the time. In fact, the green line that you hear about so much in the news isn't an actual drawn borderline, but it is a visible line you can only see from the air. It's where…
  • Speak a Word of Encouragement in Due Season!

    George Whitten
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. William Wilberforce led a campaign against the British Parliament to abolish slavery in the late 1700's and early 1800's. During the course of his intense efforts, Wilberforce came to a desperate place of discouragement, feeling he had absolutely no more strength to continue. In this condition he was about to give up, when his elderly friend, John Wesley, lying on his deathbed, was informed of his friend William's distress. Wesley…
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  • On Stars & Seeking the Light

    Sarah Markley
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    I live in the LA basin and along with our air pollution and our drought, we have what is called light pollution. So let it be known that I never see the stars. I have to go to Haiti or camping in the Sierras to see any stars at all. I might be able to count ten from my front porch and that’s only because we don’t have any street lamps on our street. I live in old fashioned suburbia, I suppose. So stars? Nothing. I can count on one hand the times in my life I’ve been able to view the Milky Way in person. You know, the long arm of glowing silver that can stretch out across the night when…
  • How Can We Pray for You?

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    The call to follow God’s example, to walk in love, can be a tall order at times. Walking in love takes more grace, more mercy, more love than we have on our own – which is why we can only do this through Christ who strengthens us. Are you struggling to walk in love today? Do you find it challenging to follow God’s example in your life? How can we pray for Christ to strengthen you? Here at (in)courage, we meet together and we pray together. Let’s take time to do both today. Share a prayer request in the comments, then pray for the person who commented before you. Follow…
  • Darkness to Light

    Liz Curtis Higgs
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    “Let light shine out of darkness…” (2 Corinthians 4:6) I love light. Sunlight, lamplight, candlelight. Big windows with the curtains tied back. Lamps brightening the corners of each room. Candles flickering in the center of a harvest table. One evening, my parents left 12-year-old me home alone for a couple of hours. While they were gone, I turned on every light in our old house. Every. One. Our antiquated electrical system couldn’t handle the load, so the fuses blew. Every. One. My parents returned home to a pitch-black house and a freaked-out daughter. They quickly got the…
  • You Are the Salt of the Earth

    Deidra Riggs
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    “So, why’d you go to Ferguson?” people asked me. I went for many reasons, but mostly because I couldn’t not go. I have three passages of scripture I use as my marching orders. They rest soundly and squarely atop John 3:16, because where would I be without For God so loved the world? Of course, all of this presupposes the idea that I believe the Bible. I’m not trying or wanting to get theological about it. I don’t want to go down that route, because I’m not trying to set up camp. No. I’m trying—hoping—to set a table, or build a bonfire, or…
  • How to See God: The Light of Brokenness

    Ann Voskamp
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    He points a finger at me, shakes it like a wand, like a prayer, like shaking me awake. “I need to talk with you.” Gordon’s on his tiptoes, looking for me through the lunch crowd, punctuating each word high in the air with his left pointer finger. “I’ve got a question for you.” He’s stabbing the air. I feel poked in the chest, pushed up against the back of my chair. I reach for water, something to wet a thick, scratchy throat. A question? What kind of question? Why ask me a question? How can he ask anything of me — and think he’d get anything worthwhile? I live in the curve…
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    Plough Weekly

  • What is Discipline?

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:56 am
    Discipline is probably the most misunderstood word in the vocabulary of parenting. It is not a matter of control, suppression, or coercion, and it should never involve cruelty or corporal punishment. What is it then?
  • Digging Deeper

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    Books on the Sermon on the Mount abound, but here are six volumes that deserve special attention.
  • Plough Quarterly No. 2: Building Justice

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    In this issue, we explore how to build the justice that Jesus and the Hebrew prophets call for - not as a vague ideal, but as a way of life.
  • When Technology Robs Children

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Have smarter phones made us better parents? And why, with so much “time-saving” technology, do we have less time to play with our kids?
  • Skinny Island

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    An American poet finds the mark of the eternal in the wind and weather of Florida’s barrier islands.
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    Cheryl Cope »

  • Book Review: As You Wish by Mercy Lokulutu

    Cheryl Cope
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Book Review: As You Wish by Mercy Lokulutu Finding True Strength In Surrender To God Do you like it when, after you read a book where the author has shared enough of their heart and personal stories, that they feel like a new friend? This is one of those books. This entire book is centered on surrender. In some ways … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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    Life & Theology

  • How to break up with your small group

    Ben Reed
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    image credit: Creation Swap user Boaz Crawford *que sad music* Oh gosh. Wow. How do I say this? I didn’t think this day would come. I mean, I really liked you. We clicked. We laughed. We cried. *eye contact ceases* For a while, this was really good. But…well…it’s me, not you. Um… *insert awkward silence* I’ve changed. I guess. *que sweaty palms* This just isn’t working out. I’m just not in love with you any more. But I still like you. But not like I used to. And I know someone else that you could see. *que the ugly crying* Ever felt like you wanted to break up with your small…
  • 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:   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: 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…
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    Naty Matos' Blog

  • Book Release: Farming, Friends & Fried Bologna Sandwiches

    Naty Matos
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Join me celebrate with my author friend Renea Winchester in her launch of her new book  Farming, Friends & Fried Bologna Sandwiches by Mercer University Press. If you are in the Atlanta area on September 6th, please come to the book launch (See attached invitation). Bring the family, bring your friends.  If you are out of town on that date, the City of Roswell is hosting an event September 13th from 1-3 pm. Farming, Friends, and Fried Bologna Sandwiches is filled with stories about neighbors, friends, and visitors from as far away as Puerto Rico, Farming captures the small-town…
  • Open your eyes, the help is here.

    Naty Matos
    18 Feb 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Those close to me know that the last two months have been quite rough. Several incidents have happened and all of them were quite significant hits. Before becoming closer to Christ I use to have this image that it was the world against me and I needed to be strong for me and for everyone around me. Once I understood what it says  in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  I…
  • Book Review: Promises of the Heart

    Naty Matos
    14 Feb 2014 | 2:00 am
    “Promises of the heart” is the first book of author’s Scarlett Rains Sister’s of the Heart Series. The book setting is in London England and it’s a historical fiction. I’m not a fan of historical fiction, but this book was able to capture my attention. To me it was ironic to have the main character to be a sweet precocious child, when in my own books I chose that name for an adult serial killer. So the first thing was that I was interested in seeing how this Amelia would react to her surroundings. Amelia’s behaviors are way advanced for her age and the time in which she…
  • Zimmerman VS. Dunn

    Naty Matos
    13 Feb 2014 | 11:40 am
    Being trapped at home snowed in, I had the opportunity to watch the Michael Dunn’s trial. I had promised myself that after Jodi Arias I was done with trials, but this one caught my attention because of the circumstances around it. The media and social media have compared this trial to the George Zimmerman trial, and although there are many similarities, there a huge differences in my opinion. I’ll try to stay as objective as possible and try stay within the lines of facts because I know there are a lot of people being affected by this tragedy. Similarities These two cases came out of…
  • Sister’s of the Heart

    Naty Matos
    10 Feb 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Follow the Tour Artemis Books Featured Author Jan 27th Scarlett Rains Sisters of the Hearts Blog Jan 28th Aspired Writer Jan 29thBook Reviews by Lynn Jan 31st Scarlett Rains Sisters of the Hearts BlogFeb 2nd Touch of Book Madness Feb 3rdScarlett Rains Sisters of the Hearts Blog Feb 4th Book Reviews by Lynn Feb 7th Clue Review Feb 8th Clue Review Feb 9th Aspired Writer Feb 10th Clue Review Feb 11thThe Rising Muse Feb 12th Clue Review Feb 13th Artemis Books Featured Author  Feb 14th Enter for chance to win fun prizes! a Rafflecopter giveaway Thank you for your comment.
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    Writing for the Master

  • Collection of My Blogs

    1 Sep 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,…
  • Doulos Missions International

    1 Sep 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…
  • Giving to DMI

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Our gift of these articles by Len Lacroix is made possible in part by your gracious support of the ministry.  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 charity.  We are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt organization under IRC 501(c)(3). Contributions made to this organization are tax deductible.Online Donations You may…
  • Preparing the Way Radio

    1 Sep 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

    1 Sep 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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    Relief: A Christian Literary Expression

  • Lost in Translation

    Joanna Campbell
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    All my fine things are starting to unravel, and I know why. It’s the Holy Spirit.   Or rather, it’s the vintage Guatemalan Espirito Santo ring I bought in Santa Fe. There’s a dove perched on the silver band, and its beak, wings, and tail deftly pull at my seams. My purple lacey bra. My favorite powder blue washcloth from Anthropologie, the one I found on sale. The lining of my red silk robe. (Okay, actually it’s polyester, but still, it shimmers and feels like cool water.) The pocket of my pinstriped “boyfriend” jeans. I didn’t know the spiritual significance of the ring. I…
  • These Are the Implements of Our Lives

    Howard Schaap
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    You know the sound if you’ve heard it once. In spring, in my small-town housing development, the tree-trimmers come around to tidy up the neighborhood, to make sure it keeps that suburban feel, and the tree-chipper gets tuned to its high pitch, then grinds instantaneously down to a lower key as tree branches turn poof to mulch. It is by definition Leo Marx’s “machine in the garden”: that technological dynamo which disrupts the pastoral of our lives and forces us to a deeper complexity. But does it? Wood chipper, chain saw, lawn mower — these are what the suburban landscapes of our…
  • Landscape

    Adie Smith
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    About a month ago I was back in New Mexico finishing my MFA. I drove out to Taos while I was there. I took the high road, through towns slumped in the valleys and perched on peaks. I was the only visitor to the San Francisco de Asis Mission Church, made iconic in Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings and Ansel Adam’s photograph. The heavy-hipped adobe church was silent. The mud and hay exterior held the heat at bay so the sanctuary was cool and rich with the smell of carved wood and old incense. I thought that I would write inside, or draw the elaborate altarpieces I wasn’t allowed to…
  • The Space Between

    Daniel Bowman, Jr.
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    “In his 1951 essay ‘Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena,’ British psychologist D. W. Winnicott wrote, ‘It is in the space between inner and outer worlds, which is also the space between people — the transitional space — that intimate relationships and creativity occur.’” quoted by Alexandra Enders in “The Importance of Place: Where Writers Write and Why” (“The Literary Life,” Poets and Writers, March/April 2008) The routines of writers seem to be of perpetual interest to us bookish types. Stories abound about where and when and how (and with precisely…
  • The Ethics of Elfland

    Justin Ryals
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    In his book Orthodoxy, G. K. Chesterton wrote a chapter evocatively titled “The Ethics of Elfland,” in which he relates how his philosophy of the real world is best mirrored in the world of classical fairy tales (think Brothers Grimm, Andrew Lang, George MacDonald, or the like). For example, the nature of the world in a fairy tale is magic; for Chesterton, likewise, the real world itself is magic. As he stated, “stories of magic alone can express my sense that life is not only a pleasure but a kind of eccentric privilege.” The world of the fairy tale and our own world…
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  • Saint September 22 : St. Thomas of Villanova

    Jesus Caritas Est
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    St. Thomas of VillanovaBISHOPFeast: September 22Information:Feast Day:September 22Born:1488, SpainDied:1555, in Valencia, SpainCanonized:November 1, 1658 by Pope Alexander VIIEducator, philanthropist, born at Fuentellana, Spain, 1488; died at Valencia, 8 September, 1555. Son of Aloazo Tomas Garcia and Lucia Martinez Castellanos, the saint was brought up in the practices of religion and charity. Every Friday his father was wont to give in alms all the meal he earned at the mill, besides his usual daily dole of bread. On great feast-days he added wood, wine, and money; while to poor farmers he…
  • Novena for Feast of the Archangels St. Michael - St. Gabriel - St. Raphael

    Jesus Caritas Est
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:57 pm
    September 29th is the Feast of the Archangels. Here are three novenas to the archangels St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael.Novena to St. Michael the ArchangelNovena Dates September 21 - 29, Feast Day September 29St. Michael the Archangel, loyal champion of God and His people, I turn to you with confidence and seek your powerful intercession. For the love of God, Who made you so glorious in grace and power, and for the love of the Mother of Jesus, the Queen of the Angels, be pleased to hear my prayer. You know the value on my soul in the eyes of God. May no stain of evil ever disfigure…
  • Sunday Mass and Readings September 21, 2014 - 25th Ordinary Year A

    Jesus Caritas Est
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 133Reading 1IS 55:6-9Seek the LORD while he may be found,call him while he is near.Let the scoundrel forsake his way,and the wicked his thoughts;let him turn to the LORD for mercy;to our God, who is generous in forgiving.For my thoughts are not your thoughts,nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.As high as the heavens are above the earth,so high are my ways above your waysand my thoughts above your thoughts.Responsorial Psalm PS 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18R/ (18a) The Lord is near to all who call upon him.Every day will I bless you,and I…
  • Novena to St. Matthew - SHARE this Prayer - Patron of Money, Bankers and Tax Collectors

    Jesus Caritas Est
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Author unknown. Opening PrayerGod of mercy you chose a tax collector, Saint Matthew, to share the dignity of the apostles. By his example and prayers help us to follow Christ and remain faithful in your service. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.Amen.Day OneJesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.”  (Matthew 5:3)Dear Jesus, I have sinned against God and you.  I have gone against you and hurt you with each and every sin I have…
  • Pope Francis meets Inter-religious Leaders and Vespers Full Text/Video

    Jesus Caritas Est
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with leaders of the different religious communities in Albania on Sunday afternoon, insisting once again that no-one can use the name of God to commit violence. Speaking at the Catholic University of Tirana, the Pope said “Authentic religion is a source of peace and not of violence….To kill in the name of God is a grave sacrilege. To discriminate in the name of God is inhuman.” Noting that religious freedom cannot be guaranteed by legislation alone, the Pope urged his listeners to promote attitudes of respect and cooperation in the service of the common…
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  • The Armor Of God

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Watch this Video: Andrew Farley brings a fresh perspective to a familiar passage. “If you’re in a place of finding yourself drained of your own resources and you’re just a, trying to make the Christian life work and can’t figure out how, let me say first of all – none of us can make the Christian life work.  It is not about brain power or will power.  It is about dependency on someone who is not us.” – Andrew Farley Ephesians 6:10-18 A Fight to the Finish 10-12 And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything…
  • The Tender Mercies of God

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Watch this Video: Arthur Meintjes brings insight to opposing beliefs prevalent in the church. “The gospel is the good news message of the finished work of the cross of Jesus Christ & everything He accomplished for ALL men for ALL time through the grace, goodness, mercy, love & forgiveness of God. The good news does not point out what is wrong with you. It is about what is RIGHT with you because of the finished work of the cross of Jesus Christ, in spite of what is wrong with you! The gospel is the power of God unto salvation or wholeness in every area of life.” –…
  • The Proof Of Your Love

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Watch Video: Music Video, from for KING & COUNTRY, titled The Proof of Your Love   The Proof Of Your Love If I sing but don’t have love I waste my breath with every song I bring an empty voice, a hollow noise If I speak with a silver tongue Convince a crowd but don’t have love I leave a bitter taste with every word I say So let my life be the proof, The proof of Your love Let my love look like You and what You’re made of How You lived, how You died Love is sacrifice So let my life be the proof, The proof of Your love If I give To a needy soul but don’t have…
  • The Book of James

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Watch this Video; John Crowder explains the difference between works for righteousness and works of righteousness. “Don’t read James in addition to Paul, instead read James through the lens of Pauline Grace. More than any other New Testament writer, we have to pay attention to the Apostle Paul … Paul wrote two-thirds of the New Testament.  Luke traveled with Paul and interned with Paul before he wrote the book of Luke.  Mark traveled with Paul and interned with Paul, before he wrote the book of Mark.  Luke traveled and interned with Luke before he wrote the book of Acts.
  • What Am I Worth?

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Watch this Video: Judah Smith Live in South Africa RHEMA CHURCH “Jesus was one of the most socially frustrating people on the planet.” – Judah Smith Luke 15:1-32 15 1-3 By this time a lot of men and women of doubtful reputation were hanging around Jesus, listening intently. The Pharisees and religion scholars were not pleased, not at all pleased. They growled, “He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends.” Their grumbling triggered this story [these stories]. Parable of the Lost Sheep Parable of the Lost Coin Parable of the Lost Son…
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    Will Mancini

  • Latest TeamUP Resource Now Available

    Bob Adams
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    It’s that time of year again… The time when the faint whispers of Autumn are found in loud roars from the gridiron, and when the first colors of Fall are worn on every player’s jersey and in each fan’s heart. It’s football time in America, when an offseason of practice and preparation gives way to team excellence and execution. It’s no different at your church. Do you have a game-plan? Introducing Fall’s most important playbook for church leaders: TeamUP: Top 10 Exercises for Great Team Moments As a reader of this blog, I am offering you free, access to our next TeamUP…
  • 7 Reasons that Proactive Churches Get Legal Advice (Even When It’s No Fun)

    Will Mancini
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I recently got to know David Middlebrook of the Church Law Group. My eyes were reopened to the scope of legal implications for the church. Because I like to focus my energies on vision, I frankly don’t think very much about the legal ramifications of church leadership. What struck me however is this: Legal negligence as a church leader leaves your vision susceptible. Here are my seven take-aways: #1  Don’t ignore governance. Sometime a gap grows between the way you practically get things done and the ways things are legally outlined to get done. You church has a by-laws and some…
  • 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…
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    Storyline Blog

  • Grappling with Control and the Fear of Dying

    Donald Miller
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Every so often I get a healthy perspective about the temporal nature of life. I was reading a book awhile back about a man in his 80s who states in his introduction the first 80 years pass like a flash. His exact words are, “80 years sounds like a long time until they are behind you.” I have a love/hate relationship with death. I like life. I enjoy getting up every morning. I like my job and my friends and the city where I live. I have bad days but not many. And I like building things in this life. I like building books and launching others into their careers. And yet, every once…
  • Getting Over My Guilt About Not Doing Christian Ministry

    Allison Vesterfelt
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve grown up in church my whole life, but if I’m being totally honest, I never really felt like I fit there. Don’t get me wrong. I’m good at making myself fit. I could show up every Sunday morning, help with setup and tear-down, come again on Wednesday night, sign up to volunteer for the different programs, etc. But at the end of the day, I never really felt like myself when I was doing those things. I could make myself go through the motions—and even look really happy and enthusiastic while I was doing them. But when I got quiet with myself, when I settled down to fall asleep at…
  • You Don’t Have to Make Your Bed to Write a Book

    Donald Miller
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    When it’s time to write, my mind quickly finds a reason not to sit down and face the terror of the blank page. Normally, these distractions come in the form of odds and ends I convince myself must be taken care of before I sit down to do my work. These odds and ends are usually mundane and hardly more important than the work. I chose the distraction of an unmade bed because it symbolizes something; it symbolizes that we may feel the need to have all our affairs in order before we can concentrate. But only recently, and after six books, I’m just going to call it what it is… It’s an…
  • What We Can Learn From Celebrities’ Failures

    Al Andrews
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    On the way to work this morning, I drove by them—twenty turkey vultures, sitting by the side of the road. Five of them were huddled over a dead fawn in the ditch, digging at it furiously, picking the carcass clean. The rest were gathered nearby, impatiently waiting their turn. It’s a gruesome scene, but all too familiar on the country road I travel each day. Sadly, many animals fall victim to the growing car population. But they aren’t the only ones who end up in ditches. People fall into ditches too. And we’ve all witnessed it. In the recent past, Anthony Weiner fell in. So did Paula…
  • 3 Risks That Will Always Be Worth Taking

    Tsh Oxenreider
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    By the time you’re reading this, my family and I are probably somewhere in Asia. Yesterday, we strapped on our backpacks, boarded a plane, and started our year-long adventure of traveling around the world. This has been years in the making for us, so it’s a bit of a dream come true that we’re finally doing it and not just talking about it. We honestly weren’t sure this would ever happen. But even though this is a dream come true, we’re still nervous. There are tons of unknowns on the horizon, and we’d be naive to think there wouldn’t be otherwise. I’ve come to learn that the…
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    The Christian Gift

  • Autumn Arrives

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    Farewell, summer…. The calendar tells us that autumn will officially arrive later today. All one has to do here in northern New England is look upward and it’s obvious the change of seasons is underway. Quite a few trees are already showing color, and since there has already been a hard frost in the north country, I expect the foliage to be well along in the mountains and north from there. As the Psalmist says, “Come and see what God has done.” Indeed! I’m looking forward to it!
  • Morning Psalm

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    Psalm 143:8 is just one of many verses that kick off the day in such a nice way… Make it a great day, and enjoy the weekend ahead!
  • Ushering in Autumn

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    Did this summer speed by – or is that just my warped sense of time? Perhaps it’s because last winter was another challenging one in my neck of the woods, so the thought of returning to that frozen time of year leaves me a little cold (pun intended)! Maybe it’s due to the fact that our summer was relatively mild. (Believe me, I’m not complaining about this one. Excessive heat and humidity are not my favorites.) Autumn doesn’t officially arrive until next week, but it’s already feeling like it has settled in. While only the middle of September, there’s…
  • Thank You to Pastor (and the Ministry Staff)

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    We are honored that so many congregations choose us to help them say “thank you” in a tangible way to pastor, priest, and ministry staff via our personalized appreciation plaques. This time of year we’re always busy with Pastor Appreciation mementos…but what’s nice to see is that many folks choose to show their appreciation not just in October but throughout the year. Sometimes it’s in conjunction with a congregational anniversary or an ordination anniversary. In other situations, it’s to mark the end of a term for members of the lay ministry team.
  • The Beauty of the Sky

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    The sky is so changeable – and often maddening for outdoor photographers! Many compositions are very dependent on what is going on above, which means it can take scores of attempts to get the image. Though my desire to photograph the Supermoon was again thwarted this month (it was not visible at the horizon in July or August, either) I had a feeling I might be in for some nice color at sunset. Calling an audible at the last minute, I opted for a location on the Piscataqua River so I could catch some of the best of the clouds along with the bridges which connect Portsmouth and Kittery…
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    Steve Fogg: Clear & SimpleSteve Fogg: Clear & Simple | Marketing, Communications, Branding & Digital

  • Thanks Kem

    Steve Fogg
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:02 pm
    I remember around eight years ago being asked if I would be interested in taking up a role as the Communications Director here at Crossway. At that time I had no actual experience as a comm’s lead, but had been in various job roles where I had learnt about public relations, communications to feel confident enough to consider the jump across from being a Creative Director to a Communications Director.  During that time I also remember doing some research and googling what a Church Communications Director was. It was here where I discovered a blog from Kem Meyer. It was through…
  • What The Best Church Websites Do

    Steve Fogg
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:29 am
    I was recently listening to an Andy Stanley Leadership podcast where Andy talked about ownership. Andy told the story about where he walks around this church and picks up the rubbish as he finds it. Eventually his staff who were meeting with him hired a cleaner not only to help him focus on the meeting, but also because they realised that the rubbish was being cleaned because Andy owned every level of responsibility. Not just at the higher levels of leadership. But all levels. If he saw something was wrong. He helped fix it where he could. What Andy probably also knew was how people would…
  • Bite-Sized Communication tips: Episode Three

    Steve Fogg
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:22 am
    Welcome to episode three of my bite-sized communications tips (It blew again today – so its a few bites now). Today I answer one of your questions about social media.  This weeks question from Ron Woodbine after episode one. ‘What’s the best way to deal/manage/brand control with multiple campuses and multiple cities and multi cultures?’ Bite-Sized Communications tips: Episode 3 from SteveFogg on Vimeo. (Excuse the lack of editing at the start. I thought I had edited it out.) While I was answering Ron’s question I thought this might be relevant ’22 Common…
  • 7 Lessons I Learnt Launching Our Responsive Church Website

    Steve Fogg
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:19 pm
    It feels like only yesterday that I predicted that churches would transition to responsively designed websites. Why? Because culture was rapidly shifting from a predominately desktop office culture to a mobile work, rest and play anywhere on any device culture. In short, people are now more mobile and use a variety of devices such as smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktops. As this evolves there will be more and more what I call an “in-between device” to try and grab a new market share of the huge new emerging markets. That means that phones are getting bigger. Tablets are…
  • Bite-Sized Communication tips: Episode Two

    Steve Fogg
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Welcome to episode two of my one minute bite-sized communications tips (It blew out to three minutes today – whoops). Today I talk about one of the common mistakes churches and non-profits make on social media.  In episode one I said that the aim here is to give you a quick tip that you can apply immediately to your context. It’s the same again this week. Bite-Size Communication Tips: Episode 2 from SteveFogg on Vimeo. Key thought from the video: The key to productivity is doing the right things at the right time versus everything all the time. Check out my Social media content…
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  • Saturday Links (Darryl Dash)
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Is Church Too Easy? If our goal is to “teach people to obey” all that Jesus commanded, then we may want to rethink our commitment to comfort on Sundays. Gospel Affection Consider what follows a simple encouragement to press into a life of love in practical ways. Slammed in the Spirit Christians too often bury the good and beautiful ways God is working through our constant criticism of one another. The Blessings and Curses of Being an Introverted Pastor My goal is to share three blessings and curses of being an introverted pastor so that whether you are an…
  • A Vine-Ripened Life (Darryl Dash)
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    A lot of ink has been spilled lately on the topic of sanctification. How exactly do we grow as Christians? What is the relationship between the Spirit’s work and our own efforts in sanctification? What fuels and motivates our growth? I was interested, then, to read a new book called A Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness through Abiding in Christ by Stanley D. Gale. I was also interested because I’ve preached on the theme of abiding in Christ from John 15, but have never been completely satisfied with my efforts.A Vine-Ripened Life can best be called a collision between the themes of…
  • Planting at the Intersection of Receptivity, Need, and Passion (Darryl Dash)
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Where should we plant churches? With over four billion people on the planet who are not disciples of Jesus Christ, we have a responsibility to answer this question carefully. No one has helped me think through this question more than J.D. Payne, author of Discovering Church Planting. Payne suggests that we plant at the intersection of receptivity and need:Receptivity — Where are people ready to hear the gospel? While there is a role for planting in areas with low receptivity, it is best to prioritize areas where people are receptive to the gospel.Need — Where do people need to hear…
  • Saturday Links (Darryl Dash)
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: He Must Increase; Our Churches Must Decrease A gospel-centered church is okay with its own decreasing — in reputation, in acclaim, in legacy, even in (gasp) numbers, but especially in self-regard — so long as it serves the increasing of the sense of the glory of God. How To Criticize A Preacher I’m going to give you ten questions to ask that I hope will produce the right words and the right way to say them should you ever have to offer criticism to a preacher. "All the Law and the Prophets..." in a piece of fruit Almost every person who has read that…
  • The Freedom that Comes from Grace (Darryl Dash)
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    I read recently of an actor (Meryl Streep?) who said she no longer cares what people think. It’s a perk, she said, of getting older. I can relate. I’m old enough to have stopped caring (at least as much) about what other people think. This article, while a little crude, puts it well: “You don’t care about being cool anymore and therefore you become the coolest you have ever been in your life” (cool being a relative term).But it’s not just age that frees you from what other people think. Grace does this too. As Scotty Smith puts it, grace is the end of all posturing and…
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  • Story Time with Jesus: Lesson One

    Tara Tegard
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    This lesson is the first in a nine part study for children on the parables of Jesus. We’ll be adding a new lesson each week while the series is created. There will be an index page once it’s finished, for now you can follow along here. Note: This lesson unit is not complete, so we don’t recommend planning too far ahead without a backup. For related ideas, search our website for “Parables of Jesus.” Lesson One: Why Jesus Told Parables Main idea: Parables are stories Jesus told to teach us important lessons about the Kingdom of Heaven. Teacher preparation: Read…
  • Are You Sabotaging Your Ministry Volunteers?

    Mimi Bullock
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    I am about to be very transparent here, learning how to manage people kindly and thoughtfully didn’t come easily for me. I have been blessed to work with some wonderful people but working with me, a creative, sometimes unorganized children’s pastor hasn’t always been easy. We’d show up to teach and realize I didn’t delegate a craft properly, or forgot to mention we needed a snack this week. I’m sure God has a special crown laid up for these first few groups of volunteers. Twenty years later, I am happy to say that things are better but I am of course, a…
  • “Pop Rocks” Bible Object Lessons

    Mimi Bullock
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    Kids that aren’t freaked out about candy that pops in their mouth will love Pop Rocks candy. If you have the change to grab a few packets of this unique, classic confection, do it! It makes the perfect item for an exciting object lesson. You see, when this candy is made, it is infused with carbon dioxide. When the candy cools, the carbon is trapped inside. However, once you pop it in your mouth, the candy begins to melt and the high pressure carbon dioxide bubbles burst. That’s what gives you the pops! You can use this audible, tasty treat as an object lesson to demonstrate the power of…
  • Object Lessons About the Kingdom of Heaven

    Mimi Bullock
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    Teaching kids about the kingdom of heaven? Present object lessons based on this passage from Matthew 13:44-46. The simplicity of Jesus’ parables will make it easy for kids to understand and apply to their own lives. “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” Kingdom of Heaven Object Lessons You…
  • Proverbs Bible Lesson: God Gives Us Everything

    Kelly Henderson
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    The following lesson is from a Proverbs series our entire church is studying.  The lesson was used for a small group of children ranging from 6-10.  The children discover that we can have an attitude of generous giving when we remember that God has given us everything. Bible Story Title: Proverbs-God gives us everything Scripture: Proverbs 11:24-25; Proverbs 10:22 and other selected Scripture passages 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, copies of word search and coloring page, journal…
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    Lawrence W. Wilson

  • Best Books on Prayer for Christian Leaders

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:32 pm
    The lack of prayer as the most obvious gap in our practice of Christian leadership, and one way to close that gap is to challenge, inspire, and educate ourselves to pray more. Learning to pray is no great mystery. You hang around the people who are really good at it. Reading books about prayer may be the best way to do that. It will create a hunger within you to pray more often and enable you to pray with greater effect. continue reading
  • 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…
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    Frank King's Blog

  • Get a Life Outside of Social Media and Digital Technology

    Frank King
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Mobile Devices Do you have a life outside of social media and digital technology? Or have they become your life? Hopefully, your answer to the first question is yes and no is your answer to the second. For many, I fear that a serious blurring of the line exists between their preoccupation with social media and real life. Let me begin with a couple of my personal observations: One, for a growing number of teens and young adults, the main means of phone communication is texting, as opposed to talking on the phone. Do I think this is bad? No, I think it’s terrible. You don’t learn how to…
  • God Speaks to Us through Holy Vessels

    Frank King
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    Open Bible Sometimes, I hear people say they don’t adhere to the teachings of the Bible because it was written by man. Well, it was written by man, but God is the Author of the Bible. In his second epistle, Peter reveals how the prophecies of the Old Testament came about: “No prophecy of the scripture is of any interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:20-21). Think about the prophecies found in the writings of the prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. Based on the verses…
  • Experiencing God through Prayer

    Frank King
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Man Praying The only way for us to really learn how to pray is to pray. You can learn certain principles about prayer through books and sermons to get you started. But you grow in the area of prayer only by experiencing God through prayer. Let me give you an example. In his second letter to the church at Corinth, Paul the apostle shares an experience of his. He had sought the Lord three times for deliverance from what he calls the messenger of Satan buffeting him. But God did not grant Paul’s request. Rather, He responded, “My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect…
  • Transforming Moments with God, Frank King’s New Book Released

    Frank King
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Transforming Moments with God Book Cover PRESS RELEASE:   What difference can ten minutes a day with God make? Each day for most of us is a race against the clock. We must not allow the busyness of life, however, to squeeze God out of our schedule. Author Frank King’s new book, Transforming Moments with God, is here to help. This devotional will enable you to connect with God in a focused and spiritually significant way—in only ten minutes a day.   September-2014—Author Frank King, a minister of the gospel for over 30 years, is passionate about helping others grow in their…
  • Why You Should Attend Church

    Frank King
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Going to Church I have heard a number of silly reasons people unite with a local Christian church. And I know it’s a misnomer to use the word unite. One does not unite with or join the Christian church. Rather, we become baptized into the Body through faith in Christ. But I am just using the terminology people use. On more than one occasion, I have heard a person being urged to “join” the church so he will have a place to have his funeral service. What a ridiculous idea. It does not matter where a person’s funeral service is held if he never accepted Christ. The religious façade…
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    Mike Calhoun

  • Pray With Youth…Start A Movement

    4 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    There is one ministry that every person, in every church, on every continent can do without excuse, theological degree or cooperate strategy and that is…Pray. My friend Tim Eldred of Endeavor Ministries believes the best way to make the ministry of prayer an investment for the present as well as the future is to get adults praying with students. Pray With Youth is a global initiative designed to connect adults and students in prayer. The third Sunday of every September Endeavor Ministries challenges churches around the world to do their part to help “Start a Movement” with youth that…
  • Don’t Pray Like a “Wuss”

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Wuss – weakling or wimp – Unabridged, Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010. If you cannot bench press 1075 lbs. (world record), climb Mt. Everest without bottled oxygen, score the decisive goal at the World Cup or win the Mixed Martial Arts championship then some may refer to you as weak or a “wuss.” The truth is few people want to do any of these things. Only a minority has the desire to even try – and a select few have actually pulled one of them off. Yes, there are some things that are limited to a small number of people. But being…
  • Super-size Your Youth Ministry Model

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Why is it that every time I order food I hear something like: “Would you like that Super-Sized “Will that be small, medium or Large “Lunch or dinner portion?”  “Do you want to add a side for just …?” or my favorite “Tall, Grande or Vente Sometimes the most difficult decision in ordering food is choosing the size you want to consume. I am sure the marketers are just playing to the “I want to have choices” culture. People in general and this Millennial Generation specifically wants to be the masters of their own consumption. Interestingly enough, the consumer is sold the…
  • Five Reasons Good Christian Leaders Leave

    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?

    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…
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    Shrinking the Camel

  • Acknowledging People Takes SO Much Work!

    J.B. Wood
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Several executives were standing around my office the other day, debating what to do about a particular employee. Not that someone was in trouble – rather, this person had performed an outstanding accomplishment, one which had a substantial impact on our bottom line. They were discussing how best to acknowledge this. A special luncheon in [Read More...]
  • How to Lead With Confidence in a Company that Stabs People in the Back

    Guest Contributor
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    Years ago, I worked for a computer maintenance company, leading a team of college students who received and cleaned the computers. Often, the problem with a computer was simply that it was too dirty. Disassemble it, run its circuit boards through a sonic dishwasher, and it was as good as new. These were the days [Read More...]
  • Is Work a Curse, or Inherently Good?

    J.B. Wood
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    I recently overheard a conversation where a middle-aged, mothering woman was asking a scrappy-headed and pockmark-faced young man in his mid-twenties how he liked his job. “It’s okay,” he said, staring down at his unlaced black Skechers. “Pays the bills, right?” she prompted with an encouraging smile. “Yeah, no – it’s not so bad. For now.” [Read More...]
  • The Spiritual Value of Wasting Time at Work

    J.B. Wood
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    I was on speaker phone the other day with a colleague, Bruce, closing up several items regarding some new deal activity. After five minutes or so, the business part of our conversation was over, so I fired up my computer, opening several application windows in anticipation of the call winding down. Hello, excel! Hello, email! Good day, internet! [Read More...]
  • Are You Supposed to Know ‘God’s Will’ for your Job?

    J.B. Wood
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    The other day my friend asked a rather blunt and personal question: “Do you think it is God’s will for you to be at the company you’re with right now?” What I wanted to say was, “Well, duh. I’m working there, aren’t I?” In other words, how else could I have possibly ended up in [Read More...]
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  • Foundations Video: What Is God’s View Of Divorce?

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
  • Fridays Are For Family – O How They Grow!

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    This coming Tuesday, the Whitt family will celebrate our “unexpected blessing,” Jonathan’s, first birthday. Looking back on Jonathan’s first year, I remember a piece of advice one of my senior saints in a previous church shared with me. He said, “Don’t blink, they’ll grow up before you know it.” This year is proof of that truth. It seems just like yesterday that we were anxiously awaiting Jonathan’s arrival. Then, in a flurry of activity from the doctors and nurses, a heroic effort from my wife and a near fainting spell from someone we…
  • Sunday Video Preview – September 21, 2014

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
  • Devotional Thought – The Power Of A Sudden Shadow

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    “On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it; and it will bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a majestic cedar. Under it will dwell birds of every sort; in the shadow of its branches they will dwell.” Ezekiel 17:23 The prophet ends this chapter, a chapter which issued a warning to a wayward people, with a perplexing promise – and at the end of that a promise a very unusual, and even surprising picture. Ezekiel says that, “…in the shadow of its branches they will dwell.” Why are they going to live in the “shadow of its branches”? Why…
  • Mondays Are For Ministry – Five Keys For Effective Followup

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    A couple of years I was asked to visit one of the large, well-known churches in my denomination as a “secret shopper.” The point was to visit with my young family, go through all of the steps that a first-time guest and their family would go through, and then share my experience with the pastor. Without a doubt, it was one of the most enlightening experiences I’ve ever gone through as a minister. Eager to attend, we arrived early knowing that it would probably take some extra time to get around and check in our children. We pulled into the parking lot and spent several…
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    Daily Devotionals

  • Proverbs 3:5-8 – Dependence

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:5-8 ESV) From Jordan: *Part one in the DEPENDENCE series of devotionals* I had a spinal fusion surgery recently. You see, I broke a vertebrae without knowing it some years ago, and owing to the nature of this injury, it lay undetected for six years. After the surgery,…
  • 2 Chronicles 12:1 – The Superman Complex

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Bible Devotional Verse When the rule of Rehoboam was established and he was strong, he abandoned the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him. (2 Chronicles 12:1 ESV) There are few things better than when your life comes together. Your relationships are good, your job is going well, you’re faithfully reading your Bible and the sin you’ve struggled with seems distant. There are seasons where our lives feel good, we are grounded in our faith and bumps in our “spiritual road” don’t bother us much. Eventually, however, we will find ourselves discouraged. This happens for many…
  • Matthew 4:5-7 – Victory in Temptation

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’and “ ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’ “ (Matthew 4:5-7 ESV) Temptation is a trial or testing of one’s faith common to men and women throughout history. Joseph was tempted (Genesis…
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    ANSWERS For The Faith

  • -HS Football Coach Fired for Allowing Team to Pray?

    Dr. D
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
                       (Photo credit: Wikipedia) According to the US Supreme Court students are still allowed to pray in public schools as long as it is not initiated or lead by a teacher, a school  official, minister, or any other adult. However a football coach in Arizona was recently fired for allowing student lead prayers before a game.  Here’s the story from the Blaze: Gary Weiss, formerly a volunteer coach with the district, said that he was given an ultimatum by school officials: tell…
  • -US Air Force Will No Longer Need God’s Help?

    Dr. D
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
                    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The US Air Force has now officially declared that God’s help is no longer necessary. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James announced Wednesday that effective immediately “so help me God” will no longer be a part of the required oath for enlisting or reenlisting in that branch of military service. Here’s the story from the Huffington Post: According to USA Today, the Air Force faced pressure to change the policy from the American Humanist Association, which…
  • -Bill Maher Defending Christianity?

    Dr. D
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Maher Attacks the PC ‘All Religions are the Same’ Line Atheist Bill Maher is no friend of Christianity but even he has no patience for the PC nonsense being voiced by Charlie Rose that Christianity has radicals who think and act like ISIS and other Islamists: …Maher said, “There are illiberal beliefs that are held by vast numbers of Muslim people that—“ Interrupting his guest again, Rose claimed a “vast number of Christians too” hold such beliefs. “No, that’s not true. Not true,” Maher proclaimed. “Vast numbers of Christians do not believe that if you leave the…
  • -San Francisco: A Feminist Contradiction- Supporting Sex Selection by Abortion?

    Dr. D
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
                   (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A resolution to do away with the ban on sex selection by abortion is being seriously considered in San Francisco CA. The measure was sponsored by the large Asian community but surprisingly it is also supported by major feminists in the city even though baby girls will undoubtedly be the victims of the change. Here’s a link to an article on the issue from SFGate: “San Francisco feminism: It’s OK to abort girls” Response: I would have thought that the feminist radicals in SF…
  • -PC Views of Islam and ISIS Contradict Reality

    Dr. D
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
                 (Flag of ISIS : Wikipedia) President Obama in his address to the nation concerning ISIS claimed that the actions of the so-called ‘Islamic State’ had nothing to do with Islam: Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents. And the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. This is not the first time that he has made such a statement trying to divorce IS/ISIS/ISIL from the Muslim religion and it will not be the…
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    Trevin Wax

  • God’s Kingdom as a People: A Summary of Scot McKnight’s “Kingdom Conspiracy”

    Trevin Wax
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    “Kingdom theology” is on the rise, says Scot McKnight in his new book, Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church (Brazos, 2014), but what in the world is the kingdom? Or better said, what is the kingdom in this world? And how does the kingdom relate to the church and its mission? Kingdom Activism vs. Kingdom Redemption Scot sees two basic choices among evangelicals today. First, we have the “Skinny Jeans” crowd of young activists who define the kingdom as “good deeds done by good people (Christian or not) in the public…
  • Worth a Look 9.22.14

    Trevin Wax
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone by Martin Dugard. $3.99. Tracing the amazing journeys of Livingstone and Stanley in alternating chapters, author Martin Dugard captures with breathtaking immediacy the perils and challenges these men faced. Woven into the narrative, Dugard tells an equally compelling story of the remarkable transformation that occurred over the course of nine years, as Stanley rose in power and prominence and Livingstone found himself alone and in mortal danger. Jared Wellman – 4 Ways to Cultivate Church Members: If…
  • A Prayer for Persecuted Christians

    Trevin Wax
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Sovereign God, we worship You and we acknowledge that You know all of those who suffer in Your name. We remember those who are imprisoned for their faith and ask that they would join with the Apostle Paul to see that even though they remain captive, their chains have furthered the gospel, not frustrated it. May they inspire and embolden their fellow believers to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly. God of all comfort, for those who are tortured both in body and mind, give them the grace to endure and to see their suffering as part of following in Christ’s footsteps.
  • Paradise Invades the Stench of Death

    Trevin Wax
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Athanasius on the resurrection of Lazarus: “Come forth.” See, I am standing by you. I am your Lord. You are the work of My hands. Why have You not known me, because in the beginning I Myself formed Adam from the earth and gave him breath? Open your mouth yourself so that I may give you breath. Stand on your feet and receive strength for yourself. For I am the strength of the whole creation. Stretch out your hands, and I shall give them strength. For I am the straight staff. I command the foul odor to depart from you. For I am the sweet odor of the trees of paradise. Behold,…
  • 3 Dimensions of Repentance

    Trevin Wax
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to preach at Cedarville University‘s chapel. What a joy to open the Word and speak to such a vibrant group of students, eager to receive the Word. My message was on “3 Dimensions of Repentance.” You can watch the video below, or listen to the audio here.
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    As the Deer

  • Sermon On the Philippian Jailer

    7 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    When You Are Lost (Acts 16:25-34) He thought this was going to be another night at the office. He was an ex-Roman soldier, working now as the head jailer in the Greek city of Philippi. His job was simply to keep prisoners safely locked away. For a setting, imagine stone walls, dirt floors, and a damp musty smell. This was where he worked each day. He received two new prisoners, named Paul and Silas. Some kind of disturbance in the marketplace. Apparently they were preaching about foreign gods. He put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the wooden stocks. Then he went back to…
  • Sermon on Faith

    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

    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

    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

    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…
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    Joshua Moran Blog

  • Religion versus Relationship.

    Joshua Moran
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:47 pm
    I always marvel when I read the part where Jesus says: “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of...
  • The Power of Day 1

    Joshua Moran
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    We can go through the Bible and read about quite a few “Day 1″ moments and so many of them are built with anticipation. In Joshua 6 we read the story of Joshua and the...
  • 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...
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    Guarding the Heart Blog

  • Are You Ready for a Leap of Faith?

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    Pastor Darren & Krissi West Here is a guest post from Darren & Kirsi West, the Lead Pastors of Real Life Church, in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada. They have been in ministry together for 21 years, serving God across Canada. Their passion is to see people walking in freedom and fulfilling their God given destiny.  With a love for His presence and hearts that long for His Glory, Darren and Kirsi believe in one decided truth, “One Word From God Changes Everything!” Imagine with me for a moment, that you are standing on the edge of a cliff, and you can’t see what is below…
  • Heart To Heart With Sarah Jakes #GTH500 Series

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series GTH500It is my joy to have Sarah Jakes write for the #GTH500 Series as we celebrate over 500 posts and 1,500,000 views. Sarah has been such an inspiration to the Revive Nations community. Like every girl, Sarah Jakes dreamed of a life full of love, laughter, and happy endings. But her dreams changed dramatically when she became pregnant at age thirteen, a reality only compounded by the fact that her father, Bishop T.D. Jakes, was one of the most influential mega-church pastors in the nation. Sarah is a testament to how God is in the business of making a…
  • 6 Keys to Avoid Building Walls of Offence & FREE Overcoming Offence eBook!

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Overcoming OffenceI’m blessed to hear all your feedback on this series and I hope I can do justice to the subject with my concluding post. As an additional resource I’d like to share this video footage of me preaching on the same subject at our church here in Montreal, Canada. (There are a couple more videos of the same topic in our editing queue. So make sure that you have subscribed to our YouTube channel so that you can receive our new video upload notifications in your email inbox). Building the Walls of Offence There’s a scary…
  • ISIS Beheading Children, Boko Haram Resumes Attacks, Ebola Victim Recovers and more.

    Blessen Varghese
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Editorial: Dear Friends, The news coming out from Iraq should really break our hearts. According to an eye-witness, ISIS has resorted to beheading of young innocent children there. Elsewhere in Africa, Boko Haram’s attacks are killing hundreds of innocent civilians, most of them Christians. Meanwhile, we do have some positive developments in Gaza with Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas agreeing to an indefinite ceasefire. As children of God, we do have many reasons to pray though. Continue praying for the situation in Iraq and Africa, not just in terms of persecutions, but also as the threat…
  • 5 Facts To Rise Above Every Hate (Overcoming Offence Series)

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Overcoming OffenceImagine someone saying I’m going to punch you but you are not allowed to be offended. That’s exactly what Jesus taught. Everything in our flesh seems to go against that principle of unconditional love. Who really does not want to fight back a guy who is trying to steal your jacket? And who really is willing to let go of his/her scarf as well, along with the jacket? Matt 5:39 says, do not resist an evil person. Be intentional about letting him get the best of you. When you do that you don’t become the fool. Instead you…
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    Nathan Creitz

  • NYC Mayor and Board of Education Want To Use Church Space For UPK Expansion (Nathan Creitz)
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    In recent months, Mayor Bill de Blasio has asked religious institutions to help with his expansion of prekindergarten in New York City. Who benefits the most from this arrangement? Should churches be serving the city in this way? Or are there better ways to help? On September 4th, 53,000 four year olds in New York City walked into a classroom for the very first time. Some of those classrooms are in community-based or faith-based organizations, including churches. By next year the mayor has promised an additional 20,000 openings. In an effort to generalize the UPK experience across such a…
  • 3 Reasons You Need To Know Jesus (Nathan Creitz)
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    What if Mark’s Gospel had been written as a series of blog posts? Here’s what he might have to say about Jesus based on Mark chapter one verse one. The Beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. – Mark 1:1 Everyone needs to know Jesus. Why? Here are 3 reasons that come to mind: 1. Jesus is King The word “gospel” means “good news”. But not everyday good news. Like, “Gospel! My indigestion seems to be clearing up!” More like, “Gospel! A king has been born.” Or, “Have you heard the gospel? Our king conquered…
  • David Platt: Newly Elected President of the IMB (Nathan Creitz)
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    David Platt has been selected as the new president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. I find it important to highlight this breaking news because of the strategic importance of the IMB and because of my respect for David Platt. If you don’t know about David or the IMB, let me give a brief introduction of my own and then share a few resources to help you get to know the man and the mission. Brief Introductions The IMB is “the largest denominational missionary-sending body among American evangelicals”. With nearly 5,000 career missionaries,…
  • Jesus is asking, “What do you want me to do for you?” (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.”
  • MNYBA Justice Ministry Roundtable [Event] (Nathan Creitz)
    31 May 2014 | 11:27 am
    I’ll be speaking at the next MNYBA Justice Roundtable about how we can unite our church and community around a shared concern for the vulnerable and oppressed. This is a free event open to pastors and other church leaders. Date: June 12, 2014 Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m. Event: MNYBA Justice Ministry Roundtable Sponsor: Raleigh Sadler Venue: MNYBA Location: New York, NY Registration: Click here to register.
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  • The Woman with Issues (of blood) (Jeremy Myers)
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest post by L. T. Lewis. L. T. is a spiritual mentor, and the founder of Kick Boxing Believers. Well-adjusted P.K. (preacher’s kid) and grateful mother of two young adults. She teaches and guides individuals/groups towards a more joyful, healthy, abundant and faith-filled out-of-the-box life! Connect with L. T. through Twitter and LinkedIn. If you would like to write a Guest Post for the Till He Comes Blog, begin by reading the Guest Blogger Guidelines. In Mark 5:25-34, there was a woman with some issues that she needed fixed. I hear the men thinking, “What woman doesn’t…
  • Amazed at Human Creativity in the Midst of the Fall (Jeremy Myers)
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am constantly amazed at how the creativity which God has placed into the hearts of men shines through, even in places where the fall has brought devastating and paralyzing consequences. Cerebral Palsy, while not a sin, is still a consequence of living in a fallen world, but watch the following video and see the sort of beauty that comes off the fingertips of a man who suffers from this disease. If you liked this post, please share it with others!
  • 3 Tactics Calvinists Use Against Non-Calvinists (Jeremy Myers)
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    In my current series on Calvinism, I have had several Calvinists leave comments about their areas of disagreement with what I have written. I fully expect and invite disagreement. Please … if you are a Calvinist and disagree with what I am writing, let me know, and present your views! However, I have noticed a trend in the comments that have been left by Calvinists thus far. There seems to be three main tactics or approaches that Calvinists have used in their attempts to defend their ideas and disprove mine. 1. Name Calling It always surprises me how quickly some Calvinists turn to name…
  • The NEW Finding Church (Jeremy Myers)
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of the first books I published was a book called Finding Church. Can I be honest? I wasn’t very fond of that book… So I was thrilled to learn that Wayne Jacobsen, one of my favorite authors (you must read his book So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore) and podcasters (check out his podcast, “The God Journey“), was putting out a book by the very same title. Finding Church, by Wayne Jacobsen His book, due out in October, is also called Finding Church, but his book will be MUCH better than mine. In fact, Wayne Jacobsen was kind enough to send me an advance…
  • John 15:4-5 Does Not Teach Total Inability (Jeremy Myers)
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The teaching of Jesus in John 15 about the vine and the branches is sometimes used by Calvinists to support the idea of total inability, especially when Jesus talks about how without Him, people can do nothing. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing (John 15:4-5). Calvinists focus on the statements in these verses that a “branch cannot bear fruit of itself” and that…
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  • Eusebius McKaiser and John Lennox at the #GMWits debate could have been stronger

    Ryan Peter
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:10 am
    Last night, well-known Christian apologist John Lennox and Eusebius McKaiser, PowerFM talk show host and agnostic philosophical lecturer, went head to head (mind to mind, more like it!) in a debate on morality at WITS. You can pick some of the conversation on Twitter at the #GMWits hashtag and a Youtube video will be pasted later (I’ll update this blog with it when it comes out). So what happened? It was invigorating and stimulating, as these debates should be. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was impressed with the turn-out. I loved the brilliance and civility of both speakers. However, I…
  • My writing goals for the next twelve months

    Ryan Peter
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    Hitting deadlines as a writer isn’t always easy. I was supposed to finish my supernatural thriller The Butcher’s Shadow by June this year, after which I was going to pick up writing the sequel to my fantasy book When Twins War. Neither of those happened, because we writers tend to get easily distracted. I picked up the work on my forthcoming book on sin and holiness, Holy Sin, which I’ve managed to finish but still need to edit. I also got distracted with revising my first proper book, Single (which I wrote in 2004) after someone asked me for a copy and I was a bit…
  • Why Eusebius McKaiser’s “No need to treat God with kid gloves” article is a perfect example of Apologetics gone wrong

    Ryan Peter
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:59 am
    Well-known radio personality, political commentator, debater and philosophical lecturer Eusebius McKaiser published an article through The Star this morning entitled: “No need to treat God with kid gloves“. It’s the perfect example of apologetics gone wrong – atheist or Christian. (In the article McKaiser advertises his upcoming debate with well-known Christian apologist John Lennox, which will be taking place this Thursday, 7pm, at WITS University JHB’s Great Hall. I’ll live-tweet the debate and blog about it on Friday. My Twitter handle is…
  • Summarising the Discussion on Mark Driscoll

    Ryan Peter
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    When it was announced that Mark Driscoll, well-known evangelical pastor at Mars Hill Seattle, has stepped down for six weeks while allegations against him are examined, it resulted in a flurry of opinion, conversation, and finger pointing. I don’t like to say too much about this sort of thing. I don’t know Driscoll, have never been to his church (they just never appealed to me) and live on the other side of the planet anyway. But some of the opinions around this are worth talking about. If you’re not quite up to speed on who Driscoll is and the background of the allegations,…
  • Dealing with Addictive Sin: How I Came to See Holiness in a Brand New Way pt 2

    Ryan Peter
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    In my last post in this series: How I Came to see Holiness in a Brand New Way, pt 1, I briefly wrote about how my struggles with sin became a faith crisis. Addictive sin leads you into despair and makes you question every aspect of your beliefs. You wonder: is there something I’m supposed to know that’s supposed to help me get over this? Why is this easier for others but not for me? As a Christian, an addiction to pornography led me to asking: Does Christianity have any real power? Can Jesus really save me from my sin? Or is Christianity just about forgiveness and then trying as…
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  • Do We View Unsaved People the Same Way God Does?

    Kevin Shorter
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:25 am
    Let’s View Unsaved People As Loved By God Over sixty years ago, Dr. Bill Bright shook up the accepted Christian thinking of his time by creating a tract that didn’t start with people being sinners. Instead his tract started with God’s love for people. Dr. Bright’s contemporaries thought he was hiding the truth of people being sinners in need of a savior by burying it as the second point. While most of us nowadays will not have a problem with this order, I will would still like to support how it was the way Jesus treated people. Although accused of it many…
  • Let’s All Be Brave by Annie Downs

    Kevin Shorter
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    When God speaks, oftentimes His voice will call for an act of courage on our part. – Charles Stanley I received this book as a Book Look Blogger. I don’t do these much, but I happened upon the site again and this book interest me. There seems to be a theme going around about being brave by being yourself. Let’s All Be Brave by Annie Downs has two purposes it is trying to tell: 1. God made you on purpose and 2. God made you to be brave. Annie tells of how growing up she wouldn’t take risks because she didn’t believe she could mess up and still be loved. Then as…
  • How to Overcome Problems: Know Who You Are

    Kevin Shorter
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Knowing Who You Are Is Not The Same As Knowing Who You Have Been Have you noticed that God thinks that you are more amazing than you do? This may be the biggest reason we have a hard time hearing Him speak to us. He is saying something wonderful about us, and we shut Him down. We think that there is no way that is God speaking to us because He would know that I really am . . . Those amazing words must be coming from our pride. This is what happened to Moses. God tells him that he would set the Israelites free, and Moses tells God that he was not fit for the job (Exodus 3:10-11). You are not…
  • 10 Things to Pray for Your Pastor

    Kevin Shorter
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
      image courtesy of the Hillsong Unfortunately events occur that remind you to pray for your pastor. The news tells us stories of pastors falling away, making incredulous statements, and such. Not all of what we read is true, but there is a pressure on the position as they seek to lead you in your relationship with God. They may not ask you for it, but they need your prayers. There are many things you can pray for your leader. Ask God to help lead you in these prayers. I have put together a list to help you think through what to pray for your pastor. 10 Things to Pray for Your Pastor 1. He…
  • What is the Book of Philemon About?

    Kevin Shorter
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    original image courtesy of Haagen Dazs Philemon is an interesting letter to have been kept in the Bible. Most of the letters were written to a community of believers, which makes sense to have for us now to read and benefit from them. The personal letters to Timothy, Titus and even 2 & 3 John have instructions for those individuals about how to live for or serve Christ. The point is each of these letters in the New Testament are easily applicable to our lives, except Philemon. What is the Book of Philemon About? Philemon is a letter requesting forgiveness of a slave that ran away. In my…
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  • New Historical Fiction YA Novel Earns Early Accolades

    Gina Adams
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    The new Young Adult historical fiction novel,Fighting for Freedom and George Washington, has been named to the Mamie Eisenhower Library Project’s (MELP) Recommended Book List. The MELP is the National Federation of Republican Women’s oldest program, celebrating more than 45 years of book donations from an approved list to schools and libraries.  Lee’s book will join a list of notable titles including America the Beautiful by Ben Carson, Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson as well as another historical fiction novel for…
  • 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…
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  • How to Accept a Person’s Past

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Just this week I met with a friend for lunch to talk about his concerns. It’s not an out-of-this world problem. In fact, it’s a common problem that a lot of couples today face. You see, my friend is at a crossroads in life. I’ve been there before. There are two main roads to take – the rich, adventurous, single bachelor or grow old with the girl who captivated your heart. Lost in a Crossroad There will always be that time in your relationship with a person when you are put in the crossroads and you’re forced to imagine what life would be on either road. I have…
  • The Importance of Conscious Dating

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    When I was courting my wife Apple, it has never been uncommon for us to be at home with her family. One of the best things about our courtship stage is that I got to know more about her in a very transparent way. As the saying goes “A person is only as good as she is with her family.” Even so, there are things that I noticed about her outside of our time with her family that has cushioned the difficulties and conflicts in our marriage today. This is an entry about those little things. Checking out her Mannerisms When Apple and I were dating, I would enjoy each minute I spent with…
  • 5 Baby Truths and Myths Every Young Couple Should Know

    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

    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

    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…
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  • A life worth living – thoughts on my birthday

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    It is hard to imagine sometimes that just 3 weeks ago I was sitting in homes in Zimbabwe and Zambia meeting people that are currently living a very different life than my own. In Zambia, I was listening to a pastor describe the impossible. With their community’s largest and only employer polluting the air in ways that are killing people at increasing numbers, should the church challenge the company’s leadership and risk losing the community’s only source of income? Should they risk it all to seek justice from an unjust company, where those working each care for 12-15 people?
  • Our journey with Neatness

    3 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    This will be brief. I have so many long posts half baked. We’ve been busy with 3 major delays, but I wanted to share a couple of photos from our time with our friend, Neatness. You can read about her here or see the video we did way back in 2009. What a joy it was to meet her as a group. A few nights ago, our team met Neatness for a few hours over at a local coffee shop to discuss life, goals and catch up with my friend of nearly 10 years. Each person challenged her to keep dreaming, no matter the obstacles. Deeply personal stories were shared by all and God’s love was very…
  • Edson, the boy/man who kept dreaming

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Without question, one of the highlights of my time in Africa has been meeting Eddie, a boy who wanted to become a pilot. You can read more of his background here, but I want to focus on his present situation. A couple of years ago, Forgotten Voices made the painful decision to end our partnership with Eddie’s church because the pastor had been called away and a team of local volunteers did not remain to carry on the project to a level that met our accountability standards. In those moments, we are reminded to trust in God and know that God has called us to steward resources well, AND…
  • Weaving joy and loss into love

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    I’ve arrived safely Zambia and have spent the past few days visiting current and potential partners. Check out our twitter feed for live updates on the stories God is weaving this week! I wrote the below reflection on the plane to Africa. Pray on and thanks for reading. “My life is but a weaving, between my God and me, I did not choose the colors, He worketh steadily, Oftentimes He weaveth sorrow, and I in foolish pride, Forget He sees the upper, and I the underside. Not till the loom is silent, and shuttles cease to fly, Will God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why. The…
  • Off to Zimbabwe & Zambia – Prayer & Requests

    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…
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  • New Wine of the Spirit – Post 4

    20 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Today was my first day involved in the daily activities.  Praise God my detox has gone extremely well.  We do open meditation each morning and I decided to do scripture meditation.  The Lord led me to Psalm 27.  Immediately I felt His gracious and healing presence.  The verse that really spoke to me was Psalm […]
  • New Wine of the Spirit – Post 3

    9 Sep 2014 | 10:45 pm
    There’s a single painting hanging on the wall of my room.  The picture is a view from the shoreline looking out into the ocean.  A single small fishing boat is in the calm waters not far from the shore.  At the bottom of the painting is a caption with the word, “BREATHE.” I’ve found myself […]
  • New Wine of the Spirit – Post 2

    6 Sep 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Day one of sobriety.  Sleeping last night was a little tough.  I fell asleep easily but woke up around 3:30am and found myself with racing thoughts and restlessness.  I opened my bible and was led to two scriptures: So it was, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel again played the […]
  • Holy Ghost movie free for 48 hours

    6 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Originally posted on In My Father's House:Hey, quick post. If you like Darren Wilson’s movies (Finger of God, Furious Love, Father of Lights), you can see his newest offering online for free for 48 hours on (starting Sept.6th, 11 AM PST). But even if you haven’t heard of him at all, check…
  • New Wine of the Spirit – Post 1

    4 Sep 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Today I find myself in rehab.  My emotions are mixed – positive and negative. Negative:  I feel guilt, like I messed up.  I feel disappointed in myself.  I feel upset that I have to leave my wife at home by herself. Positive:  I am glad I have taken a drastic step towards sobriety.  I know […]
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  • Cleaning Out the Clutter

    Judith Deem Dupree
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    We’re cleaning out the garage. Not only this day, but the days and weeks ahead. Step by laborious step. I am a saver, a re-user, a make-do mama―part of the world-war-raised generation that learned as young children to find a new use for anything usable, for whatever might be spruced up, re-purposed or recombined imaginatively, somehow, any how. It is a secret and semi-legit and often passionate game I have played for much of a lifetime. And, guess what: not infrequently, it really, really works. An old-new thingamajig to live with once again! A transformation! A victory against…
  • On Moving and Art Making

    Scott Laumann
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    In his book Art As Experience John Dewey writes that spontaneity is the result of long periods of activity. He suggests that is something available only to those who have long been absorbed in observation of related material and whose imaginations have been occupied with reconstructing what they see and hear. Like a volcano, a creative outburst presupposes a long period of prior compression, a transformation of original raw materials. I am thinking about this as I walk at dusk in my new town, glancing up at the peach colored bulbous clouds. I notice the piercing light falling in chunks on the…
  • Review of Letters and Life by Bret Lott

    Melanie Springer Mock
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Reviewed by MELANIE SPRINGER MOCK For a number of years, I’ve used Bret Lott’s short essay “Genesis” in my first-year writing courses. “Genesis” narrates Lott’s first memory of printing his name, and traces the way that initial creative act becomes Lott’s “own small imitation of God.” The essay is rich in its simplicity, a fine example of the old (but true!) first-year writing class bromide of showing, rather than merely telling about, an experience. My students love “Genesis,” and so do I, its meaning unfolding for me in different ways each time I teach it. Lott’s…
  • Process: The Night Sea Journey Part

    Nicole Rollender
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:21 pm
    “What was your writing process with this poem?” Recently, I froze when a fellow woman-poet asked me this in a writing workshop. I was thinking, “Well, I email myself a poem draft 45 times after each minute revision in a different font, and pretend it’s from a poet-friend-far-away. But that’s a quirk, not process, right?” Then, she said, “You need to articulate how you write. Do you walk in the woods reciting your poems, figuring out the downbeats? Do you internalize your rhythms? Do you black out found texts?” The question blindsided me because I just didn’t know what…
  • Announcing the 2014 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize Winners

    Brianna Van Dyke
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Ruminate Magazine is excited to share with you the winners of the 2014 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize! The winners were selected by John Wilson, editor of Books and Culture. You’ll find the winning pieces in Issue 32-Clearing It Out – pick up a copy today! FIRST PLACE Jessie van Eerden – Work Ethic         SECOND PLACE Robert Rebein – A Fire on the Moon             HONORABLE MENTION Amy Nolan – My Mother’s Hips FINALISTS Hal Ackerman  •  Hot Flashes Angela Doll Carlson  •  Stations Tammy Delatorre …
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  • Alliance Church Leader Among Ebola Team Members Killed in Guinea

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Rev. Moise Mamy and seven others in an Ebola education delegation were killed by villagers in southern Guinea on September 16 or 17, 2014. Government officials and news reporters were among those who died. Mamy was a member of the Eau de Vie (Water of Life) Ebola awareness team, a ministry of Compassion and Mercy Associates (CAMA), the relief and development arm of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (The Alliance). Mamy was a fervent evangelist and district superintendent of the Alliance church among the Mano, the people…
  • SIM Saddened by Recent Attack on Ebola Aid Workers in Guinea

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Mission Group to Review Crisis Response Policies and Safety Procedures CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — SIM USA ( said today it is saddened by the recent attacks on Ebola aid workers and journalists in Guinea and plans to review its crisis response strategies in light of the attacks. According to published media reports, at least eight Ebola aid workers and journalists were killed in Guinea because of fear surrounding foreign workers who are attempting to control the spread of the deadly disease. Crowds have also reportedly turned back aid workers in…
  • Family Rewards USA Introduces the Bible Belt

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:08 pm
      PENSACOLA, Fla., Sept. 16, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Family Rewards USA has announced the beginning of a program that will enable Ministries, Churches, Christian organizations and individuals to grow both spiritually and financially.   Family Rewards has developed a witnessing tool called the Bible belt. The Bible Belt is designed to reveal that believers are living out their faith in Jesus Christ.   They will provide encouragement to those who are lost and have a need for hope and the assurance of God’s love and saving grace, members believe that wearing the…
  • At the Intersection of Faith and Freedom are Those Who Serve

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    COLUMBIA, Mo., Sept. 8, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Those Who Serve is a devotional for those who serve our great nation. At the core of this book are the themes of faith, family, and freedom. It includes personal life stories from the author as well as thirty-three stories from Medal of Honor recipients and ex-POWs from our country’s major conflicts. Some of their stories are told in the inspiring DVD, which is included with the book. The author also uses examples of military insignia and badges to connect military history with pertinent scriptures. It’s designed to be a…
  • Do I Know You ?

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield I have been lucky enough down through the years to meet many famous people. I have met Medal of Honor winners. famous athletes, powerful politicians etc. I always find it funny that people who on an average day that wouldn’t pay me any notice come up to me on such occasions. When they do they say things like “Robert, old friend, why don’t you introduce us? “ Actually I like introducing my friends to each other. I enjoy seeing the things they do for each other, and watching their relationship deepen. But with these people all I can think is what…
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  • From Rags To Righteousness

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    How is righteousness with God obtained? And what does the Bible say about “works” towards rightness?
  • Grace Explained In 2-Minutes

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Have you got 2-minutes for a spiritual download? Take a moment to check out this clip on the meaning of Biblical GRACE. I pray it empowers you! For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. ~ John 1:17
  • Pure Christianity Explained In 50-Seconds

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    What sets true Christianity apart from all other religions in the world? This clip answers that question in 50 seconds flat For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. ~ Ephesians 2:8-9
  • Matters Of The Heart (David vs Saul)

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:26 pm
    This message is effectively in two parts. Part ‘A’ examines David – a man after God’s heart – as revealed through verses 1-3 of Psalm 23. Part ‘B’ looks at Saul, Israel’s first king who tragically became characterised by ego, self -preservation and manipulation.
  • Word To The Wise

    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).
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    Evolution, Creation, Sermons And Christian Music

  • 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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    Living By Faith Blog

  • Dealing with Past Hurts

    Steve Fuller
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Past Hurts We all experience them.  A painful break-up.  A friendship gone sour.  Reports that someone has slandered you. We experience them, and they hurt.  Bad. So what does God promise when we struggle with past hurts? The God of All Comfort God promises to comfort us.  You can see that in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction. This is beautiful.  When your heart is in pain over what someone has done to you, God promises to comfort you.  He promises to ease…
  • Is Joy in God Different from Happiness?

    Steve Fuller
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Joy vs. Happiness Throughout the Bible God commands us to have joy in him. You can see this in passages like Matthew 5:12, Romans 12:12, Philippians 3:1, and 1 Thessalonians 5:16. But what does it mean to have joy in God?  I have heard people explain this by saying that joy in God is different from happiness. But this is puzzling, because dictionaries say that joy IS happiness. For example – Joy is “the emotion of great delight or happiness.” ( Joy is “great happiness or pleasure.” (Cambridge Dictionary) Joy is “a feeling of great…
  • Is Satisfaction in Christ the Focus of Every Promise?

    Steve Fuller
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    A Summary of God’s Promises In one of the first posts I wrote for this site I summarize all of God’s promises under seven categories – HEART-SATISFACTION – God promises to satisfy you fully and forever in Jesus Christ (Psalm 16:11; Psalm 36:7-9; Psalm 63:1-2; Psalm 73:25-26; John 6:35; Philippians 3:8; 1 Peter 1:8). FORGIVENESS – God promises to forgive you through faith in Christ so you can experience his heart-satisfying presence forever (1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Thessalonians 2:14). PERSEVERANCE – God promises to…
  • Don’t Be Surprised by Trials

    Steve Fuller
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Knee Problems Years ago I hurt my left knee, and had surgery which took out most of the cartilage. Although this meant I had to stop running, I was thankful that I could still ride my mountain-bike. But now I’m wondering if even my mountain-biking has to stop.  Here’s why. My knee felt fine during our June mission trip, including one hike up what seemed like thousands of steps to a mountaintop viewpoint. So when we got back home, I had a crazy idea about hiking to the top of a nearby mountain.  Big mistake. Now my knee is hurting.  Bad.  And it’s been bad for a couple…
  • 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…
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    Catholic Spiritual Growth » » Gaudium Veritatis (The Joy of the Truth)

  • Living Faith – 3 Mistakes Catholics Make Living Their Christian Vocation (Plus Solutions)

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    A living faith should be an adventure. No Christian should be bored in their faith if they are truly living their Christian Vocation. Yet, many Catholics are. Why? One reason is that we often fail to live our office, our vocation and our mission. These three dimensions of discipleship to Jesus make up the adventure of our faith. Why do we fail to engage in this adventure? The first reason is that we fall prey to three foundational errors. Let's look at these three common mistakes and what to do instead.
  • Catholic Prayer – The Virtue Humility is the Foundation of Prayer

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Catholic prayer is uniting our hearts to God’s. The virtue of humility keeps our hearts in the right disposition for a relationship of love with God. What is the Virtue of Humility? The virtue of humility is defined as the virtue of not thinking higher of yourself than you ought. It opposes the vice (and capital sin) of pride. There are two dimensions of humility, both of which are important for Catholic prayer. Most people think of humility as a refusal to acknowledge anything good about yourself. But humility doesn’t mean despising yourself, deriding yourself, or putting yourself down.
  • 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…
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    A Life of Gratitude

  • Drawers filled with blue...

    Tori Shaw
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:07 pm
    I never would have thought that I would be completely redecorating our nursery when we brought the baby home from the hospital. I am happy to say that it is done, all except one or two decorative... To read today's full post, please go to the following link:
  • We're home!

    Tori Shaw
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:24 pm
    When we left to go to the hospital on Monday morning, the baby's nursery looked like the picture above. After meeting our precious surprise, Tyson, it became clear that we would need to change the... To read today's full post, please go to the following link:
  • An Explosive Surprise!

    Tori Shaw
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    For the past 5 months I have been swimming in a sea of pink and lavender. We found out on May 1st that our third child would be a little girl and immediately started buying pink! We sold or donated... To read today's full post, please go to the following link:
  • Family Videos

    Tori Shaw
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:16 pm
    We had a quiet evening at home hanging out in the hammock in the back yard and then watching family videos together. It was so much fun to watch all of these precious memories dancing across the... To read today's full post, please go to the following link:
  • A date with my little guy...

    Tori Shaw
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:16 pm
    I got to go on a date with my littlest guy today. When I asked Evan what he wanted to do, he said very adamantly, "I want to throw rocks at the park." So, that is exactly what we did! We went to Oak... To read today's full post, please go to the following link:
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  • Try WordLens Translation App for Mission Trips

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    by Bill Reichart with Ministry Best Practices If you are in ministry, you perhaps travel - perhaps on mission trips and other ministry endeavors. I do travel a lot, and one of the apps that I have grown to love, appreciate and depend upon is WordLens. WordLens allows you to translate the written word through the use of your camera, in real time without an internet connection, and it's free! Listen to Lifehacker describe it: WordLens is the brainchild of the folks at Quest Visual, recently acquired by Google, so expect to see some of its features rolled into Google Translate any time now.
  • 10 Leadership Tips from the Millennial Generation

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    by John Weirick with Newspring Church for Catalyst As a generation known for a lack of long-term commitments, millenials are poor poster children for proven work and leadership. However, the tide is turning in churches and culture, with more young adults stepping into the forefront of businesses, arts, ministries, and more. Those of us identified as Millennials, between the ages of 20 and 35, should just admit the stereotypes are true for good reason. We like doing what we want, avoiding responsibility and hard work, and saving money by living with our parents long after we attain a college…
  • What Makes It A 'Christian' Film?

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    by Dave Schroeder with Recently, I watched the movie Calvary (2014), which was one of the most powerful representations of the gospel I’ve ever seen on film. I don’t want to ruin the movie but go see it but see it with caution. Often truth in a movie like Calvary can hit us like a two by four. It is also R-rated and deals with some of the most serious issues in life. Like I would do with any good film, I shared my enthusiasm with a few people and the first question was typically, “Well, is it a Christian film?” I knew this question was coming and I…
  • Differentiating Mourning from Wallowing in Depression-Anxiety

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    by Brad Hambrick with There are many things that unhealthy wallowing and healthy mourning have in common. It can be easier to confuse one from the other than many people think. The person who thinks he is “working through” his pain may be wallowing in self-pity. Those who try to rouse their friend out of self-pity may be rushing them through legitimate mourning. Unfortunately, there is no emotional litmus test to verify the difference in these two experiences. However, we can (a) clarify what wallowing and mourning share in common, so we are less prone to assume…
  • The 3 Sites I Use to Find Music for Videos

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    by Brady Shearer with Pro Church Tools Star Wars. The Lord of the Rings. Home Alone. And most recently, Guardians of the Galaxy. Each of these films are outstanding. I wasn’t even born when Home Alone premiered, but 24 years later, it still holds up. And while Macaulay Culkin’s penchant for mischief and Joe Pesci’s inability to curse are two of the more enjoyable elements of Home Alone, the soundtrack is what truly holds the film together. From beginning to end, the soundtrack of Home Alone — and the soundtrack of each the aforementioned films — provide the…
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  • Stronghold

    Pamela Rose Williams
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    “I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” (Psalm 18:2) My strength, my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.  So many ways to describe our Almighty God and Father. This is a Psalm of David, it was written on the day that the LORD delivered him from his enemies and from the hand of the evil King Saul (Ps 18:1). This psalm gives us the lyrics to quite a popular chorus that is sung in many churches.  Beginning with verse 3 and then…
  • Zucchini Bread

    Pamela Rose Williams
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:32 pm
    When I think autumn, I think about when I lived up north and the leaves that have fallen from the trees crunch under your feet as you walk. The smell of the leaves and soil as they are coated with fresh dew in the morning.  AND I think it is time to bake some Zucchini Bread! I have never grown zucchini because I have learned through the years that those who do grow it have plenty to share. Such is the case in this recipe, I am using some of the lovely fresh zucchini that my friend not only shared with me, but also processed it so that it was ready to use — already grated in a 2 cup…
  • How Can I Keep from Singing?

    Pamela Rose Williams
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    If you have known me long enough you know that one of my favorite Worship Leaders and singer/songwriters it Chris Tomlin. I like his voice but mostly I love how his songs are inspired by Scripture as well as by the great hymns of faith — which are also very Scriptural. This song “How Can I Keep from Singing” is one such song that is based upon a great hymn of faith with the same title. The words and the music to the hymn are now a matter of Public Domain so I thought I would share them with you as part of this video post for your worship today. I especially love the bridge…
  • Respect Your Elders

    Pamela Rose Williams
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1 Peter 5:5 “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” I grew up on the idea that we are to respect our elders.  As much as my sisters and I participated in sibling rivalry, I remember that I did submit to the authority of my oldest sister.  I was taught that when she was in charge when Mom and Dad went out for the evening that she was in charge!  I admit I was not so respectful and submissive to my second to the oldest sister, but…
  • It’s A Miracle!

    Pamela Rose Williams
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    “Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” — John 6:29 This powerful statement was spoken by Jesus shortly after He had fed the multitude with just 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread. Jesus was speaking of how it was the work of God that  just a few fish and loaves of bread could be multiplied into so much food that there was enough left over to fill 12 baskets (John 6:12). Jesus and His apostles often worked miracles during His earthly ministry. Not only do we see miracles in the New Testanment, but they were done before Jesus…
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    Eric Metaxas

  • Houston, Texas

    Eric Metaxas
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Eric will be speaking at a dinner hosted by East-West Ministries International on Saturday, September 20th. For details, visit the event page.
  • Chicago, Illinois

    Eric Metaxas
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    On September 19, Eric will be speaking at The Illinois Family Institute’s Fall Banquet. For tickets and more information, click here.
  • Midland, Texas

    Eric Metaxas
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    Eric will be speaking at lunch and dinner events with East-West Ministries International on Wednesday, September 17th. Make sure to reserve your spot! For more information, visit the East-West event page.
  • You Are Invited! Oct. 28th Miracles Event

    Eric Metaxas
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    My new book officially comes out on Oct. 28th — with a national event! The book’s title is MIRACLES: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life. It will be a Socrates in the City event and oddly enough, I will be the guest! Of course we needed to find a guest host to interview me, since I couldn’t interview myself! We hoped to find someone who was as good an interviewer as Dick Cavett, but unfortunately the only person as good as Dick Cavett is Dick Cavett! And of course he “wasn’t available.” Sigh. But then — wait a minute –…
  • Wilmington, Delaware

    Eric Metaxas
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Eric will be speaking at A Door of Hope Pregnancy Center’s fundraising event.
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    Pathways International » Miguel

  • Mission/Ministry ‘Inside’ The Church & ‘Outside’ Of It

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    I know that discussions about being ‘inside’ or ‘outside’ of the church are theologically problematic at best.  Like the Apostle Paul addressing “Apphia and Archippus and “the church that meets in their home.”  The church (the people of God) locate themselves spatially (congregate) for a time in a place. Let’s put aside that debate forRead More(Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)
  • ‘Working Out Your Own Salvation’ Happens Through Mission.

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    “So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12) I often hear this verse being misappropriated and see it being misapplied.  To equate this call with mustering up our own sanctification,Read More(Visited 66 times, 1 visits today)
  • Mission Might Be In, Through, or Beyond the Church. Right?

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Are there any faulty assumptions in this picture? What are they? Additionally; What sorts of activities may be considered ‘mission’ in the local church? What sort of activities may be considered ‘mission’ through the local church? What sorts of activities may be considered ‘mission’ beyond the local church? Use the comment section below…(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)
  • Left Behind Reciprocity in World Missions

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    No, we’re not going to be discussing Nicolas Cage’s upcoming movie “Left behind” based on the wildly popular book series. In fact, we’re not going to talk about eschatology at all.  Eschatology, is the study of what the Bible says is going to happen in the end times. We’re going to talk about what’s happening nowRead More(Visited 69 times, 1 visits today)
  • 10 Types of Missionaries, and Why We Need Them.

    23 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    To assume that all missionaries need to fit some constrained missionary mold is a great injustice to a sending God, His sent ones, and the ones He sends them to.  The wonderfully diverse nature of God and His infinitely creative design still catalyzes His people toward the reconciliation of all things.  (Colossians 1:120) With thatRead More(Visited 213 times, 1 visits today)
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    Blasts From The Trumpet

  • Rosh Hashanah Today

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Trumpets are sounding from a mountain unseen with natural eyes and the gates are opening wide to receive God's people in a city seen only by light seekers or those who have searched out the end time knowledge of God. It is from here that the new species of man blow their shofars, the ram's horn to gather God's people for the harvest. Continue reading →
  • Daylight at the End of the Tunnel: All Things Made New

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Is this the year of the new species of man? Is there going to be a sounding of shofars or trumpets in the upper realm announcing the harvesting or ingathering of them? Could they be the firstlings, the firstfruits, born through God's end time knowledge, through the Word? Could they be the ones that lead all creation to God's holy mountain for reversal, renewal, bringing back the original order? Something to think about! Continue reading →
  • A New Species of Man Has Been Born: The Light Seekers … The Illuminated Ones

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    The new species of man, who is he, what is he, where is he? The new man is one that is tired of the way the earth is run, tired of its lack of morals, the immodesty, the blatant disobedience to God's call for holiness, and decided to seek God's light. Continue reading →
  • Enforcing Christ’s Victory to Earth: Part 7

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    There are two kingdoms waging war. It's the Kingdom of light against the kingdom of darkness. The Word, also known as Yeshua, stands against the prince of this world, Satan. They both have a plan, one for restoration of man, the other for his destruction. Continue reading →
  • Pentecost Today: The Government, Bride, Jubilee

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    26 May 2014 | 1:00 am
    As we have discussed in many past blasts, there is much hidden manna, nutrients for our minds, to be found in God's feasts. The Feast of Weeks (Leviticus 23:15), or Pentecost (Acts 2:1), known also as the Feast of Harvest (Exodus 23:16) and Day of First Fruits (Numbers 28:26) is certainly no exception. Continue reading →
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    Attempts at Honesty

  • Leaders – How well are you getting people grounded in the faith?

    Mark McIntyre
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture It should come as no surprise to anyone who is at all paying attention to the culture around us that we can no longer assume that the people we interact with subscribe to a Judeo/Christian worldview. In fact, an increasing percentage of the populace is hostile to such a view. This begs the question of church leaders, “what are you doing to get your people grounded in the Christian faith?” I believe that good preaching does part of the job, but assuming that the average sermon is 30 minutes and the average…
  • Spiritual CPR – No Insurance Required

    L. T. Lewis
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture This is a guest post by L. T. Lewis whose biographical information appears in the author box below this post. If you would like to provide a guest post to Attempts at Honesty, please see the guest post guidelines and contact me if you are interested in providing a post. I lost my job.  For clarity, I lost my job but I wasn’t unemployed.  Yes. Seriously. I have been a public servant for more than 25 years.  In that time, I worked my way up from a receptionist position to being Division Director with a team of 15…
  • Tune my heart . . .

    Mark McIntyre
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture I love many of the old hymns. The ones I most appreciate are those for which much thought was put into the lyrics. One of my favorite hymns is “Come Thou Fount.” Here are the lyrics: Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace; streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise. Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above. Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of thy redeeming love. Here I raise mine Ebenezer; hither by thy help I’m…
  • Roy Abraham Varghese on the “New Atheism”

    Mark McIntyre
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:02 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture At the foundation of the “new atheism” is the belief that there is no God, no eternal and infinite Source of all that exists. This is the key belief that needs to be established in order for most of the other arguments to work. Int is my contention here that the “new atheists,” Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Lewis Wolpert, Sam Harris, and Victor Stenger, not only fail to make a case for this belief, but ignore the very phenomena that are particularly relevant to the question of whether God…
  • On the real meaning of stewardship

    Mark McIntyre
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture If you’ve spent any time in a church, there is a high probability that you have been exposed to the word stewardship. It is a great word and a great concept, but too often it is used only in reference to finances and giving. “Stewardship Sunday” is the day when the pastor talks about the financial situation of the church and people are encouraged to give money. But this is only one aspect of Christian stewardship and I would argue that it is one of the less important aspects. What is a steward? The…
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    Before The Cross

  • Every Knee Will Bow

    Chris Howard
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    It’s going to happen. For some it will hit like bricks and for others it couldn’t have come soon enough, but guaranteed . . . Jesus Christ will return and heaven and earth will once again be in agreement. We don’t like to talk about judgment these days. Today, bad behavior usually gets a book deal and with the right public relations director, a bad image can be spun into something manageable and with passing outrage as a weary public becomes more and more desensitized. I don’t like it any more than you do. Bad doesn’t always get what it deserves and good doesn’t always amount to…
  • Scripture on Trials

    Mike Mobley
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    For the believer, it is crucial to understand that following Christ does not mean you won’t face trials in your life. In fact, as you follow Jesus, you’ll probably have an increase of trials. From a worldly standpoint, that sounds like bad news, but if you look at trials from a Biblical perspective, you’ll see there are great opportunities that arise when these come into our lives. No doubt you are more than likely going through a trial at this very moment. While I personally want to give you my empathy and compassion as much as I possibly can, I also want to encourage you…
  • Stay In Your Own Lane

    Chris Howard
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    The Swerve Ask a group of Christian guys to confess a sin and usually a safe response is admitting they get angry in traffic and they would like to handle their commute with a little more grace. I know I would. One thing that always pulls me offside is when somebody swerves in front of me without signaling. It appears to be the epitome of rudeness with a vehicle. It seems to say, “I don’t care who you are or where you’re going or when you have to be there, I’m getting in front of you NOW!” The selfish intrusion occurs and I’m left to try to make a grace sandwich out of it, knowing…
  • What is The True Definition of Beauty?

    Joelle Mobley
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    This is a guest post by Joelle Mobley. “I’m a sinner in need of a Savior! I love my Savior Jesus Christ, my amazing husband Mike, and our beautiful daughter Peyton Riley and handsome son Matthew Xander!” 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. Can I be real and vulnerable with you for a minute? Where did these wrinkles, rolls, grey hairs, and cellulite come from? I mean seriously, I knew you changed as you got older, but I’m not a…
  • Special Thanks to Our September Supporters

    Mike Mobley
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    We appreciate and want to thank the supporters of Before The Cross this September. 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…
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    My Freshly Brewed Life

  • Treasury of Bible Stories Review & Giveaway!

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:08 pm
    “Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility…
  • The Weekend Brew: Lead Me To The Rock

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:32 pm
    I’m not much for rock climbing.  Actually, I’m not really the active, outdoorsy type.  I love to be outside, breathing in fresh air and allowing a gentle, cool wind to brush against my cheeks while I listen to the leaves crunch underneath my feet.  But rock climbing is not my idea of fun. Sometimes, God calls us to climb. I am learning that the higher I go, the easier it is to breath and the clearer it is to see. Getting to the top though, is often met with resistance, fear, exhaustion and feelings of wanting to turn back and run to lower ground. When our hearts are faint and…
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  • Can I See Your ID?

    13 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
      Recently as I was recording one of my radio episodes, I found myself making quite a bold statement: “Don’t call yourself a Christian if you’re not living a godly life. I’m not judging you, and it may be true that you’re indeed a Christian. But if you’re not living for the Lord, don’t embarrass Him or His church by presenting yourself to others as a Christian!” We are living in dark times, and the world is looking for someone to shine the light. If you are claiming to be that light, then let it shine! But the world scoffs at those who make a noise about their faith and…
  • The Name: I AM

    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!

    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, tune in and spread the word!     You Might Also Like: Can I See Your ID? Definition of Christianity Paul’s Gospel The post Have A Blast! appeared first on Interpulpit.
  • The Lord is My Helper

    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

    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…
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    Paperback Theology

  • Corporations Aren’t People, Money Isn’t Speech: Citizens United & the Heresy of Corporate Personhood

    Tim Suttle
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:49 am
    More Americans believe in witchcraft, ghosts, and UFOs than agree with Citizens United. When 80% of the people agree on an important issue & the leaders refuse to act, something has to change. I’m for finding a peaceful solution. Citizen’s United refers to a 2010 Supreme Court case on how elections are financed. The ruling said that corporations [Read More...]
  • Katie Savage Reviews Shrink

    Tim Suttle
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    My friend and writing compatriot Katie Savage has written a review of Shrink, at her blog “Sprucing Up the Narthex.” Katie’s a really good writer (check out Grace in the Maybe), and I’m grateful for her engagement with the ideas in Shrink. Katie will always make you laugh and make you think. Here’s an excerpt [Read More...]
  • Wendell Berry on What It Means to Be an Author

    Tim Suttle
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    I’ve been reading some Wendell Berry this week in preparation for what I’m talking about on Sunday. I love his straight forward and often hilarious take on life–for instance: hell, or limits, or farming. I ran across this note int he introduction to his book, Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community, which is a collection of [Read More...]
  • The SHIFT from Illusion to Prayer

    Tim Suttle
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    When my boys were little guys we would go out to eat every Friday evening. It was kind of our family tradition (still is)… eat a meal together, & try to connect at end of a long week. When they were young & squirmy my job was to find ways to keep them sitting down [Read More...]
  • What We Do With Our Pain: Barbara Brown Taylor & Spiritual Bypassing

    Tim Suttle
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    We talked about idols last week at Redemption Church. It felt like a hard sermon to give, because I think the idolatry of the church over the past few centuries has caused a lot of pain. So many people have fallen in love with a small “g” god, that promised them the world and couldn’t deliver. [Read More...]
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  • Notice – Icon of Saint Martial featured

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:37 am
    The icon of Saint Martial that I recently completed has now been chosen to be featured at the Catholic Art, Christian Theme Artwork and Women Painters Galleries at Fine Art America.Filed under: Icons, Notices, Saint Martial Tagged: Beauty, Christianity, Icons, Religion and Spirituality, Saint Martial
  • The icon of Saint Martial

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    The icon of Saint Martial has just been completed. It was named on the feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Martial was an orphan boy who was adopted by Saint Peter after the intercession of the Virgin Mary with Her Son, Jesus Christ. Martial died in Rome as a martyr as a […]
  • On icons – 9

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:23 pm
    In creating a work of art, the psyche or soul of the artist ascends from the earthly realm into the heavenly. There, free of all images, the soul is fed in contemplation by the essences of the highest realm, knowing the permanent noumena of things. Then, satiated with this knowing, it descends again to the earthly realm. And […]
  • On icons – 8

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:17 pm
    To paint an icon is to bring about a transformation of matter that is only real as a result of a transformation of in the inner being of the painter – R. Temple in Doors of Perception.Filed under: Iconography, Icons Tagged: Christianity, Iconography, Icons, Religion and Spirituality
  • On icons – 7

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:09 pm
    The painting, the writing, of icons is “an actual spiritualization of matter, a re-enactment of the Incarnation, reflecting actually and not only symbolically the appearance of God at the human and earthly level” (R. Temple, in Doors of Perception).Filed under: Iconography, Icons Tagged: Christianity, Iconography, Icons, Religion and Spirituality
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  • Is the divine light God? – Response to a question

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    The question has been repeatedly asked, “Is the divine light God?” The short answer is that the divine light is part of the very presence of God and coming from Him. It is the light emanating from the core of the Father’s Divine Heart.  An example of the divine light is that specific light which […]
  • Pray for grace as nothing else will suffice

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    For those who do not pray, do not pray enough, or those who pray but have so far neglected to ask for specific graces in these and upcoming times: pray! Pray with the entirety of your beings and ask God our Father unreservedly for all the graces needed to remain faithful to Him to the […]
  • The Fifth and Sixth Seal of Revelation in the prophecies of Isaiah

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:04 pm
    (1) “You have rejected Your people, the House of Jacob, for it has long been full of sorcerers like the Philistines, and is overrun with foreigners. The country is full of silver and gold and treasures unlimited, the country is full of horses, its chariots are unlimited; the country is full of idols. They bow down before […]
  • Votive Mass of the Divine Heart of God the Father: Texts and Lectionary

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    For priests who may want it and do not have the book, may be unable to obtain it, or need extra copies, here (click on the link) is the complete Votive Mass of the Divine Heart of God the Father: Texts and Lectionary. Please feel free to print out and use as needed. The Votive […]
  • Holy Octave of Purification and Consecration to God the Father

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    For who does not have it and/or may be searching for it but cannot find it, in the light of the signs of our times, here (click on the link) is the Holy Octave of Purification and Consecration to God our Father.Filed under: God the Father
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    Christians of T&T

  • Prayer to break these chains of temptation

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Prayer for Resisting Temptation Heavenly King, I lay down my life before You, I surrender my all to You. Help me, Oh Loving Father, to break these chains of temptation. Tear down these strongholds that are weakening me. Bind every evil spirit that attempts to lure me into the dark abyss. Read more on Prayer to break these chains of temptation…
  • Prayer: Bring my Children into Your Kingdom

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Bring back my Children into Your Kingdom I am so depressed, disgusted, and humiliated by the actions, words and deeds, of my children. I feel sick to the very core of my being. Father God, I need Your touch. I cannot even express my thoughts properly, but You know my heart Abba. Please, oh Lord, I am pleading for an intervention into their lives. Please bring back my children into Your Kingdom. Read more on Prayer: Bring my Children into Your Kingdom…
  • Prayer for When I feel Exhausted

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    A Prayer for When I feel Exhausted (by Timothy and Cheryce) Sovereign Saviour, I love thee more than silver or gold, There is nothing that compares to You that exists in this world. They say love  is meek and it is blind, But Your love never fades away, that’s why it’s one of a kind. You loved me, even before I was created, And in my heart You are eternally situated. Read more on Prayer for When I feel Exhausted…
  • A Prayer of Forgiveness

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:03 pm
    A Prayer of Forgiveness (Today’s prayer was written by a good friend and faithful Christian, Timothy John. I pray that it is blessing upon your life.) Oh Heavenly and Gracious Father, I come before you as a humble servant, thanking You for yet another day of health and strength, for peace of mind, love, and for everything that You have generously bestowed upon me. Read more on A Prayer of Forgiveness…
  • Prayer for When I feel Worried

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    A Prayer for When You Worry Yahweh, Holy One, today, as I arise from my bed, I chose to look at the positive side of things and not worry today. I chose to have a different perspective when I step out into the world on this glorious morning. I will not allow my worrying mind to get the better of me. I will not allow Lucifer to fill my thoughts with doubt, or delve on any negative entity that he throws my way. Read more on Prayer for When I feel Worried…
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    Christian Home and Family

  • Monday Mindset: Compassion

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Carey I have to admit that I’ve come to see the value and need for compassion toward others far later in life than I should have. I’m typically a “suck it up and get to work” kind of person when it comes to how I view others. But I’m coming to see that though that may be a very “American” attitude (rugged and individualistic), it’s not a very Christ-like one. So, I’ve been intentionally working on seeing others through the eyes of compassion. Here are some thoughts that have helped me as I’ve considered the issue: When I understand…
  • I forgive you, but…

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Carey When you or I say, “I forgive you,” we’re supposed to put the situation behind us, right? Well, yes… but there’s something else that’s supposed to happen. The offending person is supposed to change. It’s called repentance. I can remember a handful of times when my wife or myself have been dealing with one of our children about the very same issue, for the thousandth time. OK, not the thousandth, but it seems like it when there’s been an ongoing pattern of dealing with the same issue. In those situations, it’s not uncommon for one of…
  • Podcast 89 – How to stop sinning

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Carey How to stop sinning. Really. Or if you are using a “podcatcher” here is the feed address: Yes, really. I know we’d all like to know how to stop sinning, and the truth is that the Bible gives us plain, simple instructions for how to do it. But even though it’s simple, it’s not easy. Every believer in Christ has the opportunity to apply what John says (1 John) and stop sinning. It’s a daily, step by step discipline we have to develop. This episode of the podcast is going to highlight the only path…
  • Monday Mindset: Worship

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Carey I once heard Chuck Swindoll say that we worship God for 4 basic things. His PERSON His PLANS His WORD and His WORKS. I tend to agree with Him. Worship is a response to God. It’s a response to what He’s done in one of those 4 areas. In this “Monday mindset” I’m encouraging you to talk with your family about worship. Here is a list of starter questions to get you going: What does the word “worship” mean? Is worship only about singing or music? Why do you think worship is important for us? What does it do in us or for us? Give me some examples of…
  • Corporate prayer is a pain in the…

    12 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Carey In my entire Christian life (going on 43 years, now) corporate prayer has never been easy. That statement comes from a guy who… Has been in church since he was 5 years old. Has served as a professional “clergy” for over 20 years. Has attended more prayer meetings than movies. Has taught people about prayer and how to pray. Has encouraged people to pray, out loud, in public, repeatedly. Even so, I find corporate prayer to be difficult, unnatural, and awkward on a number of levels. The temptation to “perform” is always there. There’s special phrases…
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    Pro Preacher

  • 10 Books I Am Excited To Read

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Photo Credit: ginnerobot via Compfight cc Leaders are readers. Although it can be time consuming, you actually save time by reading. Nothing has accelerated my own personal and spiritual growth as a pastor as much as reading. So what are you excited about reading right now? Here are a ten books I am excited to read. I just picked these up and cannot wait to dive into them: Living By Revealed Truth: The Life And Pastoral Theology Of Charles Haddon Spurgeon by Tom Nettles Heaven by Randy Alcorn Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways To Keep Yours Alive by Thom Rainer Real-Life Discipleship:…
  • You Can Preach A Good Sermon Without Love, But Not A Great Sermon

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Photo Credit: Neal. via Compfight cc Can you preach a good sermon without love? I was at a gathering of pastors, and the gust speaker said, “You can preach a good sermon without loving your people, but you will never preach a great sermon without loving them.” I immediately wrote the phrase down and chewed on it for a while. Can pastors really preach good without love? The more I thought about it, the more I realized it is true. There are plenty of pastors who preach good sermons without love for the people they are preaching to. They preach well, because, although they don’t love…
  • Amazing Deal On My New Book – 50% OFF!

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:01 pm
    For a limited time only, I am offering my new book for 50% off the original price! Preaching Nuts & Bolts: The Essential Guide to Sermon Prep is a practical guide for anyone who wants to get better at the art of sermon prep. Learn what it takes to be a successful preacher, my 7 Step Sermon Prep Method, how to get sermons written months in advance, and so much more. Preaching Nuts & Bolts is packed with the best tips and strategies from plus content you won’t find anywhere else. Originally sold for $10, you can get your copy today for only $4.99! Hurry, this…
  • 5 Steps To Creating A Culture of Evangelism In Your Church

    23 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Photo Credit: tj.blackwell via Compfight cc It is a sad reality today that many churches are simply not reaching many people for Christ. No, it’s not all about numbers. Yes, fellowship and discipleship are important. But if we are trying to follow the great commission, why are we not doing more to try to reach more people? Put simply, I believe it is because we have not created a culture of evangelism in our churches. Somewhere along the way, many churches have lost their evangelistic fervor. If we want to create a culture of evangelism in our churches, I believe there are at least 5 things…
  • 5 Lessons From The Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church Controversy

    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…
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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…
  • 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…
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    Working Christianity

  • I Don’t Wanna Be Famous

    21 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    A few weeks ago a lady in our church came to the front and admitted to everyone that she had tried to commit suicide. That is probably one of the most courageous things I’ve seen someone do ever. To share something so personal in our life that reveals that you are going through some tough […]
  • In The Wind

    20 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    A few weeks as I took out the trash outside of my house, a tall man named Robert started walking toward my house. Now normally that would freak out a lot of people out, but he stood back and talked to me from the top of my driveway. He told me he used to cut the […]
  • 5 Principles for Spiritual Victory

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    When you hear a great sermon sometimes the best thing you can do is to share it. So that’s what this is. The text today comes from Joshua 6:1-5, where Joshua and the Israelities were about to take the promised land. They had been through a lot and were out in the wilderness finally about […]
  • Insecurities Won’t Be The Death of Me

    1 Jun 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Being tired is often the perfect storm for doubt to creep into my life and give the devil a foothold and this past week was no different. When you’re doing a lot of anything in life, like building a company, you can sometimes wear yourself out and that’s when doubt can creep in. It’s one of […]
  • Come In One Way, Leave Another

    6 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    Mark 10: 17-22 is one of my favorite parables, the rich young ruler, because of the analogy that’s made (about a camel passing through the eye of a needle, powerful stuff right?).  But more importantly it demonstrates what Jesus really wants from us and what true change is all about. In the parable, Jesus was […]
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    Pastor John's Blog

  • Faith, Hope, Love and Purpose

    john crews
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Over the past months I have had occasion to read many stories of other parents about the loss of a child and about life, such as it is, following such a loss.  Not surprisingly, I seem to gravitate mostly to stories of young people (usually in their late teens or twenties) who obviously left this world far to early.  The contexts are varied -- from homicide to suicide, a drug overdose to a car accident, or health issues -- both expected and unexpected.  But, the heartbreak is always the same.I have corresponded with some of those parent-writers through…
  • 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 a 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…
  • 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…
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    The Pure Sacrifice

  • Lord Undo Me

    Deanna Wiseburn
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:27 pm
    From the Archives Originally Posted October 8, 2012 I heard this prayer on Klove, last year, and it was really powerful.  I had thought of it again recently and wanted to share it here. Lord Undo Me I don’t really worship these days I don’t really stand up to praise you with songs Or prayers or actions or with anything I am full of all the right moves I am full of all the right words I am full of all the right religion But it is all just illusion I am really Lonely Lost Calloused Jaded Cynical Too religious Too realistic and well really just to lazy to worship you anymore I have lost my…
  • Stepping Out

    Deanna Wiseburn
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    Source In every life there are seasons, some are harder than others.  In some seasons you can see dreams and you can see progress and somehow that is where life now finds me.  As always though when it comes to seeing progress and seeing dreams, that does not mean that things will be easy.  There is always a cost, sometimes a small one, sometimes a bigger one.  Currently the cost is leaving my comfort zone to reach into the unknown.  Those of you who know me know that I love routine, and I am not a huge fan of change. I find that sometimes my obedience is delayed because of this. …
  • Boundaries Regarding Technology

    Deanna Wiseburn
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    photo credit: Ed Yourdon via photopin cc As I look around lately I can’t help but see that we have become a very rude society.  People sit together but they don’t talk to one another and they barely look at one another.  It is sad really.  We were created to be in community together, that was by Gods design.  Yet many people are so caught up in technology that they will not lay it down for face to face contact. I’m not sure when we moved from technology as a helpful tool to letting it control every aspect of our lives.  This is something that I noticed greatly when I…
  • What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days {Review}

    Deanna Wiseburn
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
      This book is a balm for the soul!  Once you open the pages it feels just like you are sitting across from a dear friend receiving life-giving encouragement that uplifts and points back to God.  I love the way Holley Gerth writes just as I imagine she would talk in person.  She brings life to her books and then it is as if she sees straight into your own heart. This book is 52 days worth of devotions, I can’t wait for Holley to write one for 365 days.  I can tell that this will quickly be a favorite and may well be read many times throughout the year! Holley will be hosting a…
  • The Hard Times

    Deanna Wiseburn
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Sometimes it is hard to write.  The words just don’t seem to come as easily when you find yourself in the midst of a struggle and begin to search within.  I find my life these days in a constant state of change. In all the uncertainty I cling tightly to the fact that I am never alone and that God already has the victory. I am being reshaped and refined and it is uncomfortable, but necessary. However I am choosing to use this as a chance to redefine myself in some ways. Currently I am keeping a close watch on my perspectives and trying not to fall back in old habits. I am also…
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    Christian Magazine

  • Saving Christmas – New Holiday Movie by Kirk Cameron

    5 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    If anyone knows me at all, they know I love Kirk Cameron and what he stands for. I also love his movies and listening to him teach. From his movie ‘Fireproof’ to his upcoming new holiday movie ’Saving Christmas, he puts Jesus first spreading the word of God one story line after another. In the movie trailer below, you’ll see how Kirk Cameron wants to share how Christmas is about Christ! For years, you have read, written, and even talked about how we need to keep ‘Christ’ in Christmas. Now, he shows us how in this holiday movie that’s sure to be a…
  • “Eye” Shouldn’t Have Looked – Life Lessons

    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

    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

    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

    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…
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    C3 Journey - the Warrior's Log

  • Life becomes your passion…

    Jim Crumbley
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    So many people waste so much time LOOKING for their passion. Passion can’t be looked for. Passion has to be lived. In other words; don’t just try to find your passion, “live passionately and LIFE becomes your passion.” But, what is passion? Passion (from the Latin verb patere meaning to suffer) is a term applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion, compelling enthusiasm or desire for anything. Wikipedia What I love about this excerpt from Wikipedia is the discovery that the latin root for passion is “patere” or…
  • How to live our life…

    Jim Crumbley
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    Tell the older men that in anything they do, they must not go too far. They must be worthy of respect. They must control themselves. They must have true faith. They must love others. They must not give up. Titus 2:2 How should we live our lives? Titus 2:2 is one verse that gives us SIX rules for life. Six simple yet profound ways of living our daily life that, if followed, can positively impact our relationship with God and our service to others. These rules for life can save our family, grow our career and heal our emotions. Our whole world can be changed if we take this one scripture and…
  • Our Inner Billness…

    Jim Crumbley
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    Last Saturday we said good-bye to Bill Rowlett, the best man I know. I was privileged to have been able to speak a few words at his Celebration service and was asked by a few attendees to share the message that Bill’s “Inner Billness” brought to me. I’ll never forget you pal…. ___________________________________________________________________ Even a man who has many companions can be destroyed.But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24 Bill Rowlett was my friend. When we would sit in the back yard and dream together he would always…
  • Everything is faith…

    Jim Crumbley
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    “NEVER” and “ALWAYS” spoken in bold complaint is faith and has MORE authority over your world than God’s word WEAKLY believed. It’s ALL faith. So, it is not really a question of DO WE HAVE FAITH but WHERE ARE WE PUTTING it? PUT YOUR FAITH in God’s word. It is bigger than your circumstances. God’s love is more powerful than your disappointment, pain and even anger IF we choose to trust it. God can and does work all things to the good for those who believe. BUT…if you believe that what you face cannot be righted by God or if you refuse to…
  • Come to me…

    Jim Crumbley
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 Nothing in the teachings of Christ would indicate that we would never grieve, never hurt or never be disappointed. Not every prayer is answered. Not every dream is fulfilled in the way that we “see” them. We can do all the right things in all of the right ways with all of the “right” motives and still find our results short of our hopes. Those are the times when we need the rest that only Jesus can bring. Whether burdened with the heavy…
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    Logos Bible Software Blog

  • Logos 5: Reorder Books in a Collection

    Morris Proctor
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials. In a recent blog post about displaying a verse from all Bibles, I suggested creating a collection of English Bibles. This suggestion in turn generated some discussion about the order of books in a collection. If you’ve created a collection from the Tools menu, you’ve noticed that Logos alphabetizes the resources in a collection. To illustrate, in a theology-books…
  • How Mobile Ed Changed Kay’s Bible Study

    Jonathan Watson
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Imagine studying the Bible with more clarity. Imagine being able to sit with the best teachers around, learning from their experience and wisdom, and exploring the Bible with them at your side. Imagine asking any of your questions and having your favorite teacher give you the answers. With Logos Mobile Education, this imagination becomes reality! Take your understanding of the Bible to the next level with high-caliber video teaching from today’s leading Bible scholars. The videos are paired with enriched transcripts so you can follow along, make notes, and find exactly what you’re looking…
  • September’s New Collections—Available Now!

    Brandon Rappuhn
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    We’ve recently updated several collections to include the most recently published Logos editions! Now’s the best time to get into a new series or to update a collection you already own. Here’s what’s new: Two Horizons Commentary (10 vols.) Robert Wall’s 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus is now available for immediate purchase and download! Get all 10 volumes at an amazing price and think critically as you dig into theological interpretation of these 14 books of the Bible. If you’ve purchased Two Horizons volumes with us previously, fear not—you’ll only pay for the volumes that…
  • Pre-order the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis

    Janae Lovern
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis (NIDNTTE) is now available for pre-order! This collection is the second edition of one of the most valuable resources for pastors, teachers, and scholars for over 40 years. The collection’s first edition was edited by Colin Brown and featured contributions from highly acclaimed scholars such as James D.G. Dunn and D.A. Carson. While this edition was treasured for over 35 years, the new edition, edited by Moisés Silva, will continue its legacy by assisting scholars around the world in their biblical study. Enhance…
  • A Quote for Every Day of the Week

    Jake Mailhot
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself. —Marlene Dietrich A powerful and insightful quote can be the perfect punctuation to an idea. And pastors and academics alike will find our quotations volumes immensely valuable. We’ve collected 2,500 quotations and prayers into eight volumes with quotations ranging from Augustine and the early church to Charles Spurgeon and the modern church: 300 Quotations for Preachers 400 Prayers for Preachers 1,500 Quotations for Preachers 300…
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    Faithlife Women

  • Why You Don't Have to Prove Yourself

    Tayler Beede
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    It’s difficult to not feel pressure in a society that praises works, beauty and monetary status, when all you’re trying to concern your mind with is how your life will be used to glorify God. How can...
  • The Gospel for the Weak Mom

    Tayler Beede
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    "I thought parenting was going to portray my strengths, never realizing God had ordained it to reveal my weaknesses." —Dave Harvey 106 degrees. I stood leaning against the port-a-potty dutifully...
  • Teaching Your Kids to Ask Important Questions

    Tayler Beede
    4 Dec 2013 | 8:08 am
    As parents, we want our kids to make good choices. When they are very young, we make the majority of the decisions for them. As they grow up, mom and dad relinquish more and more of that...
  • Unsung Heroes: Being a Role Model Outside the Spotlight

    Elizabeth Russell
    29 Nov 2013 | 7:00 am
    I bet most of you have never heard about Jonathan slaying a giant in the Bible, yet here it is: “And there was a again a war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six […]
  • Ticked, Annoyed, Angry?

    Tayler Beede
    13 Nov 2013 | 9:44 am
    I woke up feeling fine. But my mood didn’t last long. Stewing over a situation I couldn’t change, I felt engulfed by negative emotions—I was ticked off, annoyed, and angry.  Grumpily telling my...
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    Fresh Bread

  • Why Do We Give?

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    As church leaders we are charged with the responsibility of teaching our people good Biblical stewardship.  In other words, we have to talk to them about how they use their time, talent, treasure and temple to glorify God.  One of the hardest areas that we have to deal with is the issue of giving.  This always a sensitive subject, however, I believe that our focus needs to be more on teaching people “why” they give than “how much they give.”  The truth of the matter is that someone can give a large sum of money but if they give it for the wrong reason it is all for…
  • Seven Characteristics of Effective Christian Leadership

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    What makes an effective Christian leader?  There have been hundreds, maybe thousands of books written on this subject.  I’ve listened to countless sermons and lectures about what it takes to be a good leader.  But I have found no better source for understanding Christian leadership than the Bible.  In the Old Testament, one of my favorite leaders is King David.  Over the past couple of months I have been preaching through 1 Chronicles and have been inspired by the tremendous example of leadership found in King David.  This Sunday night I will be concluding the series by preaching…
  • Habakkuk: Why every believer should question God?

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Is it right to question God?  For most of my life I have heard well-meaning, good-hearted Christians answer this question with an emphatic No!  But in actual experience we all know that there are moments in lives when circumstances cause us to question what God is doing.  Habakkuk is a biblical example of the benefit that questioning God has for our spiritual life.  Rather than settling for trite, simplistic theological answers, Habakkuk dares to ask God some hard questions and in the process develops a far more glorious vision of what God is like.  I would like to suggest that hard…
  • Healthy Versus UnHealthy Vessels

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    The next couple of paragraphs may be hard to read and I promise you that they are equally hard for me to write but we have to admit that a major reason the church is so unhealthy is because its Pastors are sick.  Even as I write those words my heart is broken because I love Pastors and I am one myself and I know how hard of a task we have in this day and age.  But I also know my own heart and I have talked with enough Pastors to know that we have a serious crisis occurring across the church.  As Pastors and church leaders we need to take a careful look at our own lives and make sure that…
  • Find God’s Call and Then Do It

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Over the past couple of months, I’ve been preaching through 1 Chronicles on Sunday nights.  Last night, we came to 1 Chronicles 28:1-10 where David is talking to the officials of Israel and his son Solomon.  One of the great concerns on David’s heart was to make sure that Solomon would stay committed to the task of building the Temple.  You will remember that David had wanted to build a house for God but was forbidden because of his past.  Instead, God promised that Solomon would build the temple and even more important God would establish the throne of David forever.
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  • Overheard in a Diner: "You Get What You Get And You Like It!"

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    I walk into the diner and plop into a booth. The smooth red vinyl makes it easy for me to slide over next to the window. I fiddle with the salt shaker for a minute and look around for my waiter. The place is crowded, as usual--plates and silverware clink and clank; a bell rings; people laugh and chatter. I get my phone out of my purse, take a selfie, then post an "I'm eating at Law's Diner!" status update on Facebook. I glance up.Still no waiter.I organize the sugar container. Put all the pinks, blues and whites together. Look out the window. Beautiful day. Perfect, actually. Blue sky.
  • 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…
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    Living in the Kingdom of God---Diana Symons

  • God Doesn’t Care That You’re Not Perfect

    Diana Symons
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    We are all called to serve the Lord somehow. All of us. We are all called to make disciples , teaching them what Jesus taught. Many people will never obey this command because they think it’s the job of pastors and ministers. They are wrong. But there are others who understand the commandment, but feel unworthy to obey. This is not a bad thing. I understand the feeling of unworthiness. I too struggle with feeling like the last person on the earth that should be discipling anyone. The enemy can get into our heads and make us feel like losers who don’t deserve to go to heaven, let…
  • Work Out Your Salvation With Fear And Trembling- You Have Too Much To Lose

    Diana Symons
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    We need to be very careful about what we think God expects of us. I used to think that all I needed to do was believe that Jesus died for me so I could go to heaven. That’s it. I had no interest in ministry. That was for other people. I had job and it was enough that I went to church and believed in God. But God had other plans for me. I began to read the Bible to understand exactly how I was supposed to live. I wanted to hear from God myself. What I learned startled me. The scriptures that I knew from childhood began to convict me for not believing what I already knew. We’re…
  • The Kingdom of God Is Not About Heaven

    Diana Symons
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    The church in America has turned entering the kingdom of God into a prayer to go to heaven. I don’t think that’s what Jesus meant by the kingdom of God at all, at least not entirely. Every time He healed someone or performed a miracle, He told them, “The kingdom of God has come near you.” It’s not a far off place, it’s a lifestyle for us here and now. Jesus described the kingdom in so many ways, it sounds like the blind men describing an elephant. And because of that, we pick and choose what parts we want to believe and hold onto that truth as if…
  • 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…
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  • Soul-Filling Fundraisers (from the Youth Ministry Collective)

    Jeremy Steele
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    I want to transform fundraising into something that feels more like ministry and less like selling used cars. I know it enables students to be part of life-changing ministry, but with the time and effort that most youth ministers put into fundraising, there has to be a way to make it more than earning money to go on a trip. And, there is. The clue comes from our historical founding celebri-pastor John Wesley.  While he never participated in a car wash (I guess it would be a horse wash in his case), his externally-focused, culturally-engaged life in ministry provides just what we need to make…
  • How Your Behavior Can Affect Your Eternity

    Ben Witherington
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    In the New Testament, what is the link between theology and ethics; between what Christians believe and how Christians behave? In Part II of this video series, Ben Witherington suggests that behavior can and does affect a person’s eternity. View Part I. Get The Indelible Image: The Theological and Ethical World of the New Testament (2 vols) by Ben Witherington III.
  • Catch up on #NewRoom2014

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
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  • 3 Things Pastors Should Do as Fall Begins

    Drew McIntyre
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The transition from summer to fall, in terms of pace and schedule, is significant.  Because this is true for families (and even for the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and others whose lives revolve around family schedules!) it is also true for the church.  Unless you serve a church in a vacation community, this is likely the time of year when your calendar is filling up.  In the midst of all of that, some of the most important tasks tend to be most quickly forgotten.  Especially vulnerable are the ones that that involve long-term planning (what Stephen Covey calls “quadrant 2…
  • Threshing Floor Podcast 024: New Room Conference Day 1

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    On this episode of the Threshing Floor our hosts are live at the New Room conference. We share about the first day with Ed Stetzer and Alan and Deb Hirsch. We also go through a TON of listener tweets. We finish up with a listener question (via video) about social media and ministry. We look forward to sharing day 2 with you in two weeks. Listen: Direct Download iTunes RSS Stitcher
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  • Success: iOS8

    Joshua Rhone
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
  • iOS8: Almost there

    Joshua Rhone
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
  • Keeping the Feast (A Review)

    Joshua Rhone
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Milton Brasher-Cunningham is a writer, chef, teacher, minister, small urban farmer, musician, husband and keeper of Schnauzers who lives with his wife, Ginger, in Durham, North Carolina. At least, that’s the information included in the author bio of his recent book, Keeping the Feast: Metaphors for the Meal, from Morehouse Publishing. The book combines Milton’s poetry, recipes, and stories in a powerful, compelling manner. Like a good meal, Keeping the Feast, is to be consumed slowly, savoring every bite. Each story, each metaphor, building upon the last. Together, the stories and…
  • Still more fun with our nabi Square HD

    Joshua Rhone
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    This time, we stationed the camera on the ground and Quinton drove the remote controlled car around (and eventually into) the camera.
  • More fun with our nabi Square HD

    Joshua Rhone
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    This time we mounted it to my son’s remote controlled car.
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  • The Only Thing Harder Than Following God

    Andrew Gilmore - Guest Writer
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have a son who loves to do anything but go to bed when it’s time to go to bed. On his way, he’ll find a piece of trash that needs to go in the garbage. Or he’ll pick up a toy and put it away. He does this every night even though I tell him explicitly to go to bed. The activities he does aren’t intrinsically bad—picking up after yourself is a good thing—but the context makes them wrong. Essentially he’s doing the right thing the wrong way. King Saul had this same problem. His troops were scattered and afraid. The Philistine threat at Mikmash melted the…
  • A Fresh Start

    Steve Becker (Intersections4Life)
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Coffee.  It is my stimulant of choice.  I enjoy all kinds of different varieties of the drink, but there is something really special about a straight black cup of coffee. That sounds crazy to some of you, I am sure.  How can someone love a simple black cup of coffee with so many choices out there today. I mean, why not something like a venti triple shot no–whip raspberry mocha from Starbucks?  Okay, yes, I have had one of those as well.  It still isn’t near the top of the list though. The simple black cup of coffee wins hands down every day with me.  The aroma.  The…
  • Comparison: the Thief of Joy

    Charles Crutcher
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    This past weekend, the message at my church hit me square in the eyes. We are learning how to kill comparisons and have an attitude of gratitude. Very necessary in order to learn how to live a life of contentment. People like to compare. In fact, I dare say they are prone to doing this without aid, but with media devices of many kinds, it is constantly on the minds of people almost every single moment of every single day. It’s as simple as the clothes you wear, what you may drive, or seeing where someone has more than you do. When we compare with one another, we learn how to covet,…
  • Will the “Real Gospel” Please Stand Up!

    Sandy Baggs
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
      What is “The Real Gospel?” The word gospel itself means “Truth.” It is also referred to as “The teachings of Jesus and the Apostles,” and the “good news” of salvation, the gospel of peace, to name just a few. As Christians we know The Gospel of Jesus Christ to be described in the Bible, and that by placing our faith in Jesus Christ and His gospel, we are born again. The message of the gospel, simply put, is that God sent Jesus His Son into the world as both fully God and fully man, to pay the penalty for our sins by dying on the cross and…
  • Our Children’s Friends

    Steve Becker (Intersections4Life)
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    As a parent, I am always interested in who my kids are around.  I want my kids to be around others who share our values and our faith.  I want them to be around positive kids, not those who would drag them down a dark path.  Its all about protection, guidance and being an example. In order to accomplish this goal as a parent, we need to do a few things. First, we need to be “all up in our kids business”.  We should be paying close attention to social media, names they talk about, places they like to go and so on.  Sure, there is a point of trust, but there is also the…
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  • Quarter Quell – Selah the Corner ft. Gemstones & Redd Lettaz

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Photo Credit/Facebook Quarter Quell by Selah the Corner ft. Gemstones & Redd Lettaz Track leak from Selah the Corner’s upcoming project ‘Hoodie Season 2: Black Dawn’. They killed it with this Hunger Games Battle Rap theme! It’s grimmy, futuristic and str8 fire! Get Quarter Quell Free Download Now!  Let us know what you think?
  • Benjamin Trillington – Social Club

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
                              Photo Credit/Facebook  Benjamin Trillington – Social Club Social Club has done it again on this hard hitting, funky beat! Download Benjamin Trillington Now!    Let us know what you think!    
  • Speak – Yaves Ft. Swoope

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
     Photo Credit/ Speak – Yaves Ft. Swoope Yaves drops Speak featuring Swoope from the ‘Favor Over Fury’ album. They killed it on this one! Speak The Word Young Man. Find out more on Yaves Music Here! Download Favor Over Furry Today!  2 Timothy 4:2 - 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. What do you think about the track?    
  • Let Your Light Shine – Gemstones ft. Adia

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
     Photo Credit/ Facebook  Another Gem! Let Your Light Shine by Gemstones feat. Adia. Turn this up LOUD! This is a new song to be released off his upcoming album. Can’t wait!   Let us know what you thought of the track in the comment section below!    
  • Crescendo – B-Doe’s Debut Album Listen Now!

    23 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
     Photo Credit/ B-Doe Website Crescendo by B-Doe Listening Session… B-doe dropped his first full length album on August 4th. His desire is for people to “look to the better” and turn away from the false gratification the world gives. He has released two mixtapes before this album and is very excited to be able to share it with others. He has a love for hip-hop, but he also has a second love for classical music. You heard right, classical. You will see both genres bleed through his music. His album features other artists such as Omri, Young Noah, Result, B.morr, and many more…
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  • Quarter Quell – Selah the Corner ft. Gemstones & Redd Lettaz

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Photo Credit/Facebook Quarter Quell by Selah the Corner ft. Gemstones & Redd Lettaz Track leak from Selah the Corner’s upcoming project ‘Hoodie Season 2: Black Dawn’. They killed it with this Hunger Games Battle Rap theme! It’s grimmy, futuristic and str8 fire! Get Quarter Quell Free Download Now!  Let us know what you think?
  • Benjamin Trillington – Social Club

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
                              Photo Credit/Facebook  Benjamin Trillington – Social Club Social Club has done it again on this hard hitting, funky beat! Download Benjamin Trillington Now!    Let us know what you think!    
  • Speak – Yaves Ft. Swoope

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
     Photo Credit/ Speak – Yaves Ft. Swoope Yaves drops Speak featuring Swoope from the ‘Favor Over Fury’ album. They killed it on this one! Speak The Word Young Man. Find out more on Yaves Music Here! Download Favor Over Furry Today!  2 Timothy 4:2 - 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. What do you think about the track?    
  • Let Your Light Shine – Gemstones ft. Adia

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
     Photo Credit/ Facebook  Another Gem! Let Your Light Shine by Gemstones feat. Adia. Turn this up LOUD! This is a new song to be released off his upcoming album. Can’t wait!   Let us know what you thought of the track in the comment section below!    
  • Crescendo – B-Doe’s Debut Album Listen Now!

    23 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
     Photo Credit/ B-Doe Website Crescendo by B-Doe Listening Session… B-doe dropped his first full length album on August 4th. His desire is for people to “look to the better” and turn away from the false gratification the world gives. He has released two mixtapes before this album and is very excited to be able to share it with others. He has a love for hip-hop, but he also has a second love for classical music. You heard right, classical. You will see both genres bleed through his music. His album features other artists such as Omri, Young Noah, Result, B.morr, and many more…
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    Give Me That Mountain

  • Wrong motives
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day forty-four...Give me Jesus,  Give me Jesus. You can have all this world, Just give me Jesus.
  • God is jealous for our love
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day forty-three...During my freshman year at the University of Kansas, Mom would make the three‐hour trip to Lawrence to take me home whenever there was a break in classes.
  • Divine jealousy
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day forty-two...In a sexually promiscuous culture, such as the one we have here in the U.S., it would seem that jealousy in relationships should be a thing of the past.
  • A warning label for faith
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day forty-one...We have some crazy product warnings here in the United States. It's as if a bunch of comedians just got together, made up some warning labels, and sold them to the consumer safety directors of our nation's manufacturers.
  • A leap of faith doesn't have to be a leap of terror
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day forty...I am an engineer without any formal training—lots of experience, but none of it in an academic setting. I'm certainly not going to qualify for an honorary degree, but I've engineered plenty of projects over the years.
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    A Chapter Per Day

  • Jeremiah 47: God Speaks Seriously

    Zak Schmoll
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:34 am
    In Jeremiah 47, we receive a rather interesting prophecy that Jeremiah made regarding the fate of the Philistines. I know that I tend to use the word interesting an awful lot to describe prophecy, but it is particularly notable in this case that this probably would have been viewed as a good sign to most of the people of Judah. The Philistines were longtime enemies of God’s people, so this might have been a kind of welcome sign. Babylon was going to come rolling into the land of the Philistines as well. Jer 47:4  Because of the day that cometh to spoil all the Philistines, and to cut off…
  • Jeremiah 46: The Problem of Disobedience

    Zak Schmoll
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    In Jeremiah 46, we hear the ultimate reason that God did not want the people of Israel to go to Egypt. Babylon was going to come in and take over the land. While they were there, the people of Judah who had run there were going to be devastated as well. However, it was going to be okay for the people of Israel because God had been at work the whole time. Jer 46:27  But fear not thou, O my servant Jacob, and be not dismayed, O Israel: for, behold, I will save thee from afar off, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and be in rest and at ease, and none shall…
  • Jeremiah 45: Proper Interpretation

    Zak Schmoll
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:19 am
    In Jeremiah 45, everything seems to be a little bit out of order. Given the chronology presented in the first verse, this chapter was written prior to the conquering of Jerusalem. That then makes these last two verses much more understandable. Jer 45:4  Thus shalt thou say unto him, The LORD saith thus; Behold, that which I have built will I break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land. Jer 45:5  And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a…
  • Jeremiah 44: Wrongfully Attributed

    Zak Schmoll
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:42 am
    In Jeremiah 44, the people of Judah are already in trouble because they disobeyed the word of God and ran away to Egypt. Then, once they got there, they picked up idolatry with some of the Egyptian gods, and when Jeremiah called them out on it, here is how they responded: Jer 44:16  As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee. Jer 44:17  But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers,…
  • Jeremiah 43: Handling Frustration

    Zak Schmoll
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Jeremiah might have been the most ignored prophet in the entire Bible. He told the people that they would be destroyed if they went to Egypt, but here is how they responded in Jeremiah 43. Jer 43:2  Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the LORD our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there: Jer 43:3  But Baruch the son of Neriah setteth thee on against us, for to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they might put us to death, and carry us away captives…
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  • How to Overcome the Spirit of Mammon

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm
        Today I’m going to walk you through the EXACT step by step process that will ensure you make the BEST financial decisions, large or small, every single time. Make sure you read all the way to the end for a special Bonus Guide that will teach you EXACTLY How my wife and I […] The post How to Overcome the Spirit of Mammon appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Are You Under the Curse for Not Tithing?

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
      Sometime ago I wrote that you WILL NOT be cursed if you don’t tithe. In fact I said: You will not be cursed. In fact, in Christ you’re eternally blessed! All the curses under the law came upon Christ…All the curses of the Law were laid on Christ at the cross. Period. So no […] The post Are You Under the Curse for Not Tithing? appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 4)

    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)

    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)

    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.
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    Armchair Theology

  • Connect to Christ in Function, Not Form

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    I recently preached a sermon on the ark of the covenant in Exodus 25. While studying the ark I realized that there was an overwhelming amount of typology written about the ark that, while not necessarily allegory, was definitely superficial. I would consider it unwise at least and probably irresponsible. Most of these instances focused on how the Ark was built from two materials (gold and wood). Here’s an example: the ark may be viewed as a figure of the person of Christ. This is seen from its composition. It was made of shittim-wood, overlaid with pure gold. The shittim was a kind of…
  • Engaging With Keller: Is Selfishness the Core of Sin?

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Note: This is a thinking-out-loud kind of post. It’s my current reflections on an important chapter in Engaging with Keller. My view on this, like everything else on this site, is subject to correction. In fact, I will read Campbell’s book on anthropology this semester in my WTS course Doctrine of Man. There may be an update to this post in the next few months. Tim Keller is kind of a big deal. He is a gifted communicator, a deep thinker, and his insights on culture and human nature make people take notice. Many Christian leaders, especially young ones like myself, are heavily…
  • Where Righteousness and Peace can Kiss

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    Another awesome quote about the Ark of the Covenant. This one didn’t make it into the sermon but I really wanted to share it. The deposition of [the Ten Commandments] in the ark underneath the mercy seat… testified to the fact that God’s kingdom in Israel was founded on immutable justice and righteousness (Ps. 89:15; 97:2). Even grace, in its actings, must respect law. Favour cannot be dispensed on terms which make the law “void” (Rom. 3:31). If sin is pardoned, it must be with full recognition of the law’s claims against the sinner. The ultimate end must be to…
  • The Claims Both of Justice & Mercy Satisfied

    30 Aug 2014 | 7:16 pm
    I’m putting the finishing touches on a sermon about the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25:10-22) for tomorrow morning and wanted to share this tremendous quote. It’s a meditation on how only Yahweh could bring together the conflicting demands of mercy and justice perfectly: The teaching of the ark in this respect was, primarily, that of David in the eighty-fifth psalm: “Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” Mercy without justice is a weak sentimentality, subversive of moral order. Justice without mercy is a moral…
  • Does Bible = Jesus?

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 If Jesus is the Word and the Bible is “the Word” does that mean the Bible is Jesus? I’ve actually heard this taught in a Bible study and I recently had a conversation with another blogger about a similar statement so I thought I’d explain exactly why this isn’t the case. Why you might be tempted to think Bible = Jesus If you paid attention in math class you might remember something called the transitive property. It states: If A = B and B = C, then A = C. So, in mathematics,…
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    Seeing Invisible

  • The Investment Banker and the Bank Janitor: All Work Has Value

    Blake Mankin
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    One of the greatest lies our culture tells us is that certain types of work are more valuable than others. In the kingdom of God, this couldn’t be further from the truth. All work, done with integrity, is meaningful. I heard a story from a pastor once about a father talking to his son as they passed a construction site. “Stay in school and work hard, son,” the father said, “or you’ll end up like that man laying bricks.” Oh, how this story breaks my heart. It points to the faulty assumption that a meaningful life can’t be found in certain employment positions. It turns people…
  • Pull Stewardship Out of the Attic

    Blake Mankin
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Stewardship is a word I would expect to find dusty and in the attic, a seemingly outdated concept that’s been replaced with more cutting edge ideologies like “minimalism.” It’s time, however, to climb the ladder, clear out the cobwebs, and take stewardship out into our culture again. Don’t get me wrong, I think Christians should be leaders in the minimalist movement (as I’ve written before). But we all need to be reminded again about the basis of this movement from a Christ-follower’s perspective: none of this stuff is ours to begin with. We are simply managers—stewards—of…
  • Robin Williams, Depression, and the Church

    Blake Mankin
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:44 am
    After Robin Williams’ recent suicide, depression has been placed in the national spotlight. How could someone so successful feel so terrible about himself? What does depression actually look like, and what do I do if I feel similarly? What do I do if someone in my life is battling depression? These and other questions have been discussed on radio stations, news sites, and blogs. But what about in Christian circles? What does the national dialogue about mental illnesses such as depression have to contribute to our churches? Let me start with this: I love Jesus with all my heart, and I…
  • Are You a Child?

    Blake Mankin
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    When I was a young child, I asked a ton of questions. I would ask everything from, “Why can’t I have a soda?” to “If God created the world, who created God?” Yes, I was curious. But I wasn’t alone in my curiosity. The Guardian cites a fascinating study about curiosity in children: A 1964 study found that babies as young as two months old when presented with different patterns will show a marked preference for the unfamiliar ones. The instinct to explore grows into an instinct for inquiry. Some time after their first birthday, children start to point at things, looking up at…
  • 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,…
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    The Virtuous Girls

  • Before I Was Born

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Before you were born, God knew your name. He has a special plan for your life.
  • Girls of Virtue Series – TASHA – Week 1 Recap

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    V-GIRL: GIRLS OF VIRTUE SERIES BOOK FOUR – TASHA 14-year-old Tasha Lu Solara loves dance, drama, fashion, and coding. But the most important thing you should know about her is that she is a follower of Jesus. Growing up in an atheist/Buddhist family, Tasha is reluctant to talk about her faith. It isn’t until she […]
  • Women of the Word: Samson’s First Wife

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    The story of Samson is told in the books of Judges. Most of us know about his infamous Philistine lover, Delilah; but before Delilah Samson had fallen in love with and married another Philistine woman. The Bible does not give her name, but some of the details of this failed relationship are given in Judges […]
  • Starting This Week – Tasha

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:18 pm
    We’re so excited to introduce the 4th book in the Girls of Virtue Series. Everyone, meet Tasha Lu Solara! Tasha is fourteen-years-old and lives in Hacienda Heights, California. She loves dance and drama, fashion, coding, and stars in her own TV show called Code-Girl. Tasha’s story is based on chapter four of The Virtuous Girl, […]
  • Made by God

    13 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
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    Crafting The Word Of God

  • Happy Thanksgiving 1- Coloring Page

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Happy Thanksgiving 1 (Coloring Page) Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the link […]
  • Thanksgiving Cornucopia- Coloring Page

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    Thanksgiving Cornucopia (Coloring Page) Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the link […]
  • Update: Scripture Explorers Club

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Last week I quickly mentioned that my church is currently working on creating and implementing our own childrens ministry program and that I would later explain it in more detail in a later post. This post will be a quick rundown through the program. It will not cover every little detail, but it will give […]
  • Day Of Pentecost Sun Catcher

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    This craft is a great visual illustration of the story of the day of Pentecost. Instructions Print the template. (Template) Glue the template sheet to the back of a sheet of black construction paper. Cut out all of the white from the template. You will be left with the head/flame border shape. Place the head/flame shape […]
  • Update: Things Getting Back To Normal

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    As I posted before and some of you know, things got a little hectic in my life and this affected the amount of times that I could update my blog.  This quick post is to let you know that things have finally gotten back to normal. I had a great time at V.B.S. The kids played […]
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    Renewed Daily

  • When Nothing is Absolutely Everything

    Renewed Daily
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. - Genesis 1:1-2 Some days are so discouraging, as all I can think of is all the loss, all the pain, all the struggle. All seems dark and vacuous. My life is formless and empty. I am drowning in the waters that are much too deep for me to navigate. Oh, but the Spirit of God is hovering. I am not alone here in this place. And the canvas my life presents is not actually nothing. It's absolutely…
  • Sunday Scripture: 9/21/14

    Renewed Daily
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. - Matthew 6:34 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 have to do is click one of the buttons below. May God Bless You, Shelly The post Sunday Scripture: 9/21/14 appeared first on Renewed Daily.written by Renewed Daily
  • Recommendation Saturday: Blogger Care Group #bloggercaregroup

    Renewed Daily
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. - 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Today I want to tell you about something I'm really excited about being a part of!! It starts October 1st, so there's still time for you to get involved, too!  My friend, Marie, has the biggest heart I've ever seen. It's a heart for others. She just gives and encourages and then gives some more and then throws in an extra hug. She runs Spreading Joy. Any time she has an idea, I'm all-in! And this one's a no-brainer. Marie is starting a Blogger Care Group. It's an amazing way to love…
  • The Mess and the Message

    Renewed Daily
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. - 2 Corinthians 4:7-10 I've heard tell that God can turn the mess into the message. Clever play on words there. I like it. But recently I've been convicted of something. God is not turning my mess into a message. My mess is the…
  • Wake Up!

    Renewed Daily
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” - Matthew 8:23-27 This storm came up so suddenly, Lord. And oh, it's so furious. Raging and violent.
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    Kristine Mcguire

  • God’s Faithfulness in Life’s Uncertainty

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Last week, I wrote a post on what was a truly difficult day. A day which has ushered in a persistent (and uncomfortable) level of uncertainty during a time which should be filled with excitement and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Remember the Lonely

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    This morning, I ran across a docudrama about the life of Vincent Van Gogh as recounted through personal letters he wrote to his brother. Van Gogh has always been my favorite of the great art masters.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Chosen, Not Cast Off

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    Yesterday was a bad day. The kind of day in which every negative part of my humanity wants to flare up and lash out with impunity. The kind of day in which my “Inner Ninja” demands the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • We Are Never Alone

    6 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Over the past few years, as I’ve shared my testimony and what I’ve learned about spiritual warfare from my own experiences or that of others, what I’ve discovered is how intimidated... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Counting the Blessings

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    This has been an eventful week. My father, whom I’ve not seen in two years, came into town for a visit with the family. My oldest girlchild celebrated her twenty-fourth birthday. The first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Be The Truth

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I am currently reading a book that I'll be reviewing later.  In the introduction, the author reminds us that truth, especially scriptural truth, does not just belong in classrooms and discussions.  It belongs in life. For truth to fulfill its purpose, it needs to be part of everyday life. A great example of this is 1 Corinthians 13. "Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love
  • 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
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  • Imagine That!

    Karen Woodall
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    I was flipping through the television channels the other evening and happened to stop for a minute on an infomercial.  On the screen were beautiful people extolling the virtues of their amazing product. Featured in attractive lighting and on polished sets, they demonstrated its versatility, explained its durability and lauded its affordability. The more I […]
  • Itching Ears

    Karen Woodall
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    I read an article last week that included the text of a podcast interview with Christian singer-songwriter, Michael Gungor. His comments included some startling statements that revealed his views on the veracity of the book of Genesis, the accuracy of the Gospels, and sinless nature of Jesus Christ. Sharing his thoughts about what he considers to be the “mythical” story […]
  • Stitchin’ Along

    Karen Woodall
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    I love quilts! I think my affinity for them can be traced back to my grandmothers, both of whom were skilled in all kinds of needlework and made quilts for both necessity and recreation. I have several of their textile treasures displayed around my house along with a few others that I’ve collected or been […]
  • Shedding the Camouflage

    Karen Woodall
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    The Butterfly Garden is one of the feature attractions at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. The glass enclosed exhibit is home to scores of exotic species of these beautiful, free-flying insects. This time of the year one of the showcased creatures is the Latin American Blue Morpho butterfly. This particular flittering beauty sports iridescent blue […]
  • 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 […]
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    Self Talk the Gospel

  • Friday Faves Vol. 10

    Self Talk the Gospel
    19 Sep 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! Instructions for an evening of your life by Sarah Bessey “Sit in silence at the edge of the water and learn to be satisfied…Then you’ll remember how when you were a kid you used to be able to just be in a place without compulsively needing to check text messages or chase around getting things done, and you’ll…
  • Parenting: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

    Rob Harris
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s all about relationships. Whether you are a professing Christian or an unbeliever, you cannot refute the solemn principle that your life is filled with a culmination of various relationships. These relationships can be healthy and constructive, or unhealthy and detrimental. The essence of these relationships hangs in a constant state of flux. The Bible’s entire essence stands firmly on the principle of relationships. Parents, Children & Discipline Growing up in an “old-school” modality of parenting forged my view of how children are to be disciplined. I was brought up in a…
  • Why Marriage Isn’t Fair

    David DeFrank
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Husbands, do you love your wife? What if that question is changed just a little: did you love your wife yesterday? Could you prove it? Tell me if this sounds familiar. You come home from a long day’s work and sit down for a nice meal with your family. As dinner winds down, you’re already scrolling through your DVR’s recorded shows list in your mind, planning for some hard-earned relaxation with the wife for when the kids go to sleep. Life is good. You notice there is a mountain of dishes left over from dinner. No worries. Last night you got ALL the kids ready for bed by…
  • God’s “Little” Grace in Our Failures

    Zach Smith
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    So my wife and I were arguing. I had just spilt a little coffee on the computer because I am clumsy and was stealing my wife’s coffee (who is not clumsy) as she was doing some work on the computer. In my preeminence as a husband, I took this as an opportunity to ask her to put a lid on drinks if they are near the computer (yep, I actually tried to pull that one off). Then it was ON. We both had been carrying stresses that we were not inwardly dealing with and this was the perfect opportunity for us to “let off a little steam” at the other’s expense, though admittedly I was the primary…
  • The Folly of a One-Man Army

    Jacob Ellis
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    A majority of people in our American church culture cannot relate to my testimony. I wasn’t raised in the church. I didn’t take my parents’ faith and “make it my own.” I didn’t attend bible studies, youth group, or Hume Lake summer camps. I placed my faith in Jesus Christ just over two-and-a-half years ago. My Paul-like experience of our Savior has transformed me from a misguided, angry, abusive atheist into a humble evangelist with a zeal for making much of the Messiah that has made the most of me. I desire passionately to reach everyone and anyone I can with the Gospel that…
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    Bible Gateway Blog

  • Exploring Scotland’s Bible

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Scotland has understandably been in the news quite a bit lately. Bible Gateway, alas, has no online Bible in the Scottish Gaelic or Scots languages. But all of the recent discussion of Scottish history and identity prompted me to read up on the history of the Bible in Scotland. The University of Glasgow has an excellent virtual exhibition showcasing the Bible in Scottish history. Here, it explains the relative dearth of native-language Bible translations in Scotland, and notes that while English-language Scriptures dominated, localized Bible translation projects actually helped to preserve…
  • How to Acquire Bible Savvy: An Interview with James Nicodem

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The Bible is often seen as a daunting book, written in ancient times and addressed to a vastly unfamiliar culture. Is it really possible to draw relevant insights from it for our lives today? Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Jim Nicodem (@JimNicodem) about his Bible Savvy book series, Epic: The Storyline of the Bible, Foundation: The Reliability of the Bible, Context: How to Understand the Bible, and Walk: How to Apply the Bible (Moody Publishers, 2013). Explain what the Bible Savvy Series is and why you’ve written it. Dr. Nicodem: The Bible consistently appears at the top of lists of the…
  • Ask Bible Scholar Peter Enns Anything

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Do you have tough questions about the Bible? (Who doesn’t?) Bible scholar Peter Enns is well known for talking honestly and insightfully about the doubts, problems, and questions that occur to many readers of the Bible as they explore Scripture. His latest book, The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It (HarperOne, 2014) addresses many of those issues, and argues that many of the “problems” we encounter in the Bible are the result of bad assumptions about how to read it. Let it not be said that Enns is afraid of questions: this afternoon,…
  • Lee Strobel Q&A: Is It Elitist to Say That Jesus Is the Only Way to Heaven?

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    The latest issue of Investigating Faith with Lee Strobel goes out to email subscribers later today. To give you a sneak preview (and encourage you to subscribe, if you haven’t already), here’s one of the Q&A’s about Christianity and religion from the new issue. Q. Isn’t it elitist to say that people must be followers of Jesus in order to get into heaven? A. It can certainly sound that way – and unfortunately some Christians project an air of arrogance and exclusivity in how they live out their faith and then communicate it to others. But authentic Christianity is…
  • Making Sense of the Bible: An Interview with David Whitehead

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The Bible can seem like an intimidating book, but it may be easier to understand than you think. Bible Gateway interviewed pastor David Whitehead (@PstDave) about his book, Making Sense of the Bible: How to Connect with God Through His Word (Bethany House, 2014). What should be the reason a person reads the Bible? Pastor Whitehead: I believe that the greatest reason to read the Bible is to get to know the God of the Bible. When we do, we come into an awareness of God’s blessings and judgments—God’s thoughts about life. James 1:25 tells us that those who act upon God’s words will be…
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    Nomadic Ministry

  • Perpetual Infinity

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    As I was sitting at my computer last week I had the sudden realization that it really did not matter if I continued writing or not. Every generation comes through, leaves their mark, and then the majority of thought fades away. Even if I decided to stop someone else would pick up the mantle and continue on with whatever work I was doing at that point and time, and I realized how brillant God’s design was in this effect. We each get dropped into a perpetual infinity where we are allowed to make our contribution but it will not fail if anyone of us does not achieve our full potential.
  • The Seventh Trumpet

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:13 am
    Woe to you inhabitants of the earth for the end is nigh! The seventh trumpet brings us to the end of the first half of Daniel’s 70th week. If God has not got your attention by this point it may be to late. It is after this event that I believe the Rapture will occur as God’s mystery will finally be finished. I believe the events that occur in Revelation 11:15-19 constitute the last chance for anyone who is still unsure about whether to follow the Messiah before it is to late. Revelation 11:15-19 states, “15 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in…
  • The Pope on WW3

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    You expect the lunatic fringe to come up with crazy ideas about the coming end of the world or the next great world war. So when somebody, say the Pope, starts speaking about it you tend to listen a little closer. While speaking to a crowd at an Italian cemetery the Pontiff remarked that, “Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction.” This is not some two bit theologian with a website this is the leader of the Catholic Church. So if the world as a whole is starting to…
  • The Sixth Trumpet

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    As we remember the sober anniversary of 9/11 we must remember that during the end of this age events like this and worse will occur on a frequent basis. As we have seen with the preceding trumpets life will become hard to unbearable for those who are still alive during the Tribulation. In Revelation 9:13-21 we are introduced to the second woe. This woe involves angels, possibly fallen, who have been held for a long period of time under the Euphrates and a force of 200 million whom will be given the power to take the lives of a third of mankind. God is ratcheting up the force in an attempt to…
  • God Please Grant Me Wisdom

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Since my wife and I have decided to forgo all the normal things in life for a life of travel starting at age 30 I have tried to broaden my horizons a bit. I have read books other than the ones you can find mainly at Family Christian store. I have learned bits and pieces of languages I formally had no idea I could fathom. Yet there is still a lot more world that God has not shown me yet. No matter how smart I think I am getting God is still one step ahead of me, keeping me honest about who I truly am. I pray every morning for God to grant me a little more understanding than the day before. I…
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    Do You Really

  • Do you like change?

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Well…it depends on what it is. They say that the older you are the less you like change. I guess that makes me 3000!!!  This morning at Church the lady sitting next to me was not happy with the music. I guess that it was too contemporary for her. She obviously doesn’t like change in musical styles.  Years ago, the person in charge of leading the music at church was called the choir director.  Change came and now this person is called the Worship Leader. Don’t you think that title is much better? ‘Worship’ is defined: to show respect and love for God or for a god especially by…
  • Are you an “American Christian”?

    4 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    I think sometimes a person believes that a sacrifice is when they cannot pay their television cable bill. Just this week I picked up my laundry and the man that works there is from Iraq.  He asked me where is Jesus?  He said that a Christian baby had its head removed and put on a stick and he asked me, “Where is Jesus in this?”  I have to say I am an “American Christian” and I was speechless! I have been to Asia and have seen that people who believe in Jesus and want to serve Jesus need to walk carefully in doing so or they could suffer imprisonment or even lose…
  • Are you home yet?

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Even tho I’m sitting in my home office, my answer to that question is ‘NO’.  Yes, I’m blessed to have a place to come home to after a busy day out and about. Yes, I’m thankful to have a roof over my head and many comforts in my home. I look forward to pulling up to my home after being on a lengthy trip away. But, I realize that this is a temporary home. Because I truly believe that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, I know that my real and permanent home is with HIM. And that someday, when He calls me home, I will truly be HOME. Do you really believe? For we know that if the…
  • Does Prayer Work?

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    YES!!!!! The Bible tells us: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalms 145:18 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. ─ 1 John 5:14 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will…
  • Do you worry about the end or get excited?

    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…
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    Brad Andres

  • Perfect Peace (Scripture & Prayer) [Photo]

    Brad Andres
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    God, Give me your peace. Help me to understand this peace that only you can give. It is a perfect peace, a complete peace, an all encompassing well being. Let me see that your peace comes from how I think about various situations in life. For if I have your vantage point, I can live in peace.  Help me to keep my focus on you. Let me give all of my trust to you.  And as I trust you with everything I am, then I will know that you are the Great I Am.  You are forever. Therefore, only you can give me perfect peace, peace forever. Thank you God. Amen. 
  • My Darkness Wrapped In Religious Light

    Brad Andres
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    For the last four years, I’ve worked in retail. We have many, many people that come through our doors. During my break times, I can often overhear or witness some sort of conversation or human interaction which makes me laugh, chuckle, or sit in wonder. Sometimes, however, I witness things that break my heart. A family was walking back to their vehicle. The teenage son was pushing a cart filled with two little siblings and groceries. The mother was coming up behind the group, yelling, “better get that door unlocked!” I paused to watch. They were in no hurry. They did not…
  • Love Never Fails (Scripture & Prayer) [Video]

    Brad Andres
    6 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    God, teach me how to love deeper than I have experienced before. Give me a sincere heart overflowing with your love for people. I desire to use the gifts of your Spirit to help me minister your love and truth to others. I want to see the supernatural confirmation of your Word and Truth change people’s lives. However, I realize that love will last forever. Therefore, fill me up with your love. Amen. What’s your prayer?
  • Whether You Walk On Water or Take A Swim, “The Water Feels Alright”

    Brad Andres
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    Ever wonder what it would be like to walk on water? I do. I think about it on occasion. Truth be told, I have this desire to experience walking on water. Sure, it wouldn’t serve much purpose, but if I have the faith then I could do it right? Not so much. I guess I’ll have to stick to swimming, but is that really so bad? I am fascinated with the event when Peter walks on water while moving towards Jesus. (Read all about it in Matt. 12:22-33) Here’s my summary: It’s about 3 AM. The disciples are pulling an all-nighter. Not because they want to, but because they are in…
  • Repentance [Photo]

    Brad Andres
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    God, cleanse my heart. Purify me inside. Forgive me for my sins. Lead me into the way everlasting. Help me to live with your kingdom in mind. Strengthen me to be able to obey your Word. Give me the confidence to live completely controlled by your Spirit. Amen.
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  • Rebuilding Who I Am (guest post)

    Chris McAlister
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The other day my friend Ryan mentioned something he wrote about the process of discovering and finding his own identity. It was really beautiful and I asked him if I could share it here. It’s so easy to let others make us in the image of who they need us to be. May you have strength to persevere in the de-construction and discernment in the re-construction. I live in this house. Lived here for almost 24 years. It’s where you live too. I remember seeing you here more when I was younger. I remember hearing you walk the halls. I remember feeling you around. This place used to be so much…
  • My Transition Away From Lead Pastor Of Discovery Church

    Chris McAlister
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    The journey began 7 years ago. It was a transition that took more from me than I could’ve imagined. And gave back more than a lifetime’s worth of insight and transformation. Then almost 4 years ago the rebirth happened. Discovery Church was launched from the ashes of what was and reborn into a new future. Today I shared with our church family that effective the last Sunday of September I would no longer be the lead pastor of Discovery Church.  A few points to make: There’s nothing hidden. I’m not burned out. What became clear is that God has used me three times in transition…
  • Loading The Dishwasher Is Your Next Step For Change

    Chris McAlister
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    I hate home improvement or repair work. If I have to buy a new tool for a job around the house I try and give away the tool so I don’t have to use it again. I don’t like laundry or dishes or anything that isn’t doing work I love or playing hard. But with 3 daughters and a wife there’s a necessary amount of work, I mean…errr…partnership, to keep things humming along. And I know this is lame but I didn’t pitch in as I could’ve when the kids were toddlers. I failed to understand how profound loading the dishwasher could be. It was profound because…
  • 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…
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    Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru

  • Review: The God Ask by Steve Shadrach

    Steve Bremner
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    From time to time I take a post on this blog to recommend books that I think are relevant to my audience. I'm a reading machine, and if I were to review every book I read, whether good or bad, this blog would be more of a review site than a blog. So, I truly wait until I feel like I should review one. That doesn't mean each time I review something it will be a five star review or a one star review where I'm totally bashing something. This is a book that I felt like I should recommend, especially [Continue reading...]
  • Despise Not the Day of Small Beginnings

    Steve Bremner
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    That’s the phrase that kept popping into my mind as I sat down to write this post. Normally I have a title after I’ve begun working on a post, but this time, I knew that’s what the title needs to be. The other night before heading for bed I saw my friend James had posted a Facebook status that was rather poignant, encouraging and profound. “Many opportunities are lost by those waiting for the goose that lays the golden egg, failing to realize the demand for normal geese eggs.” I [Continue reading...]
  • Compatibility in Discipling Relationships

    Steve Bremner
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    In the world of technology, there’s a very simple (yet in reality very complex) concept called “compatibility.” For example, there’s certain apps that work on iphones, but if you try to use them on an android…good luck…it won’t work. While most people’s geek quotient (or “G.Q.”) is not high enough to explain why this reality exists (I am one of those people), a simple way to explain it is to say the iphone app is not compatible with the android phone. When we talk about compatibility [Continue reading...]
  • For Those Knocking The Ice Bucket Challenge as “Wasted Water”

    Steve Bremner
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Note: Before reading my post, please know and understand I did not make any of the meme photos used in this blog myself, but found them on the internet. My use of them does not necessarily mean they reflect my own opinion, but are inserted only for food for thought and humor. Please bear that in mind as you read. Thanks! I accept the nomination. Who nominated me? Nobody. Can I still contribute something to the discussion anyway, in the form of a blog post and not a video of me dumping [Continue reading...]
  • 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...]
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    Shiloh 2014 |

  • Encounter with the God Of Rest at Shiloh

    Shiloh 2013
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:17 am
    Encounter with the God Of Rest at Shiloh – Turbulence, turmoil and unrest are not the plan of God for our lives. Isa. 14:27. God’s intention for our lives is all round rest. Rest is a worry- free existence. Nobody wants to live in worry or anxiety. Mtt.11:28 – 29. Whatever is causing you worry […] The post Encounter with the God Of Rest at Shiloh appeared first on Shiloh 2014 |
  • Engaging the Power of The Holy Ghost

    Shiloh 2013
    23 Jan 2014 | 7:07 am
    ENGAGING THE POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST FOR CONQUEST OVER WICKEDNESS Conquest to the believer is a walkover if you engage the power of the Holy Ghost. Zach.4:6 He is the reality of the God-head on earth. • He is the bonafide representative of God. Exo.15:3 • He is the invincible power of the God-head. […] The post Engaging the Power of The Holy Ghost appeared first on Shiloh 2014 |
  • CROSSOVER NIGHT SERVICE 2013 Live Broadcast, Winners Chapel 2014

    Shiloh 2013
    31 Dec 2013 | 10:28 am
    CROSSOVER NIGHT SERVICE 2013 Live Broadcast from Winners Chapel 2014 The Crossover Night Service Telecast will be broadcasted live here on The Test transmission for the live broadcast has also commence. Details of the cross over night service from Canaanland Ota: Kick off time is 10pm Nigeria Time. Once the Streaming commences, it will […] The post CROSSOVER NIGHT SERVICE 2013 Live Broadcast, Winners Chapel 2014 appeared first on Shiloh 2014 |
  • Shiloh 2013 Live Video, Announcement, Broadcast Details

    Shiloh 2013
    11 Dec 2013 | 4:30 am
    Shiloh 2013 Live Video, Announcement, Broadcast Details Shiloh 2013 Live Video has been amazing. Here are the Announcement and Broadcast Details you need. Let’s get a full recap of Shiloh 2013 and the feedback’s from Canaanland, Ota, Africa. As of the first night session (opening ceremony); over 44 nations of the earth were fully represented. […] The post Shiloh 2013 Live Video, Announcement, Broadcast Details appeared first on Shiloh 2014 |
  • Shiloh 2013 Programme Highlights, Program, Timetable

    Shiloh 2013
    8 Dec 2013 | 10:52 pm
    Shiloh 2013 Programme Highlights, Program, Dates, Timetable Shiloh 2013 Programme Highlights, Dates, Timetable, Program for all selected sessions, healing classes and order of service. SHILOH 2013 Program (FATHERS AND MOTHERS OF NATION) Teaching Series: REDEEMED TO BE FRUITFUL -Deut. 7:12-14 (Gal. 3:29) Introduction •    You don’t wait for miracles, you work or initiate them – […] The post Shiloh 2013 Programme Highlights, Program, Timetable appeared first on Shiloh 2014 |
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  • Christian Apologetics - What It Is and Why It Matters

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    By Greg Hanson For many people, the word "apologetics" draws to mind someone expressing regret and seeking forgiveness by offering an apology. In actuality, the word means to provide a defense to a particular belief system or worldview. Within the realm of Christianity, then, apologetics refers to the use of logic and reason to support the claims of the Christian faith. Whether seeking academic answers or spiritual encouragement, quotes and arguments from leading apologists can provide what you need when you need it. Christian apologetics is not a new practice. Rather, its use can…
  • 3 Ways to Save Money Now

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Having to pay bills and balance your budget can be spiritually and emotionally draining. God tells us that we can rely on Him, but Christian men and women often find it hard to remember that when dealing with debt and not having the ability to save any money. However, what often helps people feel motivated and encouraged is quotes such as this one by Charles Swindoll:   "Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it."
  • With This Pen Lord

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
      "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." - George Bernard Shaw
  • How could you not love Jesus?

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
      How could you not love Jesus? The one who created you and me A man who gave his life That died on Calvary   How could you not love Jesus? The King of Kings, Lord of Lords A man that was sent from heaven above
  • Who is Jesus to me?

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    His is my counselor He is my friend He alone understands me He give me comfort He provides my every need He makes a way out of know way He keeps me in perfect peace He is the one who set me free He is who, I trust
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  • Saeed Abedini’s wife says she’s ‘praying for a miracle’

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    Pastor Saeed Abedini with his family (PHOTO: ACLJ). Originally published in Christian Today This week sees the two-year anniversary of the imprisonment of pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran. Abedini, a US citizen, was working on an orphanage project in his native Iran when he was arrested for “threatening the national security” and sentenced to eight years in prison. His family say he has been beaten in prison and that the abuse has been so severe that it has required hospital treatment. Abdedini’s wife Naghmeh reported last month that her husband had received death threats from…
  • Treasured family Bible turns up 40 years after it was lost

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    Originally published in Christian Today Deborah Savely was devastated when a beloved Bible fell out of her backpack over 40 years ago. Sure, she could have gone to the store and bought another one quite easily, but this particular Bible had special meaning, having been bought by her father in 1961 to give to her on her seventh birthday. On the inside leaf was lovingly inscribed: “Presented to Deborah Savely by Mother and Daddy. June 1961.” A decade later Savely’s father passed away and the Bible became even more treasured, as she would frequently open it to see once again…
  • Lawyers of freed Christian woman Meriam Ibrahim to make constitutional challenge in Sudan

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:27 am
    Meriam Ibrahim. Originally published in Assist News A human rights group says it has learned that the lawyers who represented Meriam Ibrahim, whose conviction for apostasy and adultery was overturned by the Appeal Court on June 23, are currently defending the case at the Supreme Court. They plan to take it to Sudan’s Constitutional Court for a final ruling on the constitutionality of apostasy in the criminal code. According to a news release from Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), the lawyers, who have faced threats and pressure since taking on Ibrahim’s case, were also issued travel…
  • Ebola crisis: Sierra Leone enforces 3-day national lockdown

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:12 am
    September 21, 2014: A few people are seen during a three-day lockdown to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, in Freetown, Sierra Leone. (PHOTO: AP/Michael Duff) Authorities in Sierra Leone ended a three-day lockdown aimed at halting the spread of the Ebola virus on Sunday, declaring the initiative a success.  Sky News reported that 92 dead bodies and 56 new Ebola cases had been discovered by officials during the lockdown. Authorities said that 123 people had contacted authorities over the weekend, fearing that they might be infected with the virus. In addition to the confirmed cases, 36…
  • Sports Roundup — Monday, September 15

    Shaun Mc Neilage
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:27 am
    Cricket:  Source: Super Sport Domingo’s contract extended. Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat said on Saturday that national coach Russell Domingo’s contract has been extended for another year because they were considering the negative impact that uncertainty could have on World Cup preparations. Lorgat announced that Domingo and national team manager Mohammed Moosajee had both had their contracts extended to April 2016 by the CSA board, which had met on Friday night. “We’re very satisfied with the performance of the head coach and manager, in…
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    I Love Devotionals

  • When you feel invisible (or one way God reminds me he keeps his promises)

    Wendy van Eyck
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    When that rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember this eternal covenant I have made with all living creatures. Genesis 9:16 (VOICE)I used to walk into university singing, “I hate the world today”. I did not sing it to anyone in particular. I sang it under my breath, in my head. I sang it to all the people I walked past who did not know I was inhaling the same air as them. I sang it in defiance, and I sang it in despair, because I did not know how else to get through each day. Around the same time, God started painting the sky for me with…
  • When you're not sure which way to turn

    Wendy van Eyck
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Serve only the LORD your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him. Deuteronomy 13:4 (NLT)“Turn left in 70 metres.”“At the round about take the third exit.”My husband and I have been following Charles, the British GPS voice, wherever he tells us to go for the last few days.We’ve been driving round tiny one-way roads in Madrid and Lisbon. And somehow finding our way, thanks to Charles. Most of the time, I don’t have a clue where the GPS is taking me but I trust it will get me to my destination.Yesterday while listening to Charles tell us…
  • When trusting God is all you've got

    Wendy van Eyck
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
     In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. Psalm 25:1 (NIV)“And babies?”It’s a common question I hear these days.It’s slipped in between, “How are you?” and “What are you up to?”Each time I hear it I think back to our whispered fears and hopes outside a sperm bank: “Do you want to do this?” Xylon asked.“No…do you?” I whisper.“Not at all.” He says.“Ssshall we go?” I stutter.In reply, Xylon turns the key, and drives out of the fertility clinic.My husband and I drove all the way to deposit sperm after he was diagnosed with cancer, and then we couldn’t do…
  • Does diversity matter? I’m #GoingThere

    Wendy van Eyck
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 (MSG)I grew up in a country where apartheid wasn’t just a word it was a policy. I grew up in a country where at 9 years my best friend had skin darker than mine. And we spent our Monday afternoons with a dozen or so kids who spoke a mother tongue that grew out of African soil. I never knew that my actions,…
  • When you realise that there is hope for your tired body and soul

    Wendy van Eyck
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    I’ll refresh tired bodies; I’ll restore tired souls. Jeremiah 31:25 (MSG)Are you tired?Are you weary?Have you got that September feeling? The feeling that this year has been long enough already, and that it’s time for a holiday, and time for new things to begin. The feeling that comes with a to-do list that keeps getting longer but never seems to get done.I’ve got that feeling. Even this year which has been a pretty easy year for my husband and I with no cancer treatments is beginning to feel long. This morning when I read Jeremiah 31:25 my soul sighed, whoosh:I’ll…
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  • The Only Thing Harder Than Following God

    Andrew Gilmore - Guest Writer
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have a son who loves to do anything but go to bed when it’s time to go to bed. On his way, he’ll find a piece of trash that needs to go in the garbage. Or he’ll pick up a toy and put it away. He does this every night even though I tell him explicitly to go to bed. The activities he does aren’t intrinsically bad—picking up after yourself is a good thing—but the context makes them wrong. Essentially he’s doing the right thing the wrong way. King Saul had this same problem. His troops were scattered and afraid. The Philistine threat at Mikmash melted the…
  • A Fresh Start

    Steve Becker (Intersections4Life)
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Coffee.  It is my stimulant of choice.  I enjoy all kinds of different varieties of the drink, but there is something really special about a straight black cup of coffee. That sounds crazy to some of you, I am sure.  How can someone love a simple black cup of coffee with so many choices out there today. I mean, why not something like a venti triple shot no–whip raspberry mocha from Starbucks?  Okay, yes, I have had one of those as well.  It still isn’t near the top of the list though. The simple black cup of coffee wins hands down every day with me.  The aroma.  The…
  • Comparison: the Thief of Joy

    Charles Crutcher
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    This past weekend, the message at my church hit me square in the eyes. We are learning how to kill comparisons and have an attitude of gratitude. Very necessary in order to learn how to live a life of contentment. People like to compare. In fact, I dare say they are prone to doing this without aid, but with media devices of many kinds, it is constantly on the minds of people almost every single moment of every single day. It’s as simple as the clothes you wear, what you may drive, or seeing where someone has more than you do. When we compare with one another, we learn how to covet,…
  • Will the “Real Gospel” Please Stand Up!

    Sandy Baggs
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
      What is “The Real Gospel?” The word gospel itself means “Truth.” It is also referred to as “The teachings of Jesus and the Apostles,” and the “good news” of salvation, the gospel of peace, to name just a few. As Christians we know The Gospel of Jesus Christ to be described in the Bible, and that by placing our faith in Jesus Christ and His gospel, we are born again. The message of the gospel, simply put, is that God sent Jesus His Son into the world as both fully God and fully man, to pay the penalty for our sins by dying on the cross and…
  • Our Children’s Friends

    Steve Becker (Intersections4Life)
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    As a parent, I am always interested in who my kids are around.  I want my kids to be around others who share our values and our faith.  I want them to be around positive kids, not those who would drag them down a dark path.  Its all about protection, guidance and being an example. In order to accomplish this goal as a parent, we need to do a few things. First, we need to be “all up in our kids business”.  We should be paying close attention to social media, names they talk about, places they like to go and so on.  Sure, there is a point of trust, but there is also the…
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  • Partnering With God For Your Spouse’s Salvation.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    When a married couple consists of only one believer, it can put a lot of strain on the marriage. It is easy for the believing spouse to mount pressure on the other in a bid to “make” them... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • What An Orange Taught Me.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    The Orange Story. I had a couple of oranges in the sink, about to wash them since they just came from the market. There was a particularly pretty one, well ripened without spot or speckle. I thought... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • When My Appreciation Changed.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:46 am
    I was in the kitchen ALONE, we had just finished dinner and I sent our boys off to bed because they needed enough rest before morning. They had end of session exams to prepare for, they would... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • The Temptation To Payback

    Ugochi Jolomi
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    It was my final year in the Polytechnic. School had just resumed and I was able to secure accommodation in a one of the hostels. Hostel B was one, I got a single bed to my delight, did not... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Why Marriages fail

    Ugochi Jolomi
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    It has now become a not so big of a deal when divorce occurs, with the way I have personally witnessed the collapse of marriages for issues ranging from not serious at all to very serious, I am... Please click on title to READ ALL.
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  • Be Still

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    “Be still.”“What? Be still? There’s too much to do. I can’t stop. I’m doing what You want me to do – helping spread Your name.”“But if you don’t stop, you will not see how I can do things immeasurably more than all you can imagine. Be still.”“There’s too much going on to be idle. I’ll miss something important.”“But maybe, you will gain a discerning spirit. Be still.”“If I take a break, I could lose my job and not have enough money.”“But if you don’t take a break, you will not notice how I supply all your needs. Be still.”“I might not understand…
  • An Un-Canonized Psalm of Celebration

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    At the end of this year, my husband and  I will celebrate eight beautiful and very hard years of marriage.  I have been reflecting on how our anniversary could have easily become my least favorite day in the year. It could have been a day that caused me to mourn a marriage that once was, instead of celebrating a marriage that has been redeemed. I Consider This Joy!Being around a new bride recently made me pay special attention to my eight year old ring. I noticed its loss of luster, failing to catch my eye the way a new engagement ring does. Just as I was beginning to feel…
  • 3 Things Christ Conquered

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever really thought about all the roadblocks that could have kept you from following Christ?Here are some of mine:1.    JESUS CONQUERED… my unchurchy upbringing.  My parents raised my siblings and me to be people with good character and values. But they didn’t do it with a religious focus. We did attend church a few times, and I specifically remember getting picked up on a church bus with other neighborhood kids by the Nazarene church when I was about 6. But that’s about it for formal Christian experience.I think about that Nazarene church, though, and…
  • I Thought I Was Saved

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Confession TimeI used to be a Pharisee. Let’s be honest…there are still times in my life that I am no different from them.Before I was saved in 2012, I lived as the Pharisees did. I thought I was saved. I lived as if my salvation was conditional based on my works. I genuinely believed I had to do certain things, say certain words, and act a certain way in order to receive and maintain God’s favor. I didn’t obey God’s commands because I had a new heart with pure motives; I did so because I thought I had to or else. “[He] saved us and called us to a holy calling, NOT because of…
  • Silence

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    When I was young, I was shy and often quiet. Contrasting Megan’s story, I had a difficult time speaking up in school, even in college it took me time to find my voice and feel comfortable to speak up in a class.  However, as I age, I find myself coming out of my shell, constantly talking to friends or coworkers.  Now I have the problem of not knowing when to be quiet!  I need to know when to just shut up and listen or when it’s okay for there to be silence in the room.One of the biggest mistakes I make as a social worker in therapy sessions is trying to fill gaps of…
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  • What Lies Beneath

    Michael Thompson
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Pierre-Paul Thomas, a 68 year-old Canadian from Montreal, tumbled down a staircase and broke bones throughout his face. It required extensive and painful facial surgery to reconstruct his eye sockets.   Months later at a follow up appointment evaluating the need for more surgery, Dr. Lucie Lessard of Montreal General, asked him an unexpected question: “…while we’re at it, do you want us to fix your eyes, too?” The old man couldn’t believe his ears. Thomas had a congenital condition caused by damaged optic nerves, cataracts and nystagmus. Childhood surgeries had failed so…
  • Babe Magnet

    Michael Thompson
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Magnetic. That is the only word I know to describe the impact our two-week old granddaughter, Isabella, had last night at the restaurant where we were enjoying time with our son’s family. Our oldest granddaughter, Angelina, and I have birthdays one day apart–she turned 11, I turned 55. So we were sharing some food and fun in a joint birthday celebration.The focus was supposed to be on the two whose births were being celebrated. But there is something gloriously distracting about a baby. People couldn’t walk by without staring, smiling, oooing and ahhhing over this gorgeous…
  • Earth and Heav’n…One

    Michael Thompson
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:51 am
    Around the turn of this century, a New York pastor named Maltbie Babcock used to go for long walks up a steep escarpment that overlooked rolling orchards and beautiful Lake Ontario. When asked before any of these hikes where he was heading, he smilingly replied “…out to see my Father’s world”. It was on one of these strolls that he penned lyrics to one of my favorite hymns. This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought Of rocks and trees, of…
  • Under Your Skin

    Michael Thompson
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Being a middle-aged bald man, I’m not a big fan of mirrors. But this one really creeps me out. It is a 3D mirror, unveiled in late April at the Computer-Human Interaction Conference in Toronto. Xavier Maître, a medical researcher at a Paris university, married medical imaging technology (PET, X-ray and MRI scans) with Microsoft’s Kinect motion capturing camera. What he created was a fully animated version of you without your skin on! “It’s as if you’re inside your body. You’re discovering something that belongs to you,” says Maître. Most people who…
  • Scandal!

    Michael Thompson
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    It appears that modern culture loves a good old-fashioned scandal. Heck, we even have a hit TV show by that name! Nothing rattles the airwaves or creates viral impact like a scandal involving some lecherous leader or fallen star. Whether pastor or politician; celebrity or corporate executive, it seems sadly we are titillated and fascinated by tarnished, adulterated implosions. Face it, there is a perverse societal interest when people topple from grace. I got to thinking about it. Maybe herein lays the secret to transforming the church’s impact on culture: …recover and unleash…
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  • Journey Into the Heart of ROCOR

    Anastasios Hudson
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Today I was talking to a historian friend on Facebook. He mentioned how he loves pouring over reams of historical data, something which bores other people to tears. I told him I share his passion. That sparked a memory of a most curious and interesting event that occurred during the writing of my thesis on Metropolitan Petros of Astoria: my journey into the heart of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR). While a seminarian at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in nearby Yonkers, New York, I became interested in the Greek Old Calendarists, much to the chagrin of some of my professors and…
  • Are You a Convert? Tell Your Story!

    Anastasios Hudson
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Anastasios Hudson Baptized, July 2006 (o.s.) Are you a convert to the GOC under Archbishop Kallinikos, our sister Russian Church (the ROCOR under Met. Agafangel), or our sister Romanian Church?  Would you be willing to share you conversion story?  If so, please contact me at anastasios At anastasios.hudson DOT com. I will be editing a collection of conversion stories and would love to have your contribution.  You can help others sort through the issues and make the decision to join our Church! In Christ, Anastasios
  • 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 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 Church in America will be released as an ebook and in print-on-demand format this week, God-willing. I am putting together the final edits and formatting to meet the various publishers’ requirements. In the meantime, here is an excerpt of the work, the Preface to the Published Edition. Please stay tuned, and plan to purchase your copy, which will help raise awareness of this monumental figure, and help support my writing career and family! Preface to the Published Edition The first time that I visited the Cathedral of Saint…
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  • ISIS vs. Restraining Grace

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:37 pm
    I sat and looked at my screen today as I read a message from a friend serving in the north of Iraq… “We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically.” My eyes scanned the words again, and I blinked harder thinking that if I just cleared my sightline, the message would be different. But it wasn’t. It was there in black and white. As the minutes passed, and I sat in stillness, I desperately wanted to push my heart out of my chest. The ache was so heavy, and all I could do was push away from my desk and drop to my knees. As my…
  • With God, There Is No Plan B

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    The smile that passed over my face that evening, and the joy that seared through my heart like a flaming sword, was so surprising and yet infinitely welcome. As I sat on the couch curled up in a fleece blanket, sipping a glass of merlot, I listened to sermon after sermon about what it meant to be the “beloved.” And like the wine, I savored the message that I heard. Often as a little girl, I had been told that as believers we were the "Lord’s beloved," but that night I realized that I hadn’t even begun to scrape the surface of what that really truly meant.  I was transfixed.
  • When Waiters Wait, and Flavors Flood In

    23 Jun 2014 | 8:29 am
    The waiter was waiting, staring me down as I hurriedly scanned the menu again and again. I was on a cleanse called the Whole30, in honor of someone I loved who was just diagnosed with diabetes. The cleanse was going well, until I would go out to restaurants. Then it got tough, and the restrictions against yummy things like grains, dairy, sugar, and alcohol became roadblocks to dining. And here I was sitting at a restaurant, giddy to be spending time with close friends, but staring warily at the menu. I had thought that if my friends ordered first, it would buy me more time, but they were so…
  • Dads Who Run

    16 Jun 2014 | 7:42 pm
    As I stepped out onto the bleachers and my eyes fell upon the scene that matched the noise we’d been hearing from outside the stadium for a half hour, a smile immediately touched my face. There was so much excitement in the air it was palpable! The hotdog vendors were shouting out among the buzzing fans, who were finding their seats while bribing their young kids to stay seated in exchange for cotton candy. The stands were full, and as you looked down onto the field, you could see the sun glinting off of the water—sprayed to dampen the baseball diamond. This was Camden Yards, home of the…
  • What’s in a Name?...Everything!

    9 Jun 2014 | 3:19 pm
    I sat at my computer and looked at the finished design on my screen. A business card…finally, I had taken the time to design one, after having it on my to-do list for…ahem…awhile. Having been a yoga instructor for a little over a year, I never knew that yoga instructors were even supposed to have business cards until my students began asking me for them. My general reaction was two-fold: (1) surprised that people took my instruction seriously and assumed I had business cards; and (2) semi-panicky and slightly embarrassed at having to scribble my name and contact info down onto random…
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  • ‘Have no fear of sudden disaster’

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    A proverb:   My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.
  • Can we safeguard against bad missions?

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Over the last few years, I’ve thought a fair amount about mission work – the opportunity, the necessity, the privilege, but also the evils and hurt of it. Many of those thoughts have bounced around again, some simmering burningly on my mind, in the weeks leading up to this venture. I am convinced it is good and necessary to do mission work, both from a practical perspective and also biblically (Mark 16:15, Matt. 28:19, Romans 10:13-15, 1 Chron. 16:24, Acts 13:47). I am also convinced it has the potential – and the historical precedent – to be very harmful. The harms of missions…
  • Here at the start

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    I don’t expect to be in front of a computer this week, but I scheduled a few short posts in hopes of stirring you to thought and prayer. Today’s the day we touch down in Nairobi. Please pray that we don’t feel tired. Not only that we don’t feel tired, but that we feel strong. Pray that we get off to a good start with our hosts, that we can use some of our Swahili and not embarrass ourselves too badly. Pray that we are flexible. That there is work for us to do and that we do it well. Pray that the Spirit is clearly present. That any words we say will be loving and kind…
  • I looked at the calendar and it’s September 11 again

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    It may always be impossible for Americans in my generation to say today’s date – September 11 – and not think back to the tragedy, the metal and fire and blood, of the 2001 version. It’s been 13 years and we’re still not really past it. Maybe we’re beyond it in an emotional sense (though maybe not), but we’re certainly not in the sense of our identity as a people. As a country, we may never be. Honestly, I haven’t thought about the attack in a long time (for the first few years, it seemed talk of 9/11 was inescapable from day to day). I hadn’t realized the…
  • Into Africa

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    You know that feeling when you’ve been talking about something for a long time, and then you actually get around to doing it? Knowing something is coming… waiting, preparing, waiting… then it comes? That’s happening now. I’ve been set to travel to Nairobi for months, and it’s finally about to happen. With most kinds of excitement, there’s a little anxiousness mixed in. Things are no different for me today. I’m excited to see and do and serve. I’m praying for the relationships that will happen. For health. For joy. And that no matter what…
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    Faith Travel Focus

  • Stepping Off DC’s Grid into Hillwood

    Ruth Hill
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hillwood Museum and Gardens, the 26-acre former estate of Post cereal heiress and philanthropist Marjorie Merriweather Post, houses the most comprehensive collection of 18th – and 19th – century Russian imperial art outside of Russia. The post Stepping Off DC’s Grid into Hillwood appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Orlando For Faith Travelers

    Ruth Hill
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    As you plan a trip to wildly popular Orlando, consider adding some "unexpected" inspirational visits that will enhance your vacation experiences. The post Orlando For Faith Travelers appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Canada’s Prince Edward Island Celebrates 150

    Ruth Hill
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    Founders Week is August 28-September 7 in Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island province, and multiple events are on the calendar including a flotilla of Tall Ships that will visit the island. The post Canada’s Prince Edward Island Celebrates 150 appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Star-Spangled Banner Celebrates 200

    Ruth Hill
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    The War of 1812 is often forgotten, but two enduring symbols survived that conflict - the Star-Spangled Banner and the National Anthem which honors it. The post Star-Spangled Banner Celebrates 200 appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Plan Ahead for Popular Christmas Markets

    Ruth Hill
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    The popularity of Christmas Markets on both sides of the Atlantic is making early travel planning advisable. Open in late November and close just after Christmas. The post Plan Ahead for Popular Christmas Markets appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
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  • Whatever you ask in My name

    Silas Eke
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    There are some common passages we use in prayer. I shall mention just a few. Isaiah 45:11; “Thus says the LORD, The Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: “Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; And concerning the work of My hands, you command Me. ””Matt 7:7-8, 11: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you;  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in…
  • Teach us to pray

    Silas Eke
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    All religions pray. God and prayer are inseparable. The ideas may be crude and cruel in pagan peoples, but they belong to the universal institutions of the human race. Only human beings pray.  The basis of prayer is sonship. It is natural for a child to ask of its father, and it is reasonable for the father to listen to the request of his child.  See Matthew 7:7-11, Luke 11: 5-13.The apostles once asked the Lord – “Teach us to pray” Can prayer be learned? Some people pray using Rosary beads, just as others use prayer books- such praying may be perfectly sincere, and the devout…
  • Nobody's Perfect

    Silas Eke
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    First John 1:8-2:2If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. Many Christians live in a state…
  • Billy Graham Stories

    Silas Eke
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Bundesarchiv, Bild 194-0798-22 / Lachmann, Hans / CC-BY-SA [CC-BY-SA-3.0-de (], via Wikimedia CommonsThe Christian cannot do anything without Christ. Billy Graham was preaching, and a chap listened intently and later told Billy: “Do you know why I cannot be a Christian? It is because I fear that when I start, I cannot hold on” To this Billy replied: “Don’t ever forget that!” You can never be able to hold out without Christ!The Bible is God's TNTOnce the great Evangelist Billy Graham sent his New Testament to a…
  • There is no denomination in heaven!

    Silas Eke
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    First Corinthians Chapters 1-4A Baptist Pastor had a dream and found himself fully dressed with a Bible in hand at the gate of heaven. As he was about to enter, he heard so many people crying and wailing in hell. He went to the gate and met the gate-keeper. He asked the gate-keeper “Who are those crying? Is there a Baptist there?” The Gate-keeper answered, “No” He said, I thought so!. In order to satisfy his curiosity, he asked, Are there some Methodists there? He again answered No! He asked of all the other denominations he knows, and the answer still was, no! He left there confused.
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  • Weird Workout Hacks that Actually Work

    Get Better Today
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
      It’s not hard to find hundreds of search results for workout tips when searching the internet. That’s why I was on a mission to find quick and easy workout tips that actually work, proven by scientific studies. Below are my findings on Weird Workout Hacks That Actually Work:   Talk to Yourself While most people get bothered, and slightly scared, by others who talk to themselves while working out, the results of a recent study might get you mumbling too. In a study published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Journal, researchers found that physical…
  • Here’s What A Random Old Lady Taught Me About Being A Christian

    Michael Fear
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
      Take a second look at the picture above. Seriously… do it. That’s an older lady praising God during a Switchfoot concert last weekend – in other words, a ROCK CONCERT. I hate to be incredibly stereotypical here, but that’s pretty unexpected. She caught my eye so much, I coaxed my wife into taking a paparazzi shot for this post. Since when do old ladies rock out to Switchfoot?   As I stood from a distance, I started to realize something… That’s who I want to be in 40 years. I want to be praising God in a completely new way – one that…
  • Christian Mingle The Movie, Is Really Happening! Watch the Trailer Here.

    Get Better Today
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Photo via There are some things in life you just can’t make up. Yes, there really is a movie coming out in October about Christian Mingle.  And to be completely honest, the preview looks pretty good.   According to the film’s YouTube page… Gwyneth Hayden is a 30-something marketing executive with a top-notch career, killer wardrobe, dream apartment and great friends. She thinks the only thing missing is a man. In a moment of inspired desperation, she fills out a profile on the dating website hoping to find Mr. Right. However,…
  • Francis Chan’s New Rap Video About Marriage Is Amazing!

    Get Better Today
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Photo via Crazy Love Team To promote his newest book on marriage called You and Me Forever, popular Christian speaker Francis Chan and his wife Lisa, recently released a goofy rap video that is pure gold! Not only are the lyrics incredibly powerful, it’s goofy enough to make you literally LOL.   Buy You and Me Forever here.   Share On Facebook! Share On Twitter!  
  • How To Raise Your Hands In Church

    Get Better Today
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Photo via Tim Hawkins Comedy Tim Hawkins, a popular Christian comedian, has a ton of hilarious videos.   But this one may take the cake… In this short video below, Tim offers a little advice to Church newbies on the different types of hand raising that they may see on Sunday morning.     Share On Facebook! Share On Twitter!  
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  • Running Support from Others: Lessons from Marathon Training

    Julie Wilson
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    Running: A Metaphor for Life Running can be a metaphor for life, I hear this all the time. This weekend, I witnessed it along a beautiful trail. A New Mindset for Running Another week down! I wrapped up another week of my marathon training. This week was completely different than last week. Last week I ran twelve miles on my long run, and it seemed nearly impossible before I finished it. This week I was scheduled to run thirteen miles, just one tenth of a mile away from a half marathon. I went into this run with a totally different mindset than I did the week before. I lacked the doubt that I…
  • September: Goodbye Food Entitlement

    Julie Wilson
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Does the Journey Get Easier? Someone asked me yesterday if eating right is easy for me now. It has been almost four years, after all. My response was no, and I don’t know if it will ever be easy for me. It’s my normal now, and most of the time I choose to eat right. The truth is that I am still tempted every meal, and I have to make a conscious decision every time. It’s not an automatic thing that happens easily.  It’s a meal by meal choice that I have to choose for myself and be intentional about. Will Run for Food It’s been really easy to get off track lately. I can tell you that…
  • Three Misconceptions About My Former Obesity

    Matt Hylton
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    Assumptions Can Result in Misconceptions For many of my former obese years, people had formulated misconceptions or warped views about my obesity. I was thinking about how often people assumed things about my obesity, yet never actually took the time to ask me anything. I have chosen three misconceptions to share with you, the reader. These are not exhaustive and I am sure there is a lot more that could be talked about. MISCONCEPTION 1:  He Must Eat Everything I can only speak for myself when I say “Heck no!” I was a very picky eater. I liked fast food, sodas, pizza, tacos,…
  • Prepare Yourself : Lessons from Marathon Training

    Julie Wilson
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    Definition of a Journey I am amazed at the parallels I see in my running journey when compared to my weight loss journey.  A journey is the act or instance of traveling from one place to another according to Webster’s definition. To me, the definition makes it seem simple and to the point. If you have been on or are currently on a journey in your life, you know this couldn’t be further from the truth. Journeys have ups and downs, moving forward and backward, and sometimes a complete loop. Almost Prepared: The Long Run A few Saturday’s ago was my weekly long run. I was scheduled to…
  • Julie’s Journey to the Indianapolis Marathon

    Julie Wilson
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    It’s getting real. When I was challenged to do my first full marathon this year, I had no idea all the things that would go through my head while out on my training runs. Most of my thoughts actually revert back to when I was living an unhealthy lifestyle. I remember all the things I couldn’t do. I remember seeing other runners out in inclement weather, or crazy hours of the day and think they needed to wake up. Who in their right mind would put themselves through that? Becoming Capable. And now..I am one of those people! I was scheduled to run 12 miles for my long run this week.
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    United Faith Church

  • Vine & Fruit

    Kris Burke
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    John 15:1-4 & 8 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. UFC, God has been giving the church so much revelation of His word.
  • On The Right Trail

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. (‭Psalm‬ ‭119‬:‭15‬ NIV) Recently I took a bike ride down the Barnegat trails with Luke our worship leader and while on the ride this scripture hit our hearts and spoke to us. The trail we were riding on was clear. While we were riding there was fresh air from the surrounding trees, an amazing view of the woods and surrounding area that was so peaceful and it led us to our destination. What does this have to do with anything? When we are meditating and following the Word, we are focusing on God’s ways! His ways are a path,…

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. (‭Psalm‬ ‭119‬:‭5-6‬ NIV) Each and and everyday we should be able to compare our actions to God’s Word to see if we’ve been in “tune.” And when we consider His commands we are either thankful that we’ve been obedient, or left in shame that we’ve not walked according to His great instructions. What will it be for you today? Will you cry out for a steadfast heart to follow? The Psalmist desired a STEADFAST heart to be…
  • The Right Way

    Kris Burke
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. UFC, In prayer this week the Lord reminded me of this verse. So often in this world people are always trying to do the “right thing”. But what do people base what is right off of? The way they feel, what the media portrays, how people may react? The Word shows us that there are many ways that seem right in life but in the end they do not lead to God. The “right way” is the way that was shown to us through the Word of God, demonstrated in life by The Lord Jesus Christ. It is our job to walk on…
  • New Season

    Kris Burke
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Psalm 1:3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. UFC, Most trees spend years growing before they finally begin to give off their fruit. They establish their roots, grow down deep and sturdy their limbs before they can finally bear the weight of the fruit. Then, when the season is right, they bear the fruit they were meant to bear. We too, as a church, have gone through the growing years. We have established ourselves in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. We have grown our roots…
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  • Great Faith can be yours

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    What is faith Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. —Hebrews 11:1 Moffatt's translation of this verse reads, "Now faith means that we are confident of what we hope for, convinced of what we do not see." "Faith is just acting on God's Word irrespective of what we feel, think or see." Faith is an act. That's what faith is. Importance of faith We
  • God is watching over us (Protection)

    6 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Gods angels are watching over us Ps 91:11 ​​​​​​​- NETFor he will order his angels to protect you in all you do. Matt 18:10 “See that you do not disdain one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.Ps 34:7 ​​​​​​​The LORD’s angel camps around the LORD’s loyal followers and delivers them. Heb 1:14 Are they not all ministering

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The DNA OF GOD (PROTECTION) What is DNA DNA is a self replicating molecule that holds the genetic code for our life, health, and for the unique physical features of our bodies. DNA has the divine blueprint for our body, programming our cells to maintain optimum health from birth to death. Adam’s DNA Adam had the spiritual DNA of God (Perfect health, no lack/want, sin-free etc). Gen 1:
  • Sincere Apology

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:11 pm
    SEED OF DESTINY Thursday, 14th August 2014 01:00 SCRIPTURE: 'O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!...  What is man, that thou art mindful of him? ... ? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: Psalm 8:1, 4-6.THOUGHT
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    United Faith Church Blog

  • What is a Disciple? – A Crucial Question for Today’s Church

    United Faith Church
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    What is a disciple? Many people think that a disciple is simply one who believes in Jesus. Some might even take it further to say a disciple is one who studies the word of God, one who is well versed in the discipline of being a Christian. Still neither is a true disciple of Jesus […] The post What is a Disciple? – A Crucial Question for Today’s Church appeared first on United Faith Church Blog.
  • How do you know if you’re in a cult? – the True Church checklist

    United Faith Church
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Nowadays, the term ‘cult’ is thrown around rather loosely, casually labeling churches and other organizations as cultish for displaying radical characteristics. UPDATE – View the True Church Infographic In this day and age of tolerance, where all things are permissible, the only thing that does not seem to be permissible is unwavering and undivided devotion […] The post How do you know if you’re in a cult? – the True Church checklist appeared first on United Faith Church Blog.
  • What is Discipleship? – 10 Blessings for the True Disciple

    United Faith Church
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    Are you a Christian searching for more and asking what is discipleship? When you read the Bible, do you discover a major gap between the powerful lives led by Jesus’ disciples and your own? Perhaps you have been ‘born again,’ but you have yet to see the fruit of the abundant life that you have […] The post What is Discipleship? – 10 Blessings for the True Disciple appeared first on United Faith Church Blog.
  • Freedom in Marriage – United Faith Church Testimony

    United Faith Church
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Freedom for the captives from cancer, poverty, alcoholism, depression, and death. Our family overcame it all and now lives in freedom with a fully restored marriage!  This is a real-life story of my miraculous journey to freedom with the Lord Jesus Christ. The Story My wife and I began our marriage following some really terrible […] The post Freedom in Marriage – United Faith Church Testimony appeared first on United Faith Church Blog.
  • From Rejected to Accepted – United Faith Church Testimony

    United Faith Church
    5 Jun 2014 | 5:39 pm
    “It was the most important hug of my whole life. I felt the love of God that day being held in the arms of people that I knew genuinely cared for me.” I have known Pastors Jerry Santiago and Janeth Santiago of United Faith Church for over 20 years. I first met them at the age […] The post From Rejected to Accepted – United Faith Church Testimony appeared first on United Faith Church Blog.
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    brian niece | sacramental living

  • 5 Ways We Can Live Grace in Everyday Life

    Brian Niece
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Grace radiates from the center of God. If we are being made in the image of this God, and if we are followers of Jesus the Christ, grace should be lived out in our lives in 5 clear ways. via // Paul’s letters to the Corinthians (the body of believers at Corinth) give insight to these 5 ways of living grace. 1. Divine Love The divine love that God shows to the undeserving is the greatest gift of all.  This character of divine love cannot be possessed. It must be granted. Paul’s greatest desire for the Corinthians is that they would be willing recipients of…
  • Truthful Tuesday :: The Work-life of a Pastor

    Brian Niece
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Some folks that are part of my faith community, CrossRoad Church, started a #TruthfulTuesday practice on Facebook a few weeks ago.  So here I am taking the plunge to show you behind the veil of my work-life as a pastor. It’s amazing that I’m pastoring again at all.  Let me explain … Why I’m Pastoring Again When I resigned from being a pastor 5 years ago, I wanted nothing to do with the local church, much less being a pastor ever again.  I was burned out, broken, hurt, damaged.  I knew I was still called to preach, but I couldn’t reconcile that call with…
  • Being the Church Around a Meal // from the archives

    Brian Niece
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    *This post first appeared September 14, 2008 // I thought this was an appropriate post based on the sermon I recently preached. We were sitting around, eating the family meal. Eliot, my 3-year old said, “We are the church.” “Why?” I asked. “Because we have food.” via // My wife and I just stared at each other and smiled.  After a moment pregnant with meaning, awe, wonder, I said to Heather, “Something profound was just going on there.” She nodded in agreement. Somehow, Eliot is getting it … even at 3 years…
  • Hey, Leader! This Is for When the Transition Gets Tough

    Brian Niece
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Hey, Leader! Are you trying to lead into the future and finding the transition is tougher than what you expected? Guess what … All God’s leaders have faced the same thing at some point. Here’s just one example from the story of Moses and Aaron. via // Moses and Aaron I was reading Exodus 4-6 recently, in which Moses and Aaron go to Pharaoh for the first time. Probably they were a bit nervous; but also confident. Confident because God had shown Moses three powerful signs that the LORD was with him: a staff that’s a snake that’s…
  • Why “The Rapture” Is a False Concept

    Brian Niece
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    I was recently reading 1 Thessalonians 4 and was reminded it has nothing to do with the popular concept of the rapture. This passage of Scripture has spawned quite a bit of theologically irresponsible notions, such as the rapture. The Left Behind series is testament to that. Did you know the word “rapture” does not appear in Scripture? Rapture Is Not Biblical The very idea that we will leave this earth at the Second Coming of Christ is not biblical at all. Stop, take a breath. I know that sounds heretical. But read the entire Book of the Revelation. Especially the ending…
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    The Cross-Current

  • Key Principles

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Before I really get into the subject of gender roles, which is where I hope to go next time, I thought it may be worthwhile to mention a couple of key principles – concepts that aid in our study of … Continue reading →
  • Gender Issues – Why do we care?

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    So what? The topic of gender issues and gender roles has always been one of much debate. It is a topic that, quicker than almost any other issue, raises the ire and indignation in the room to a level unprecedented … Continue reading →
  • Resources for the study of Dispensationalism

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    This post is more for my own benefit than anything else. But if, by chance, the past few posts on the nature of the Kingdom interested you, I thought I would post a list of valuable resources for further reading … Continue reading →
  • The Gospel of the Kingdom [Conclusion]

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    THE DEFINING OF THE KINGDOM A remarkable aspect of this discussion is that in the gospels, there is no indication of any explanation of the kingdom (Matt. 3:1-2; 4:17; Mark 1:14-15). It is as though Jesus assumed that his hearers … Continue reading →
  • The Gospel of the Kingdom [The mystery form in Luke 17:21]

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    A COUNTER TEXT TO THE “FULLY FUTURE KINGDOM” One text that is especially important to the discussion of a purely future kingdom versus a “mystery form” of the kingdom present today (the currently reigning view), and one that is perhaps … Continue reading →
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    2 Sep 2014 | 12:45 am THE DARK CLOUD ON PENTECOST DAY by Paul Joseph C. Palestinian Sunni Imam Syed Soharwardy of Calgary, founder of 'Muslims Against Terrorism' and the 'Islamic Supreme Council of Canada' sang: “Grant us victory over the heathen/disbelieving/infidel” ~Sura 2: 286~ during… Read more → The post ISIS, the ANTICHRIST, the CROW, the WITNESSES and the ABOMINATION appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Mother Angelica on Vatican II "As Catholics we've been terribly quiet…"

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:42 am Below is a video of Mother Angelica, which aired in 1993 on EWTN, speaking about and to a "group" within the Catholic Church. This monologue was her response to Jesus Christ being portrayed by a woman in a mime performance during World… Read more → The post Mother Angelica on Vatican II "As Catholics we've been terribly quiet…" appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Oklahoma Exorcist says Satanism is Real

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:36 pm This is a follow-up story to "Black Mass in Oklahoma City" posted on August 6, 2014. Monsignor Patrick Brankin, one of the top leaders in the Catholic Diocese of Tulsa as well as the Diocese's exorcist, told Bill Sherman of Tulsa World that he himself… Read more → The post Oklahoma Exorcist says Satanism is Real appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Black Mass in Oklahoma City

    6 Aug 2014 | 7:50 pm A Satanic Black Mass has been scheduled for September 21st, 2014 to take place at the Oklahoma City’s Civic Center. In regards to this issue, Bishop Edward Slattery of the Diocese of Oklahoma City posted the following letter on the… Read more → The post Black Mass in Oklahoma City appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
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    Purposeful Faith

  • See Your Beauty – To Overcome Failure (Part II)

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:56 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: What is the one thing you can do to overcome feelings of failure, as we discussed in Part 1, How to Overcome Your Weaknesses? Here it is:  SEE YOUR BEAUTY.  You are absolutely beautiful to God, just as you are. You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you. (Song of Songs 4:7) God loves you.  Choose today to believe in the depths of your heart that God does not look at you and see a list of flaws, of shortcomings and of failures. He sees beauty. He sees a treasure that he loves.  One that he created.  He sees a child of God, his own child.   For…
  • How To Overcome Your Weaknesses – Part 1

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:21 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Have you ever wondered what is wrong with you? Why you can’t do things right? Why you are the way you are? Hold tight, you are about to find out how to overcome your weaknesses in this two part series.  There is one simple tip that will change your life! We all have them.  Try as we may to sweep them under the carpet, our flaws, our shortcomings and our failures still exist.  In fact, often stand out bright as day. Or, at least this is how I felt – when what started as a simple task turned into a colossal failure. I was working on what was supposed to be the…
  • How to Get Through A Bad Day

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: It was one of those days. I wasn’t sure how to get through a bad day – that was this bad. “I don’t want to leave the house.  I don’t want to put my shoes on.  I can’t get dressed.  I don’t want to get in the car. I can’t buckle myself in.  I don’t want music.  I do want music. Mommy, I am hungry.  I am not hungry. I am thirsty.  I am not thirsty.”     We make it to the car – a small victory! “Mommy, don’t sing. I don’t like music. I want my window down. I don’t want the wind to hit me.” Finally, our car pulls into our…
  • How to See God’s Glory

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:51 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Your pain, your emotions and your story are not for naught. Behind these circumstances God has glory waiting to be unveiled.  He has power waiting to be revealed.  He has encouragement awaiting your soul.  He stands ready to show you how to see God’s glory – hidden in your present day circumstances. So take hope.  For in the moment is pain, but joy comes in the morning.  (Ps. 30:5) The story of the blind man paints an incredible picture for us.  He was actually born both blind AND poor.  We can only imagine his struggles, his loneliness, his…
  • 3 Ways to Guard Your Heart

    4 Sep 2014 | 3:20 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: I had no idea I was in for one huge scare – and a timely lesson on some key ways to guard your heart – as I walked over to my computer. I planned to indulge in just a few seconds - of distraction, of indulgence, of entertainment.    But, these seconds ended up being seconds that cost me so much. My eyes darted around the room for my 1-year-old daughter. She was nowhere to be found. I called her name. Nothing. I furiously looked around the room. Nowhere. My heart skipped a beat. Anxiety welled up in my chest. There are so many things that can happen in…
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    The Standard Blog for Christian Business Owners

  • What can the West do about the Islamic Problem?

    21 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    When we're so full of arrogance, self-aggrandisement and renounce faith in God? In the same way the Israelites who ignored God chose to follow their own ideologies and idols, so too have successive western governments. Muslim hoodlums are allowed to roam British streets telling the ‘open and welcoming’ resident British, they are no longer walking on British run territory but militant Shari’ a enforced territory.Did any of our British soldiers die for this to happen in their own country? Who is to blame for allowing this to happen? I believe it is quite simple to identify how this has…
  • UK Prayer Mission 2014 with South Korea

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    450 South Koreans, at their own expense, visited UK to pray for revival On Saturday 13th of September 2014, Liz and I attended a prayer meeting at Gold Hill Baptist church in Chalfont St Peter in Buckinghamshire, UK with members of the church community and fifteen South Korean visitors. The purpose of their visit was expressly to pray for the UK!Prayer at their own expense! The South Korean group we met were part of a much larger group, who, at their own expense, travelled to the UK with the sole intention of facilitating intercessional prayer for revival in the UK. I had not experienced…
  • Praying and Prayers for Business

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Is it time to speak to God through spoken prayer? One of the most underrated faith-based activities is prayer. Don't get me wrong the people who experience answered prayer are wholly committed to it, but for your average businessman or woman, turning to prayer is invariably a last resort, when it's too late! I can personally testify to the amazing power of prayer and petition (click here to read or watch a video of my testimony).Wanting an instant result Prayer is not about gimme, gimme, gimme! There is rarely a lightning bolt and a suitcase of money appears! What corresponds with prayer is…
  • Islam: A Born Again Christian's View

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    If we dont study Christianity what will compel anyone to study the Qur'an There is so much on the news and online about the growing situation surrounding IS, Islam and Muslims that I’ve been compelled to write my view and understanding of this based upon being a committed Born Again Christian for the past five and a half years. During the early part of becoming a Christian I wasn’t encouraged to read the Bible although it is, of course referred to at Church but no one I knew or spoke to constantly read and studied it and as a result, nor did I. But that changed!A Journey of Discovery I…
  • The Awesome Argentina Revival

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    Lessons in Evangelism and Spiritual Warfare from Argentina by Peter Wagner I read this article (by Peter Wagner) before listening to Carlo Annacondia in person at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster London on 8th August 2014.  I found it extremely interesting, especially the part about Argentina appointing a warlock as Social Welfare minister and then erecting a monument to witchcraft!  I hope you enjoy it. One of the most successful models of urban evangelism that I have recently been in contact with is taking place in Argentina. Throughout the history of Protestant missions to…
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    Articles | NewSpring Church

  • How To Discover What You’re Worth
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    At some point, we’ve all mentally sized-up our lives based on what we see on TV, read in magazines, or see on Facebook.We want to be able to point to something that proves our worth, and demonstrates our success and significance in the world. So we will strive to have the best wardrobe, the biggest bank account, the nicest house, the newest car and the latest smartphone. But somehow it never seems to be enough.When our value in life is based on how we compare to others, we will always find ourselves looking for the next big thing. But more money, more stuff and more experiences will not…
  • Satisfied?
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A recap of Senior Pastor Perry Noble’s sermon, “Satisfied?” in 140 characters or less.Satisfaction is the result of seeking Jesus first in everything I do. #YourMoneyIf you want satisfaction in your marriage, your career, or your finances, it will come by seeking God first. #YourMoneyAny time we try to make obedience optional, problems always occur. #YourMoneyIf you’re in debt, you’re not in God’s will. #YourMoneyAny time Jesus is not first in our lives, we will always do things that hurt us. #YourMoneyWe can’t be servants of Jesus if we’re…
  • Giving, NewSpring, and The Best Is Yet To Come!
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    "I Cannot Out Give God" is one of our core values, and when it comes to giving, I wanted to share five quick thoughts with you...1. For a fully devoted follower of Jesus, giving is not a matter of convenience but rather obedience.  Jesus said where our treasure is, that's where our heart is (Matthew 6:21).  He also said the No. 1 competitor for our heart is money (Matthew 6:24).  Why in the world would we give Jesus all of our sin but none of our money and still claim we are completely His?  2. If we want to be like Jesus, we must become a giver.
  • Everything You Need to Know About Giving in 60 Seconds
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Ever wonder why Christians collect money during church?We give because God first gave to us.God is a giver. He’s the source of all our money, time, resources and belongings. He’s given us these things not so we can hoard them, but so we can wisely manage them. God’s so generous He gave us His best: His son, Jesus (John 3:16).God loves and God gives. That's who He is, and it's why we believe we can't outgive God. Learn more about giving here. 
  • 3 Reasons The Church Is The Best Investment
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every day, dozens of organizations appeal to us for help. Whether it’s sad music and frightened animals tugging our heart strings for a donation or the empty stares of malnourished children reminding us that clean water and bountiful food aren’t readily available in many parts of the world, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of opportunities to be generous with our time and money.We can invest in a number of good causes — and we should — but there is only one organization that will make an eternal impact and that’s the local church.3 Reasons The Church Is The…
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    Benjamin Ehinger's Blog

  • A Warning of False Gospels – Daily Bible Post – 9.22.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:38 am
    Today’s Scripture is Galatians 1:6-10 Paul uses very strong language to open his letter to the church of Galatia. This strong language is necessary because the people of this time had turned from the true Gospel of Christ to believing they could earn their way to heaven through good deeds. Understanding there’s only one true Gospel was important then and it’s just as important today. There is only one way to heaven and it’s through Jesus Christ! False Gospels Sound So Appealing Spotting a teacher of a false gospel isn’t always easy. For example, the…
  • Give Thanks and Praise – Daily Bible Post – 9.18.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Today’s Scripture is 1 Chronicles 16:7-13 The theme of today’s scripture is pretty evident: Give Thanks and Praise. I don’t know exactly whom David was writing for in this section, but I can only believe it’s for all of us. Giving thanks isn’t just for thanksgiving and when it come to our Lord, it’s a daily necessity. We are blessed in so many ways and we must sing a song of praise to our amazing God. Is it really for God? When we give thanks to God, it’s not just us thanking Him for all He is done. God isn’t up in heaven thinking,…
  • Turning to Prayer – Daily Bible Post – 9.16.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    Today’s Scripture is Psalm 27:7-14 How often do we really turn to prayer? Do we just turn to prayer with the big things or do we turn to prayer with the little things, too? David, the author of this Psalm, turned to prayer with everything. He was constantly seeking the face of the Lord, even during times of great adversity. Prayer is for Everything Sometimes, we forget to pray about the small things. We only turn to prayer when we feel despair. However, we are told, in the bible, to constantly be in a state of prayer. What does this mean? Should we be down on our hands and knees every…
  • Trust in God’s Word – Daily Bible Post – 9.15.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    Today’s Scripture is Genesis 16:1-6, 21:8-13 Trusting God has been a struggle for mankind ever since the fall. Adam and Eve didn’t fully trust God and neither did Abram and Sarai. God promised a baby to the couple, but instead of trusting they would have one, Sarai told Abram to sleep with her slave. This caused serious animosity, just like it would today if a husband cheated on his wife with another woman. Hagar became jealous, Sarai became jealous and the entire situation turned into a huge mess. God Still Delivers and Turns it into Good Even though Abram and Sarai don’t…
  • Packers vs. Jets Preview, Reaction from Last Week

    Benjamin Ehinger
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Let me start with my reaction from the game against Seattle. Had I wrote this last week after the game, it may have been filled with curse words for many reasons. However, I have calmed down a bit and realize it comes as no surprise. Seattle came in ready to play football and the Packers came in making it clear they were not done with their summer vacation. I think not playing Rodgers and other starters in the final pre-season game was a mistake and I think the game plan on offense and defense was pathetic. Run, Run, Pass doesn’t win many games and doesn’t use the talent on the…
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    Christmas 2014

  • Christmas Decorations Pinterest 2014 Pictures

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Christmas Decorations Pinterest 2014 Pictures: Here we are sharing latest collection of Christmas Decorations Pinterest 2014 Pictures. You can download Christmas 2014 Decorations Pictures, Images in High Definition with High resolution size for Your Desktop, Computer, PC, Laptop, Apple, Notebook, ...
  • Christmas Facebook Covers 2014 Download Now

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Christmas Facebook Covers 2014 Download Now: Here we are sharing latest collection of Christmas Facebook Covers 2014. You can download Christmas Facebook Profile Timeline Covers, FB Cover Pictures, Banner in High Definition with High resolution size for Your Desktop, Computer, ...
  • Merry Christmas 2014 Quotes and Wishes

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Merry Christmas 2014 Quotes and Wishes: Here we are sharing best collection of Merry Christmas 2014 Quotes and Wishes. You can download Christmas Quotes Pictures in High Definition with High resolution size for Your Desktop, Computer, PC, Laptop, Apple, Notebook, Mac OS, ...
  • Christmas Cards Animation for WhatsApp

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Christmas Cards Animation for WhatsApp: Here we are sharing latest collection of Christmas Cards Animation for WhatsApp. You can download Christmas Cards in High Definition with High resolution size for Your Desktop, Computer, PC, Laptop, Apple, Notebook, Mac OS, Ubuntu, ...
  • Christmas 2014 Poems in English

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Christmas 2014 Poems in English: Here we are sharing latest collection of Christmas 2014 Poems in English. You can download Christmas Poems Images, Pictures in High Definition with High resolution size for Your Desktop, Computer, PC, Laptop, Apple, Notebook, Mac OS, ...
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