2017’s Book List: Better Late Than Never (Hopefully)

It’s been my habit to post the best books I read in a given year. I decided to not do such a list for 2017 but, much to my surprise, several people have asked for it. I enjoy looking through other people’s end of the year book lists so it only seems fair that I return the favor and post my own.

 

A few notes…

  1. These books weren’t necessarily published in 2017. It’s just the year I read them.
  2. I don’t read many books that I’d place in the “Christian Living” category. My reading tastes tend toward theology, history, biography, current issues, and novels.
  3. My criteria are very subjective. I enjoy well written books that teach, challenge, or entertain me.

These were my favorite books in 2017.

Zero Spoilers, One Persistent Theme Embedded in the ‘Star Wars’ Multiverse

“Why is this lobby filling up with so many dudes?” The question arose without warning, fueled by a random observation, but it made enough of an impression upon my consciousness that I felt compelled to snap a quick image of all the guys lining up in the middle of the work day to see the

Racefield News: Prayers and Progress

News from Racefield School:

Nov 27th:

Thank you so much for your continued prayers. The KCPE exercise [national testing for 8th graders] ended successfully, we are now thanking God for the wonderful results. The results came out and we managed to score the highest 393 marks and the lowest 352 marks with a m/s of 375.13 [out of 500.] This was an excellent performance, we were ranked 2nd in our entire county, and position 1 in Mwingi large [area], thanks again for your prayers and the Crossing Church. Our son Mark was among them and he scored 388 marks out of 500, this will get him a good national school. Peter our 1st born will also be doing his 2nd year in college next year.
Kindly continue praying for us, because it has also been confirmed by our government that the new curriculum of education will start rolling from January next year which requires us to have the facility for the junior secondary school that is class 7, 8 , & 9. Failure to which the school will end at grade 6 and parents will b required to transfer their children to schools which can cater for those classes. It’s a big challenge to us among other needs but we keep trusting God.
The solar system and the computers are perfectly working, thank you so much for your partnership, love and concern towards this ministry, God bless you all.
Give our best regards to The Crossing Church.
Yours in the service of the little ones.
For Racefield children’s Ministry.
Sammy & Felistus

Abusers, Hucksters and the Protection of Wronged Parties

The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him. Proverbs 18:17 (ESV) Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured

Freedom to Serve in the Moment Provided

Last week, as I was hurriedly leaving one job site to drive frantically over to the next, I had the “bad luck” to be drawn into the very-real problems of another human being, the presenting issue at hand being a broken retractable dog leash. Involuntarily, I felt my inner heart pipe up: “Seriously?” Surely no

Christmas Wish: Clinic Docs for ASELSI

ASELSI: Christmas Wish: GIVE NOW!

ASELSI is raising support to fund Drs. Gabby & Orlando, a pair of doctor-spouses who have started serving at the ASELSI Clinic. This will help care for thousands more sick and needy patients in the clinic and in communities across the region. Please consider supporting the clinic at ASELSI with your end-of-year giving.

ASELSI, located in Chichicostanango, is the partner ministry for The Crossing’s yearly Guatemala Missions Teams. Watch the video to learn more about their needs and read more about their history and the work of our missions teams below.

Spot-On Theology and Worship…from the Least-Likely of Sources

“Yeah, see…you can’t really celebrate His birth in Bethlehem unless you remember the Cross…and the Resurrection. You gotta keep all three of them in mind, or else it really don’t make sense. That’s why I drew all three.” Last week, I was minding my own business, very busy doing something terribly important, when a member