July, 2010

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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Useful Servants but Miserable Masters

I read something very insightful this week regarding Matthew 6 and worrying. Props go to Dr. Dan Doriani’s commentary on Matthew. The passage (6:25-34) says this: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.

The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story

It’s written in three different languages. It took approximately 1500 years or so to write. It has sixty-six major subdivisions. It has a host of different authors. It concerns itself with a wide variety of historical circumstances. It uses several different kinds of literature to communicate. No wonder the Bible is often viewed as an

The Things That Divide Us

And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs: July 25, 2010

This week’s music set-list review features photos by Gerik Parmele. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase versions of the songs as recorded by the original artists. He is Yahweh by Dean Salyn He is Yahweh is always a great song to sing at the start the service. It

A Heart for the Face in Front of You

If you’re an ardent follower of Every Square Inch, you’ve probably read more about The Crossing’s mission trip to Harmons, Jamaica than anyone might care to. You might even be tempted to close your browser at this point, given that I just used “the J word” again. The details are fascinating to hear, and the

One of the Best Books My Heart Consistently Ignores

I’m not exactly sure how I ended up scheduled to post to ESI on a day normally reserved for Pastor Keith Simon, but in his absence this week I have found myself strangely tempted to post a warm, glowing historical review of the much-beloved Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball franchise, complete with team photos and

“The Search For God and Guinness,” by Stephen Mansfield

I recently read Stephen Mansfield’s new book, “The Search For God and Guinness.” The title is perhaps a bit of an overstretch. But it does attract the kind of reader who is interested in the history of beer and a business like Guinness from a Christian perspective. I wouldn’t say “The Search For God and

The Teen Perspective on the Jamaica Mission Trip

As one of the parents who traveled to Jamaica with The Crossing, I think I speak for many of us when I say that sharing the experience with my own daughters had a deep impact on me – as a mother, certainly, but also as a believer in God’s Word. I found that, taken out

A Parent’s Perspective: Exposing My Spiritual Poverty

Submitted by Blake Brooks, Guest Writer In the fall of 2009, I agreed to go on a mission trip to Harmons, Jamaica that would take place in June, 2010. This seemed like a great way to spend time with my 16-year-old son, whose Sundays at church are dwindling quickly. In addition, a sense of self-worth

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs: July 18, 2010

This week’s music set-list review features photos by Gerik Parmele. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase versions of the songs as recorded by the original artists. Prayer of the Lowly by Andrew Camp, Christine Cover and David A. Cover This new song served as a gathering song this