September, 2011

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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Missionary…Or Imposter?

Last weekend, my husband Warren and I made our fifth annual trip up to Minneapolis for the Desiring God National Conference put on by John Piper and his posse. It doesn’t usually matter to me what the topic is – Piper’s ability to gather speakers on the subject at hand is top-notch. I’ve heard Paul

Sheila is Back

If you have taken the Discovery Class, you might remember that in the last session Dave mentions Sheila-ism. Robert Belah first introduced people to Sheila and the movement she represented in his book Habits of the Heart. Sheila-ism is the growing trend to individualize our faith according to our own preferences. Here’s Sheila original quote:

Is Your Jesus Too Small?

As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approached a few weeks ago, I found myself browsing through some of the many news and blog pieces being written to reflect on those terrible events. I can’t remember where I came across it, but one author’s retrospective mentioned a conversation he overheard between two students on

Offering a Love Free of Expectations

If I go to the great trouble and immense bother of offering love to someone – in any form – my all-too-natural inclination is to expect them to “respond appropriately,” and of course this is entirely consistent with the impoverishment of the typical human heart. Accordingly, then, when the object of my affection does not

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, September 25, 2011

This week’s music set-list review features photos by Scott Myers. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Words by Robert Robinson (1758) Add. lyrics by Page CXVI, Arrangement by Page CXVI O to grace how

Solyndra, The Big 12 and the Book of Proverbs

I was reflecting over my 36 years in the church (granted only 20 of those years I was paying attention) and I couldn’t recollect ever hearing a sermon series on the book of Proverbs. I am sure there is a logical reason as to why not, but I am not for sure what that would

Donald Miller: Should the Church Be Led By Teachers and Scholars?

“The church,” says Blue Like Jazz author Donald Miller, “is led by scholars. Essentially, the church is a robust school system created around a framework of lectures and discussions and study.” And this, Miller goes on to argue in a recent blog post entitled “Should the Church Be Led by Teachers and Scholars?,” isn’t necessarily

Yeah…Don’t Order the Cap and Gown Just Yet

God has been so faithful to me these past few years – actually, in hindsight, my entire life – that I hardly know where to begin. For today, I suppose, it might be helpful for me to share how He has been oh-so-gently calling me to true, deep repentance of some damaging, besetting sins. Rather

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, September 18, 2011

This week’s Songs and Scenes features photos by Gerik Parmele. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs (where available). This setlist (along with many other churches) is also archived at the Sunday Setlist blog at The Worship Community. The Doxology – Words: Thom­as Ken

I Can’t Do This On My Own!

My husband Warren and I, both of us well into (or beyond!) our 40’s, are raising a five-year-old boy. Both of us were previously married, and previously divorced. By God’s grace, though, this time we’re trying to approach things a little bit differently with our preschool son than we did with our older kids, insofar