October, 2011

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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Blowing Up Bridges Back to Rebellion

Working in lay ministry at The Crossing, I spend a fair amount of time talking to people who are simultaneously feeling convicted of their sins and yet not quite ready to give them up, either. Come to think of it, most of us probably fit into this category in one way or another, even if

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, October 30, 2011

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 recorded versions of the songs where available. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Words: Robert Robinson (1758), Music: John Wy­eth (1813), Arrangement by Sufjan Stevens Here I raise my EbenezerHere there

Links of the Week

In my weekly internet reading, these six links articles impacted me the most.  Maybe they will you too.  Hope you enjoy. Not Living Life as a Gate Agent – Gate agents, you know the airline employees who direct you to your destination and – as Kevin DeYoung points out – often lead you to places

Volunteering: The Fruit of a Changed Heart

As you read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ incarnation and earthly ministry, it doesn’t take long to realize that Jesus calls believers to a life of service. He tells His disciples that the greatest call on our lives, right after the commandment to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and

More Words of Wisdom from Proverbs

After the message this past Sunday, quite a few people mentioned to me that they thought I was preaching directly about them and to them. That’s not much of surprise since the topic was our words or how we talk to one another. As I prepared the sermon from the book of Proverbs I kept

Robert Downey Jr. Urges Forgiveness for Mel Gibson

While I admire his talents as an actor, I have no idea what kind of religious beliefs Robert Downey Jr. holds. Still, I can’t help but think his recent speech involving Mel Gibson at this month’s American Cinematheque Award Ceremony at least resonates with biblical teaching, particularly the correlation Jesus draws between being forgiven much

Time to Redefine the Dreaded “A” Word?

If you’ve been moving around in Christian circles for more than five minutes, then you already know that one of the many goals of living in Christian community is to “sharpen” one another (Proverbs 27:17) and help each other set aside lifelong sin patterns that hold us back from full, unbridled enjoyment of our communion

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, October 23, 2011

This week’s music set-list review features photos by Nate Herndon. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available. Hebrews 12:2-3 was our call to worship this morning. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for

Can Your Kids Hear the Gospel?

As long as there is media, there will always be a debate about how it affects our children. Regardless of your position, there will always be data to support your view. The American Academy of Pediatrics just recently released a position statement regarding a recommendation for restricting TV viewing for children under 2 years of

Should I Give If I’m Barely Making It Financially?

This past Sunday I preached a sermon on Proverbs 3:5-10 on The Wisdom of Firstfruits. The challenge is to live by God’s wisdom in our finances and acknowledge all that he is for us in Christ by giving the “firstfruits” of all our income. This is called tithing, or literally, “tenthing.” Proverbs 3:5–10 ESVTrust in