August, 2012

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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Perfect Love Seen in Hindsight

As a latecomer to Christ, I have found myself looking back on my life recently and – yet again – thanking God for the hard things I’ve lived through. No, I’m not a liar, though you could be forgiven for snorting and scoffing right about now. Or for wondering if I’m a bit of a

What Being A Dad Has Taught Me

I only became a father reluctantly. When I got married having kids wasn’t on my radar. That sounds foolish but it’s true. I was pretty ambivalent about the whole thing. But given that Christine wanted kids we had one. From the moment that he was born everything changed. We had our second child 13 months

Love Defined

“Love.” It’s a word we hear all the time. Almost all of us would say that we have a sense of what it means. But I suspect that most of us who follow Christ could grow quite a bit in understanding what love truly involves. The fact that the culture in which we live often

Jesus Won’t Read Our ‘Press Releases’

Apparently, there is very often a wide gulf between who we think we are and who we really are. One of the most sobering passages in all of Scripture, in my opinion, strikes deeply into my heart every time it is mentioned in a sermon or makes its way into a daily devotional. It’s one

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, August 26, 2012

This week’s Songs and Scenes review features photos graciously provided by Scott Myers. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available. Here I Am to Worship by Tim Hughes, Arrangement: The Crossing Music King of all days, oh, so highly exalted,glorious in heaven

Links Worth Looking At

Here are some interesting links, articles, and photo galleries from the week. Enjoy. Gallery of Clouds – Yep. Clouds. Seems mundane but I find things like this beautiful, and by that I mean something inside of me rejoices at these images. The Influence of Social Networking – A collection of infographics that explain “The Psychology

One Thing I Learned From Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey died in July at the age of 79. His death was the result of injuries he’d suffered while on a long bike ride in April. Covey is probably best known for his wildly popular book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. While I am not normally interested in the “Management” genre, I was

‘Permitting’ Another’s Sorrow

Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him. And when they saw him from a distance, they

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, August 19, 2012

Today’s Songs and Scenes 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. Gathering Song: The Prayer of St. Francis – Words: St. Francis of Assisi (translation c. 1912), Music: David A. Cover and Christine Cover O Divine Master,

An Introvert’s Challenge

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the impact our big church can have on new people seeking to join our community, and what we as individuals can do to welcome them. For those of you who know me, you know I have no shortage of opinions on just about any topic – and I often