April, 2010

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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Learning from Laura, Once Again

In my last post a couple weeks ago, I wrote about a conference I attended in Springfield, Mo., that dealt with the issues surrounding stepfamilies. Laura Petherbridge was the speaker, and spoke both Friday evening and again on Saturday. (You can find my previous post here.) Listening to Laura speak from decades of experience was

Are You a Real Friend? Part 2

If you are going to have the kind of friends that the Bible says that we all need, then you’re going to have to wrestle with the counter intuitive nature of Christianity. So much of the Christian life is out of step with the way the way world works or how we naturally think on

Holy Wars

I saw the film “Holy Wars” at this year’s True/False film festival—my favorite this year at T/F. Now to be candid, it was very uncomfortable for me to watch, particularly in an audience such as T/F where many of those watching it were personally critical of Christians and the Christian faith. This film gave skeptics

What’s Wrong With This Picture?–Part 2

Last week, my post linked to a story and video concerning Bay Area Fellowship in Corpus Christi, Texas. While the church normally sees around 7,000 people walk through the doors each week, it swelled that number to over 23,000 for Easter services. The draw? Giving away literally millions of dollars in prizes, including 16 cars.

Donut Church or Pizza Church?

Born into this world when I was 45 years old, I absolutely adore our three-year-old son. He is over-the-top obnoxious, oftentimes ornery and incredibly demanding…and yet because he is the child of my old age and has such a loving heart and awesome sense of humor (and for a myriad of other reasons), I just

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: April 25, 2010

This week’s worship 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. Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me by Edward Hopper Edward Hopper wrote this hymn in 1871 for his church located along the New

Pornography and the SEC

I would assume you are not used to seeing these two words together. However, a recent AP story describes how senior staffers of the Securities and Exchange Commission “spent hours surfing pornographic websites on government issued computers while they were being paid to police the financial system.” Throughout our country’s recent economic turmoil, there have

Are You a Real Friend?

Few of us have the kind of friends that the Bible says that we need. That’s because what passes for friendship today is often a cheap imitation of the real thing. I’d guess that there are all kinds of reasons that meaningful friendship is harder to find in the modern world. There are the usual

When Helping Hurts (my own recommendation)

I’m usually not the first of my friends to read a certain book. I typically read books only after others I trust have read them first and then recommend them to me as a good book. Why spend several hours reading a book only to discover that it was mostly a waste of time? A

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Let’s say a local sports team with a disillusioned fan base was trying to rally support for the start of its new season. Would the fact that it offered to give away free automobiles to a few lucky fans make you more likely to buy a ticket? Or what about a business looking to launch