February, 2011

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Monthly Archives: February 2011

Taking to Heart the Things Jesus Didn’t Say

“It takes one to know one.” “Oh, yeah? You and what army?” “Go ahead…make my day!” As of February 2011, it would seem that I have arrived at a point in my personal study of Scripture wherein I can immediately “recognize my Master’s voice.” If that sounds perhaps a little too much like how one

Songs and Scenes From Sunday, February 27, 2011

This week’s music set review features photos by Christine Cover. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available. Gathering Song: Nothing Fills Me Like His Love by Patrick K. Miller, David A. Cover, Christine Cover, Andrew Camp and Andrew Luley Even though the

How Should Pujols’ Faith Affect His Contract Negotiations?

I have several sports teams that I root for but none is closer to my heart than the St. Louis Cardinals. My relationship with them predates my love for the Tigers, Rams, or Chiefs. I have fond memories of falling asleep listening to Jack Buck and Mike Shannon calling a west coast game. In 1979

Criminal Mastermind to Dedicated Family Man: The Somewhat-Reluctant Conversion of “Gru”

What, you may ask, could possibly entice a four-year-old to master the inflections necessary to give voice to a fairly-convincing Eastern European accent? Why does that same four-year-old roar with laughter every time one of his siblings (or, let’s be honest, his father) sneaks up on him and yells “Aaaaaaah! Curse you, tiny toilet!”? What

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, February 20, 2011

This week’s music set 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. All Creatures of Our God and King – Words by Francis of Assisi, (1225); tr. by William H. Draper, (c. 1910) / tune from “Auserlesen

Book Tip: Just Do Something

Maybe you grow in your faith differently from how I do. But over the years my faith has matured quite often due to reading good books. I picked up one such book this week, written by Kevin DeYoung, and entitled Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will. It’s a short book, about

Latashia’s Story

When I posted to ESI two weeks ago, I promised to share with readers the story of a young woman, Latashia, whose life has been deeply impacted by Love INC and the love and effort of people in the Columbia community who, upon hearing the word, became doers of the word as well (James 1:22).

Putting First Things First

It’s been a long time since I read Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, but there are parts of it that continue to shape my life. I recently thought about the book when I came across this video showing Covey illustrating the the habit: Putting First Things First. Covey went on to write

The Privileged Planet

I recently watched a one-hour DVD entitled, “The Privileged Planet,” which is based upon the book of the same title. While some of the musical scores seemed a bit outdated, such as the over-dramatic, synthesized Introduction, I found it to be a very interesting and compelling answer to the Atheists’ “scientific” claim that there is

Three Cultural Issues

Today’s post contains a few thoughts on a handful of issues that currently make up the cultural air in which we breathe. If I had to trace a common thread through all three, I’m not sure I’d come up with something a whole lot better than “stuff we should think more about”: (Yes, I’ve just