March, 2011

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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Movie Review: The Adjustment Bureau

Do you control your own destiny? That’s the not-so-small question taken up in The Adjustment Bureau, a well-executed fantasy/thriller currently in theaters. I finally managed to catch a showing yesterday, and I’m not sorry I did: the movie offers plenty to think about. (Warning: spoilers ahead.) The studio write-up for the film nicely summarizes the

Life and Breath

Recently, someone again called my attention to the fact that I begin just about all of my spoken prayers with the words, “Father God, thank you for today, and thank you for the gifts of life and breath.” This is certainly true for almost all of my out-loud, “corporate” times of prayer…whether I am facilitating

Songs and Scenes from March 27, 2011

This week’s worship service was planned and led by guest worship leader Mark Collum. Photos are courtesy of Gerik Parmele. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available. Gathering Song: All the Way My Savior Leads Me – Words: Fanny J. Crosby (1875),

5 Things I Think I Think About Money

Keith’s occasional use of the phrase “Things I Think I Think” has taken a bit of a longer hiatus than usual recently. So I’m stealing it this week. He’s on vacation anyway… 1. Money Makes a Useful Servant but a Miserable Master This is a phrase I heard Dr. Dan Doriani use in a sermon

Hell Hath No Fury

Let me begin my reaffirming what everyone probably already knows; I am no theologian. I think that is exactly why it is important for there to be room on this blog (and in our church) for novices like myself. You and I can’t afford to be afraid of dumb questions and wrong answers. Granted, there

Family Devotions

There are few times in my life that I feel more blessed than when my whole family is sitting around the table eating dinner together. My kids get along great with each other, and it’s fun to talk about life as we enjoy a good, home-cooked meal. Often (but for sure not all the time),

What is a Proverb?

To read responsibly, you first have to understand what it is you’re reading. This is true no less for biblical books than it is of an owner’s manual for your lawnmower, a newspaper article on the Middle East, or a Dr. Seuss book. It’s relatively easy to acclimate to some biblical books. For example, when

“This is a hard saying…who can listen to it?”

On Wednesday evening, March 16, my wife and I once again had the privilege of standing up in front of a group of adults to affirm the biblical truth that sex outside of traditional marriage – regardless of context, extenuating circumstances, societal norms, financial constraints, or what-have-you – is clearly sinful (1 Corinthians 6:18-20) and

Song and Scenes from March 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. Here I Am to Worship by Tim Hughes King of all days, oh so highly exalted,glorious in heaven above.Humbly You came to the earth You

Being Resolute to Not Bury St. Joseph

So I’ve been trying to sell my house for many months now. Well, with an intermission in the middle. My wife and I put our house on the market in early October with plans of selling it and getting a house with an unfinished basement that we can grow into (one kid here, hopefully more