November, 2011

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Monthly Archives: November 2011

FIve Good Reads

A well-known critic of the Bible has to grapple with a few challenges himself. Intelligent Design proponents have some surprising new allies. How the Muppets reflect a Christian worldview. Three questions to ask every time you read the Bible. How to restore a culture in one step. All this in these worthwhile samplings from around

Trusting Christ’s Mercy, Justice and Timing

As someone who helps to facilitate both men’s recovery and separation/divorce ministries at The Crossing, I spend a fair amount of time talking with people who have been seriously ill-used, typically by someone who – at one point in time, anyway – offered up a “lifelong” declaration of love and commitment. If you have yet

The First Sunday of Advent: November 27, 2011

November 27 marked the first Sunday of Advent 2011. Advent (which means “coming” or “arrival”) gives us an opportunity to reflect both on the story surrounding Christ’s birth as well as his promised return. During Advent we remember Israel’s wait. “How long,” they asked, “until our promised Messiah comes to deliver his people?” We, too,

Crawling to the Mailbox

Oh, no…here I go again. If you’re a longtime reader of this particular blog, you might remember a post published last year when I went on a rant about television programs, reality shows and what we have come to call “entertainment” these days. I may have used “Jersey Shore” as an example. Today I am

Why Water into Wine?

I find it interesting that the gospel of John records Jesus’ very first public miracle as occurring at a wedding celebration. Further, the miracle doesn’t really fit the usual mold for such events. There is no physical healing—the blind being made to see or the sick made well. Nor is there spectacular deliverance or protection—like

Practical Tips for Avoiding Holiday “Ambushes”

The holidays, rightly understood, are special times set apart from the rest of year in which we are encouraged to take stock of our lives, be thankful for the people and things that God has given us, and celebrate the mind-blowing truth that God loved us so much that He incarnated Himself into human flesh

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, November 20, 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. Open the Eyes of My Heart by Paul Baloche Open the Eyes of My Heart is based on Ephesians 1:18-21. As we sing we ask God to

Speaking From the Grave

In high school I had a coach who would give a little pep talk with a bucket of water as a prop before each season.  Like all pep talks the intended effect was to motivate.  But I always left more confused than motivated. The illustration went something like this: he would put the full bucket

Can I Get A Witness?

Our small group recently started working through the series Gospel In Life, by Tim Keller. The study has been well received to this point. However, last week our group hit a bit of a theological speed bump as we moved through the 5th section of the series titled “Witness – An Alternate City”. The biblical

Objections to Helping the Poor

In 1733 Jonathan Edwards, the great New England pastor, preached a sermon entitled “The Duty of Charity to the Poor.” A significant part of that sermon consisted of common objections to helping the poor that Edwards encountered in his ministry. He patiently and pastorally answered each objection by pointing the congregation to the gospel of