Over the years I am learning to love "the classics". There is a reason why a certain book or film has stood the test of time. Case in point: Brother Lawrence's Practice of the Presence of God. There is more spiritual substance in this small (80 page) book than in much of what you might … Continue reading Favorite Books I Read This Year – Brother Lawrence, Biographies, Bible Studies and Bossy Pants
I am going to reflect on a few of my favorite books from 2011. But note that these are books I read in 2011, not necessarily ones that were new in 2011 . One theme I harp on with the college students is calling. Growing up I got the impression that God calls people (well, … Continue reading Favorite Books I Read this Year – Christian Vocation
I am going to reflect on a few of my favorite books from 2011. But note that these are books I read in 2011, not necessarily ones that were new in 2011 . Katniss Everdeen and Lisbeth Salander Both of these powerful female characters star in extremely popular trilogies: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and … Continue reading Favorite Books I Read This Year – Fiction
A couple weeks ago my wife and I sat down for a game of Settlers of Catan with my sister and brother-in-law. It was Sunday, the end of a LONG holiday weekend in which we managed to take Junia to see all four sets of her grandparents. We were tired and a relaxed game of … Continue reading Dreaming about what the Christian Community Could Do…(Part 2)
(via Stuff Christian Culture Likes) What would Jesus say if he came to your house and had coffee with you? That is the question asked at around 1:10 into this video. It is a decent question. What would Jesus say? *"I miss hearing you say Merry Christmas" *"And if anyone wants to sue you and … Continue reading Does Jesus Care if We Say Merry Christmas?
Every year at this time we hear about the alleged "war on Christmas". Some governor calls the tree in the capitol building a "holiday tree" or some store requires employees to say "happy holidays". This, we are told, is an attack on Christmas. I have trouble buying that. Many of the same people who say … Continue reading The War on Christmas, 1600s Style!
A few days ago a student asked me if I thought the church today could be like the church in the Bible. After dispensing my usual sarcastic response ("You mean like the church in Corinth where people have all kinds of sexual immorality and get drunk at the Lord's Supper...yeah, we could probably do that") … Continue reading Dreaming about the the Christian Community Could Do…(Part 1)
Are we getting nicer? - "Despite the gloomy mood, the historical backdrop is stunning progress in human decency over recent centuries. War is declining, and humanity is becoming less violent, less racist and less sexist — and this moral progress has accelerated in recent decades. To put it bluntly, we humans seem to be getting nicer. That’s … Continue reading Nicer People, Tech Wars, Who’s a Christian and More (Recent Reads)