Wednesday, November 19, 2014

For the Life of the World

Earlier this evening, I announced to my home group (aka small group) that when we resume our meetings after the Christmas holiday, we will begin using For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles. I purchased my copy early in its release, and I can't say enough about it. Every time I watch it, I walk away with something new and find myself encouraged in my vocation in fresh ways. After I showed the trailer (see below), several in the group mumbled, "This looks really good." It is. So, if you want to be part of the coolest home group at Westminster Presbyterian Church, we resume our meetings on January 21 in room 105.

On Christian Masculinity (whatever that is)

I came across this blog post about Christian masculinity, which seems to be all over the place in evangelical circles. This is a good contribution to what has become an on-going conversation.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Perfect Gift

Christmas decorations have been in the stores since September, and my neighbor began putting up his outdoor Christmas display last week. So I do not feel it premature to post this new Christmas video by JJ Heller. If you haven't come across her music yet, do so. Go on YouTube and look up her videos, especially I Dream of You, a song for the kiddos in your life.

Her Christmas video - The Perfect Gift - debuted this week, so have a watch and a listen.

Monday, November 3, 2014

A good sermon

"[A] good sermon is like a good movie. And for me, both must have three things: great content, flawless structure and some kind of engaging style."

Ralph Winter in his introduction to Brian Godawa's Hollywood Worldviews.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

For the Life of the World

I just pre-ordered For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles,  a video series exploring such questions as, "What is salvation for?" I picked mine up through the Acton Institute book store for a great pre-order price. (Someone at Acton knows how to market to Dutchmen.) The question of the "for" of salvation is an all-encompassing question, affecting worship, education, family, economy, etc., etc., etc. I have often said, having until recently been heavily involved in Christian education, that if Christian schools do not answer this question biblically, they will ultimately be institutions that simply play the academic game, the rules of which are currently determined (mostly) by research universities, rules that centralize data (test scores, GPA's, class ranks, and, not surprisingly, money). Click the first link above and watch the trailer.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

'Tis the Season

The Advent season is almost upon us. If you are looking for family activities to help highlight the season in your household, take a look at the ideas Adriel Booker put together.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

In the praise of the small and ordinary

In this extrovert-obssessed, leadership-a-must oriented, bigger-is-better ministry culture, it is refreshing to read once in a while something that is in praise of the small and ordinary. Michael Milton from over at RTS pens a good piece on considering a call to a small congregation and the value of serving the people of God in such a setting. A worthy consideration for the servants of Christ.