Archives for February 2009

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I’ve been reading about 20somethings of late and one book I found particularly helpful is by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett: Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties . (The title has nothing to do with the emerging movement.) Jean Twenge’s own works at times uses Jensen’s research to provide categories and [Read More…]

Gloria in Excelsis Prayer

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and [Read More…]

Hank Aaron

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Weekly Meanderings

OK, it’s Switzerland and not Chicago, but we get that kind of snow at times. Too bad for Arizona and sunny Southern California and Texas and Florida. There’s something beautiful about snow (now go away). Tamara Buchan‘s lesson in airports is a good reminder for those of us who travel (and get delayed). Another pastor, [Read More…]

What’s your favorite…

Song by Johnny Cash? Anyone out there go to any of his concerts? We really liked the movie “Walk the Line” and the other night we found a few YouTube videos by Johnny and had a great walk down memory lane. Kris and I both like “Jackson.” [Read more…]

Is the Jesus Creed community a “community”?

Recently a gifted young anabaptist pastor, Shane Hipps, weighed in at Out of Ur blog about whether or not cyberspace provides “community.” He says “No” and I’m wondering what you think? Here is my response. Can “community” exist in cyberspace? In what senses can it and in what senses can it not? Your point about [Read More…]

iGens 7

What about the idea that you must love yourself before you can love others? Jean Twenge, in her new book, Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before, takes on this question. Studies show that this is easy to get backwards. Barbara Walters to Hugh Downs: “Oh, [Read More…]

Friday is for Friends

David Naugle’s second chapter in his fine new book, Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness, is about Augustine. Augustine lists the three causes of unhappiness and the one cause of genuine happiness. What do you think of his breakdown? How about a concrete instance of each one? Here they are: 1. [Read More…]

A Letter about Messianic Christians

Before we answer this, I’m wondering if you are hearing things like this. Any response? Scot, This is unbelievably forward of me.   I am a reader of your blog.  I have a question about New Testament history, perhaps you can point me to a resource or might want to write about it on your [Read More…]