Archives for February 2013

Why Medical Bills are Killing Us

From Time, by Steven Brill, and this set of clips from Josh Wooden … and we need to have a good conversation about the issues raised in this article: Why are costs so high? We all have some crazy stories about some medical item or procedure. When I had shoulder surgery, about a decade ago, [Read More…]

You Can’t Take the Bible Literally – Right? (RJS)

Tim Keller’s book The Reason for God grew out of his experience talking with young professionals and others skeptical of Christian faith. The questions are similar to those raised on many college campuses – among both faculty and students. Come on, many ask us today, you can’t really take the Bible literally—Can you? Or more [Read More…]

Liberating the Captives

When it comes to the one, holy, universal and apostolic church, the most glaring lack in the modern church is the “one” term. Instead of a one-Body church, the church is a fractured community of diverse voices. So much so that there are branches or segments of the church that are often unheard. A friend [Read More…]

Writing Tips

This piece by Raul Pacheco-Vega hits some very important points. 1. Write every day. 2. Give yourself the best tools to write. 3. Write as you would speak (aka, read it aloud as you write). 4. Have others read to give you feedback. 5. Read a lot, read across disciplines. [I would say read good [Read More…]

How we spend our funds

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Lent: On the Way to the Cross 3

Our series intertwines the life of Mary and Peter as two prime examples of how the earliest followers of Jesus struggled to make sense of the scandalous nature of a mission that involved crucifixion. Last Monday we looked at the theme of expectation. Today I’d like to consider how both Mary and Peter participated expectantly [Read More…]

How much Torah for Christians?

When the apostles gathered in Jerusalem for the first-ever church council, recorded in Acts 15, the debate centered around one issue: Should Gentile converts to faith in Jesus be required to be circumcised in order to be full members of God’s People? After all, they reasoned, circumcision was an eternal commandment from the days of [Read More…]

He Threw the Dragon Down

A sermon by Jason Micheli: Lenten Sermon: Revelation 12.7-12 Boot-stomping, @#$-kicking Jesus Nearly a year ago this month, I found myself trapped on the corner of Washington and King streets in Old Town. I was headed into Banana Republic. As folks in the 8:30 service frequently point out, I ‘don’t own many ties.’ I have [Read More…]

Second Sunday of Lent

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, [Read More…]

Clever Try

From AP Mass. boy, trying to avoid bedtime, calls 911 Published: Feb 21, 2013 BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) – Police in Massachusetts say a 10-year-old boy called 911 because he didn’t want to go to bed. Brockton police say the boy made the emergency call just after 8 p.m. Wednesday and told the dispatcher he was [Read More…]