Guns or Sons? David Brooks Frames the Debate on Meet The Press

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While many obsess over gun control laws, the more pressing question is what we can do to better “influence” the souls that may eventually use them. On Meet The Press (NBC, July 22, 2012), NY Times political and cultural commentator David Brooks was asked by host David Gregory if the Colorado shootings may cause “some kind of national moment” to occur.  Brook’s response framed the issue clearly and poignantly. He said: … [Read more...]

Newsflash: Marriage Reduces Poverty (A Brookings Study)

MARRIAGE REDUCES POVERTY? A recent study by the Brookings Institute shows that for those who graduate from high school, who get a full-time job and wait until 21 before they get married and then have their first child, the probability of becoming poor is 2%. If those factors are absent, the probability of becoming poor is 76%! … [Read more...]

The Bible Appreneur: The Story of YouVersion Founder

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 Read the story of Bobby Gruenewald, the founder of Youversion, and how this incredible Bible reading and study tool came into being.       … [Read more...]

“Hire Introverts” – Is This Why Paul Chose Timothy?

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The newest issue of The Atlantic Monthly (July-Aug 2012) has an excerpt from a new book by Susan Caine called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking). Here's what she says:"'Hire good people and leave them alone.'So declared William McKnight, who was 3M’s unassuming CEO during the 1930s and ’40s, and who encouraged employees to spend 15 percent of their time noodling on their own pet projects. (The policy survives to this day at 3M, and gave birth to the Post-it note, among other innovations.) … [Read more...]

John Piper on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

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John Piper (who is not a Pentecostal but a Reformed Noncessationist) says..."Now the positive thing I want to say about the moderate Pentecostal teaching (represented by the Bennets, i.e., Dennis & Rita) is that it is right to stress the experiential reality of receiving the Spirit. When you read the New Testament honestly, you can't help but get the impression of a big difference from a lot of contemporary Christian experience. For them the Holy Spirit was a fact of experience... I think that being baptized with the Holy Spirit (the way Luke means it) is not the same as being born … [Read more...]

What “Following Jesus” Is … and Is Not. – Eugene Peterson

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“I like the prayer of Thomas – ‘my Lord and my God.’ ...This prayer keeps us ready for surprises; it keeps us alert to Jesus who rules our lives as Lord and commands our worship as God.  Following Jesus is not a skill we acquire so that we can be useful to the Kingdom and it’s not a privilege that we’re let into so that the Kingdom can be useful to us. It’s obedience – 'my Lord' – and it’s worship – 'my God.'No matter how much we know, we don’t know enough to know what Jesus is going to do next. And no matter how familiar we are with the traditions and customs and privileges that go with be … [Read more...]

The Emotional Jesus: His Ups & Downs

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(From The Presence & The Power by Gerald Hawthorne, Wipf & Stock Publishers, 1991)“The Gospels … stress the fact that Jesus was indeed a human being simply by recording that he, too, experienced those things – little and big – that go into making up human existence, such as paying taxes, heartily eating and drinking, climbing into fishing boats, and so on (see Matt. 17:24-26; 11:19; 9:1). They note that he was hungry, thirsty, and weary (Matt. 21:18; Luke 4:2; John 4:6-8), in fact, so weary that he was able to fall sound asleep in the cramped quarters of a small boat in a storm (Mar … [Read more...]


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