“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 … [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 … [Read more...]

How Many Bible Chapters a Day? – A Quote

“Some people like to read so many [Bible] chapters every day. I would not dissuade them from the practice, but I would rather lay my soul asoak in half a dozen verses all day than rinse my hand in several chapters. Oh, to be bathed in a text of Scripture, and to let it be sucked up in your very soul, till it saturates your heart!” — Pope Benedict XVI … [Read more...]

Dangerous Dreamers – A Quote

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"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible." T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom (Wilder Publications, 1922)   … [Read more...]

The Bible & New Technology: My New Article in CT

CT June 2012

Here is a link to an article I wrote that just came out in the June issue of Christianity Today. It is entitled, "The Social Network Gospel" and is a look at the changes taking place in Bible reading and study worldwide. It also includes interviews and insights from the people at YouVersion, the Glo Bible, American Bible Society and Facebook-the Bible Page. This link requires a subscription to CT, but it gives you a good intro to the article. I had a great time interviewing for, research and writing this article. Here's the … [Read more...]


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