December 9, 2019

For a long time I have posted Books of the Year and have chosen The book of the year each year, but I can’t do that this year so I’m going to present to you my Books of the Year in a few categories, including the “Disappointment Book of the Year.” RJS offers her Science Books of the Year and Dave Moore his Interview of the Year. Finally, I give my favorite novel of the year. Each of these is… Read more

December 9, 2019

By Ruth Tucker Hymns, Hypocrites and Self-Murder Those who have imagined he was just a hymn writer—albeit a very excellent one—are often surprised by his breadth of knowledge and wide-ranging writings. The Works of Isaac Watts (1674-1748) come in 9 volumes, the first comprised of his sermons in 773 pages. He is often called the “Father of English Hymnody,” but he was also a self-educated Renaissance man (denied an Oxford or Cambridge education due to his nonconformity). His greatest hymn… Read more

December 8, 2019

Today we relight the candle of HOPE. Now we light the candle for the second Sunday in Advent. This is the candle of PEACE. As we prepare for the coming of Jesus, we remember that Jesus is our hope and our peace. From the prophet Isaiah: “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” — Isaiah 9:6-7 From… Read more

December 8, 2019

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen. BCP Read more

December 7, 2019

Entering into Advent awakens us to the dawn of full of redemption. His entire class at his adoption hearing: By Samantha Kubota A little boy in Michigan invited his entire kindergarten class to his adoption hearing on Thursday. Andrea Melvin and Dave Eaton became Michael Clark Jr.’s foster parents about a year ago, local WOOD TV reported, and on Thursday they became his forever parents. Michael had dozens of his classmates from Wealthy Elementary in East Grand Rapids supporting him in the courtroom. “I understand… Read more

December 6, 2019

By Mike Glenn And Now, I’m Simeon One of the interesting realities of acting is there are certain roles an actor can play only when they are old enough. Roles like King Lear and Macbeth have to be played by actors who have lines in their faces that aren’t drawn on with a make-up pencil. Age is only part of it. The actor has to have lived a certain amount of life before the depth of the character can be… Read more

December 6, 2019

By Kelly Edmiston Last week I got a call from my son’s principal at his school. She tells me that she needs to inform me about what happened on the playground because she feels sure that I will not be happy about the behavior and words of my 7-year old. She goes on to tell me that my son and a group of children were playing soccer and one little girl ended up falling down when my son went over… Read more

December 6, 2019

Culture of Siblings (Pastor Paul Series) – KR 143 When Paul thought about relationships in churches he thought about it through the lens of a family. Why is the idea of friendships incomplete to describe the nature and quality of relationships in a church? What does it look like to live together in the family of God? How can a view of being siblings guide the church to be the community God desires it to be? Scot address all these… Read more

December 6, 2019

I got in the mail recently a copy of Basics of the Christian Faith: An Evangelical Introduction to Christian Doctrine, ed by Carl F.H. Henry and introduced by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, whose essay is worth the volume in judicious assessment of what this books provides. This is one fascinating volume and here’s why: it is a collection of special pieces in Christianity Today when evangelicalism was breaking away from fundamentalism and was becoming neo-evangelicalism. The essays appeared in CT  in 1961-1962. Basics, which is… Read more

December 5, 2019

In the last few years a number of churches, from a variety of denominations, have used our 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed for Lent. (My publisher (Paraclete) has been in contact with a few churches already inquiring about Lenten materials, so that is why we are approaching Lent so soon.) Others are using the longer Jesus Creed itself, which is longer. It’s now in a 15th Anniversary edition with new material. We have three accompanying books as well! A Companion Guide… Read more

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