Twurch - Twittering at church
He pulled out his phone, typed in a short message with two thumbs, hit “send” and off it went. I remember the first day that I saw my father send a text message from the pew. It was before worship, so I guess that made it ok…sort of like my brother and I could chit chat with each other before the service, but as soon as the first note dropped for the first song —-...
Is it quiet enough to hear God? Does silence...
May 31: 2 Samuel 18-19, Psalm 119:169-176, 2... →
May 30: 2 Samuel 16-17, Psalm 119:161-168, 1... →
I get this “Word of the Day” thing from Miriam Webster that helps me start my day off right. Consider it part of my balanced intellectual breakfast along with a quote of the day, Plinky’s question of the day, the readings from my ESV daily reader, and now the reading from the Book of Concord’s Twitter feed. Today’s word is “Malinger”. It’s a verb...
May 29: 2 Samuel 14-15, Psalm 119:153-160, 1... →
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Hopelessness can kill, put your hope in the right place
Hope for the hopeless - Hopelessness can be...
May 28: 2 Samuel 12-13, Psalm 119:145-152,... →
What is sin?
Imagine for a moment that someone actually asks you to answer this question: “What is sin?” You know: a.) they are a non-Christian befuddled by the idea of sin b.) they are a struggling Christian wondering if what they have been taught about sin is correct c.) they are a Christian well connected within a church who is seeking to redefine sin to serve some agenda How do you...
May 27: 2 Samuel 10-11, Psalm 119:137-144,... →
Sin can make you moral
One of the oddest functions of unrepentant sin is that it can actually lead you to good moral behavior. Unrepentant sinners do good things all the time. In fact, they might even do more actions that we consider to be morally upstanding than your average “poor, miserable sinner” who confesses his or her sin every Sunday. The difference is that those actions are done to try to cover...
May 26: 2 Samuel 7-9, Psalm 119:129-136,... →
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Need to find a place to meet your friends from different places in your city? state? country?
May 25: 2 Samuel 5-6, Psalm 119:121-128,... →
May 24: 2 Samuel 3-4, Psalm 119:113-120, Ephesians... →
May 23: 2 Samuel 1-2, Psalm 119:105-112, Ephesians... →
May 22: 1 Samuel 29-31, Psalm 119:97-104,... →
May 21: 1 Samuel 26-28, Psalm 119:89-96, Ephesians... →
Is your world moving too fast? too slow? or with...
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Is time moving too slow, too fast, or right with God?
May 20: 1 Samuel 24-25, Psalm 119:81-88, Galatians... →
This Thursday we will mark the day of the celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven. Jesus’ ascension is recorded by two of the Gospel writers, Mark and Luke. Mark speaks of Jesus’ ascension in Mark 16:19 and Luke speaks of Jesus’ ascension both at the end of his Gospel (Luke 24:51) but also at the beginning of his history book of the early church, Acts (chapter 1, verse 2). Jesus’ bodily...
May 19: 1 Samuel 22-23, Psalm 119:73-80, Galatians... →
May 18: 1 Samuel 20-21, Psalm 119:65-72, Galatians... →
My unsolicited advice to the class of 2009
Today Plinky.com appointed me, Jay Winters, as your graduation commencement speaker. Take your complaints up with them. My advice to the class of 2009? It’s simple: Stop worrying so much about being rich, smart, and well-liked. Worry more about being creative, courageous, and serving others. Stop worrying so much about being rich, smart, and well-liked. Rich people have been hated by...
Question of the Day
Anyone who goes to University Lutheran on a somewhat regular basis knows that I love questions. It seems like I can’t start my day without a question, I certainly don’t seem to be able to start a worship service without one. Most of the reason for that is that I find that questions are more engaging most of the times than what answers are. After all, who needs the answer until you...
Is love easy enough to do? Click here to...
May 17: 1 Samuel 18-19, Psalm 119:57-64, 2... →
Is Church a service or a commodity?
I was thinking back today about my earlier post, Idea, behavior, or product. That led me to think about the way that we sometimes split our understanding of businesses. They usually fall into one of two groups: + the service industry (restaurants, accountants, etc) + the product/commodity industry (electronics, books, etc) I pondered, “What is the Church? A service or a...
The Evening Java →
Hi-larious….funny words and the cure for Canker sores
May 16: 1 Samuel 17, Psalm 119:49-56, 2... →
Matter Home →
I remember getting “good stuff” boxes in college. They didn’t just advertise the products inside, but the people giving the box to me. Churches? Local business connections?