Bible in a Year 13 PS Psalms 28 to 35 →
Bible in A Year 13 OT Exodus 7 to 21 →
Bible in a Year 13 NT Mark 7 to 14 →
How could I make you mad at me today? Jesus gets...
January 31: Exodus 6-7, Psalm 28, Mark 7 →
Frequent worshiper card
PB360 tells a story about getting into a conversation about a “frequent worshiper card” with a visitor to the worship service at the church he serves. He ponders about what he would give as a bonus on the “fifth punch” on the punch card. I can’t help with what the “give away” would be, but it made me think. One of the ministry goals that I set for this...
January 30: Exodus 4-5, Psalm 27, Mark 6 →
University Lutheran ENews - 1/29 →
January 29: Exodus 2-3, Psalm 26, Mark 5 →
Somewhere along the line we got this horrible idea that all of us needed a “trade secret” in order to really succeed. MBA’s were good because of the secrets bestowed on them in business school. Pastors were good because of the secrets bestowed on them in seminary. Yet the early church had a simple term for this modus operandi. They called it “gnosticism”. ...
January 28: Exodus 1, Psalm 25, Mark 4 →
Where are you?
Bill Davenhall thinks that your doctor should keep track of where you are - or should at least offer to let you volunteer that information. In his recent TED talk, Bill discusses how your environment can led to both easier diagnoses and more responsible health choices in regards to where you live your life. This got me to thinking —- “I wonder where most of the people under my...
There isn’t much out there that you absolutely fail at. There’s quite a bit that you’re mediocre at. But the thing that makes the difference is what you’re best at, what you have the most success at. If you’re an author, you’re good with words and stories. If you’re a romance novelist, you’re good with titillating erotic sensibilities. If...
January 27: Genesis 49-50, Psalm 24, Mark 3 →
How do you earn your keep?
Tallahassee newspaper are buzzing about Mark Stoops, soon to be the highest paid assistant coach at Florida State University. What was interesting to me is that almost half of Stoops’ paycheck doesn’t come from football at all - it comes from speaking engagements and public relations. 195,000 of Stoops’ 400,000 dollar paycheck comes directly out of the Seminole booster program...
The Anti Prosperity Gospel
It would take “Sin City” to take some of the worst of what Christianity has to offer and refute it. Las Vegas pastor Jud Wilhite is fighting Osteen-esque “prosperity Gospel” in the middle of the American city known for an obsession with money and greed (ok, and sex and the occasional mafia hit). According to The Christian Post, he’s encouraging his members to be...
January 26: Genesis 47-48, Psalm 23, Mark 2 →
Papists to take over blogosphere
The 1990’s era term “blogosphere” will soon be co-opted by the Vatican, which earlier this week also threatened to build a “moon Vatican” (ok, it was on the Onion, but seriously —- this blogging thing is real). Displaying a creepy papal social networking page, Pope2you, Benedict the 16th is inviting you to be in his network. Yes, it is real, and yes, it is...
January 25: Genesis 45-46, Psalm 22:19-31, Mark 1 →
Are you looking for a perspective change? ...
January 24: Genesis 43-44, Psalm 22:1-18, Matthew... →
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January 23: Genesis 41-42, Psalm 21, Matthew 26 →
University Lutheran ENews - 1/21 - Noah's ark,... →
January 22: Genesis 39-40, Psalm 20, Matthew 25 →
Book Opening: What the Dog Saw by Malcom Gladwell
I liked reading Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point”, and one of my favorite books of all time is a collection of essays by the late journalist Barry Farrell. So I’m really looking forward to reading Malcom Gladwell’s collection of essays that he enjoyed the most. Malcolm has mentioned in interviews that these are essays that he has most enjoyed writing,...
January 21: Genesis 37-38, Psalm 19:7-14, Matthew... →
January 20: Genesis 36, Psalm 19:1-6, Matthew 23 →
Crazy Love - Book Closing
Francis Chan’s bestseller, Crazy Love, was a bit of a disappointment for me. Like many other books that I’ve heard hyped up in mainstream evangelicalism, I found the basic ideas of the book to be somewhat rudimentary and a little cliche. Still, there were a few bright points to the book, and it wasn’t a complete wash. The basic premise of the book is summed up in the Hebrew...
The 7 Deadly Sins for Churches
On the heels of Kem Meyer’s link post about the 7 deadly sins in organizations, I’m posting the 7 deadly sins as they appear in churches: Sloth: Nothing to do in the office but you’re still sitting there. Evangelism is something that is left to a small committee of well meaning and under-empowered laypeople. Envy: You keep track of the membership numbers for other churches...
January 19: Genesis 34-35, Psalm 18:25-50, Matthew... →