Book Opening: The Five Love Languages by Gary...
I’m reading this book because of Liz has wanted me to for a long time and I’ve always been reading something else. Liz gives this book major recommendations as a helpful relationship tool and has bought copies for several people - which is about the highest recommendation someone can give to a book. Essentially as I understand it, the book is about determining how you show love...
Book Closing: The Fourth Turning by William...
The basic idea that Strauss and Howe are trying to get across in this book is that history is cyclical. To prove that point, they set out to determine exactly what that cycle looks like. In the fourth turning, subtitled ”An American Prophecy”, they go about looking through history in order to arrive at a pattern that might help us to better understand the future - or at least put...
What makes a good teacher? ...
Do you own this? Series : Epiphany...
Daily Lectionary, January 22
Morning Psalm Psalm 110 or Psalm 150 Old Testament Joel 2:1-17 New Testament Romans 11:1-24 Evening Psalm Psalm 66 or Psalm 23
Daily Lectionary, January 21
Morning Psalm Psalm 122 or Psalm 149 Old Testament Joel 1:1-20 New Testament Romans 10:1-21 Evening Psalm Psalm 141 or Psalm 90
Daily Lectionary, January 20
Morning Psalm Psalm 86 or Psalm 148 Old Testament Ezekiel 47:1-14,21-23 New Testament Romans 9:19-33 Evening Psalm Psalm 6 or Psalm 19
Where do you hide things? What kinds of things...
Daily Lectionary, January 19
Morning Psalm Psalm 143 or Psalm 147:12-20 Old Testament Ezekiel 44:1-16,23-29 New Testament Romans 9:1-18 Evening Psalm Psalm 81 or Psalm 116
Book Opening: The Love Paradox by Karl Galik
I’m opening this book because it is the recommended reading for my next PALS (Post Seminary Applied Learning and Support) meeting. The book is actually by a guy that I know, which is always an interesting phenomenon that not many people can claim about the books that they read (at least I can’t). I don’t know Karl real well, but we’ve talked, and I’ve heard some of...
Daily Lectionary, January 18
Morning Psalm Psalm 65 or Psalm 147:1-11 Old Testament Ezekiel 40:1-4;43:1-12 Ezekiel 40:5-42:20;43:13-27 New Testament Romans 8:18-39 Evening Psalm Psalm 125 or Psalm 91
How do you track life change?
On Christ the King Sunday in November, the people of University Lutheran church made pledges to attempt to not turn away from certain transformative things that they thought God might be leading them towards. Those transformative areas were in terms of their personal transformation (learning, activities, attitudes), relational transformation (relationships with those already in the Body of...
Book (Re)Opening: We Are All Weird by Seth Godin
Just like I don’t normally wait until I’m over 65% done with a book before I write my “book opening”, I also don’t normally wait until I’m done with a book - except in this case. I finished “We Are All Weird” on the flight from Charlotte NC to St. Louis MO. Needless to say, it’s a quick read. It was also one of my wife’s Christmas...
Daily Lectionary, January 17
Morning Psalm Psalm 54 or Psalm 146 Old Testament Ezekiel 39:1-10,17-29 New Testament Romans 7:21-8:17 Evening Psalm Psalm 28 or Psalm 99
Book Opening: The Fourth Turning by William...
Normally, I don’t wait until I’m over 65% done with a book to write my opening, but I’ve been on vacation, so deal with it. ”The Fourth Turning” was recommended to me by my mentor as good book on generational studies. So far, it’s proved interesting. I can’t shake the feeling that a little of the Fourth Turning is in the genre of...
Daily Lectionary, January 16
Morning Psalm Psalm 51 or Psalm 145 Old Testament Ezekiel 38:1-23 New Testament Romans 7:1-20 Evening Psalm Psalm 85 or Psalm 47
Daily Lectionary, January 15
Morning Psalm Psalm 67 or Psalm 150 Old Testament Ezekiel 37:15-28 New Testament Romans 6:1-23 Evening Psalm Psalm 46 or Psalm 93
Daily Lectionary, January 14
Morning Psalm Psalm 56 or Psalm 149 Old Testament Ezekiel 36:33-37:14 New Testament Romans 5:1-21 Evening Psalm Psalm 100 or Psalm 62
Martyrdom has always been a proof of the intensity, never of the correctness of...– Arthur Schnitzler
Daily Lectionary, January 13
Morning Psalm Psalm 130 or Psalm 148 Old Testament Ezekiel 36:13-28 New Testament Romans 4:1-25 Evening Psalm Psalm 32 or Psalm 139
How to Party in Campus Ministry
(This is a part of a series reflecting on the recent Campus Ministry Think Tank conducted in the LCMS which I was a part of, for the first post “Campus Ministry’s Problem”, click here.) My church body, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, is known for many things. Those things include Scriptural conservatism (we believe it IS the Word of God), works of mercy (what other people...
Daily Lectionary, January 12
Morning Psalm Psalm 36 or Psalm 147:12-20 Old Testament Ezekiel 34:1-24 New Testament Romans 3:19-31 Evening Psalm Psalm 80 or Psalm 27
Daily Lectionary, January 11
Morning Psalm Psalm 15 or Psalm 147:1-11 Old Testament Ezekiel 33:1-20 New Testament Romans 3:1-18 Evening Psalm Psalm 48 or Psalm 4
Campus Ministry's Problem
(This is a part of a series reflecting on the recent Campus Ministry Think Tank conducted in the LCMS which I was a part of.) The consultant that was leading the Campus Ministry Think Tank, the lion tamer of this 3 ring circus of campus ministers and other experts from my church body, broke everyone up into small groups of 3 to 5. The question that we were to answer: What is the purpose of...