Thursday is for Thinking Ran across this interesting quote from a Jewish scholar who taught at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. David Flusser (1917-2000) was the professor of Early Christianity and Judaism in the Second Temple period. He was commenting in an editorial in the Jerusalem Post: “I do not know who is the God … More Know Your Friends, Pray for Your Enemies
Couldn’t resist. Can’t wait till the first Dallas – Eagles game in week twelve.
Tuesday is for Preparing the Preacher I found an old journal today and this entry from 4-11-08: “Help me to be like Charles Simeon who made it his practice ‘never to hear, or see, or know, what if heard, or seen, or known, would call for some distasteful response from me.’ “ Still a great … More Protecting Your Ear from the Things that Will Destroy You
Monday is for Discussion A pastor asks: “How can I help my church increase their membership? It’s a small country Presbyterian church with mostly older members. Looking for ideas…” First thing about this question: It’s the wrong question. Here’s a better one, “How can we make more disciples of Jesus?” That said, once you have … More What Counsel Do You Give When You are Asked the Wrong Question?
Sunday Afternoon Musings Psalm 34:18 (ESV) 18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted . and saves the crushed in spirit. Priceless truth to hold on to the midst of a sometimes brokenhearted-joy.
Friday is for Heart Songs Read Psalm 114:1-8 Suggested by a Reading of Psalm 114 Meditating on Psalm 114 To Tremble at Holy Things A people, dirty . landless, . homeless, . unskilled, . … More To Tremble at Holy Things
For Discussion Rereading the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant and ran across this exchange between three characters in the novel. Thomas Covenant is conversing with another character, Mhoram, one of the Lord’s of The Land, and (my favorite character) a giant by the name of Saltheart Foamfollower: Covenant: “We have beauty, too. We call it … More How Do You Resist Despair?
Tuesday is for Thinking Found a new old word today. It has dropped out of use but we need to revive it for our time. BABBLEMENT (n.) “Senseless prattle” or “unmeaning words,” according to Webster. Seems like a perfect word for most of what appears on the Evening News, most of what comes out of … More Babblement — the perfect word for so much of our culture
Tuesday is for Reflection Rereading Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, an entire book exploring the “intentional embrace of a lifestyle of radical gratitude,” (from the backcover). This is a discipline that is not easy, but it is a discipline that transforms life, all of life and Ann … More “You’ve Changed” : : The Difference Gratitude Makes
Sunday Musings Luke 7:9 (ESV) When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” Questions: Is there anything about your faith that would cause God to “marvel”? Shouldn’t that be a priority ambition for … More A Priority Ambition for the People of God