Category: Christianity

Prudence, balance, thought, and Christianity

http://thefederalist.com/2015/11/19/3-tips-for-a-more-civil-conversation-about-syrian-refugees/ Mollie Hemingway offers 3 suggestions regarding the Syrian refugee issue.  The piece ends up looking at Christian beliefs – for good reason. She makes many good points, all of which I will not try to summarize here. One take-away (near the end of the article) is that the answer to the question “What should …

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Musical Communion Liturgy

Our Pastor, Dr. Howard White, has developed a musical communion liturgy in which he as the leader sings and the congregation also sings in response. It is set to popular Christmas tunes. See the attached.  (It is the Sunday Bulletin, which happened to also be our musical presentation by our music groups.) Bulletin-December-6 -2015

Online Advent Calendar 2015

Online Advent Calendar 2015 (This appears to be from the Catholic church. I’m not Catholic, but the ideas are good.) It’s a Shape Christmas

Christmas Presence: Giving What We Need and Want Most by Charles Moore

I came across a very nice Christmas story, titled, Christmas Presence: Giving What We Need and Want Most. It is written by Charles Moore. Here is an Audio Recording of the story. (.m4a file) (On an iPad, you may need to download it.) The text of the story can be found at: http://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/holidays/christmas-readings/christmas-presence I know …

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This is not a Day Care. This is a University!

This is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!

Missions Is Worth the Mess

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/missions-is-worth-the-mess Quotes:  Because we believe in the “already,” we can more readily and joyfully accept the messiness of the “not yet.” —- The Scriptures tell me that: I have to lose my life in order to find it. (Matthew 16:25) I have to count the cost of serving him. (Luke 14:25–33) Success isn’t always what …

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Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle – H3 Leadership

3 Traites for Leadership: 20 Habits to Build Your Leadership On H3 Leadership by Brad Lomenick is the result of experience and a lot of reflection. And we would be foolish not to benefit from it. When he reflected on the habits that propelled him forward he came up with twenty and organized them around …

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James K. A. Smith on The Future of Religion in a “Secular” Age

http://www.slate.com/bigideas/what-is-the-future-of-religion/essays-and-opinions/the-future-of-religion-in-a-secular-age James K A Smith (http://www.calvin.edu/~jks4/) is a Philosophy professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and a Christian. Dr. Smith makes some excellent points on this topic. I’ll pick a couple paragraphs (it’s better to read the whole article) The “spirituality” of the spiritual-but-not-religious often imitates this sort of excarnate religion, often without …

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Two American Revolutions

There was an excellent podcast, by Dr. Robert Godfrey, titled Two American Revolutions. The second ‘revolution’ corresponds to (if I’m remembering correctly) the second great awakening. The podcast is part of Godfrey’s series A Survey of Church History. from Renewing Your Mind podcast (normally by RC Sproul) C:\Users\James\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Podcasts\Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul\03 Two …

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Charles Finney

Charles Finney (1792-1875) was an American Presbyterian minister and leader in the Second Great Awakening in the United States. He has been called The Father of Modern Revivalism. Finney was best known as an innovative revivalist during the period 1825–1835 in upstate New York and Manhattan. There was an excellent podcast, by Dr. Robert Godfrey, …

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