March 6, 2013
Here’s the danger for leaders today. For Peter, the process of falling occurred rapidly. It was as if he ran and leapt into disobedience. Most leaders don’t leap into trouble, though; they slide there. Sometimes the process happens so imperceptibly that leaders are in a disaster before they know it
Roger Ebert is a Catholic. You might not care but here is an interesting piece describing his antithetical views. I wonder how many other Catholics are of his ilk. He writes:
I consider myself Catholic, lock, stock and barrel, with this technical loophole: I cannot believe in God. I refuse to call myself a atheist however, because that indicates too great a certainty about the unknowable.
Denise Myhrberg passed through the office area here at church this morning and commented that many are going through difficult physical issues. With this observation in mind, Kevin DeYoung, using Calvin, gives helpful advice on what to say to those who are ill. Here is his summary:
- People need the gospel more than ever when they are ill.
- Remind the sick from the word of God that God is sovereign over their illness and has sent it for their good.
- If the illness is severe, comfort the sick with the sure knowledge that those who die in the Lord have nothing to fear.
- If the sick consider their sins to be light and trivial, teach them of the justice of God and call them to embrace the mercy of Christ.
- If the sick are afflicted in their consciences, help them find rest in Christ.
- Don’t be afraid to bring some small token of physical relief—books, flowers, balloons, games, movies, a homemade card.
Finally, here is a catchy song filled with gospel truth:
October 19, 2012
You might have heard, after Romney’s chat with Billy Graham, Billy’s illustrious evangelistic organization removed Mormonism from its list of cults. I appreciate Billy’s life and ministry. But this? For a potential president? It really isn’t in my nature to pick on people but I am amazed at this one. In fact, I could easily transition into a rant, but I won’t. “What does is profit an institution if it help elect a president but …”
Here is a reminder that true contentment never comes from great circumstances. We need to be reminded of this.
The good in this world, as beautiful and lovely as it sometimes can be, was never meant to sustain a heart of true contentment. Only Christ Himself can do that.
We’d all say that while prayer, the presenting of our requests to the omnipotent, loving God, should be easy; it isn’t. John Calvin offers “rules” that help shape and motivate prayer.
One thing I heard Jerry Falwell say over and over again is, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” There is a lot of truth in this sentence. Bowman needs more leaders. David Murray uses a mountain climbing illustration to teach leadership.
Joe Thorn weighs in on the cure for backsliding. We all backslide from time to time.
The cure for a backslidden state is not “letting go and letting God,” nor is it found in our own recommitment to the Lord. The cure for our condition is the Lord Jesus himself. He is the Good Shepherd who restores the soul.
My Dad in this past has expressed his disdain for Facebook. He doesn’t like the way Facebook uses our information. He is also not sure what they will do in the future. But how about Google? For me personally, they have more of my info than Facebook. Anyway, here is a look at Google’s data centers. Amazing. Where have I seen this color scheme?