This is a first. Same song, second week. The tune is from “Jesus, Friend of Sinners”continues to rock my world. Last week I wrote about how we followers of Jesus do damage with snap judgments and lack of compassion for others. This week I have been thinking about these lyrics.
Nobody knows what we’re for only what we’re against when we judge the wounded What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and love like You did
I decided to write down some things I am for and some things I do not believe but often get accused of by others. Some things I do not believe.
I do not believe you have to be of a particular political persuasion to be a Christian. Like it or not, heaven will be bipartisan and I am totally fine that there will not be sides of the golden aisles. More Here...
One of the main concepts in my book is that of ekphrasis art. I believe the artistic concept of ekphrasis can be readily applied to our lives. We can live ekphrasis lives, responding to God’s good work all around us, and in so doing, deepen our relationship with the one who is setting all things rights and making all things new.
Over the past couple years or so, I have followed the work of Mandy Thompson (you can get to know her here) and we have shared many thoughts and words by way of blog, email, and social network conversations. Mandy read an advance copy of the book, and was inspired to create in response. Ekphrasis!
I asked Mandy if she would be willing to create a piece specific to the book, and she agreed. What resulted was a beautiful mixed media art piece. More Here...
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.''
Struggles in this life are as sure as breathing I believe; there isn’t a high road that we can choose to bypass the inevitable temptations and our inclinations to indulge these things from to time to time. Sometimes we face them with the ''eye of the tiger'' in the power of Christ and win, and sometimes it feels as if we are mere kittens looking into the eyes of lions, into the eyes of constant defeat.
In the jungle madness of life, we have the distinct misfortune of being side swiped and bombarded by almost every single aspect of the culture that we as Americans live in. From alcohol beverages being paraded around in most of our commercials, billboards, and magazines; to curse words becoming relatively common place on any platform of life even the pulpit at times. We are inundated by cover girls revealing all but too much to look away from, every car commercial and magazine advertisement has with it a half-naked lady accompanying it. Our culture has become over saturated with the obsession of visual candy, what we have is a sex driven society with little to no restraints at all. More Here...
A few years ago I was standing in line at the movie theater snack counter, hoping to grab some Raisinets before the previews started rolling. While I waited, I noticed a man out of the corner of my eye who was standing in the line next to me. He was tall, handsome, well dressed yet casual, and accompanied by a girl who looked to be about Middle school aged. When I turned to see his face I realized, to my surprise, that it was John Edwards.
It is always a little disorienting to see “famous” people out doing ordinary things. Although in this case, Edwards is more “infamous” than anything else. At the time, the scandal of his affair was all over the news, and while his wife, Elizabeth was still alive, she was not doing well. Having watched his public fall from grace on media outlets everywhere, it was strange to see him there with his daughter, at my local movie theater, doing the same thing as me.
Back then I was living in the Raleigh/Durham area, which is also where Edwards lived. I knew that. But seeing him with his daughter caused me to process the scandal with new eyes. For months afterward, whenever I passed the magazines in the checkout line with his face plastered all over the covers, I wondered what it must be like for him. I wondered what it must be like for his daughter. More Here...
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Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
How we spend the time God has given us is important because....
We can spend time, make time, take time, kill time, manage time, waste time, or save time. We can have a good time, a bad time, quality time, or have no time at all. We can be pressed for time, loose track of time, keep up with the times, or arrive somewhere just in the nick of time.
The world uses Greenwich Mean Time to set time. And don’t forget to observe Daylight Savings Time in the springtime. For some reason that no one has time to explain, we stop observing Daylight Savings Time in the wintertime, but that’s ok, because by that time, it’s Christmas time. More Here...
My roommate and I cut off the cable about a year ago, so when it comes to reality television, I'm frankly behind the times. Which is why I was surprised to hear that, about six months ago, Survivor producer Mark Burnett announced plans to launch a reality show featuring America's most famous mega-church pastor, Joel Osteen.
Of course, my brain initially went to visions of the Osteen children battling it out for attention like the Kardashian sisters, but apparently the premise is more in line with feel-good hits like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Reports are mixed as to what the show will actually be about. CBS News reports that the show will follow the mission trips of members of Osteen's Houston, Texas, mega-church, Lakewood Church. According to an article from Entertainment Weekly, the show, tentatively named Pack Your Bags, would send volunteers to "a surprise destination to try and make a difference in other people’s lives." More Here...
I am really embarrassed to admit this, but when I picture myself as a pregnant woman in a doctoral program, I long to be like Elizabeth Banks’ character on 30 Rock, Avery. In case you’re unfamiliar with the show, Avery is the girlfriend (later wife) of Alec Baldwin’s character, Jack. She is a kick-butt news correspondent who has her entire life under control. She wakes up every morning at the crack of dawn to run, eats exactly 1200 calories a day, and is so organized that her closet has been featured in magazines. She is a take-no-prisoners kind of gal.
Then, she discovers that she is unexpectedly pregnant. For just a moment she wavers in her confidence, but Jack encourages her to push forward and she rises to the challenge. She resolves to dominate pregnancy and motherhood the way she does everything else in her life. And she does.
I really want to be like that. I also suspect some people look at me and assume I am like that. A lot of friends have expressed amazement that I have pushed through my coursework without missing a beat, even amidst the crazy physical changes of pregnancy. My husband often tells people I am like Superwoman. More Here...
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Today, Jeff Henderson will be concluding his current sermon series, Climate Change, at North Point Community Church. We all know climate is a powerful part of nature, but many of us also know that climate exists in relationships. Depending on the people in the relationship, the climate can be very stormy. As Jeff wraps up the series today, he asks us to consider whether certain relationships are worth the effort of attempting climate change in the first place.