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It was nice to watch some of the U.S. Olympic Trials this weekend. Gets me excited for the real deal in London in a month. And since it’s America’s Independence Day on Wednesday, I start feeling patriotic and decided to highlight a few of our famous moments in summer Olympic history. I would have embedded
“Contending” isn’t a pleasant activity, but it’s one vital to the health of the Church. But knowing its importance doesn’t make doing it any easier. Here are things we need to remember as we strive to contend in a Christ-exalting fashion, from my upcoming book, Contend: Defending the Faith in a World Without Reason: Demonstrate You just finished reading The Challenge of Contending Graciously! Consider leaving a comment!
When Fire Forces You From Home – Focus on the Family: “If you had only a few minutes to gather up a few select treasures of your life before fleeing a raging inferno, what would you take – and what would you leave behind? Families in Colorado Springs were faced with this very question this past Tuesday.”Praying for Your Kiddos – Erin Davis offers some good counsel on ways that you can pray for your kids. I’m not so sure about the life verse, but definitely the others are very helpful.Why Is Sandusky Guilty? - This short article from The Gospel Coalition makes a valid point: “If Sandusky had lived in a pre-Christian era, he would not have been found guilty of anything.”Sherlock Holmes and the Bible - Eric McKiddie read the works of Sherlock Holmes and, in doing so, found a collection of quotes that can help us with our Bible study. It’s rather a neat article!Why Posture Matters – Stephen Miller writes about how and why our posture in worship matters. I’m not sure that I agree with everything he says, but this is an area that definitely merits some thought.The promise was between the Father and the Son, from all eternity, concerning your soul in particular. —Jeremiah BurroughsAdvertise here via BEACON
Last week I was in Panama City Beach speaking at BigStuf, an amazing camp for teenagers. While we were there, we went and got some airbrushed shirts that would make your head spin they are so awesome. During the hour we waited for them to finish the shirts, we looked around the store. That’s when
As if from inside an echo chamber, one expert after another reinforced lived experience with proven statistical data: Not only does racial, ethnic, and religious profiling violate the civil rights of U.S. citizens, but this kind of profiling also makes law enforcement less (not more) effective.
Alex Montoya’s Preaching With Passion is a defense of preaching and a practical how-to. One of Montoya’s concerns is that the preacher preach with authority. Here is a short quote in which he writes about the importance of serving as an ambassador of the Lord.Listen to what Lloyd-Jones says, and dare never to be wishy-washy again:The preacher should never be apologetic, he should never give the impression that he is speaking by their leave as it were; he should not be tentatively putting forward certain suggestions and ideas. That is not to be his attitude at all. He is a man, who is there to “declare” certain things; he is a man under commission and under authority. He is an ambassador, and he should be aware of his authority. He should always know that he comes to the congregation as a sent messenger.Hence, as an ambassador,preach the Word of God authoritatively, and use the expression “Thus saith the Lord”;preach to represent your Lord authentically (cf. 1 Cor. 4:1-4);preach in the second person; do not be afraid to say, “you!”;preach to apply the text; a prophet speaks to his generation (cf. Luke 3:10-14);preach for a personal and visible response; refuse to let people “hesitate between two opinions” (cf. 1 Kings 18:21);preach to be clearly understood and not to please the audience; andpreach fearlessly and flawlessly; don’t let the messenger influence the message negatively (cf. 1 Tim. 4:11-16; 2 Cor. 13:10).Advertise here via BEACON
We’re excited to have Nick Vujicic speak at this year’s 2012 Resurgence Conference. His life is an amazing testament to God’s grace. Unlike most people in the world, Vujicic (VOO-ee-cheech) was born without any of his limbs. But in spite of his physical limitations, he has completed a double bachelor’s degree, serves as the CEO of a non-profit organization, Life Without Limbs, and has traveled the world sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with millions of people. His physical limitations have not limited his service for Jesus. Here’s what Nick has learned in his life: God is the Sovereign Lord of the universe, and his work is not confined by our perceived physical, emotional, or intellectual limitations. God’s work is accomplished in his power, not our own. Get to know Nick a little better by watching this video below of him: “The victory’s not when I stand up. The victory is when I know that I can’t do this on my own.” In many ways, Vujicic’s physical limitations are analogous to our own condition apart from dependence on Christ: we are not called to live a life for his glory without his help—if we have any glory apart from him, it is pride. Living a life for Jesus is accomplished by God’s work in us, “both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil
Time for a brief trip into tmatt’s massive folder of GetReligion guilt, that niche in which I stash mainstream news stories — good and bad — that catch my attention but then get trampled in the rush to react to bigger stories. This time around, I think that this particular story deserves late attention, not because it is of massive importance, but because it represents another example of the struggle at The Baltimore Sun to recognize that the Roman Catholic Church is a big, complicated institutions and that it is often important to talk to a variety of Catholics to find out what is going on. Read more on That Catholic ghost at Notre Dame of Maryland…
Last week I finished a nine week series on the Sermon on the Mount entitled “The Glorious Impossibility.” I opened the series by saying that we naturally treat the Sermon on the Mount like we typically treat the rest of the Bible–like it’s a divine self-help manual, a blueprint for having your best life now.