Monthly Archives: June 2012

We Interrupt This Program…

Kingdom People is in good hands for the month of July. My hope is that you won’t even miss me!

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Friday Funny: Video of Wedding Party Falling into the Lake

Wedding Party Falls into Lake:

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Trevin’s Seven

Links for your weekend reading:

1. Kindle Deal of the Day: Mile Marker 825 by Jason Mirikitani

On January 15, 2002, this man’s car flipped 5 times, his wife died, & his skull cracked open… but he was rescued… Join Jason Mirikitani on his miraculous real-life journey that is both heart-wrenching and heart-warming… as he re-learned faith in a God that was present when He seemed most absent, hope in a God when He seemed most unreliable, and love for a God that seemed to leave him in the dark.

2. Serving Communion to Former Cannibals

3. Did Mark Fumble His Opening Quotation?

4. PCUSA Membership Dips Below 2 Million

5. Five Principles of Church Website Design

6. Jonah and the Mission of God: A Closer Look

7. Who Was Edmund Burke the Man?

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From Word-Faith to the Church Fathers: A Conversation with Brian Zahnd

The journey of a mega-church pastor who left behind his Word of Faith teaching to embrace historic Christian orthodoxy.

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Worth a Look 6.28.12

Kindle Deal of the Day: Sermons by John Broadus. $0.99.

One of the founders of Southern Seminary, and the author of a textbook on preaching that is still in print today.

The Early Jobs of 24 Famous Writers:

24. Harper Lee, author of one of the great American novels and winner of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, had worked as a reservation clerk at Eastern Airlines for years when she received a note from friends: “You have one year off from your job to write whatever you please. Merry Christmas.” By the next year, she’d penned To Kill a Mockingbird.

What Does it Mean for an Elder to Be “Able to Teach?”

The one qualification for eldership that stands out from the rest is the ability to teach. And herein lies the debate—what does it mean for an elder be “able to teach”? Well, it depends upon whom you ask.

Considering (and Surviving) Unhealthy Christian Organizations:

The organization has to be willing to listen to its constructive critics. If no one can say to the leader, “there are issues,” well, then, there are issues. Big issues. Healthy organizations do not listen to every cynic (and there are many), but they do listen to discerning critics.

Tim Keller - The Priority of Character:

All the causes of either visible or pending failure stem from a failure to cultivate the inner life. Look at the list of the causes of fruitlessness. They are the results of failing …

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Don’t Waste Your Beach Vacation

We need infinity. Not that we can understand it. But only with it does life make sense.

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Worth a Look 6.27.12

Kindle Deal of the Day: The American Dream:A Short History of an Idea that Shaped a Nation by Jim Cullen. $1.99.

“The American Dream” is one of the most familiar and resonant phrases in our national lexicon, so familiar that we seldom pause to ask its origin, its history, or what it actually means. In this fascinating short history, Jim Cullen explores the meaning of the American Dream, or rather the several American Dreams that have both reflected and shaped American identity from the Pilgrims to the present.

Teachers are the Tongues of the Church:

Teachers may be few, but they hold a great deal of sway over the actual outcome of discipleship in the church.  Teachers are the tongues, rudders, bits, and sparks of the church.  We need then to be diligent not only to start classes, but to train teachers.

What “Mainline” Does and Doesn’t Mean:

Now we’re left wondering what a makes a denomination “mainline.” So, to figure out more precisely what it means to be a mainline Protestant, we’ll have to figure out what “mainline” itself means. And that’s a trickier proposition because we have several mistaken ideas about the term.

Why Evangelicals Can’t Write:

The liturgical churches foster a lot of schlock and kitsch of their own; but they are also communities that are capable of fostering and nurturing great writers and great writing.  So far, we Evangelicals have not.  In fact, one could make a case that we positively …

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“The Idea of Evangelism Makes Me Uncomfortable”

The New Testament picture of evangelism is not that we share Jesus with gritted teeth. It’s a picture of lips and hearts overflowing with worship.

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Worth a Look 6.26.12

Kindle Deal of the Day: A Way with Words by Christin Ditchfield. $2.99.

Women have a way with words. A woman’s strength, influence, and ability to change the world for better—in every season and in every relationship—lies in the words she speaks each day. But with that God-given power comes the need to use it wisely, and this book provides both biblical and practical guidance to that end.

How We Die in America: 1900 vs. 2010

Here are the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. in 1900 compared to 2010, based on data from the New England Journal of Medicine…

Rick Warren – 7 Ways to Reduce Your Stress Level in Ministry:

Jesus dedicated his whole life to pleasing God—not himself or others. He realized that pleasing God would always be the right move. You can’t please everyone, so Jesus focused on pleasing his Heavenly Father instead.

David Platt – “The Sinner’s Prayer and the SBC”

Any cautions I have expressed with a “sinner’s prayer” have absolutely nothing directly to do with the doctrine of election, and I definitively don’t believe that certain people “actually have no chance for life in Christ.” Instead, my comments about the “sinner’s prayer” have been deeply motivated by a concern for authentic conversion and regenerate church membership—doctrines which many Calvinists and non-Calvinists, as well as many Christians in between, would rightly value.

John Piper, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Media:

I’m seeing quite a lot of Facebook discussion on the article “Key Minnesota pastors opt out …

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Subversive Kingdom: A Conversation with Ed Stetzer

We live in a rebellious world, but we are not part of the rebellion. We bow before the real King and declare subversively, “He is Lord.” We are the rebellion agains the rebellion.

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