Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Books Finished February 2012

Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen - a stellar book from the early 20th century that you can find for free on the world wide web. Machen outlines why the efforts of Liberal versions of Christianity have actually produced something quite un-Christian.
Working the Angles by Eugene Peterson - good for the soul.
Folly, Grace, and Power: The Mysterious Act of Preaching by John Koessler (good short book on the theology of preaching--would serve well as both a primer and a refresher)

Faith Featured - Wellman Family

A few weeks ago Mick and Julie Murray lost their lives in a tragic auto accident. Mick was a pastor in Wellman, Iowa. One of the Cornerstone Church family, Gabe Erickson, was able to put together a great feature story on the Murray family through his work with KGAN Channel 2 (CBS) and KFXA Channel 28 (FOX). In this story, we get to hear a bit about the faithfulness of Mick and Julie as well as the comforting faith of their remaining children.

Good work Gabe! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sports are humbling...(Jeremy Linn)

A rarely spoken insight in how sports humble us:

"The other reason that athletic success can be humbling is because, even after you win a state championship, it's not as fulfilling as you had thought it would be.  That's humbling, too, and it says something about the way we chase after materialistic and worldly things." - Jeremy Linn

Read more here:

In light of the recent Linsanity, I thought I should post something :)

Thursday, February 09, 2012

So since I've been a little lax in my family picture blogging lately, here's my attempt to make up for that.  Picture overload.  Oh, and happy birthday to the fabulous daddy of all this cuteness. :)

Guess who's potty training?

Santa's got nothing on me.

Samuel at the Christmas program with his buddy Noah.  Or maybe it's "Stop in the Name of Love", Aretha Franklin style. I can't remember which.

Big boys love this toy.

So do little boys.

Matching jammies - so cute!  They'll hate me for this one day. :)

I AM Cat in the Hat, folks.

Yes, I really do smile most of the time.


So mom, if I sit in this chair do I get some food too?

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

January 2012 Books Finished

Work Matters by Tom Nelson (every person from every vocation should take the time to invest time in this book)

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (short story of the final months of a man dying of ALS)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson (a gripping and yet twisted tale, not for readers who are easily disturbed by ugly images and realities in this dark and fallen world)

Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose by John Piper (how God uses great evil for great good)

The Confessions by St. Augustine (classic work...loved the first 2/3s especially)

Christianity and Progress by Harry Emerson Fosdick (the classic work of the early 20th century liberal spokesman...I'm reading its conservative response now by J.Gresham Machen)

Thursday, February 02, 2012

How to come awake as a disciple of Jesus...

How George Macdonald responds to someone who might say: “But I do not know how to awake and arise!”

“I will tell you. Get up, and do something the Master tells you; so make yourself his disciple at once. Instead of asking yourself whether you believe or not, ask yourself whether you have this day done one thing because he said, Do it, or once abstained because he said, Do not do it. It is simply absurd to say you believe, or even want to believe in him, if you do not anything he tells you. If you can think of nothing he ever said as having had an atom of influence on your doing or not doing, you have too good ground to consider yourself no disciple of his.

But you can begin at once to be a disciple of the Living One – by obeying him in the first thing you can think of in which you are not obeying him. We must learn to obey him in everything, and so must begin somewhere. Let it be at once, and in the very next thing that lies at the door of our conscience! Of fools and slow of heart, if you think of nothing but Christ, and do not set yourselves to do his words! You but build your houses on the sand.” (From Creation in Christ by George MacDonald)

Passages to meditate on that relate to belief and obedience to the Gospel:

NIV Romans 1:5 Through him and for his name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.
ESV Acts 6:7 And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.
ESV 1 Peter 4:17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
NIV 2 Thessalonians 1:8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

See also Charles Spurgeon's sermon, "The Obedience of Faith":