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Dec 19

Hacking and Coughing With Father Brown

Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

Father_BrownMy cold is nearly two weeks old. My hacking and coughing rebounded the other day. I’m back on the couch hoping to fall asleep each night.

Hacking and Coughing

Someone recommended I take Delsym’s cough medicine. I’d taken it before with mixed results. Frustrated with the ferocity of my cough I went to the store and bought some generic Delsym

I took a double-dose. Last night I was able to sleep for four and a half hours in a row.

Father Brown

Englishman G.K. Chesterton wrote the Father Brown mysteries about a priest who found himself solving mysteries.

Nov 27

Black Friday? Don’t Add Debt! The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition By Dave Ramsey

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

A-Ramsey“A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness.” Those words attract me, but also make me ask, “Really?”

In his Introduction Dave Ramsey explains, “Over all these years, The Total Money Makeover has given HOPE to millions of families. This book has given them hope to win, and that hope has caused them to take action and claim ultimate victory over their financial struggles and worries—and to actually win!”

Nov 27

Secrets of Dynamic Communication by Ken Davis

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

Secrets of Dynamic CommunicationMichael Hyatt explains in the Introduction, “Whether you are a professional speaker, pastor, corporate executive, author—or are just passionate about a message—you can take your communication skills to the next level. Ken’s SCORRE system truly revolutionized my public presentations. The good news? What I learned from him sits right here, in this book. Within these pages, you’ll learn how to:
• dramatically reduce your prep time,
• communicate with more clarity and focus,
• increase your ability to connect with the audience, and
• craft speeches that leave an impact.”

Nov 26

Doctor Who Celebrating Hope

Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

dayIf I see a movie in a theater, I almost never pay full price. Last night was different. Last night was special. We saw the Day of the Doctor.

I started watching the BBC program Doctor Who during the 1970s. I sat with a couple of friends more than thirty years ago watching my first Doctor Who episodes.

Last night I sat with those same old friends watching another “old friend.”

The Doctor traveled in his TARDIS. He used his favorite tool the Sonic Screwdriver. He faced his adversaries the Daleks and their fearsome threat, “Ex-ter-min-ate.” And as the audience expected, The Doctor saved the day with morality, wisdom and cleverness.

Nov 24

Clear Winter Nights by Trevin Wax

Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

clearwinternightsTwenty-two year old Chris Walker, the main character, starts to doubt his faith during his senior year of college.

Chris is struggling with his faith in God, but Chris is also struggling with the complexity of his other relationships too.

Had he really done it? Broken his engagement? Given up Ashley forever? The Ashley he’d had so many wonderful dates with and spent so many hours spilling out his heart to? The Ashley he’d pictured himself spending the rest of his life with?

For a moment, he thought of jumping up from the table to chase after her, begging her to forget what he’d said.

Nov 3

You’ll Get Through This by Max Lucado

Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

Book.940.coverI read widely; because of the nature of my profession I read widely about pain and suffering. Some books are a blessing and others add to the burden.

Too often they contain secular philosophies that minimize or deny our divine connections. Others have psychologies that reduce our pain to warm-fuzzy banality. Worse yet are religious books that create empty lists of rules that either explain our pain as a consequence that can be blighted by good deeds or ones that explain it away in eternal language removed from the reality of real life.

Nov 2

Dirty God by Johnnie Moore

Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

Book.750.coverJohnnie Moore’s book Dirty God is sub-titled, “Jesus in the Trenches” because it’s a book introducing us to the dirt-level life of Jesus Christ and his challenge to be a dirt-level Jesus follower.

In one of my favorite stories in the book the author explains that dirt-level Jesus following is not always easy, enjoyable or even appealing.

Oct 27

This Beautiful Mess by Rick Mckinley

Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

bookThis Beautiful Mess: Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom of God is full of intriguing examples, thoughtful stories and comfort-challenging perspectives.

Some readers will argue that while “Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom of God” author Rick Mckinley has wandered astray and abandoned the proclaimed kingdom message to turn from sins and instead he’s chosen to proclaim a social gospel of deeds and good works.

Still other readers will find the authors’ choice a fitting response to the challenge of James, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?”

Oct 26

NIV Student Bible

Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

nivI have worked with students for more than twenty years.

I have been reading the NIV Student Bible for many months now.

There are many Bibles published to support the spiritual growth of today’s students, but I believe that the NIV Student Bible is one of the very finest.

The NIV text is accepted worldwide, approved by Christians of many denominations and embraced by millions who choose to follow Jesus Christ. The notes, biographies, study helps, summaries and maps found in the NIV Student Bible help today’s students and their adult leaders understand the Great Author of Scriptures and the Scriptures themselves.

Oct 26

The Action Bible by Sergio Cariello

Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

I was first exposed to Sergio Cariello’s beautiful illustration in comic books. Crossgen Comics was an innovative comic book publisher. I admired sergsoujSergio’s work on Crux and Sojourn.

I was thrilled when I learned that Sergio and David C. Cook had produced the Action Bible New Testament filled with his wonderful artwork.

Do I like the Action Bible?
Yes, I love it.

Would I recommend you buy it?
Yes, if you would love great illustrations which bring to life the biblical narratives.

Look at some of Sergio’s great work below!