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Nov 2

Dirty God by Johnnie Moore

Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2013 in Reviews, Social, Spiritual, Values

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.

Mar 25

Living Simply Through The Day

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Spiritual, Values

prayinggirl-15599_640Yesterday my friend and pastor Steve Wiens recommended three prayers for Holy Week this year:

1. God, reveal where I’m enslaved and set me free.

2. God, reveal where I’m wandering, and help me remember my covenant.

3. God, reveal where I’m hidden and help me to see.

While thinking about the value of praying these prayers these quotes from Tilden H. Edwards came to mind:

Some of us are more naturally night people or morning people. Our situations further influence what time is best to set aside.

Jun 10

25,000 Mornings by Fay Rowe

Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 in Reviews, Spiritual, Values

25,000 Mornings: Ancient Wisdom for a Modern Life by Fay Rowe

In her preface author Fay Rowe explains that, “A few years ago, a television ad for the state of Michigan said we have 25,000 mornings, give or take a few. Michigan has given us 68.49 years.”

“I’ve lived a considerable number of mornings already, and I’ve learned a few things about life. One of the most important things I’ve learned about life is this: We need God in it.

Jan 14

Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling Devotional Bible

Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 in Reviews, Spiritual

People I trust and admire read and discuss Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling devotional. Their faiths have been strengthened and their lives transformed.

I was excited to review the Jesus Calling Devotional Bible even though it was published using The Holy Bible, New King James Version a translation I seldom have used.

There is a topical index listing more than forty topics most readers of the Jesus Calling Devotional Bible would have chosen.

Following the Topical Index is the “When Your Heart Longs for Help” index.

Dec 29

Going Deep with Gordon MacDonald

Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 in Reviews

I had read a favorable review of Going Deep with Gordon MacDonald.

Picking up the book I read, “There are plenty of good people, well-meaning people, sincere people — but not enough deep people.”

Intrigued I stepped in.

I had not read a Gordon MacDonald book in more than twenty years.  With that in mind, I initially felt a full step out of the loop. MacDonald had introduced his readers to a fictional church and and a fictional town in a previous book entitled Who Stole My Church?

Jun 30

Embracing Your Path To God

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Social, Spiritual, Values

My friend Rev. Rachel Morey of Brooklyn Mosaic United Methodist Church emailed me today. 1  Rachel is one of those people with a warm smile and a quiet magnetism that is the antithesis of some televangelists.

Rachel is also a representative of the Minnesota Interfaith Open Forum.

Rachel’s email had me thinking about how I connect with my own faith.

My Faith

I have opinions, beliefs, faith statements and values all of which have been influenced by family, friends, like-minded people and other-minded people.

Nov 5

Friends Wear Less Masks

Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2009 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual

Our Pandemic

“While the H1N1 virus has sickened tens of thousands of people and closed summer camps in a season when there should be little flu activity, it has killed far fewer than the 36,000 Americans who die from seasonal influenza each year. ”

I had not idea — no idea — that the “flu” was so deadly. I was blind to the pain and suffering that people experience.

In order to protect themselves many people defensively protect themselves with masks.