Saturday, January 14, 2012

News story of the week

This won't get any headlines in the MSM, but it's a major story nonetheless, testifying to the power of Jesus to save! Check the link here about a Kuwaiti prince's public testimony of leaving Islam to follow Jesus.

Monday, January 9, 2012

More Tebow Time!!!

Yes, I'm supposed to be concentrating on important "spiritual" matters on this blog. And yes, I'm sure this will raise a few eyebrows among those who know my true football allegiance (GO GIANTS!!) But I can't go another second without posting the greatest moment from the NFL wildcard round this weekend. See it here.

You can debate the reason I love this clip: a) It was just such an exciting play; b) Watching Tebow come back after being slammed so much in the last weeks (as if other QBs never had losing streaks); c) Picturing the sickened expression on Bill Maher's face as the play unfolded; d) Tebow praising Jesus yet again at the end of the game; e) All of the above (and maybe more reasons). I can't get enough of this clip!!!

Or as I used to say in my campus minister days, "WOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!"

Friday, January 6, 2012

Best books I read last year

Books that I read this past year that I recommend:

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas: An outstanding work on the German pastor and theologian who stood up to Hitler and paid with his life. Metaxas shows Bonhoeffer's deep faith in Jesus and the Bible and how, trying to save the Jews in Nazi Germany, he put his faith into action.

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent: Burpo's four-year-old son Colby, during a near-death experience, is shown heaven, later describing what he saw to his family in a way only a child could relate details. A book that is sure to encourage your faith.

The Shack by William P. Young: A novel about a man who endures a gruesome tragedy in his family, who is invited by God to revisit the place of his daughter's apparent murder. The meeting transforms the man's life--and will transform your thinking about God's overwhelming love and grace.

Pagan Christianity? by Frank Viola and George Barna: Notwithstanding Viola's simplistic "solutions" to returning to true early church worship, and fuzziness about a few historic facts, this book is still an eye-opener about common church practices that are accepted as "Christian"--but which are not rooted in the New Testament at all. A clarion call for discerning what church practices and teachings are mere adaptations from non-Christian culture.