The Church of No People | What sermon would a pastor preach…if no one showed up to church? Desiring God Blog Blog By Topic Subscribe David Mathis Wednesday went quietly. With the previous three days awash in drama — Sunday’s triumphal entry, Monday’s temple cleansing, and Tuesday’s temple controversies — now Wednesday, April 1, A.D. 33, comes like the calm before the storm. But out of sight, lurking in the shadows, evil is afoot. Marshall Segal Sometimes it’s hard to sort out our lives before Christ. In his new single “Crimson Cord,” Propaganda pulls on the scarlet thread of God’s love in the past of the believer. Justin Taylor and Andreas Köstenberger It is now Tuesday morning, March 31, A.D. 33. Now if the disciples had ears to hear they would recognize that Jesus is talking about more than seemingly magical powers that can curse trees and crumble mountains.... Jonathan Parnell To help you make the most of Holy Week, we’ve ventured into the archive to find five of the best Piper articles related to the Easter season. 1. Just... Jon Bloom Ben Stuart “How do I love my wife well?” David Crabb
What Travis Says Kingdom People Rick Morton is Vice President for Engagement for Lifeline Children’s Services in Birmingham, Alabama. He is an international advocate for adoptions and orphans. He is the co-author of Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care, which I reviewed here, and he has recently written a new book entitled KnowOrphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology. Rick was kind enough to answer some questions about his book and the way Christians and churches can engage in orphan care. Trevin: The adoption and orphan care movement in the U.S. has flourished in recent years. Rick: There are several key mistakes we can point to that the evangelical orphan care and adoption movement is rapidly moving past. 1. Certainly, there are parallels between God’s adoption of us and our adoption of children, but there are some major differences as well. We have to see adoption as more than missional activity, as we would see having and parenting any child. 2. 3.
ChurchCrunch Community Blogs – Get In the Pipe! Want to get in our Community Blogs section on the right sidebar? We’d love to have you! It’s powered by Yahoo Pipes and using WordPress’ built-in Feed Parser. Here’s what it’ll take: Must have an ‘active’ and ‘consistent’ blog. Got it? Leave a comment below with a link to your blog and a general overview/estimate of your posting schedule and content-coverage… and make sure you’ve got one of our Love Squares and we’ll get you in! Also, every month I’ll randomly select a blogger from the community and hook them up with something “nice,” like a new WordPress Theme perhaps… Cool, jump on it. Related
Julie Roys 60 Must-Read Health & Fitness Blogs for 2012 There's a dizzying number of blogs out there, all tempting us to procrastinate at work. But it's hard to know which sites are truly trustworthy, entertaining, informative, and Pinnable. So we went ahead and scoured the blogosphere to narrow it down to these standouts. They're keeping it real (no #fitspo here), using science to back up claims, always staying positive and inspiring, and delivering content we can't stop reading and sharing. We went after blogs that address interesting and timely issues and feature useful, upbeat (but never in an annoying way) posts that reflect Greatist's mission of making healthy living a little bit easier and a lot more fun. Note: Blogs are arranged in no particular order.
Challies Dot Com | Informing the Reforming bob.blog A couple of months ago, I participated in a little conference here in PDX, co-sponsored by the Ecclesia Network and North West Church Planters. It was called Rain and Shine, and the point was to draw together, for two days, a group of church planters who would talk about the brightest and darkest moments they had experienced in Church planting. Everyone got 14 minutes to speak. Here's an edited version of what I presented- my highest and lowest moments in being a church planter. Probably like a lot of you, I came to church planting through the route of dissatisfaction and hurt. So, when we planted our church here in Portland about 7 years ago- like you did or will do, we secretly, inwardly held the idea, even if we outwardly disavowed it, that we were going to be the church that got things right. The question in our talks here at Rain and Shine is this: What are the darkest and brightest moments of church planting for you? So what is MY darkest moment in church planting? Amen?
Persecution Blog Smokeout Urban Decay recently sent me their new Book of Shadows (IV), so I obviously had to play around with it. If you follow me on twitter, you might remember me tweeting a preview pic of the pretty butterfly packaging. Now, I want you to keep in mind two important things about me: I judge books by their cover and I'm a sucker for gimmicks. Many of the colors in this palette are more subdued, though Urban Decay is well known for their vibrant colors. The palette comes with a QR coded tutorial card, mini speaker and a setup for your phone (so you can watch your tutorials and do your makeup at the same time).