Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
- Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. (Hebrews 11:1-3)
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Once in a while (to be honest, it happens pretty-much every day) I run into a passage of scripture that just about climbs out of the page, wrestles its way into my mind, and settles itself into my consciousness where it pours a cup of tea, puts its feet up, and makes itself at home.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Yesterday morning, driving to church with the roof open and the windows down, I looked up through the sun-roof. The sky was beautiful - a clear blue - and the trees caught enough of the early morning light to appear translucent - as if they held a light of their own. Then, glancing through the side windows, I noticed the development along the street - shabby buildings, concrete parking lots, ugly telephone poles and power-lines.
- "I'm grateful this is a church where people follow Jesus every day of the week..."
- "I'm grateful that I've found a place where I can use my gifts to serve..."
- "I'm grateful that my children know they have a home here..."
- "I'm grateful for the life that animates the whole body..."
- "I'm grateful that this is a place where everyone is still on a spiritual journey, that nobody acts like they've already arrived..."
- "I'm grateful that it feels like this church knows where it is going... And who it's going with..."
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
OKay; here's the set up: Men's Bible Study, Wednesday evening; pre-class talking; exchanging stories, checking in. I'm telling a couple of the guys about the awesome omelets I cooked for dinner.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Yesterday, as part of my work for "All Pro Dad", I wrote a new "10-Ways" list to go along with the music video for a wonderful song, Dancing in the Minefields. The question addressed was, "is your marriage dancing in the minefields?"
I'm not going to post the entire article here (I may when it's published), but I would like you to see the short statement about marriage I wrote to launch the discussion.
- Being married is - at best - an arrangement where two people look forward at the great adventure before them, recognize the eternal truth that life was designed to be experienced in community, and commit themselves to one-another in the context of faithful love, boundless belief, and uncompromised trust.
I really like that! I like being reminded that life is - always - a great adventure. I like that it's an adventure we can share and that much of the adventure still waits for us in our future. And I believe it's critically important that we take note of the fact that we were designed/created/fashioned/imagined with the idea of covenant community in mind.
And then there are these three reminders, principles of married life, that set the adventure into its proper context.
- Faithful Love...
- Boundless Belief...
- Uncompromised Trust...
I imagine that's quite enough for today! Happy Tuesday - DEREK
Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude.
Love isn't selfish or quick tempered.
It doesn't keep a record of wrongs that others do.
Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil.
Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting.
Love never fails!
(i Corinthians 13:4-8 - CEV)
Monday, November 8, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
- Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
- First, the volume I still refer to as "my latest book" has been out for a year now. "The Unmaking of a Part-Time Christian" has been slow getting out of the gate, but the feedback from the few people have have read it continues to be extremely positive. There's a lot of my personal spiritual journey wrapped up in that book.
- My "next book" is already finished. Right now it's in Nashville going through the editing process prior to production work. Production work will include title, page design, cover design, blurb, marketing plans etc. The 49-chapter book, a series of devotional readings for Lent, leading up to Easter, will be ready for purchase in the fall of 2011, and is targeted to make its big impact in early 2012.
- So "My new book", the one I'm officially starting today, will likely not be available until 2012 or 2013. I have the idea, I've almost completed the outline, and I'll be writing the first few chapters between now and the end of the year. When that's done, I'll package a formal proposal and send it to my (or several) acquisitions editor/s. Then we'll have to see if anyone is interested before taking it to the next level. Ideally, I'll have a contract sometime in the Spring.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
- A well-honed value system that undergirds everything and that is, essentially, a life-time appointment. I base mine on my ongoing relationship with God and my personal walk with Jesus....
- An executive decision-oriented process that takes into account shifting political allegiance, priorities that may or may not refocus over extended periods of time, well thought-out arguments and philosophies that can change over the years, changes in life and circumstance that are years in the making, and my willingness to rethink certain assumptions based on experience and growth....
- A cultured responsiveness to the realities of the world around us. We may have "work-ethic" roots, but those homeless folk aren't on the street because they're lazy; we might embrace Christ's admonition to heal the sick, but should we have to pay for the doctor's inflated malpractice insurance? I may be a fiscal conservative, but I'm certainly not willing to vote for someone determined to dismember important social programs....