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Book Review: The Next Story

Posted onOctober 25, 2013 | by: Lindsey Ayres | 0 comments

Earlier this year, a story ran about a father who put his family on the “1986 Technology Plan.” He, his wife and two small children only use technology if they could have acquired it in 1986. So, they have a telephone, cassette tapes, videos and a television, but no cell phones, DVDs, cable TV, or internet-capable computer. His motivations were simply to “reunite the family,” certainly a worthy goal. But his actions also highlight many people’s confusion with how to function in a technology-obsessed culture in the here and now. Even those who see technology’s negative effects on themselves and their families and think this man’s project noble would probably have a hard time agreeing it’s really practically possible. So how should we respond to technology and its increasing negative effects?...Keep Reading

Memorization: Laying Down Our [In]Security

Posted onOctober 18, 2013 | by: Jane Schaible | 0 comments

I glanced over as slyly, as secretly, and as nonchalantly as I could to the woman sitting next to me. She had an array of Bible study tools out before her. Propped side by side upon the “dash” of the train window was her Bible, her reading book, her Bible study book, her snack, her drink…she was ready....Keep Reading

Memorization: Laying Down Our Rebel Hearts

Posted onOctober 9, 2013 | by: Jane Schaible | 0 comments

“Great is the Lord, and bmmmbsflk mumble jumble...” I heard my daughter say, as we were working on her memory verse for Awana. “Sweetie, I can’t hear you. You need to speak up and speak clearly.” My insides were churning with rising anger while I attempted to keep the tone of my voice patient and kind. I had stated this verse to her dozens of times. I knew she knew it; I could hear her mumbling it, for goodness sake! ...Keep Reading

Never the Same - An Introduction to Steve Richardson

Posted onOctober 4, 2013 | by: Curt Romig | 0 comments

The Sawi were headhunters and cannibals when a young couple named Don and Carol Richardson arrived in their village carrying their seven-month-old boy Steve--and a message that would change the tribe forever. The year was 1962, and Steve--and later, three more children--spent their youth among the Sawi, learning the language and embracing the culture in ways that would shape the rest of their lives....Keep Reading

There Have Been Bad/Good Days Before, Part 2

Posted onOctober 1, 2013 | by: Lindsey Ayres | 0 comments

In the first part of this post, I discussed one extreme response Christians can have to the cultural forgetfulness we see around us: cluelessly submit without examining the implications of how we think and remember. Our corrective to this is to be active rememberers of God’s stories, how he has worked in the lives of men in history....Keep Reading

The Power of a Simple Question

Posted onSeptember 24, 2013 | by: Curt Romig | 0 comments

A simple question can change everything. Last week, five guys from my small group got together for a 6:30 breakfast. We arrived downtown before the sun was up, ready to enjoy great fellowship over some Eggs Benedict. None of us were expecting an evangelism opportunity....Keep Reading

There Have Been Bad/Good Days Before, Part 1

Posted onSeptember 18, 2013 | by: Lindsey Ayres | 0 comments

In a previous post, I discussed the importance of remembering and retelling God’s stories. Explicitly this includes the stories of the Bible and the Story of the Bible, the story that points to and is Jesus. Also explicitly such storytelling includes the “smaller” ways God works in individuals’ lives like the stories Lori Day told at the Gala. But I would like to add a third kind of storytelling to this...Keep Reading

An Interview on Memorization

Posted onSeptember 13, 2013 | by: Jane Schaible | 0 comments

First Free Women are gearing up to hide God’s Word in their hearts this fall. Here’s an interview with Lindsey Claassen, whose desire to memorize the Word of God is a testimony of God’s faithfulness and goodness to those who are called by his name....Keep Reading

A Plea to Our God

Posted onSeptember 6, 2013 | by: Jane Schaible | 0 comments

Here is one woman’s response to last week’s sermon on Ephesians 1:15-23. May it encourage you in your own response: Father of Glory, Author and Sustainer of Life, It is you who gives me my life, my breath, my being; ...Keep Reading