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Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2009’

Lasantha Wickrematunga, the Media, and Courage

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the media–especially in the United States currently, but also throughout our country’s history, and the role of the media around the world. Like most topics, I’m quite ignorant in this area. But one thing I know for sure–the impact of the media is important. Terribly important. And the ruthless killing of Sri Lankan …

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Failure

BrittleCrazyGlass posted an old Michael Jordon commercial because she found it “oddly encouraging.” So did I! So here it is for your enjoyment. Wonder if any of you are oddly encouraged too? 😉 (Most of life is just getting up off the mat, isn’t it?)

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When we die …

What a blessing it was to meet with our small group last night. Prayer, sharing, sermon discussion, and chocolate chip cookies all added to the chaos of three small children playing around us. It was a good night. But I also cried a little as we went to prayer–so many of us are being touched by death right now that …

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Magnanimity (HT: RZIM’s Margaret Manning)

Wow! I just read my daily “Slice of Infinity” from Ravi Zacharias ministries and since it is perfectly on point to my most recent post, I encourage you to check it out: Magnanimmity Let me tempt you with just a brief excerpt: “… Acedia was considered one of the most serious of sins. It manifested itself in sloth or spiritual …

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Nameless and Faceless Criticism

I received an interesting question from a women’s ministry leader and I thought I’d share my response to her with you. The gist of her question had to do with the fact that after a recent retreat, their women’s ministry leadership team met, and one of her leaders shared how “someone” had been offended by the style or worship music …

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More on Church Membership

Pastor Anyabwile has another great post on church membership that I encourage you to check out: What God Has Joined Together In it, he quotes John Stott and that made me want to go and grab my old books by Dr. Stott. I think he was one of the very first theologians I read as a new Believer back a …

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When Our Leaders Let Us Down

I’m praying and working to prepare a new teaching for our denomination’s women’s ministry leadership conference this March: Persevering with Grace When our Leaders Let Us Down: As wonderful as headship is (and it is wonderful!), our leaders are not perfect. No matter how hard they try, their leadership of us will always be flawed. They may misunderstand us, take …

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Trying Not to Panic

We got a letter in the mail today and I’m trying so hard not to panic. It’s from the city of Billings and, apparently, we need to tear up the sidewalk in front of our house and put in a new sidewalk–or else the city is going to do it and charge us $2,000 (!!). This is stressful to me …

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Church Membership

Have you been following the discussions over at IX Marks re: church membership? Pastor Anyabwile posted some great examples today that I encourage you to check out: Membership Based on a True Story I have always been so grateful that when the Lord saved me, He placed me into membership in a local church. I was taught that was “just …

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Final Salute

A member of our church had the privilege of saluting President Bush as he departed D.C. We’re so proud of you, T.M.! And grateful for you both, President and Mrs. Bush. Please do continue to pray for our troops. Yours, Tara B. PS If you haven’t yet read the gracious letter that Jenna and Barbara Bush sent to the Obama …

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