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I can’t stop thinking about what I read this morning in Jude: “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way …” Jude 1:14-15 What could have been so awful? So sinful? “These are …
Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis: “Four days ago, my city was ruthlessly attacked. There’s no explaining the savagery involved here. . . . I’ve spent the last several days looking at hundreds of hours of videotape. I got to see how brutal the attack was, over and over and over again. “More important,” he said, he watched how first responders and ordinary citizens put …
Thanks to Random Number Generator, Amanda W. is our winner for the video series! Please just make sure I have your mailing address, Amanda, and I’ll have that mailed out to you hopefully tomorrow. Congrats and thanks everyone for joining in the fun! Blessings, Tara B.
Fred told me he was thinking of my summer in Outer Mongolia this morning because the water in his shower was SNOW-CAPPED-MOUNTAIN-FREEZING-COLD water, poor dear. Then he went down to our basement to investigate the problem and found a FLOOD. (It gets worse.) And a dead water heater. (We knew this was coming one day because water heaters don’t last …
I love Dave’s reasoned, biblical response to this important question: When is it appropriate to leave a church?
(Grateful for The Resurgence and especially Bob Thune for this outline …) “Precious little is written or taught these days on how to put sin to death. But thankfully, our forebears spent some ink on this issue—the most notable work being John Owen’s marvelous treatise On the Mortification of Sin … This outline was organized for preaching, so it is not exactly …
“Mortification (of sin) from a self-strength, carried on by ways of self-invention, unto the end of a self-righteousness, is the soul and substance of all false religion in the world.” ~John Owen
I called a church recently on a conciliation-related matter and I was blessed by the most fun conversation with the church secretary. After I introduced myself (and asked for the pastor), it started out something like this: “Tara Barthel? Tara? Barthel?” (Yes.) “You’re a real person!?” (Smiling. Yes.) “We just did your video series and we loved it! I can’t …
A great post by Cap’n Dave over at our RedeemingChurchConflicts site: What should a wife do when her husband has conflicts with the church leaders?