Archive - Misc RSS Feed

A Prayer for Sunday (Anne Bradstreet)

anne bradstreet Living in colonial America in the mid-17th century, Anne Bradstreet was a prominent poet and author, and she was the first woman to be published in the British colonies of North America. As we would expect from an author living in Puritan New England, her writings are full of theological themes and allusions. But she is also famous for stressing the value of women and the important role they play in society.

Anne Bradstreet died on September 16, 1672. In honor of her amazing life and ministry, this morning’s prayer comes from her.

As spring the winter does succeed,
And leaves the naked trees do dress,
The earth all black is clothed in green;
At sunshine each their joy express.
My sun’s returned with healing wings.
My soul and body do rejoice;
My heart exults and praises sings
To You who heard my wailing voice.
My winter’s past, my storms are gone,
And former clouds now seem all fled;
But, if they must eclipse again,
I’ll run where I was amply fed.
I have a shelter from the storm,
A shadow from the fainting heat;
I have access unto Your throne
You who are God so wondrous great.

Saturday Morning Fun….A Modern Monty Python Trailer

What would it look like if you made a trailer for Monty Python and the Holy Grail to make it look like a modern action/adventure? Something pretty epic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKNDml12Big

Flotsam and jetsam (9/13)

What I imagine cats are doing when we're not looking.

What I imagine cats are doing when we’re not looking.

Good Reads

  • A Scientific Guide to Effectively Saying No: Learning how to say no is one of the most useful skills you can develop, especially when it comes to living a more productive and healthy life. Saying no to unnecessary commitments can give you the time you need to recover and rejuvenate. Saying no to daily distractions can give you the space you need to focus on what is important to you. And saying no to temptation can help you stay on track and achieve your health goals. (Lifehacker)
  • Trapped: The Church Vocation Issue We Don’t Talk About: There are thousands of ministers out there who no longer wish to be ministers. They no longer want to work in churches. They don’t want to do it anymore. But they don’t know how to leave. They don’t have anywhere to go. They don’t know what to do. (The High Calling)

Continue Reading…

Don’t Store Your Treasures in Holey Buckets (The Art of Taking Notes, part 1)

My mind is weird. I can remember when Augustine was born, but not where I put my keys. I know my wife’s birthday, her social security number, and the phone number she had when we were in high school, but for the life of me I can’t remember what she wants for Christmas or what I’m supposed to be doing around the house this weekend.

leaky bucket (300x262)I’d like to believe that my mind is a steel trap. But it’s more like a sieve.

You can see how that might cause problems in a relationship. But it’s particularly a challenge for students. You’re investing tremendous time and money in what you’re learning. The information you gain is a treasure. Where are you going to keep it? Maybe your brain is better than mine: you never forget anything and you can just keep all that valuable information in your head. If so, count your blessings, and I hate you.

But if your brain is more like a bucket with a bunch of big holes punched through the bottom, you probably need a different plan. Otherwise, you can pour into your brain all the information you want, but most of it is just going to leak out all over your shoes and make a mess on the floor

So what are you going to do to make sure that you retain all of that precious information? Easy. Store it somewhere else.

Continue Reading…

Flotsam and jetsam (9/11)

iphone5

Good Reads

  • A Grown-Up, Not Sexed-Up, View of Womanhood: I’m interested instead in what leads Miley Cyrus or the midriff-baring girl up the street to believe that in order to prove her adulthood, she must become an object of male sexual consumption. And I’m interested in how the church can offer her an alternative. (Her·meneutics)
  • Science Vs. Religion: A Heated Debate Fueled By Disrespect: Issues about science and religion have become so politicized and polarizing that it’s hard to find public forums in which people with different commitments can meaningfully engage in discussion and debate. You know, respectful conversations, ones in which we interpret each other charitably and don’t simply assume that those who disagree with us are foolish, immoral or just plain stupid. (NPR)
  • The Short Sentence as Gospel Truth: If you ever have a preposterous statement to make … say it in five words or less, because we’re always used to five-word sentences as being the gospel truth. (New York Times)
  • How Much Should It Cost to Find God? The spirituality and well-being industry continues to encourage seekers to invest in costly books, workshops, and other products. Are we being played? (The Atlantic)

Continue Reading…

Flotsam and jetsam (9/7)

shake_that

Good Reads

  • Abuse Does Not TAke Away Use: One of the most important rules I’ve learned in my theological studies is abusus non tollit usum—”abuse does not take away use.” Basically, fire can destroy, but it’s also good for cooking or keeping your home warm; an oxygen mask can still save your life, even if someone choked you with one; scalpels still cut out cancer, even if someone got injured with one. In the same way, doctrines can still be good, true, beautiful, and helpful despite the ways they’ve been abused or misconstrued in the past. (The Gospel Coalition)
  • How to Find the Time for That Important Project: Almost everyone has some important project they can’t seem to get to. Maybe it’s starting a blog, writing a book, or launching a new business initiative. You just can’t seem to find the time to tackle it. (Michael Hyatt)

Continue Reading…

A Prayer for Sunday (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

coleridgeI normally try to connect our Sunday prayers to some important historical date. But I didn’t have anything scheduled for today, and I realized that I missed the anniversary of the death of Samuel Taylor Coleridge over the summer. So I thought I’d fix that tragic oversight today.

For those who may not know, Coleridge was a famous English poet. But like many literary figures before him, he was so much more than that. Regularly weaving theological themes into his various writings, Coleridge was a significant theologian in his own right, and one who influenced generations of theologians after him.

Samuel Coleridge died on July 25, 1834. In honor of his amazing life and influence, this Sunday’s prayer comes from him.

Continue Reading…

Saturday Morning Fun…Passive Aggressive Parenting

Want to get your kids’ attention but don’t want to bother with some lengthy and emotionally draining conversation? Then you’ll find these 20 passive-aggressive notes to kids helpful. I’ll be using this one soon.

parents-passive-aggressive-notes-to-kids-8

Flotsam and jetsam (9/6)

The same is true for theologeuns.

The same is true for theologeuns.

Good Reads

  • Three Things I Need to Say: I stopped seeing the church as a place where God invites us to serve one another and instead commenced to critique it through a me-centered, consumerist standard against which no institution comprised of human beings could measure up.
  • The One Shortcut That Exists in Life:  mentorship is the one and only shortcut that exists in life.  And the reason is if you find the right mentor for whatever field you’re in, they’ve made mistakes in life and they learned from them.  They can steer you away from the kinds of mistakes that are going to make you  waste a year or two of your life.
  • How to Read Way More Books (And, Thus, Know Way More Stuff): While many problems are new to 2013–what, exactly, is twerking?–most are quite old, like having a meaningful career or being able to do your best work. So if we want to be able to address our various ignorances, we need to hack our days to get more knowledge–which is another way of saying read a ton of books.

Continue Reading…

Flotsam and jetsam (9/4)

Think my wife will let me get one for the kitchen?

Think my wife will let me get one for the kitchen?

Good Reads

  • Eight Areas Where Many Ministers Are Unprepared for Ministry: My email inbox is full of tragic examples. They entered into vocational ministry with hope and healthy idealism. They had been prepared well in the study of the Bible, theology, Church history, and other classical disciplines. They were bright, eager, and ready to change the world in God’s power. And they failed. (Thom Rainer)
  • Please Stop Complaining About How Busy You Are: So much of this is about out-doing each other. To say that “I’m busier than you are” means I’m more important, or that my time is more valuable, or that I am “winning” at some never-finished rat race to Inbox Zero…..What you’re trying to say with these responses is: I’m busier, more in-demand, more successful. (Harvard Business Review)
  • Recovering Confession: I don’t hear much talk about confession these days. There was a time when any good book on Christian piety dealt with it. Confession used to occupy an important place in the liturgy of corporate worship. But outside of a general admission that we are sinners, or the specific confession of the one “big sin” in our life, confession seems to have become something largely forgotten. (Joe Thorn)

Continue Reading…