The Beauty & Glory of the Reformation: Day Three

[ The Beauty & Glory of the Reformation: Day Two ] We woke up Saturday morning and asked each other, “Can this really be the final day of the conference? It seems as if we’re just getting started!” After a quick breakfast, we found our seats and again were transported back to the 16th century. Dr. Haykin […]

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The Beauty & Glory of the Reformation: Day Two

[  The Beauty & Glory of the Reformation:  Day One ] Have you even been so captivated by a speaker that time seemed non-existent and the space you occupied faded from your conciousness? That has been our experience at the Prince Center the past few days. We walk into the conference room, take our seats, and […]

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The Beauty & Glory of the Reformation

I rolled out of bed this morning, slipped on my running shoes, and walked outside where cool air greeted me for the first time since last winter. How wonderful it is to be in Grand Rapids! We actually arrived yesterday and spent the afternoon hiking through the woods on the campus of Calvin College. The […]

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In the Days of Noah

We’re working our way up to Grand Rapids this week for the Puritan Reformed Seminary annual conference. Since Ark Encounter is about the halfway point for us—situated in Florence, Kentucky— we decided to stop by and see what’s changed since our last visit, and I’m so glad we did. Many of the exhibits have been […]

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Community Pool: August 21

Today we offer a broad mix of interesting subjects and events from around the world along with a beautiful song by the Gettys. Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Eclipses The Great American Eclipse is today! The moon’s shadow will cut a wide swath right through the center of the country to the delight, […]

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5 Sure Ways to Lose Your Peace

Do you get the sense that things are quickly spinning out of control in the contemporary climate in which we live? At the moment, the headlines from Charlottesville are being overtaken by the terrorist attack in Spain. Headlines and news bites vie in the arms race for our attention but more often than not serve […]

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A Sparrow in the House

I climbed to the top of a ladder and perched myself there, waiting for a mother bird to fly the nest. I thought I would see eggs, but to my surprise two baby birds awkwardly stretched their fuzzy necks upward in anticipation of breakfast. Quickly, I focused my lens and shot a few photos of […]

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My Way, No Way

The Daily Mail (UK) published an article stating that pop songs have overtaken hymns as the music of choice at funerals. In fact, undertakers reported that hymns are declining quickly in popularity, mirroring the decline in church attendance. So what song do you think tops the “send-off” list? And now, the end is near And […]

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Roadside Reality Check

There’s something we all share in common—a difficulty in living up to our claims. When we claim one thing and live another, we may not admit it but the H-word applies. Ever since the fall, we live in the friction between an airbrushed reputation and stone-cold reality, reality being who we are before God. Few […]

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Anchored in Hope

In The Insanity of God, author Nik Ripken recounts his time in Russia and the Ukraine where he interviewed numerous pastors and church leaders who lived under communism. His question was this: How did so many Russians and Ukrainians keep their faith strong over decades of communist oppression of believers? One man shared this story […]

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