Dipping into the Community Pool: October 21

We enjoyed listening to David and Shona Murray share their experiences with depression and burnout, which you can also listen to below.  Also, Stephen Nichols discusses Luther’s Catechism for children while standing outside Luther’s home in Germany. David and Shona Murray: Two Broken People, One Great Physician Dr. Murray is a pastor as well as […]

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Light Painting

There’s an interesting technique in night photography called light painting. You secure your camera on a tripod, set the aperture at about f11, and then set the speed for 10-20 seconds. Since vehicles are always on the move, city streets provide the perfect venue. Movement is the key to light painting. Whatever moves disappears from […]

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Lend Me Your Ear

In the dark tragedy Othello, an ensign named Iago—one of Shakespeare’s worst villains— hatches a plot against his commander Othello, who Iago believes has overlooked his skill and promoted a man less worthy. Sadly, Othello listens to Iago’s innuendos and deceptions regarding his (Othello’s) new young wife, Desdemona, allowing them to play on his mind […]

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Dipping into the Community Pool: October 14

Here is a sprinkling of items we think you will find interesting and helpful, from Harvey Weinstein to gender dysphoria.   What the Church Can Learn from Weinsteingate There are lots of lessons for the church to be mined from the Harvey Weinstein scandal. David Murray sheds light on a few important ones for us. […]

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Carl Trueman on the Reformation: Part Seventeen

[ Carl Trueman on the Reformation: Part Sixteen ] In lecture 17, Dr. Trueman continues his lecture on Ulrich Zwingli. The Reformation leaders met for debate at Marburg Castle in 1529 because Philip of Hesse desired to unite the Protestant states in a political alliance. The Reformers were able to agree on 14 out of 15 items, […]

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For Better or for Worse

“Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess,” said Oscar Wilde prophetically of 21st century Western youth. Well, he didn’t exactly say this regarding youth in the West, but his words remain true just the same. We live in a time when our heroes are created by media recognition, their outstanding characteristics being such […]

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House of Mourning

My grandparents walked to church on Sunday morning while listening to beckoning church bells, but they never entered the doors before first having strolled past the saints whose rest is won. The cemetery provided a silent pre-sermon for the faithful—and more importantly the not so faithful—that “a generation goes, and a generation comes” and each […]

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Dipping into the Community Pool: October 4

There’s a lot of important topics this week, from the death of Hugh Hefner to the shooting in Las Vegas.  We’ve also included an important video on human trafficking, another on Luther’s 95 theses, and yet another on memorizing Scripture. One Man’s Dream Destroyed Millions: The Pitiful Legacy of Hugh Hefner Hugh Hefner, the founder […]

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Caterpillar in a Ring of Fire

Not too long ago we were introduced to a spiritual exercise called “The Tongue Assignment.” In a nutshell, you take one week and refrain from all of the following: complaining, criticizing, blame shifting, boasting, deceiving, gossiping, and defending yourself. It just so happened that we were packing for a trip, so we decided to start […]

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Parenting vs. Guerrilla Warfare

Last Saturday I walked over to our local soccer field to meet up with my family. It was team picture day so various groups lined the fence in their bright-colored uniforms, looking like little escapees from a box of Crayola crayons. My eyes and ears drifted to one small boy who was refusing to cooperate, […]

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