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5 Highlights in the New Eerdmans Theology & Biblical Studies Collection

Hang around seminary libraries long enough and you’ll start to recognize certain publishers. And you’ll start to reach for their books more and more. Eerdmans is one of those. They were a consistent publisher in my bibliographies all throughout Bible school and seminary, so much that I had the publishing city memorized (Grand Rapids). Right now a massive Eerdmans collection is on Pre-Pub in Logos. I browsed the titles and was intrigued by many of them (one of those “I wish I had two lifetimes to...
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Wounding their own

Nehemiah 5:7 Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them. Nehemiah got really angry. He is fighting an enemy on the outside. He is building a wall around the city to protect God’s people. He now hears that God’s people are hurting each other. It is not the danger from the outside but from the inside. Brother against brother fighting and hurting each other. They were...
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Your Phone Just Got a Lot More Fun Now That Houseparty Is Adding Ellen's Heads Up! Game

With all our busy lives, staying in touch with a group of friends can be difficult. Whether your go-to crew lives far away or down the street, it's tough to find space to connect in between everyone's day-to-day responsibilities and keep things fun. That's where Houseparty comes in. The social networking app aims to build genuine face-to-face moments between its users, and things are about to get even more exciting now that its partnering with The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the host's Heads Up! g...
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How to Crush Much Anxiety this Year

T here are birds at the feeders, chickadees. What is the answer to much anxiousness? They flit nervous. Oh, yeah — do I get that. I watch the light out in the trees, the way it falls across the walls. Across the calendar and these mushrooming to-do lists and yeah, go ahead, try to remember to breathe. John Calvin and I remember the year we were four. The year I was four, my sister was crushed under the wheels of a truck in our driveway. That’s my first memory, the day Aimee was killed. Fea...
Tags: Hope, Religion, Faith, Fear, Christ, Journaling, Calvin, Aimee, Joshua, John Calvin, Doing Thanks, 1000Gifts, Free Tools, William J Bouwsma


Beyond the 88: More no-fear piano preparations

In the last post I talked about some easy surface preparations for piano, but I didn’t mention that there’s a long history of these. Some early piano makers experimented with creating “stops” for their instrument that would change the timbre of the piano. Many of these were essentially mechanisms for surface preparations. The bassoon stop, for instance, lowered a parchment roll (or a parchment roll covered in silk) onto the strings, producing a gentle buzzy sound against the strings when notes w...
Tags: Religion, Articles, Piano, Columns, John Cage, Jolley, Experimentation, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Stephen Hartke, Hartke, NewMusicBox, Extended Techniques, Jennifer Jolley, Richard Bunger, Piano Preparation, Toy Piano


Are You Open to Spiritual Gifts? Exposing the Least Biblical Position

It is a strange quirk of the contemporary church that arguably the most common way of handling the charismatic gifts, at least in the West, is the only one that simply cannot be defended from Scripture. For now, I will leave aside the question of whether the distinction between “miraculous” and “other” gifts would have occurred to Paul. On a number of occasions, however, Paul tells his converts to pursue, use, or eagerly desire the so-called “miraculous” gifts, and prophecy in particular: ...
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Denmark to American leftists: We’re not socialist

Denmark to American leftists: We’re not socialist Democratic Socialists have presented Denmark as the elusive nation where socialism has been successful, and thus a model for the policies they would implement in the United States. Bernie Sanders regularly invoked Denmark during the 2016 presidential campaign, and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez reassured 60 Minutes viewers that her version of democratic socialism would veer more toward Denmark than Venezuela. Just ...
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Questions Not Welcome

“Questions not Welcomed” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward Are you guys aware that I have a whole book dedicated to the essential value of questions? “Questions are the Answer” available on Amazon. CAN I HELP YOU? CLICK HERE!
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Church Web Hosting Disk Space and Bandwidth Explained

Continuing our series, 9 Factors to Consider when Choosing a Church Web Hosting Company, in this post we look at disk space and bandwidth and why they matter in web hosting What are disk space and bandwidth? Disk space is the amount of space in a web hosting account for storing files. These files may include images, text, audio, video, software and even email. Bandwidth is the maximum of data allowed to be transferred each month to and from a web hosting account. And just to explain a few terms ...
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Jesus Is Too Good To Be False

Groundbreaking “Lewis-esque” article now available again! Five years ago I published an article at Touchstone magazine that I titled “Too Good to be False,” and which they titled, “The Gospel Truth of Jesus.” Leading New Testament documents scholar Daniel Wallace paid me the compliment of calling it “Lewis-esque.” For quite a long time Touchstone displayed it for free on their website, but now it’s behind a subscriber paywall. The copyright is mine, so today I’m republishing it here. Being five...
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The Feast Day of St Antony

Today is the feast day of St. Antony, the most well-known of the Desert Fathers.  He was the first of those Fourth Century monastics who took up residence in the desert beyond the outskirts of civilization. St. Antony was a well-off Christian in the time just after Christianity became an accepted religion in the empire of Constantine.  He was moved by the story in the Gospel of Mark of the rich young man who asked Jesus what he must do to gain eternal life and was told to sell everything he owne...
Tags: Religion, Jesus, Mark, Speaking to the Soul, St Antony, Christ Antony, Jesus Central


7 Traits of an Insecure Leader

Christian are called to walk by faith. Of course, this includes Christian leaders. A part of our calling in leadership means we won’t always know what the future holds, but we steadfastly follow God’s leadership. I must be honest. As I work with Christian leaders – and I observe the culture and leaders within the world – I sometimes see more confident leadership outside the church than within. How can this be? People of faith have assurance in Whom we are following. We can lead people with confi...
Tags: Leadership, Church, Religion, Fear, Christian, Church Revitalization


Sunday Is a “Super Blood Wolf Moon” – Ugh!

As a moderately dispensational premillennialist, I groan a little every time there is some kind of celestial wonder such as is supposed to come our way Sunday night – a Super Blood Wolf Moon. Two things happen that irritate me – and as someone who six weeks out from surgery, is not healing well, still has a lot of pain, and feels tired and grumpy all the time, I don’t need this kind of irritation. Eschatology wingnuts come out of the woodwork telling us about the powerful portent of this sign,...
Tags: Usa, China, Russia, Israel, Religion, Jerusalem, America, Syria, Egypt, Middle East, Jesus, Jordan, Times, Lebanon, Christ, Matthew


Why Did Jesus Choose to Live in Capernaum?

Quiet Capernaum (Kfar Nahum or “Nathan’s village”) wraps around the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It’s surrounded by lush, rolling hills that invite easy living—likely the reason a large number of Jews migrated there from Jerusalem after returning from Babylon. Of this region the first-century Jewish historian Josephus wrote: The country that lies over against this lake has the same name of Gennesaret; its nature is wonderful as well as its beauty; its soil is so fruitful t...
Tags: Israel, Religion, Jerusalem, Syria, Egypt, Jesus, John, Damascus, Matthew, Misc, Travelers, Valley, Luke, Matt, Galilee, Nazareth


Vashikaran By Supari Gangajal and Blood

In this post, I have written about a Bina Mantra Ka Vashikaran Totka or a Vashikaran Remedy to attract everyone without using a Vashikaran Mantra. This simple but effective Vashikaran Totka makes the use of an energized Supari as attraction charm by using an easy to practice procedure. [Author: Neel N]
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All Things Rite and Musical

#33: Lessons and Carols Like ( 0 ) Dislike ( 0 )
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Faith Across the Multiverse, Parables from Modern Science- Part 2, The Language of Physics, Chapter 5: A Conspiracy of Chronometers By Andy Walsh

Faith Across the Multiverse: Parables from Modern Science Part 2, The Language of Physics, Chapter 5: A Conspiracy of Chronometers By Andy Walsh We are blogging through the book, “Faith Across the Multiverse, Parables from Modern Science” by Andy Walsh.  Today is Chapter 5: A Conspiracy of Chronometers.  Walsh begins the chapter with a summary of Ender’s Game.  Ender’s Game is a 1985 military science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card. Set at an unspecified date in Earth’s future, the novel pres...
Tags: Church, Religion, Earth, Albert Einstein, Jesus, Einstein, Providence, Walsh, Higgs, Protestant, Caesar, Isaiah, Ender, Andy Walsh, Kobayashi Maru, Faith & Science


25 Guidelines to Help Young Men Mature in Faith & Life

I have been invited to speak to many boys and young men during the span of my priesthood. Those audiences are usually the same: a group of half-interested males who have immensely low expectations of guest speakers. After the usual greetings, I often present my “See You on the Other Side List,” composed of challenging suggestions that, if taken seriously, can help those boys become good men. I have included the list here with explanatory comments. It is interesting to note that the chaperones an...
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Saint Anthony and the Desert Fathers for 2019

Though today’s practicing Catholic is separated from St. Anthony, in particular, and the Desert Fathers in general, historically, culturally, geographically, and vocationally, their voices continue to speak to us and help lead us back to the heart of Christ. Called Anthony the Great and “The Father of Monks,” he was born in central Egypt in A.D. 251 and had a radical conversion to Christ about eighteen years later when he heard the Gospel read in church: “Go, sell all that you have and give to t...
Tags: Israel, Religion, Egypt, Catholic, Christian, John, Christ, Anthony, St Anthony, Marcus Aurelius, Robert Sarah, St Faustina, Macarius, John of the Cross, Andre Louf, Abba Agathon


The Spiritual Life Is a Constant Beginning & Beginning Again

The other morning I was driving my truck through town thinking about how the spiritual life is a constant getting back up to try again and again. I was thinking about it because I had given into temptation — for me at least — and bought a half-caff iced skinny mocha when I’m supposed to be giving up coffee for both spiritual and health reasons. I need to stop drinking coffee for health reasons because it aggravates my chronic gastritis that I’ve had for nearly two years after my gall bladder dec...
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Paul VI Audience Hall Wednes...

Paul VI Audience Hall Wednesday, 16 January 2019 Dear brothers and sisters: In our catechesis on the Lord’s Prayer, we now reflect on its very first words: “Our Father”. Saint Paul’s letters testify that the earliest Christians, guided by the Holy Spirit, prayed using the Aramaic word for “father” that Jesus himself had used: “Abba” (cf. Rom 8:15; Gal 4:6). At the beginning of the Lord’s Prayer, then, we hear an echo of the voice of Jesus himself, who teaches the disciples that to pray is to sha...
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In this Gospel passage, Jesus cures a leper who...

In this Gospel passage, Jesus cures a leper who begged him to make him clean. Why clean? Leprosy was considered a very contagious disease; thus a leper had to live outside the town. Besides, they believed that leprosy was an affliction from God and the Jews considered lepers as unclean. Can you imagine how lepers lived isolated lives? It was a very unhappy and depressive life as they were separated from family, friends and all the villagers. So, this leper, when he was made clean by Jesus, did n...
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“Through our communion with Christ we...

“Through our communion with Christ we grow in self-emptying love that desires to offer reparation for sinners. The Eucharist moves us to an ever-greater thirst for the salvation of souls.” —Kathleen Beckman, God’s Healing Mercy
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Liar, Lunatic, or Reliable: Why I Love the Apostle Paul

I have lived with the apostle Paul for over sixty years — admired him, envied him, feared him, pounded on him, memorized him, written poems about him, wept over his sufferings, soared with him, sunk to the brink of death with him, spent eight years preaching through his longest letter, imitated him. Ha — imitated him! In ten lives, I would not come close to his sufferings — or what he saw. Can you really know a man who lived two thousand years ago? We have thirteen letters that he wrote an...
Tags: Religion, Jesus, John, Christ, Corinthians, Jesus Christ, PAUL, Luke, Abraham, John Duncan, Paul Paul, John 8:58


Faith to Go: Baptism and vocation

How can we talk about how Jesus’ baptism impacts our lives? Like ( 0 ) Dislike ( 0 )
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Interfaith Leaders Implore Trump, McConnell and Pelosi to End Shutdown

From the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia:   January 15, 2019 Love your neighbor as yourself.” –  Leviticus 19:18 “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” – Matthew 7:12 Allah says in the Qur’an as translated: “Fulfill the measure and weight and do not deprive people of their due and cause not corruption upon the earth after its reformation.” – Al-A`raf 7:85 “God’s grace and love can be experienced when one cares for the poor and the destitute.” – Guru Nanak, Sikh scriptures ...
Tags: Politics, Maryland, Washington, Government, Virginia, Religion, Immigration, America, Border, Faith, Donald Trump, Shutdown, Matthew, Trump, Pelosi, McConnell


African American Composer Initiative News: Concerts Jan. 26 & 27, 3 PM

African American Composer Initiative Our 2019 Benefit concerts are rapidly approaching, and we are so looking forward to sharing our Tenth Anniversary Celebration Concerts "Where Freedom Rings."  ...
Tags: Religion, William J Zick, Eastside College Preparatory School, LaDoris Cordell Jodi Gandolfi Deanne Tucker, Myrtle Street East Palo Alto


John Malveaux: LA Phil New Music Group presents premiere by Kamasi Washington

Billy Childs Kamasi Washington John Malveaux   of  www.MusicUNTOLD.com   writes: January 15, 2019 The Edge of Jazz concert presented by LA Phil New Music Group curated by Herbie Hancock at Disney Concert Hall featured six diverse world premieres by Hitomi Oba, Vijay Iyer, Billy Childs, Kamasi Washington, Tyshawn Sorey and Hermeto Pascoal. I am  personally familiar with only Billy Childs and Kamasi Washington. OF DARKNESS and LIGHT with Billy Childs at ...
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Happy New Year From Lara Downes

Lara Downes (Jiyang Chen) Where I've been... This was a hard year, in America and in the world, and I was so grateful to be making music that remembers the better angels of our nature. Celebrating the humanitarian legacy of Leonard Bernstein during his centennial year, traveling the road of American history through song with Thomas Hampson, playing music of peace and protest with my young friends on the steps of the Los Angeles City Hall at the March For Our Lives, and as...
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John Malveaux: Annelle Gregory in Recital with James Lent Feb. 5, 8 PM at CSULB

Annelle K. Gregory and Reiko Gregory John Malveaux   of  www.MusicUNTOLD.com   writes: Violinist Annelle Kazumi Gregory's first performance in Long Beach was with her mother Reiko Gregory. The violin and koto duo performed during a monthly luncheon presented by Musical Arts Society at Bixby Knolls Towers. Ms. Gregory later returned to Long Beach and competed in the Mozart Festival at  Unitarian Universalist  Church.  As the first prize winner, Ms. Gregory ...
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