Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Archive for May 2013

Musings

May 31, 2013

Congregational Singing Churches of Christ get a mention in a recent post on the First Things blog and it is because of our worship. The post quotes another article by Justin Taylor in which Taylor observes the following about worship vs. concerts. …there’s nothing wrong with concerts! It’s just that Christian worship is not a […]

Cordell Christian College

May 28, 2013

Although many people may not be familiar with the history of Cordell Christian College it has an interesting one. It was founded in 1907 by three businessmen, J. C. Harrel, G. A. W. Fleming, and W. D. Hockaday. The school went through several name changes. It began as Cordell Christian College, but was renamed Western […]

A Brief Overview of Colossians

May 26, 2013

Paul’s letter to the Colossians is a letter written from prison (4:3) to a church he had never visited (2:1). The congregation’s leader and possible founder, Epaphras, (1:7) is now with Paul (4:12). Paul has learned of some problems the church is facing and he writes this letter to encourage them and guide them on […]

Musings

May 24, 2013

Think Before You Speak Shane Alexander does a great job of calling all ministers to think before they speak in the midst of a tragedy. This kind of thing happens all the time. Just this week I was listening to a pastor being interviewed whose church was right next to the elementary school that was […]

A Prayer by Augustine

May 23, 2013

Almighty God, in whom we live and move and have our being, you have made us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless till they rest in you; grant us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no passion may hinder us from knowing your will, no weakness from doing it; but in […]

7 Helpful Things a Congregation Can Do for Their Minister

May 19, 2013

Believe it or not ministers need help. They need help from their church leaders and they need help from members. I know ministers often get accused of only working one day a week, but in reality they are on call all the time. If someone gets sick or if someone dies often the first person […]

A Prayer by Francis of Assisi

May 18, 2013

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that I may seek not so much to […]

Musings

May 17, 2013

The Problem of Evil Jessica Kelley, a mom who has experienced deep loss, offers some thoughts regarding theodicy. She writes, …it seems the majority of Christians consider evil and suffering to be part of God’s “perfect plan.”  They believe God specifically allows things like sexual abuse, the Holocaust, and Henry’s cancer for an unknown “greater […]

Seeing Jesus

May 16, 2013

From a very early age my wife and I have sought to teach our four year old son about worship. We have taught him to put his hands together when we pray, open the songbook when we sing, and give money when the collection plate is passed. Each week we give our son a dollar […]

Taking Jesus Seriously

May 14, 2013

In recent years there has been a renewed interest in spiritual disciplines. Spiritual disciplines are practices that allow a person to draw closer to God. Activities such as praying, reading Scripture, fasting, rest, and others have led people to strengthen their relationship with God. Sometimes these disciplines are radical and demand great focus, but often […]