Maureen Mullarkey has some interesting thoughts on worship music and instruments. Check out Chords and Discord
Tim Spivey has a great post this week on how long a minister should preach. He says,
Please don’t shorten your sermons for searchers sake. They are searching. That’s why they are there. Don’t shorten your sermons to appease your church’s lowest common denominator, spiritually speaking. Aim the food toward the hungry. Aim your preaching for those who come searching, broken, or hungry to grow in Christ.
Check out Thoughts on Sermon Length
Preachers Seeking Friends
Matthew Morine has some great thoughts on why preachers do not have friends. You may be surprised by what he has to say. Check out Why Preachers Really Do Not Have Friends
A Moving Tribute
Stephen Colbert offered a moving tribute to his late mother this week. Check out Stephen Colbert’s Tribute To His Late Mother, Lorna Tuck Colbert
Mumford and Sons
Cathleen Falsani writes about her recent experience at a Mumford and Sons concert. Check out Mumford & Sons: Hootenanny for the Soul
Sage Advice From Peter Kreeft
I read a lot of religious books. I read them because I am teaching and preaching every week, but I also read them because I enjoy them. This week as I was reading Peter Kreeft’s book Prayer for Beginners I was struck by something he wrote at the very beginning of the book. I was challenged by these words.
Reading a book about doing something can be an obstacle to doing it because it gives you the impression that you are doing what you are only thinking about doing. It is tempting to remain in the comfortable theater of the imagination instead of the real world, to fall in love with the idea of becoming a saint and loving God and neighbor instead of doing the actual work, because the idea makes no demands on you. It is like a book on a shelf. But, as Dostoyevsky says, ‘love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams’ (The Brother Karamazov). A dream, or an idea, is a flattering addition to our mind; it does not demand any subtraction, any sacrifice of time and effort, as reality does.
Slaid Cleaves is a talented Texas songwriter. I have got to see his talents live on several occasions. This week he released another great album. He has lots of serious and important songs, but here is one of the more fun ones off the album.