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Journey Through Lent Week 2 February 13, 2016

Filed under: Spiritual Transformation,Uncategorized — billmacphee @ 5:00 pm

BibleI hope you are enjoying the Scriptures selected to help us begin our reading and reflection journey through Lent to the cross and empty tomb.

Remember,
Lent is a time for sacrifice and self-examination, for increased self-awareness and God-awareness, for spiritual refocus and renewing our conversion, for seeing our own need for Grace, and for opening our hearts to be more captured by Jesus’ love.

I discourage any practice in Lent that detracts from the work of salvation accomplished by Jesus on the cross. Yes, let the Scriptures push us toward humble acknowledgement that we, like Israel before us, have fallen far short of God’s ideal for what it means to be human. But by all means, let these sacred texts clarify that God is the relentless hound of heaven, pursuing you and me with an unquenchable love. He requires nor desires our attempt at appeasing him by acts that earn forgiveness.
Even this practice of reading can easily be turned into labor that makes us feel better about how God might view us. Read, reflect, rest, ponder, and let his words guide.

Here are the readings for Week 2 | February 15-20

 

Millennial Parents January 17, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — billmacphee @ 9:45 pm

Is it possible that as the so called Millennial’s become parents they are struggling with authority? A recent study gives insight and indicates that compared to the cohort that has been labeled Gen-X, Millennials are more authoritarian. There is a significant difference between parents who use a libertine and those who land on a more authoritarian parenting style. In many ways, kids respond the same to both of these extremes. A laissez-faire, anything goes parent and a tight-fisted, controlling parent get the same outcome: insecure, rebellious, truth-hiding, prone to laziness adolescent. Less we put the blame on the young person, we must pause and reflect on the impact of the way we parent. A better approach is to choose an authoritative stance, where mom and dad are still in charge, but their primary goal is help their son and daughter discover who they are [identity], what they are called to do [purpose], and where they fit in the adult world [belonging]. Authoritative parents raise kids who are secure and confident, willing to take risks, and engage in making the world a better place not only for themselves, but others.

 

Why I Prefer Paper/Physical Books to Ebooks January 14, 2016

Filed under: pastoral leadership,Technology,Uncategorized — billmacphee @ 11:57 am

I prefer physical books for many of the same reasons Michael lists here. Primary among them is the feel and interaction I have with books, taking notes, flipping pages, reviewing the big ideas. I have the same feeling about reading the Bible online versus my paper text. Maybe it is because I am used to the format, but I like being able to look at two pages in a paper book or Bible, because this trains my eyes to see context. Ebooks and YouVersion for my Bible is useful and used often, I just still prefer the kinesthetic engagement.

http://michaelhyatt.com/ebooks-2016.html

 

Broken in the right places March 6, 2011

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I have countless x-rays of my feet, my face, and my femur. I have never considered them from this beautiful perspective.

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