Word Play: Nostalgia

Do you remember when going out to dinner meant spreading a red and white checked tablecloth over a picnic table in the backyard? Remember when playing some music meant gathering the whole family on the front porch with mismatched instruments, everyone singing gleefully about “Power in the...

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SF 23- How to have morning devotions

podcast prayer May 30, 2019

On this episode, George and Karen Grant discuss the patterns habits they’ve developed for morning devotions. In particular, they discuss the way the Psalms can provide just exactly the right instruction, inspiration, and insight needed for almost any situation or circumstance.

Karen...

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In the World, But Not of It

Bethel is the symbol of communion with God; Ai is the symbol of the world. Abraham pitched his tent between the two.” My Utmost, January 6

It was nearly half a century ago that I began to make my way through the classic, My Utmost for His Highest. It was the very first daily devotional...

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SF 22- Yes, Christians get distressed and dismayed

George’s conversation with Caleb and Rebecca Faires focuses on their new publication, The Book of Comforts, published by Zondervan. A coffee table book filled with stories, Scripture, illustrations, photographs, and inspirations, the book navigates all the ways the Lord provides comfort to...

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The New Monasticism

church theology worldview May 20, 2019

By the thirteenth century, the West’s idealistic wars against a fearsome Islamic threat had failed ignobly; its stagnating economy had cast a pall of depression across the once prosperous and thriving land; its national and political leaders reveled in pomp, circumstance, and internecine...

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SF 21- Come & See, Go & Tell (Mark series #5)

podcast May 16, 2019

 In talk #5 in the Mark series, we go to chapter 5, to the region of the Gadarenes. The Decapolis (area of ten cities), as it was common called, was known for being an area of “trouble” in the ancient world. It was known for its problems.

Aside from being a place of pure unrest...

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Shelf Life: A Must-Read, Lifetime-Learning List for Men

Readers are inveterate and unapologetic list makers.  Indeed, according to Umberto Eco, “Lists are the most necessary literary accessories of all.” 

  • There are lists of books that must be read. 
  • There are lists of books that must be reread. 
  • There are lists of...
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SF 20- Jesus Wants to Save Them, Too (Mark series #4)

podcast May 09, 2019

 

This talk takes us to chapter 2 of Mark and one of the most famous stories of all, the story in which Jesus heals that’s lowered through a roof by his four friends.

Now, before we go there, we talk about the geography of the area for a bit. You see, Jesus’ home based became...

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The Ichabod Church and Basil

“And thus was he called Ichabod, for the glory of the Lord had departed.”  1 Samuel 4:21

The rising tide of heresy in the latter half of the fourth century very nearly engulfed the entire church.  Most of the Nicean fathers had either passed into glory or were constrained...

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SF 19- Outsiders are Now Insiders (Mark series #3)

podcast May 02, 2019

 

So we begin our third discussion in the book of Mark with a ramble about George’s library. That leads us to one of the first books Andy notices, a book about the libido.

“Can we say that word on the podcast?” he asks.

George affirms we can. Then, as he’s prone to...

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