How big is the sun?

I found this visual quite amazing and thought I’d share it here.  I found this at Justin Taylor’s blog @

“Yours is the day, yours also the night;
you have established the heavenly lights and the sun.”

Psalm 74:16



Petition for mercy…

Taken from

Asia Bibi, a wife and mother, used these words to defend her faith against mocking co-workers who tried to make here convert to Islam.  She was later convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death. 

In Pakistan, more than 150,000 Christians have signed a petition demanding justice for persecution victims, including Asia Bibi.  Now you can join with The Voice of the Martyrs and our Pakistani brothers and sisters in a call for mercy.  We hope to gather 1 million signatures on behalf of our sister Asia, who now sits in prison awaiting the Lahore High Court’s ruling on her appeal

Mary Ketterer will have this petition available for you to sign on Sunday morningPlease consider this…

Quantity or Quality?

Below is a discussion between three pastors concerning the tension between evangelism vs. discipleship efforts.  Notice the encouragement from Matt Chandler for the older to invest into the younger.  This is such a critical need for spiritual growth to occur in BOTH parties, both the young and the old.  Also, Mark Dever points out that in order for us to consider ourselves a follower of Christ, we really should be helping others to follow Christ.  He also reminds me of the importance of praying for and encouraging others. 

  • Mark Dever is pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist church located in Washington D.C. and founder of 9Marks ministries
  • Matt Chandler is pastor of the Village church located just outside of Dallas, TX
  • James McDonald is pastor of the Harvest Bible Chapel located in Chicago and host of the Walk in the Word radio program


I’m sure somebody said it…

Keri received this in an E-mail last week and I thought it was worth passing on.  Taken from Claudia Barba – “I think I know what somebody said…”

  1. When the palsied man was lowered through the roof to be healed: “We ain’t never done it that way before.”
  2. While picking up 12 baskets of leftovers after the 5000 were fed: “What a mess!”
  3. When Jesus gathered little children into His arms: “Don’t you have more important things to do?”
  4. When He called for self-denial and cross-bearing: “Sorry—that’s not my style.”
  5. When He chose the unlearned and ignorant to be His disciples: “They’re not in our target demographic.”
  6. When they heard Jesus was a Nazarene: “He’s  from the wrong side of the tracks.”
  7. When He announced that the last would be first:  “That’s not fair.”
  8. When He honored a widow with only two mites and sent a rich young ruler away sorrowful: “He really ought to cultivate friendships with wealthy donors.”
  9. When Jesus allowed a woman to anoint His feet with her tears and wipe them with her hair: “Why can’t He  be more dignified?”
  10. When He taught by telling stories: “His preaching is shallow.”
  11. When He talked with the woman at the well, when He ate with publicans and sinners, when the common people heard Him gladly: “He attracts riffraff.”
  12. When Jesus took only Peter, James, and John up the mountain of transfiguration: “He’s playing favorites.”
  13.  When He accepted worship and forgave sins: “Who does He think He is? God?”
  14.  When He was crucified: “What a failure.”


Have it your way…

1996!  That was the last time that Lectures in Systematic Theology by Henry Thiessan was checked out of the church library.  A couple of years ago I asked Judy Miller to purchase a few books for our library, books I recommended because I thought our people would enjoy them.  She kindly purchased those books and placed them in the window as soon as they arrived…and there they sat.  I guess it is a bit unrealistic to pit systematic theology books against Beverly Lewis or Karen Kingsbury, so from here on out, I’ll leave the book recommendations to Oprah. 

 Instead, I’d like to know what YOU would like to see in our church library.  Ann Modrall and Doris Faubert have taken responsibility for this ministry, and are doing a fantastic job!  I know that they would love to hear your thoughts on what you’d like to see.  We aren’t asking for specifics, although you may be as specific as you would like.  I know many have suggested we carry DVD’s, and our selection of those grow each month.  Are there particular authors you’d like to see in our library, or small group studies?  What about music or books on tape?  Greek and Hebrew lexicons …OK, I was just kidding with that last one.

 Understand that we don’t make any promises here.  Just because you ask doesn’t guarantee you’ll see it.  But we do recognize that this is YOUR library, and we want to make sure as many people as possible from our congregation can benefit from this tremendous resource.  In two weeks we will have a bulletin insert asking for your thoughts and ideas.  You may not want to wait that long, so feel free to communicate directly with me at or you may leave your thoughts in the comment section below. 


Help! I want to have devotions, but how???

What would you say to someone who asked you ” how do I have devotions?”  What advice would you give?  What books (if any) would you recommend?  I’d love to hear your comments.

This is a re-post since I only got ONE person’s feedback…thank you Shirley!  I can only assume the following:

  1. You didn’t see the original post
  2. You don’t know how to post comments, but you sure have a lot to say about this subject
  3. Shirley is the only one having devotions

If you can’t leave a comment, please e-mail me at and I’ll post your thoughts here on this post.