Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Freedom

  • Freedom of Simplicity, Richard Foster +

    In Freedom of Simplicity Foster gently encourages us to see that our identity, our sense of comfort and security must Read More
  • Freedom and Authority-by JI Packer +

    "Authority" is a word that makes most people think of law and order, direction and restraint, command and control, dominance Read More
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Foreword: How I Changed My Mind About Women in Leadership by Dallas Willard

Dallas-Willard Below is an thoughtful discussion by one of  the most Christ-centered theologian/scholar of our time. When Alan Johnson kindly asked me to contribute a chapter to How I Changed My Mind about Women in Leadership, I had to tell him that I had not changed my mind on this point, and thus could not contribute. All through my young life-from Mrs. Roy Rowan, at the first Baptist Church of Buffalo Missouri, to Mrs. Flood and others at Shiloh Baptist Church at Rover Missouri-those who had taught me most "at church" were women. Actually, I knew that, in many cases, there would have been no church at all if it hadn't been for women; and, beyond church, life in my environment was mainly anchored in strong and intelligent women who-often with little or nothing in the way of "credentials"-simply stood for what was good and right and directed others in the way of Christ.

Read more: Foreword: How I Changed My Mind About Women in Leadership by Dallas Willard

Treading the Thin Line by Julie Moore

That's right, I'm an Associate Producer... and I've got the t-shirt to prove it! I wish it meant more, but all it really means is that I gave a (minimal) amount towards the financing of a moving picture show! I don't know what they used my dough for - supposedly to fine-tune things, as they were almost done when I contributed.

What's the movie? Blue Like Jazz: The Movie. Now, I don't know what kind of movie it will turn out to be, but the book it springs from - Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality, by Donald Miller - is pretty fantastic.

Read more: Treading the Thin Line by Julie Moore

Come As You Are! by Julie Moore

Julie_MooreSaturday night at a cool restaurant called The Pig we had, among other things, a deep fried moon pie. What we did NOT have was the yummy-looking pimento cheese fries that they offered as one of their specials (for someone who finds writing about food boring, I sure do bring it up a lot, don't I?) Anyway, if you read this blog regularly, you may recall that I gave up fries for Lent... Woe is me! It has been a bit harder than I anticipated, but that was the hardest it's been yet! On the upside, since I didn't give up sugar this year, I was able to split that battered and deep-fried moonpie with my husband!

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Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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  • Walking towards Easter: Jesus's Tears +

    These scriptures reflect the pain and suffering, the tears Jesus felt leading up to his crucifixion. Read More
  • Culitvating Good Fruit +

    Proverbs 15:23: To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good Read More
  • Living after Easter +

    Acts 1:8.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my Read More
  • Loving like Jesus and the good, good Father +

    Jesus calls his disciples--and us--to love. Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Easter: transforming how we relate to others +

    As we prepare for Easter, let’s prayerfully consider some questions regarding John 17. Read More
  • Jesus as the cultivator of our heart +

    Day after day our heart experiences dozens and hundreds of interactions: with others, with news stories,  with our thoughts, or Read More
  • Sing to the Lord: Thinking about to praise God each day with songs from our hearts +

    One of the overriding themes throughout scripture is praising God regardless of our circumstances. Read More
  • A focus on blessing others +

    We are called to be a blessing to the world first to those around us. Read More
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