Monday, July 4, 2016
Thursday, June 2, 2016
or "It's Not About the Microphone" (Part Two of Two)
Cliff Ravenscraft is the king of helping people start their own podcast. He's helped thousands of people do it. But wait – there's more…
This is fascinating conversation ended up being so far-ranging, we had to make it two episodes. We'll discover…
- Why typecasting is not necessarily a bad thing.
- How the musical Hamilton changed Cliff's life – and so many others.
- The nature of ambition, service, and selfishness.
- And so much more!
Wow – what a lot of links we mentioned. I think I got most of them.
- Cliff Ravenscraft
- Leonard Nimoy
- I Am Not Spock, by Leonard Nimoy
- I Am Spock, by Leonard Nimoy
- The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman
- Grace Revolution, by Joseph Prince
- Les Miserables
- Cliff's show on What I Want My Life to Look Like in 20 Years
- Cliff"s show on Getting Past Episode 007
- A podcast called I Can't Stop Spending
- Wayne Jacobson, The God Journey Podcast
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016
Listening to River Valley Leadership Podcast (Episode 010: Running From Conflict): http://leaders.rivervalley.org/podcast//episode-010-running-from-conflict Conflict is something that we all face as leaders. It's inevitable. You can't control when it will come up, but you can control what you do in the midst of it. Will you run from it? Or will you lean into the tensions you face to create a space for everyone to be better? Join the podcast crew as they dive into a discussion around one of the most relevant topics in leadership: Conflict.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
John 15:2 NLT
If "every branch of mine" really means "every branch that falsely professes to be mine"... Why doesn't it say that? "Of mine" or "In me" seems pretty clear.
John 14:13 NLT
"Fruit is the life of Jesus in you being lived out through you." -Wes Feltner
Note that Jesus is doing the doing. The Father is glorified because you asked Jesus (not an idol or whatever), and Jesus does it, not so you have a trinket, but so that the Father is glorified.
John has some deep stuff...
Saturday, March 19, 2016
"Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration paid a visit to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. They said, "Sir, we want to meet Jesus." Philip told Andrew about it, and they went together to ask Jesus."
John 12:20-22 NLT
Friday, March 11, 2016
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Acts 4:24-31 ESV
Friday, January 29, 2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
This indictment stands not only against Ted Cruz, but against every self-described "Christian Conservative" I've ever met:
> "Cruz is a stranger to most of what would generally be considered the Christian virtues: humility, mercy, compassion and grace. Cruz's behavior in the Haley case is almost the dictionary definition of pharisaism: an overzealous application of the letter of the law in a way that violates the spirit of the law, as well as fairness and mercy."
I'll be blunt: In an effort to pursue and celebrate sexual liberty, the Democratic part (which is usually the champion and voice of "the little guy") has abandoned the responsibility to represent the unborn -- who, while inconvenient, are (by any scientific measure) biological humans whose only rights limitation is by virtue of their physical location. If they were Bald Eagles nesting on your roof, they'd be protected. But because they're humans (unique DNA with brain waves - that's human) they can be pulled out feet first and have their brains suctioned out, if that's the choice a woman wants to make.
(It's really strange. We don't allow my "choice" of, say, prostitution or drug use with my own body. But we celebrate the "choice" of killing a unique biological human.)
Republicans see that hypocrisy and freak out, abandoning the Democratic platform (with its professed goals of grace and mercy) for the Republican one, which is basically libertarian at the expense of the disadvantaged. But, at least it doesn't approve of chopping and suctioning babies.
(Except, Trump does. I doubt very many Evangelicals realize that.)
The Democrats counter that religion and politics don't mix, without realizing that abortion isn't a religious issue. In fact, the only thing that could possibly defend it is to postulate a spiritual "soul" that's not present in a fetus. (The pre-brain-wave argument tries to make that point... but, then, why didn't Obama support a ban on the so-called "partial-birth abortion"? Because "the decision is the woman's to make" which sounds great until you realize that we ban people from making all sorts of far less morbid choices about their own bodies.)
So, that's how you have the mess of so-called Christians gleefully supporting the most un-Christian politicians they can find.
The day the Democrats renounce their pro-choice platform and put their political might behind supporting live births and adoptions (which, right now, is a corrupt system that financially manipulates adoptive parents to the tune of thousands and thousands of dollars) is the day you'll see the Christian wheat separated from the chaff.
Until then, Ted Cruz will be plenty popular.