There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

Archive for June, 2007

beware not just the rank, but the rank-and-file

Cultivating the Quiet by Gary Thomas

More than 200 years ago, the English cleric William Law observed that “The lowness of most people’s virtue, the imperfections of their piety and the disorders of their passions … is generally owing to their imprudent use and enjoyment of lawful and innocent things. … We must not only abhor gross and notorious sins, but we must regulate the innocent and lawful parts of our behavior and put the most common and allowed actions of life under the rules of discretion and piety.”

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“test to see” you are in the community

What makes a community a community? There are plenty of gatherings in the world, plenty of gatherings you’re a part of–loose associations, casual friendships. But what distinguishes a community in Christ from say, some other community–apart from the obvious distinction of the object of that community’s faith and hope?

Acts 2 mentions several concrete things that set the early church community apart from its surrounding networks of communities. But the thought occurred to me this morning that one way to gauge the vibrancy of a community is whether or not they are praying for one another on more than just the platitudinal level.

I think it’s not too much to say that what indicates significantly whether you are truly part of the community to which you are attached is this: are there any people in that community you take the responsibility of praying for regularly? Read the rest of this entry »

thinking basically


How to think and live in light of Genesis will be a perennial question for Christians throughout their sojourn this side of Glory. What Genesis means to tell us about our beginnings, our identities, our responsibilities has untold implications for all sorts of choices we make and attitudes we embrace.

Here’s a little more fodder for your thinking about all things primordial through the story of one man’s career choices resulting from his thinking about it, one man’s ridicule of those choices, and yet another man’s assessment of the debate between two men who call themselves scientists. (borrowed from First Things)

The Irrationality of Richard Dawkins

By Francis J. Beckwith

Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 6:47 AM

In his 2006 book, The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins laments the career path of Kurt Wise, who has, since 2006, held the positions of professor of science and theology and director of the Center for Theology and Science at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to that, Wise had taught for many years at Bryan College, a small evangelical college in Dayton, Tennessee, named after William Jennings Bryan, three-time Democratic presidential candidate and associate counsel in the 1925 Scopes “Monkey Trial.” Read the rest of this entry »

in our absence….

…we hope you might be so inclined to record your musings–serious or otherwise–here for the masses to see and perhaps to comment on. We’re praying for VBS, small groups, and the pursuit of holiness for you here.  Would you mind praying for our efforts in Japan?  Much obliged.

Eight months in…

Can you believe the Bronson’s (Andrew and Becky) have been in Thailand for 8 months now? Here’s their latestbronsons-update-may-07.jpg update from the church-planting work in Nong Khai. Don’t forget to check in with them at their blogsite, and be sure to drop them a note to catch them up!