Category Archives: Mark’s Currently Reading

Books and more that Mark is reading

Time Experienced Simultaneously

Today I’m mediating on God’s nature as everlasting (eternity). Since we are stuck in our time-space continuum, we struggle to grasp both the nature and the implications of God’s eternity. We experience time sequentially: today I’m experiencing July 12 and … Continue reading

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Appreciating Life

Tony Evan’s book Praying Through the Names of God touched me deeply this morning. “Your life extends into mine, giving me the opportunity to experience your creation. . . Forgive me for not treasuring and taking care of the gift … Continue reading

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A Summoned Leader

I was reading Jim Beaird’s remarkable book, Proximity Factor this morning. He quotes Leonard Sweet, who wrote, “Leaders are neither born nor made. They are summoned.” This resonates with my current experience. I’m in two leadership roles for which I … Continue reading

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Becoming Missional

“The Missional Church” is a hot phrase right now, and rightly so. God sent the church on a mission. Every once in awhile (probably, once a generation), the church forgets that we have a job to do and begins to … Continue reading

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The Church’s Main Function

“The sin of the Church–the horrible apostasy of the Church–has consisted in denying its own function which is  to proclaim to men their spiritual condition, the eternal foundation which it rests, the manifestation which has been made of it by … Continue reading

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The Presence of Angels

Excuse my honesty, but I have always wondered about the fascination about angels. I never doubted their existence; but I could not see why many people are drawn to them. This morning, I read Michael Card’s Luke: The Gospel of … Continue reading

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Grief to Hope

The role of the prophet is to help society grieve the death of its own future and excite hope for God’s future. That is a quickie summary of The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann. In setting the context for the … Continue reading

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God uses suffering?

Excuse me for an extended quote, but Michael Card had much to say. “[Jesus] does not explain away the pain, nor does he say that he has come with the answer or that he will fix everything. Instead, he bows … Continue reading

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How to Approach the Bible

“We must learn to read the Bible at the level of the informed imagination (Michael Card in Luke: The Gospel of Amazement.) Later on, Card explains that some people approach the Bible with just their “heads” — an intellectual curiosity. … Continue reading

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10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Reduce Anxiety in Your Congregation

Alban – Building Up Congregations and Their Leaders.  I read this article about helping anxious churches. Since almost every church carries some level of anxiety, I figured these ideas would help in just about any church

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