Archive: Feb 2009



Two, Part V: Old Covenant – New Covenant

By Ron Block

The Levitical laws are suffocating in their all-encompassing completeness. Sin, sin, sin. The requirement for sin was that you publicly confessed it, had to bring your own property to sacrifice, and your animals Read More ›

With Friends Like Pontius Pilate—A Lenten Reflection

By Russ Ramsey

“Pontius Pilate sought to release Jesus.” —John 19:12

Think about that for a second.It has been years since I observed a proper Lenten Season.  But the Read More ›

Two, Part IV: Old Man – New Man

By Ron Block

What about the old man? What about sin? Does Christ indwelling us mean that now we can trust Him in us every morning and then just go about our day walking in the Spirit, never being tempted or sinning? Read More ›

Book Review: Outliers

By Matt Conner

Probably most of you have heard of Malcolm Gladwell, the author behind such best-selling titles as Blink or The Tipping Point. If not, then just know that it’s stimulating, easy to read non-fiction that Wikipedia Read More ›

Song of the Day Meditation: Mystery, Defeat and Death

By Stephen Lamb

My evening reading for the last couple weeks has consisted of a book of essays by British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), Why I Am Not a Christian: And Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects, Read More ›

Words Under The Words: The Poetry of Naomi Shihab Nye

By Eric Peters

While we were in college, my then-girlfriend, now wife, Danielle, introduced me to the poetry of Naomi Shihab Nye. Though I was not reared on poetry or the merits of prose, most of it soaring far above my Read More ›

Susan O’Farrell’s Notebook (Education of a Grade School Pharisee, Part 1)

By Jonathan Rogers

Fifth grade wasn’t kind to Susan O’Farrell. No longer an undifferentiated mass of squirming humanity, our class at Miller Elementary began to sift itself into the social haves and have-nots, the in-crowd and Read More ›

Two, Part III: Life-Life – God’s Optimal Believer

By Ron Block

Every believer deep down wants to hear Jesus Christ say “Well done, good and faithful servant” on the Day. All we have to do is ask ourselves and listen within; if we listen deep enough we’ll find the Holy Spirit Read More ›

Song of the Day: Andrew Osenga

By Andrew Peterson

Please enjoy my favorite song from Andrew Osenga’s Letters to the Editor, Volume II, available here in the Read More ›

Only So Much You Can Say

By Matt Conner

It was an unexpected interview. Not that fact that I was interviewing Roger O’Donnell, longtime keyboardist for The Cure and Thompson Twins, since I had it scheduled for a few weeks in advance Read More ›

High Art

By Curt McLey

It’s not so much that I’m afraid of heights. It’s the involuntary anticipation of falling that bothers me. The prospect of losing balance from a high perch brings on the heebie-jeebies, a physical manifestation of Read More ›

Wall-E + Coldplay = ?

By Pete Peterson

I’m sure everyone has heard some reference to the eerie coupling of music and film evidenced by joining Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz.  If you haven’t, let me give you a brief Read More ›