Gov Pritzker (Illinois) gave the 2023 Commencement Address at North Eastern University
"… Whenever we see someone who doesn't look like us, or sound like us, or act like us or love like us, or live like us - the first thought that crosses almost everyone's brain is rooted in either
David Brooks in his book “The Road to Character” says this about sin...
Today the word sin has lost it's power and awesome intensity. It’s now used to refer to desserts... fattening desserts.
Most people in daily conversation don’t talk much about individual sin.
If they talk about human
There is in each of us a dis-ease, a sense of unfulfillment of some high destiny unmet, of some lofty vow broken and shattered.
We are sinners!
We long for some word of forgiveness which will make us whole. We sense we have a homeland, but we are exiles. We perceive that we are of royal
Is feeling nothing the inevitable result of believing in nothing? And then I got to feeling frightened—thinking that there might not actually be anything to believe in, in particular. I thought it would be such a sick joke to have to remain alive
In a vast valley surrounded by towering cliffs, a young shepherd named David stands confidently with his slingshot in hand. His eyes are focused, and his face displays determination as he gazes up at the formidable figure of Goliath. Goliath, a giant of a man clad in gleaming armor,
Charles Spurgeon on preaching the Word:
There seems to be to have been twice as much done in some ages in defending the Bible as in expounding it, but if the whole of our strength shall henceforth go to the exposition and spreading of it, we may leave it pretty much to defend itself.
I do not
“We mothers must take care of the possible and trust God for the impossible.
We are to love, affirm, encourage, teach, listen and care for the physical needs of the family.
We cannot convict of sin, create hunger and thirst after God, or convert. These are miracles - and miracles are not our
Busyness is the enemy of spirituality. It is essentially laziness. It is doing the easy thing instead of the hard thing. It is filling our time with our own actions instead of paying attention
Benjamin Watson, who plays for the NFL New Orleans Saints posted the following on his Facebook page:
"At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down.
The Lord of all comes as a slave amidst poverty. Choosing for his birthplace an unknown village in a remote province, he is born of a poor maiden and accepts all that poverty implies. He chose surroundings that were poor and simple, so ordinary as to be almost unnoticed, so that people would know
I could never believe in God if it were not for the Cross. In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it? I turn to that lonely, twisted, tortured figure on the cross—nails through hands and feet, back lacerated, limbs wrenched, brow bleeding from thorn-pricks, mouth
Melissa Highsmith was kidnapped by a babysitter in 1971 at the tender age of 22 months.
Over the next 51 years, Highsmith's family and the police searched for her without success.
Finally, with the use of DNA technology, her identity was confirmed and she was reunited with her family.
Closed Doors - Open Doors
My first trip to Ukraine was in 2000. We visited Kiev and L'viv to connect with ministry training institutions.
In 2002 I made my first teaching trip to L'viv to teach at L'viv Theological Seminary (LTS).
It was so rewarding to contribute to God's work in
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif - NFL Lineman And Medical Student
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (31) is a Canadian born professional football player for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He is 6’ 5” and 321 pounds.
He played university football and attended medical school at McGill University
On Sunday, October 16, 2022 my daughter, aged 25, ran her first marathon – the Toronto Waterfront marathon. Though I’m currently living 3000 kms away in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada – I was there at the race to cheer her on.
I was not prepared for the emotional intensity of the
Haddon Robinson wrote the classic book on preaching called, “Biblical Preaching.” It has sold more copies than any other preaching textbook. He taught and practised expository preaching to thousands.
I had the privilege of being one of his students from 1996-1999 in the Doctor of Ministry program
I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Jesus. “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.”
That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things
Now what was the sort of hole man had got himself into?
He had tried to set up on his own, to behave as if he belonged to himself.
In other words, fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms.
Laying down your arms, saying you
Bob Dylan is considered one of the greatest song writers of all time.
In 1965 he wrote "Like a Rolling Stone" - one of his most popular songs. It has been acclaimed as the greatest lyric ever written. "Like a Rolling Stone" is statistically the most acclaimed song of all time.
TobyMac wrote these words upon the tragic death of his 21 year old son;
“My wife and I would want the world to knows this … We don’t follow God because we have some sort of under the table deal with Him,