- Connects family members to each other;
- Results in healthier food choices than when eating alone;
- Helps prevent eating disorders among teenage girls;
- Produces kids who are less likely to smoke, drink alcohol, or do drugs.
I hope you like the new look of the blog. WordPress has some new templates, and I like this one for readability and style.
For something completely different, visit Debbie’s blog, Goodthoughts, for photos of our gardens, her really great posts, and her art. Read The Story of the Bluebird, if you haven’t — it’s a great story!
Thanks to Zondervan for pulling together the following list of resources for Christians interested in changing everything from the environment to consumerism to peace to the global effort of the United Nations.
Here are the latest photos of the community center we’re building on Main Street in Chatham. I founded a non-profit, Chatham Cares, in 2005. In 2006 we received a $3-million grant to construct a community center for the entire county. This is the only recreation facility in our county of 60,000 people that is not a school. This effort is part of our commitment to be the abbey church in our community, and to collaborate with other groups to transform our town. A sketch of the building and groundbreaking photos are here.
(We have a missions speaker this week, October 14, 2007, so I’m not preaching Sunday. Here’s a sermon I enjoyed preaching last year on the story of blind Bartimaeus.) Jesus, Help! mp3
The Story of A Blind Man
This is a story that is familiar to those of us who grew up in Sunday School. The story of “Blind Bartimaeus” is what my Primary teacher called it. It’s the story of a man who was reduced to begging because he was blind. Unlike our day, in the first century blindness meant you could no longer go about your trade. A blind shepherd could not look for sheep; a blind shopkeeper could not manage his wares; a blind carpenter was a danger to himself and those around him; a blind farmer could not plant, nurture his crop or see when it was ready for harvest. No guide dogs for the blind, no books on tape, no institutions for those who are visually-impaired. Blindness was a sentence of destitution and hopelessness.
I’m not preaching this week because we have a missions speaker this Sunday. But, here’s a sermon I enjoyed preaching last year on the story of “blind Bartimaeus.” It’s titled, Jesus, Help! from Mark 10:46-52.
Ran across some helpful stuff you might like —
- Tim Bednar has a cool blog on using tech stuff in practical ways in ministry.
- For those into charts, Kevin Kelly has the mother of all charts.
- Church of the Customer blog has new data on WOM (word-of-mouth) as the best marketing platform.
- If you’re wondering what an emergent gathering looks like, Paul Soupiset has some pix here. More from Daley Hake here.
- The always-good Seth Godin has an interesting post about choices people have.
- If you like jazz, Robert Gelinas has a great blog, Reflections of a Jazz Theologian.
That’s it for today. Peace.
“Why buy the cow if the milk is free?”
I actually heard a song with those lyrics on the radio today. Okay, it was a spoof on country songs, but it reminded me of what our adult leaders said to us as teens when they talked to us about S-E-X. They usually spoke in DaVinci-like code — all mysterious and whispery — while never actually saying the word…well, you know…
This week I’m attending two conferences. On Monday, I am going to a conference about staffing in the small church. On Tuesday, I am attending a conference on conflict resolution. Coincidence? Hmmm…. 😉