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Friends, brothers and sisters, it is my pleasure to announce the latest book published by Framework Publishing (my ministry with fellow Centurion, Sue Thielke), “His Presence in Worship,” by Pastor James Vickery. It is up on Amazon as of now, and I would appreciate it if you would check it out and even buy it! 😉
At Framework Publishing, Sue and I and several other volunteers are committed to publishing works, by Christians, which promote a Biblical Worldview. Please check out our website, after you check out our new offering (see below)!
Our website link:
Folks, this time last year, the chatter about Christmas was a whole lot heartier and exciting! This year, the chatter seems awfully muted, and even…dare I say it…depressing. But…THIS IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF OUR SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST, for heaven’s sake! I am OVERWHELMED with gratitude and a sense of WORSHIP at the thought that our LORD chose to become human…starting from the point of conception, to that of becoming a zygote, an embryo, a fetus, a HUMAN BEING for me. For US! What a REMARKABLE, INCREDIBLE, SUPERNATURAL, and SURPRISING and WISE move on God’s part…
Tonight! Tonight! I praise God for condescending to me… for heaven’s sake, who the heck am I???
And, in honor of His birth, I offer my favorite video from last year: The Bethlehemian Rhapsody…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW1pbuyGlQ0
This particular poem/Christmas carol by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), 1867 is very appropriate today, in light of the events in Newtown, Connecticut yesterday…
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.
In light of the events in Newtown, Connecticut today, I thought this would be a good thing to post:
Even though the date is past, this is certainly a fun video!
Sooooo, are you going?
Between January and December, 2010, I was immersed in The Centurions Program. This program was started by the late Chuck Colson to train leaders in Biblical Worldview, with the intent of returning them to their spheres of influence where they would “redeem” the culture for Christ.
That year became the best year of my life! I have not experienced that kind of intellectual and spiritual growth since I was born again. We were loaded with philosophy, Church history, Spiritual Disciplines, transformation of the spirit and Conformation to His Spirit, and so on, and so on. At this writing, there are well over 1,000 commissioned Centurions out there, all around the world!
Now, I have to confess something. It’s with great chagrin that I confess that I steered clear of philosophy in college. I considered it akin to “basket weaving.” How in the world could “philosophy” make a difference in MY life? Right? Well, thank God, I am a whole lot smarter now than when I was a stupid 18-year-old. It turns out that a little knowledge of philosophy and the history of Western thought would have helped me deal with a lot of unexpected issues in my life. Seriously.
Well, I would like to share the books I read that year with you, as well as many of the ones I’ve been reading since. Starting with my next post on this blog, I will bring, “Why You Think The Way You Do,” by Dr. Glenn Sunshine, to you. Feel free to check it in advance, and even buy it, if you can.
Dr. Glenn is one of the many instructors in the Centurions Program, and he is the only real-live research historian that I personally know. He is a brilliant, brilliant brainiac! But most importantly (at least to me, anyway), I am so grateful to The Lord that I can actually call him my favorite mentor! And if you read his book, I’m sure you’ll notice that he has a way of saying things in such a way that most people can understand. And his engaging humor makes his books a joy to read.
Yes, I said books. He has several, and I will probably address each of them at some point on this blog.
And now, I look forward to “seeing” you next week! God bless you!
I set this blog up almost two years ago because I wanted to share my readings with anyone who was interested. However, I’ve been interrupted by several things. One of those things has been seeking God’s will for this…if He has something in mind. Another is that the book shop that I own absorbed a lot of my attention.
It appears that I now have the opportunity to revisit this blog idea. The shop is doing well, in spite of downshifts in the economy, upshifts in gas prices, and the increasing sales of eReaders! That’s a mouthful! The brick and mortar shop will sprout an online shop in September, and we will also be offering on-demand printing and services for manuscript conversion to ebooks by December. At least, that’s the plan. ; )
I will certainly talk about the shop from time to time. However, I also want to talk about the importance of having a Biblical Worldview, and point people (who are interested) toward some of the books that I’ve found helpful, edifying, educational…call it what you will… in this particular vein.
There are so many contemporary Christian intellects at work today…and I want to help get the word out about their work.
So, if you’re interested…I will have some things to offer soon.
Thank you, and see you soon.