Thursday, February 24, 2011

Book Review: The Next Christians by Gabe Lyons

Mr. Seriously Though is my guest blogger today with a review of the book, "The Next Christians, The Good News About the End of Christian America, How a New Generation is Restoring the Faith," by Gabe Lyons

While Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, the Church as a body of believers has had many different appearances in the time since Jesus was risen. Gabe Lyons in his book, "The Next Christians," attempts to outline how individual Christians can join together in a body of believers to be most effective in carrying out the great commission of Christ in the current culture and society.
At times the book will read like a text book and you may not always agree with what he describes. However a pastor once said “God doesn’t have any grandchildren and each generation must find Him on their own.” Gabe Lyon does a good job of describing where current culture stands and the viewpoints, background, and perspectives of those who are coming of age in the culture in order to reach them most effectively. For some people this will not be an easy read, but I would encourage them to stick with it and read the whole book. While not every thing in the book will speak to every reader, I strongly believe each person will find something that does speak to them and that something will be very important and possibly life changing to them. For those can be open-minded and read the entire book they will be glad they did at the end and find things to use towards a more positive future.

--We received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group. We didn't need to give a postive review in order to receive the book.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mysterious Markings on the Walls

Illustration by Mark Harmon

My husband and I purchased our first house back in 1988. We first rented the house in 1987. I really liked this house; a two-story salt-box colonial with cherry floors, crown moulding, wooden six-panel doors, a fireplace. It was small, but cozy and I could see the downtown skyline from the second floor windows. I especially enjoyed seeing Macy's Christmas tree atop their building all aglow from my bedroom window.
Very shortly after moving in I was home alone and my little one was down the street playing at the neighbor's. That day I kept thinking I saw marks on the walls that looked like dripping Crosses; they glistened when the light hit them just so and my eye would catch a glimpse of these marks as I was walkng past. As I rounded the corner to go up the steps my eye might catch a little sparkle on the wall. I would turn to look at it and, yet, see nothing there. How curious. I kept deciding my eyes were playing tricks on me. Still, it was a little creepy and made me nervous.

Then I took a little break in the bathroom. As I was perched there on the seat in the potty room my mind wandered aimlessly as it usually does at such times. Suddenly my eyes caught a straight on look of a shiny dripping cross in the paint right in front of me on the linen closet door. There was no mistake, it was a haphazard cross shape and it looked like dripping blood. It wasn't red, it was practically invisible, but there was this little shiny cross the same color of the paint right before my eyes.

My heart started racing and I thought about every haunted house movie I had ever seen or heard of. Could the house be haunted? I didn't really believe in haunted houses, but the possibility was making me anxious. I jumped up, got situated, and made a dash for the phone. I called my husband to tell him I wasn't crazy, there are invisible crosses all over the house, in every room! What could it be?

He started to chuckle softly so no one at his office could overhear him. "Oh," he said, "I forgot to tell you. I blessed the house with cooking oil last week. Those are my little crosses."

All I could think was, this is a man after my own heart.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Iced In & Masked Men

We're iced in here.

When these guys took a break from snow boarding I thought they looked like 3 terrorists.

One a jihadist. Another the unibomber. The blue one is some bad guy from Star Wars.