Everyday Grace

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Grace, Lent, Sin | 2 comments

I’ve been dithering writing this post. I’ve wanted to write something about repentance, sin and grace for a week or so. As I walk through Lent many of my readings have covered similar matters that have further stimulated my thoughts. Further, we had a visiting Pastor speak at church the other day on the topic: “God is after my thoughts”, which added weight to some of my own ideas. Sin clings “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely,...

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“Fight Back with Joy,” Margaret Feinberg

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Fight Back with Joy, Joy, Margaret Feinberg, My Library, Non-Fiction, Reviews | 0 comments

“Joy is one of those words that has been overused, distorted into a cliche.” I nodded in agreement as I read that statement in the first few pages of this book. I confess I’m one of those people who doesn’t really understand it and too often relates it to happiness and/or my circumstances. Besides Margaret’s brilliant Biblical teaching, I was drawn to read her latest book to better understand “joy.” Margaret drew me into her 18 month battle with cancer. We visit her doctors, the wards at the hospital,...

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Fight Back with Joy

Posted by on Jan 18, 2015 in Fight Back with Joy, Joy, Margaret Feinberg | 4 comments

Many of you will know of Margaret Feinberg, a wonderful Bible teacher and wordsmith. Some of you will also be aware that Margaret has been in a mighty battle with breast cancer over the past 18 months. Margaret has recently released Fight Back with Joy which chronicles her journey and some of what she’s learnt along the way. Before I provide some of my thoughts on the book over the next week or two, I thought it would be useful to read some background on the book from Margaret herself. Margaret was kind enough to share some pre-written...

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New Year, New Beginnings

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Daily Habits, Psalms | 2 comments

I love the anticipation of what a new year may bring. There’s something about the change in year heralding something new, fresh and vibrant in one’s life. As I only read last night in RELEVANT magazine, the new year offers a “psychological reset button.” I make a point of taking some time out to reflect on the year past and what is ahead. I typically will set some goals across all aspects of my life. My wife and I will do likewise to ensure we understand hopes and dreams plus identify specific targets for such things as home...

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“Kept,” by Sally Bradley

Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in Fiction, My Library, Reviews | 0 comments

I don’t read much romantic fiction but I was drawn to “Kept” by the comments of some reviewers whom I respect dearly. What grabbed my attention in their reviews was the notion that this novel wasn’t your typical Christian romance as it grappled with some tough issues. It didn’t take long to get absorbed in the story. It’s powerful storytelling with wonderfully believable characters (well maybe the good looks are a little exaggerated but my wife tells me that’s essential to most romance novels). I expect Miska, the drop-dead...

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