Blue Parakeet…

The next grand installment is coming to Church Remix.  Zondervan was offering about 100 free copies of Scot McKnight's new book, Blue Parakeet, to bloggers. I am excited to announce that my copy is on its way and as soon as it does the posts will be rolling in.I am also thinking that I will be posting thoughts, random or otherwise, from my Older Testament class this semester. I think that there might be some useful insights from those earlier incarnations of the people God.  What do you think?  Just maybe?That's where things are headed....
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>This One’s for the Ladies

>Every word I believed intill I felt it in my own heartin the deepest partthe healing came -Sara GrovesPosted by Robin Schmidt on August 20th, 2008 There are women in our lives that intimidate us. We are awed by their beauty or their gifts or their strength or their popularity and we pull back. We are afraid to approach. We are afraid of rejection. "She doesn't want to talk to me," we think.Last night I told my daughter the secret, a truth that we really need to get. I told her that every girl on her swim team, every girl she sees in high school, feels the same way she does. Every one of them is afraid of making a mistake, afraid they are not pretty enough, afraid that zit is neon, afraid they will be rejected. Every one of them doubts they are worthy to be loved.And so do you. And so do I. But we need to believe...
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Communion…now this is good…

My son and I were worshipping together on Sunday and being the first Sunday of the month we partook in Communion.  As the elements came to us, he smiled at me and we had the following conversation:Ethan: Do I get some of that?Me: No son.  We need to make sure that you truly follow Jesus by faith and that you believe that he is your Lord and that he has forgiven you.Ethan: I do Dad.Me: Well, you have to get up with Pastor Doug and tell everyone that you do.Ethan: By myself?Me: Yep.Ethan: I'm not ready for that Dad, but I can't wait!Amazing!  This ties the whole thing together for me.  We have confused the sacraments. For believing children communion is the place for the public proclamation of their faith.  For the new convert it's baptism.Can you imagine what that day will be like when he stands before the world and proclaims his faith in the risen Messiah and claims...
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