I appreciate Brit Hume's open affirmation of Christianity and it's message of redemption in Christ. I believe He glorified Christ in his testimony. Let us all be bold in speaking for Christ [and living it out] today.
I was able to download Jim Belcher’s book: Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional free from Christianaudio.com recently. [Sorry, but the “free” part was only for November.] You can download the Introduction if you would like.
I really enjoyed listening to the book – it was read in a conversational style.
You can review the book's website here: http://www.thedeepchurch.com
I found the book to be very helpful in presenting it’s comparison and critique of both the Traditional and Emergent perspectives. I guess I’ll throw in the same disclaimer every other reviewer gives: “I did not agree with all of Jim’s conclusions” – there, that’s done. I did agree with a lot of what he presented as his “third way”.
The questions the Emergent folks are asking sound real similar to the questions my generation was asking in the 80’s. I think some churches have answered most of those questions properly without identifying themselves as non-traditional or non-emergent.
There are several reviews listed on the Deep Church site – written by those who are experienced in writing reviews. A couple I will highlight are:
I do recommend this book to all in church leadership. It will help you think more clearly about your ministry – and may even change your mind.
Most of us are back to work or back to school tomorrow. The holidays are over. However, Romans 14:5-6 tells us that we can make all days holy - set apart - to God if we choose to do so.
Therefore, we can, maybe should, look for means to set tomorrow apart to God is some special way. Any suggestions on how to accomplish this?
You may have heard this called the beginning of a new decade - well, it isn't. The new decade begins with 2011. No big deal. Just thought I would point it out.
It is the beginning of a new year, however, and many folks like to use this point in time to ponder life in general and the direction of their own lives in particular.
If you like pondering and want a little guidance you can check out this article Don Whitney wrote a few years back titled: Ten Questions to Ask at the Start of a New Year...
His first question is:
What's one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?My choice would be to be more consistently involved in reading and listening to His Word. So I am adopting a Read Through the Bible program.