By Kevin Brown, author of Designed for Good Years ago, a prominent evangelical figure named Mark Pierpont was working vigorously to promote a Biblical view of sexuality and to “cure” gay people of same-sex attraction. But Pierpont had a problem. He was gay. In the 2007 documentary “Protagonist”—Pierpont openly discusses the dissonance he experienced between … Continue reading Which Self Should We Be True To?
By John Skillen, author of Putting Art (Back) in Its Place An important theme of my own book Putting Art (back) in its Place might be summarized as “it takes a village to raise up works of art that serve and enrich the village.” Slowly but steadily we are seeing more and more calls for, and … Continue reading “It takes a village”: The Importance of Socially Engaged Art in Our Communities
The below essay written by John Skillen (author of Putting Art (Back) in Its Place) was originally published in the Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) quarterly magazine SEEN, issue XVI:2. It was included as a “counterpoint” on the topic of art collecting. This essay offers a sort of counterpoint to the main theme of this issue of … Continue reading Why it’s important we change the way we collect and curate art
Allen White, author of Exponential Groups, generously agreed to answer a few of our questions about his book in the below video! Watch and be inspired to take your small group ministry to the next level. Interested in listening to a particular question? Here's an overview of the interview: About Allen White: 0:00-0:55 Who is Exponential … Continue reading How to Expand Your Small Groups Ministry: An Interview with the Author of Exponential Groups
James Eglinton, author of the upcoming book Bavinck on Preaching and Preachers being released in 2017 from Hendrickson, wrote this blog post about how he came to translate Herman Bavinck’s works from Dutch to English. Read about his journey to becoming bilingual and the struggles that came with it here:
Before moving into my lectureship at New College, I spent three years in the Netherlands, where I worked at the Theologische Universiteit Kampen. When I arrived there, I had finished my PhD on Bavinck, which meant I had a good reading knowledge of late nineteenth century theological Dutch. My spoken Dutch was much more limited: I could work through complex technical material (although I had never heard much of it pronounced), but my everyday vocabulary and range of expression were not extensive. My early attempts to converse dried up quickly and required a lot of patience from my Dutch conversation partners (bedankt voor jullie geduld, Marinus en Wolter!).
Three years in a Dutch university context transformed that. I seized every opportunity to improve my Dutch: I went to language classes, absolutely refused to speak English to my colleagues, watched Dutch TV, read Dutch newspapers, read a…
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by Wayne Kirkland, co-author of Where's God on Monday? It's 10am Monday and Hugh is already feeling bored and unmotivated, his mind is already drifting to the events of the previous weekend. It had been downhill pretty much from the start of the day. The boss had made his customary entrance, slapping a wad of … Continue reading Are You Engaged–in Your Work?
by Wayne Kirkland, co-author of Where's God on Monday? As we’ve talked with numerous people over the years, it seems to us that, broadly speaking, there are three main ways Christians think about their work: 1. Work as a means to an end – “I work to live” The most common attitude (particularly to paid … Continue reading Idle, Idol, or Worship?
by Michele Howe, Author of Empty Nest, What's Next? Celebrate. Take some time to reminisce about the last eighteen years and how you raised a child that is prepared to enter the wider world without your daily presence. Give thanks to God for the opportunities your child will get to experience “flying solo” during their … Continue reading 10 Things to Do When Your Kid Gets Accepted into College
by Wayne Kirkland, co-author of Where's God on Monday? In the Christian world there’s a perception that we could be doing more for God if only we could free ourselves from the distractions of “the world”. The thinking goes something like this: I have a simple faith. I distinguish between 'spiritual' and 'secular'. By spiritual … Continue reading Are You Doing Spiritual Work?
by Wayne Kirkland, co-author of Where's God on Monday? I’d had a difficult year. Despite my intense commitment to working with unchurched young people, I was feeling tired and drawn. Everything was an effort. And the challenges I was presented with just served to overwhelm me. At the end of the year I sat with … Continue reading Sabbaticals Can Be For Everyone