…sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. And a couple of news stories occurring this week are proving that nearly true. Pope Francis, fresh off granting plenary indulgences to 1,000s of young people just for showing up to one of his gigs (sorry, Martin Luther, all that work for nothing, I guess) and for […]
My Review–– This is a fascinating little book. A friend (Brian Myers, of these Caffeinated Thoughts) sent it to me, having forgotten about reviewing it. So, here it is, a gift to me and hopefully, to you as well. The River and the Road: A Journey of Redemption is an allegory of redemption. The narrator seeks […]
I need to start out with a bit of a disclaimer: I did not watch a single minute of the RNC. If that disqualifies me from commenting on the following video, then so be it. No, I am not a Democrat; I’m a registered Republican. However much there may be that I stand opposed to […]
Science Daily posted this just the other day: Highly Religious People Are Less Motivated by Compassion Than Are Non-Believers While my response is neither based upon recent research nor scientific data, I wonder if this only paints the #27 in a Paint-By-Number portrait, leaving out all the primary colors and majority of larger spaces for […]
I’m not a political animal at all. It’s not that politics and politicians don’t interest me; they do. It’s that they usually frustrate and disgust me so much that I find myself needing to have some type of a ritual cleansing after having been around them (both “politics” and “politicians”). However, there are times when […]
My oldest daughter is due to deliver our first grand-baby in about seven weeks. The Sorensen household is quite excited about all this; “Future Grandma” is only on the ground because I’ve weighted her pockets with lead; otherwise, she floats about three to four feet above the ground with baby ideas and gifts and visits […]
This is a book review I find myself not wanting to write. It’s not because I disliked the book or found it harmful or flat out “wrong.” No, it’s because I found the book to not be what I expected. It’s also a college-level book, perhaps an advanced college-level sociology book and this is what […]
This book comes at a timely moment for me, as pastor of a church that is concerned about continuing a pattern of godly, biblical training for all ages. For the last 15 years, we’ve attempted (not without struggles, mind you) to create a more favorable multi-generational approach to Christian Education. We don’t want our children […]
…do what Charles Spurgeon did. I’ve been reading slowly through Spurgeon’s autobiography this year and find myself about 3/4 of the way through Volume 1: The Early Years. When CHS first arrived in London to pastor the New Park Street Chapel, he made quite a splash right away. A church, designed to hold 1,200 was […]
I’ve finally completed a review of Steve Arterburn & Fred Stoeker’s book, Every Man’s Battle. This book has been out for a while; it was first published in 2000, with a study guide coming in 2002. Since that time, various editions have been put out by Multnomah. This is a re-release from WaterBrook, a subdivision […]
Before I begin with any bit of a review, I want to thank New Growth Press for allowing me to review some of their publications. I have another book that I reading at present and hope to review in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out New Growth Press, the […]
How do I really know when I’m understanding the gospel?
I’ve started a series on the Ten Commandments and have done a fair bit of reading on the three areas of the law in the Old Testament: ceremonial, civil and moral. The ceremonial governed the worship of the people of God in the OT; things like which animals were acceptable for sacrifice, how they ought […]
The Ten Commandments are a mirror to show us our sins so we’ll be forced to flee to Christ.