"Should I even visit Mary?" Beth asked me. Mary and Beth used to be neighbors in the assisted living facility they both lived in, but a couple of months ago, Mary moved out to live in the memory support unit. She had been experiencing symptoms of dementia for a while, but finally she needed more … Continue reading Pentecost, Dementia, and the Sacrament of Presence
As I was reading Herman Bavinck's, Preaching and Preachers, translated by James Eglinton, I came across a section in which Bavinck shares his concerns about the pulpit. He says, And finally, thanks to our conservatism, preachers of the gospel always have to carry out their task in those narrow, closed, elevated pulpits that in no small … Continue reading Is the pulpit a hindrance to preaching?
Prior to signing up for a study trip to the Holy Land, I was quite ignorant in regard to the current political crisis in Israel-Palestine. I grew up in a church that did not make much mention of the state of Israel and did not argue about whether or not the Jewish people had a … Continue reading Israel-Palestine: My Experience
I recently sat with an elderly married couple as they ate their lunch. The wife suffers from dementia. The waitress asked if she she would like some pie and she did. However, by the time the waitress brought the pie to the table, the wife had completely forgotten about it. A couple of weeks ago, … Continue reading Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia: A Review
Such great lessons from Nouwen. Thanks for posting Annie!
I have read several of Henri Nouwen’s books, including one that I read at my mother’s bed side as she was dying, and have found immense comfort and care in his words. He speaks so honestly, humbly, and creatively about suffering and the realities of the life of a christian. He leads his readers to adore Christ and it has made me hungry to read more of his works. And though he is Catholic, I have found so much common ground in his writing that can be read and admired by any believer, whether protestant or Catholic.
I read this book, Adam: God’s Beloved, in less than 2 hours and I was struck by the beauty and simplicity in language that Henri uses to describe his friend, Adam, to us. Adam was a profoundly disabled man that Henri lived with at L’Arche at Daybreak in Toronto, ON. Here are a…
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As I have grown older, the gap between me and perfection has become much more apparent. I think I used to really believe that one day I would be able to live without falling short of God’s standards, but this facade has been shattered, especially since becoming a parent. Although, I’d love to be the … Continue reading Augustine, Paul Tripp, Parenting, and the Gospel
Is God silent? Has He forgotten about me? Does He care about the pain I feel right now? These are questions that people may ask or feel in times of heartache. I know I have felt these questions in my heart even in the last couple of months, but is God really silent in the … Continue reading The Silence of God
It is likely that you have heard the expression "No creed but Christ" or "No book but the Bible" before. Through these expressions, Christians are often seeking to maintain a high view of the Scriptures. In fact, some think that this is what "sola Scriptura" means: The Bible is the only authority for the people … Continue reading A Challenge to “No Creed but Christ” and “No book but the Bible”
This article was originally posted at www.theministrydad.com CO-AUTHORED BY SCOTT FOREMAN AND TRAVIS JAMIESON You’ve heard the terms and you’ve undoubtedly heard the arguments. There’s the Amillennialists. There’s the Postmillennialists. There’s the pre, mid, posttribulationists, and suddenly the “no-rapture” people. You’ve got Calvinists, Armenians, Puritans and Liberationists. And probably all sitting in the pews (or chairs) … Continue reading When Your Theological System Becomes an Idol
Are you Dutch, Reformed, or Christian? If so, then you will want to get your hands on Craig G. Bartholomew's new book, Contours of the Kuyperian Tradition: A Systematic Introduction. This book is a primer on the theology of Abraham Kuyper and those who followed in his footsteps. In many ways, Abraham Kuyper is the father of … Continue reading Contours of the Kuyperian Tradition