Archive for May, 2008

Thinking about Conversion
May 18, 2008

Conversion – turning to God in repentance and putting one’s faith in Jesus Christ – is a prominent theme in the New Testament.

In November 2006 the Sider Institute held a conference on “Salvation: Exploring the Meaning of Conversion” at Grantham, PA. The planners asked me to give some reflections on conversion, based on my years as a Christ-follower, pastor and bishop. Here are those reflections.

Appreciating All of Life
May 12, 2008

Celebration is to be a hallmark of the people of God. But how often do we have too small a view of this important spritual discipline?
Chalres Ringma observes: “Celebration is not simply concerned with rejoicing in the good life. It is also concerned with rejoicing in life itself, even when it is marked by trial.” (Dare to Journey with Henri Nouwen)
Are you making today a day of celebration?

Fascinating Thinkers
May 8, 2008

From a recent Francis Asbury Society newsletter I learned that once a year in Monterey, CA, a conference is held where fifty of “the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers” are given 18 minutes each to talk about whatever they want. You will be inspired by some and find others predictable in their secular, closed worldview. You can watch the video clips at:
What place do Christians have among these “fascinating thinkers?”
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