Let’s Create a Preaching Renaissance
Weekly powerhouse sermons based on the traditional lectionary.
The agreement of a lifetime!
Interactive metaphor-rich sermons based on the new Story Lectionary along with Image Exegesis.
Jesus is the Balm of Gilead, the Healing Tree of Life!
My Prayer For You
O Lord, who has mercy upon all, take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me the fire of Your Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore You,
a heart to delight in You,
to follow and to enjoy You,
for Christ’s sake.
St Ambrose of Milan, 337–397 AD
Sound Theology with Colleen Butcher
France has won the world cup, for only the second time in the tournament’s history. Thankfully, France’s classical composers have had many more successes on the world stage. French composers are particularly known for their love of the piano and many of the country’s...read more
The Open Table
Reframing the Soul: How Words Transform Our Faith
Leafwood Publishers, 2018
–Review by Landrum P. Leavell III, ThD.
As I look back each year at the list of books I consume, there are usually several volumes dealing with the soul and the interior life of a Christ-follower. I need them. I am well-served by giving attention to this most important aspect of my life. So when a book’s title has “soul” and “words” in it, I’m drawn to it. But to be honest, I was introduced to Spencer’s work in Jonathan Merritt’s upcoming book, Learning to Speak God From Scratch, which will likely be a future review.
From the back cover, “Spencer shares practical ways to choose life-giving words and shape what he calls the four essentials of the soul: remembering the past with gratitude, anticipating the future with hope, dwelling within ourselves in peace, engaging with others in love.” Spencer has taught communication studies at Westmont College for thirty years. He shines light on how all of us frame our experiences, while leading us to see the need to reframe them. Obviously, we do this through our words. We don’t always realize “how these frames affect our attitudes, our relationships, and our faith. Yet Jesus call us to reframe our lives in terms of grace instead of law, light instead of darkness, love instead of retaliation.” read more…