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What’s Your Favorite Chocolate?

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Yesterday I blogged on what I believe to be the best chocolate in the world. Now I realize that judgments likes this are rather subjective. And I’d be more than happy to be introduced to an even better chocolate!
So, chocolate lovers of the blogosphere, what is your favorite chocolate? Why? Where can I get some?
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The Best Chocolate in the World?

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

I am a chocolate fan. You might even say I’m a chocoholic, expect I try hard to eat chocolate in moderation. Some of my favorite chocolates come from Europe (Valrhona) and South America (Chuao), but I think the best chocolate I have ever tasted comes from San Francisco, California.
No, I’m not thinking about Ghirardelli, which […]

Excellent Resources: Patheos and

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Today I am impressed to recommend a couple of the finest online resources for material related to faith, culture, and the connection between them.

The first resource is Patheos. Patheos is a website that seeks to offer top-notch resources having to do with a wide variety of religious traditions. I’m most familiar with the material […]

Kathy Hastings and the By/For Project

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

One of the unusual features of Laity Lodge is our interest in and excitement for the arts. At the Laity Lodge retreat center we have The Cody Center, an art gallery that doubles as a concert hall. The Cody Center includes two art studios in which retreat participants can do art and not just look […]

Allen Levi!!

Monday, February 1st, 2010

This past weekend at Laity Lodge I got to know Allen Levi. He was the musician for our retreat. And what a musician he is!
I expect that some of you know Allen already. He has a strong reputation as a solo artist, and he has teamed up with the likes of Bebo Norman and David […]

A Fine Church in Austin

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

This past weekend I preached at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. The first thing that strikes one about that church is the striking view from the parking lot.
Whether by day . . .

or in the dimming light of evening . . .

the Texas Hill Country never looked better than from the church parking […]

Rediscovering a Gospel Forgery? - The Detective Work of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

I just read a fascinating online article that I’d like to share with you. It chronicles a fascinating piece of academic detective work. It isn’t quite The Da Vinci Code, but it moves in the same domain.
Before I give you a link to the article, however, let me say a word about the Center for […]

Congratulations, Sara Groves!

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Singer/songwriter Sara Groves was just awarded Christianity Today’s Album of the Year for 2009. Fireflies and Songs was, according to the magazine, the “runaway No. 1 choice” for Album of the Year, according to a panel of ten music critics. (You can listen to excerpts from this album or order it here. A great Christmas […]

Three Top Website Recommendations

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Today, I want to recommend three great websites. I have been visiting these websites for several years with great appreciation. I have recommended them before, but they’re worth another shout out.
Holy Land Photos

This website offers thousands of photos of biblical sites. You name it, they’ll have it, and much, much more. But here’s the best […]

Highest Recommendation: Frio Suite by Jeff Johnson and Phil Keaggy

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Do I have a recommendation for you! Today marks the full release of an extraordinary album by Jeff Johnson and Phil Keaggy: Frio Suite. This instrumental collection is engaging, inspiring, quieting, even haunting. It is an extraordinary collaboration of two wonderful artists: Phil Keaggy, who is widely considered to be one of the finest guitarists […]

Recommendation: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Okay, okay, this book has been around since 2001. I’m sure many of my readers have read Peace Like a River and loved it. But if you haven’t read it, I want to bring it to your attention. This is a book you will love.
I started reading this book on vacation. More accurately, I started […]

Recommendation: Christian Web Conference

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Today I want to recommend the Christian Web Conference to my blog readers. If you’re at all interested in the relationship between Christianity and the Internet, and especially if you are using the Web as a context for expressing your faith, you will want to check out this conference. Here are some basic details.
The Mission […]

Highly Recommended: National Worship Leader Conference 2009

Friday, May 1st, 2009

If you’re a worship leader, a pastor, or a lay person who cares about the worship life of your church, I highly recommend the National Worhsip Leader Conference 2009.
Let me say up front that I am involved with this conference as one of the workshop presenters. It is sponsored by Worship Leader magazine, for whom […]

Great Expectations . . . The Musical

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

A couple of days ago I saw Great Expectations: The Musical. It was performed at the Boerne Community Theatre by the Teen Troupe. Now I might have seen this musical simply because Great Expectations is one of my favorite novels, but I was significantly motivated by the fact that my son, Nathan, has a major […]

Opposing Views: An Intriguing New Website

Friday, April 24th, 2009

I’ve recently become aware of a new website called Opposing Views. The headline of this site identifies it as in Beta mode, so I assume it’s very much a work in progress.
The main point of Opposing Views is . . . to present opposing views on a variety of contemporary issues, including: gun laws, condom […]
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