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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

The Joy of God’s Presence
READ Psalm 21:1-13
 You have endowed him with eternal blessings
and given him the joy of your presence.
Psalm 21:6
Psalm 21 focuses on the king of Israel. It celebrates many ways God has blessed the king and his leadership. Verse 6 declares, “You have endowed him with eternal blessings and given him the […]

Another Helpful Sign in Florida

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Yesterday I put up the “how to wash your hands in the restroom” sign from Disney World. That’s not the only helpful sign I saw on my recent trip to Florida. Take the following example from a neighborhood in Orange County, Florida, just outside of Orlando:

I’m sure it’s helpful to know where a sewer line […]

Hand Washing Tips from Disney’s Epcot

Friday, March 13th, 2009

A couple of days ago I made my first visit to Epcot, one of the four theme parks in Disney World, Florida. I was impressed by the overall experience. As always, Disney’s attention to detail is extraordinary. But I’ve never seen a sign quite like one I spied in a men’s restroom. Check out these […]

More Than Birds in Florida

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

During our visit to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in central Florida we saw more than amazing birds. We almost stumbled upon several alligators in a little canal along the road. As we hopped out of the car to see some colorful birds, my wife said, “Hey, look! An alligator!” Gazing down we saw a […]

A Few More Birds in Florida

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

During my sojourn in Florida, I was able to visit Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. It lies along the Atlantic coast of central Florida, about 50 miles due east of Orlando. Among the animals we saw were several birds that I had not seen before, including:
The Great (or American) Egret

The Louisiana (or Tricolor) Heron

Two Spoonbills. […]

Birds in Florida

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Last week I attended a leadership conference in Florida. Though my schedule was full, I did manage to get an hour to walk along the beach in Naples. I was fascinated by the birds, several species of which I have not seen before.
The picture below shows a Snowy Egret prancing in the surf.

The next photo […]

Websites Reviewed: Faith Blogging

Monday, March 9th, 2009

I recently learned of a new website that I will visit regularly. It’s called Faith Blogging: Complete Coverage of Christian Blogs and Bloggers. This is not to say that Faith Blogging covers all of the Christian blogs in the blogosphere. That would require a super-human effort. Rather, Faith Blogging surveys and summarzies many of the […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Signposts of Nature
READ Psalm 19:1-14
The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
Psalm 19:1
I grew up in Southern California. The combination of smog and ambient light from Los Angeles and its suburbs meant that I could see very few stars at night, even on a relatively clear summer evening. Thus I loved […]

Jet Plane Engine at Sunset

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Here’s a recent view out of my window of a Delta airplane. We were somewhere over North Carolina.

The Monkey and the Fish: An Interview with the Author, Dave Gibbons

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Yesterday I began a two-part “interview” with Dave Gibbons, author of The Monkey and the Fish: Liquid Leadership for a Third-Culture Church. Today I’ll finish up my conversation with Dave. Let me say, once again, how much I appreciate Dave’s careful and extensive answers to my questions.
Mark: So, are you really saying that Christians should […]

The Monkey and the Fish: An Interview with the Author, Dave Gibbons

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Today I’m part of a blog tour connected with the release of a new book, The Monkey and the Fish: Liquid Leadership for a Third-Culture Church, by Dave Gibbons. My website is one of fourteen that Dave will “visit” today as he promotes his new book. In fact, what you’ll read in this post is […]

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Today is my mother’s birthday. Since I’m not able to be with her, I figured I’d do the next best thing and put up a blog post in her honor. (Well, okay, okay, before I get a dozen rebuking comments, I realize that a phone call would be the next best thing, or a birthday […]

Lent Special!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Yesterday I went to one of my favorite restaurants in Boerne, Texas. It’s called the Hungry Horse, and it specializes in Texas-style food: chicken fried steak, burgers, steamed veggies, appetizers, giant salads, etc. etc. As I was standing in line to order (it’s an order at the counter establishment), I noted the sign to the […]

“God Only” - A Great Piece on Lenten Spirituality

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Mark Galli, the senior managing editor of Christianity Today, has written an outstanding piece on Lenten spirituality. It’s called: “God Only.” Galli’s insights speak incisively to some of the trends in contemporary Christianity. But they also touched me personally. I highly recommend that you read “God Only.”
Thanks, Mark, for this excellent column.

A Lenten photo: The […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Ultimate Satisfaction
READ Psalm 17:1-15
 Because I am righteous, I will see you.
When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.
Psalm 17:15
Psalm 17 overflows with David’s prayers of asking: hear my plea, listen to my cry, pay attention to my prayer, declare me innocent, show me your unfailing love, guard me, protect […]
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