Paul, Envoy Extraordinary by Malcolm Muggridge and Alec Vidler

a page with the following words highlighted: I began to understand that Christianity was a great drama rather than a mere set of enlightened values, a beneficent ideology; a drama whose climax, the crucifixion, followed by the resurrection, held out the hope, not just of living in a better way, but of being reborn into a new creation.

Excellent book: None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God by Matthew Barrett. The forward by Fred Sanders is also very good.

๐Ÿ”— graphic: the most common PIN codes

Have any tips for keeping dogs calm during fireworks? I just found this: Calm Your Canine: Dog Calming Music: Through a Dog’s Ear

7 Keys to Generous Giving at Church

I slow-preached through 2 Corinthians 8-9 earlier this year. Here’s what I learned. Everyone forgets at least one of these.

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So many good books on sale right now at Reformation Heritage Books.

Connection is Key

Michael Reichert, “Hereโ€™s What Iโ€™ve Learned About Raising Boys in My 30 Years as a Child Psychologist”:

We know what a child needs to flourish. Weโ€™ve just been slow to apply it to our sons. A few years ago, my research team surveyed nearly 1,500 boys between the ages of 12 and 18 in six countries, as well as 1,200 of their teachers, and asked what was working in their education. In their responses, the teachers focused on the details of their lessons, but the boys wrote, often with deeply moving expressions of gratitude, about the personalities, quirks, and gifts of their teachers and coaches. They told us clearly that they need connection to do their best, whether in the classroom or on the field.

Read the rest.

Tips for leading worship:

  • You’re not performing nor leading a performance. You are guiding people in the worship of God. Help them attend to Him.
  • Give time and instruction to help everyone transition between movements in the service. Watch the kids to find a good pace.

What else?

Michael Horton has been working on a big project, and the first volume is out now. Shaman and Sage: The Roots of โ€œSpiritual but Not Religiousโ€ in Antiquity.

Want to see a javelina yawn?

โ€œShe generally gave herself very good advice (though she very seldom followed it)โ€ โ€” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

The New English Translation (NET) of the Bible includes translation and text-critical notes, many more than other versions. Learn more:

I lost some steam on the photo challenge because of a spike in pastoral and family needs. The Day 16 challenge to post a flรขneur didn’t help either. lol

๐Ÿ“ธ Day 15 of 30 | small

A small toy of Darth Vader but styled with an extra big head like a baby.

๐Ÿ“ธ Day 14 of 30 | cactus

A sign reading "Welcome to Saguaro Henge" stands in a desert park with a circle of tall saguaros under a clear blue sky in the background.

๐Ÿ“ธ Day 13 of 30 | page

Looking at John Owenโ€™s commentary on Hebrews to prepare for tonightsโ€™s sermon on Hebrews 11v30-31.

A page of book with a spiral notebook underneath and a Bible in the background.

๐Ÿ“ธ Day 12 of 30 | magic

A metal lantern with holes, framed in a way that makes it look like a mole. The lantern is creating lots of interesting points of light through the holes. ๏ฟผ

๐Ÿ“ธ Day 11 of 30 | sky

A sunset with a blue sky and a cactus in the foreground.

๐Ÿ“ธ Day 10 of 30 | train

A running shoe on display at a store.

๐Ÿ“ธ Day 9 of 30 | crispy

Food on a plateโ€”crisp tortilla with bacon, cheese, and arugula leaves.