Sparking Conversation

Over the last several months I have devoted a great deal of time discussing topics largely by engaging categories established by others.  I have set out to inspect a number of statements about issues of gender and sexuality against Scripture in hopes of encouraging others to question the status quo that exists in American Evangelicalism.  One of my greatest wishes is for people to be empowered to read Scripture both privately and corporately in a way that inspires all to imitate Christ by loving all people and joining with them in fellowship.

That is, I have strived to impress upon the reader that the purpose of reading Scripture is not to merely inform or support our own opinions or experiences.  Neither is it to assist in developing a series of absolutist propositions towards a system of universal theological truth.  Instead, the purpose of Scripture is to draw us into the…

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Proper Prayer Annihilates Our Will

Walking Through The Word

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples,“Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them,“My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying,My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed,

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #191 — Books for Worship Dance

God's Creative Gift -- Unleashing the Artist in You

jodythomae.comContinuing our focus on books for creatives, artists and worshipers, I want to look at a variety of books today all geared towards those in worship dance ministry or who use dance as a personal way of worship. There are many, many books for dance so I want to consolidate some of them here.

First, Lynn Hayden of Dancing for Him Ministries has a full variety of books and instructional DVDs. I featured her awhile back, and you can refer back to that post here.

Here is a list of several more books I recommend:

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God Believes in Dreamers



It’s easy reading history backwards.  We know how everything turned out, so there’s no suspense; deadly battles and personal sacrifices seem like no big deal. Of course, we must live history forward.  The struggles and conflicts can be a lot more painful and discouraging when you don’t know how the story will end. Others have succeeded, but will you?

I have always appreciated that classic photograph of Wilbur Wright guiding his glider into history at Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina.  I knew that particular flight lasted only 26 seconds and traveled only about 622 feet.  But I had not realized the brothers spent three consecutive autumns  in North Carolina, far from the family business in Ohio, in order to make that photograph happen. I had never thought about the thousands of crashes, catastrophes, and near misses that were necessary to understand gliding and develop that simple craft.  And…

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