AIRPLANE BONEYARD

I came across an incredible video article about the airline industry. During the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines grounded thousands of airplanes. Because maintenance needs remain, and atmospheric conditions may harm the giant machines, airlines must store planes in special places called “boneyards.” An unexpected implication of the pandemic shutdowns, grounded planes gobble up space and attention. Airlines must find ground space to park planes, as well as figure out how to keep up with the location and maintenance needs of each plane. An incredible, logistic challenge results. And the challenge will continue when these planes take flight again. Watch this intriguing video article. Go to Full Article Author: Rush

UNITY IN DIVERSITY

Our world needs unity in diversity. We need an answer to the question , “how can ‘the many’ diverse people be brought into ‘the one’ unified crowd?” It is the problem of the one and the many. The answer can only be found in the God of the Bible and His revealed purposes for our world. The Triune God is the ultimate answer to the question. He, Himself, is the ultimate unity in diversity; three distinct Persons in one united fellowship. We see He is the answer when we look at creation. In His world we find example after example of unity in diversity; in every tree lush with a […]

LOVE: ANOTHER REASON TO JOIN A CHURCH

There are many good reasons to join a local church. But there is yet another: love. In this way, I do not mean just the Christian compulsion to love; to love other Christians. I am referring, instead, to our inability to love – our inability to love everyone with the same intensity and devotion. Some Christians object to this emphasis on church membership by appealing to their good desire to love others. The objection goes something like this: “Every Christian is a member of Christ’s body; His Church. I don’t need to join a particular local church and I don’t want to. Because if I join a local church, I […]

EIGHT FACETS OF FAITHFUL PREACHING

Faithfulness is multifaceted; there is much more to it than simply capturing the dominant thrust of the passage we are expounding, essential as that is. Faithful servants of God’s Word prove themselves to be faithful stewards of it when they: 1. Trust God. Those who speak for God are justified to expect him to speak through them when they are faithful servants and stewards of his Word. The preached Word is powerful for the purposes for which God gave it. Those who speak for God need not, and therefore must not, go beyond what is written. Scripture is sufficient (1 Cor. 4:6; 2 Peter 1:3). 2. Speak as those assigned, equipped, […]

NOTHING IN MY HAND I BRING

Promoting helpful Christian reading is important part of the Church’s responsibility to promote the announcement of good news. This post aims to promote a well-written resource for those seeking to better understand the differences between Roman Catholic and Protestant beliefs. Nothing in My Hand I Bring became available in 2007 as a publication of Matthias Media. It was written by Ray Galea. A recipient of a thoroughly Catholic upbringing, Galea did not want to simply take His Catholicism for granted. He set out to investigate these differences between Protestant Christians and the Catholic friends, neighbors, and family among whom he was raised. The book is a re-tracing of Galea’s investigation; an investigation which led […]

PULSE

Watching him made me ask, “am I watching me?” I remember a time when I was studying at the library and I saw an older man sitting at another table. He was reading a newspaper. Then he put down the paper and pressed two fingers against his carotid artery. With his other hand he held up his wristwatch long enough to determine his heart rate. He gazed into space with contemplation. He was taking account of his current vitals and thinking about them. After a while, his head dropped and he returned to the daily news. The simple scene at the library reminded me of my need for a healthy […]

STRUGGLING WITH SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES

I imagine most church members would find it hard to believe their pastors struggle with practicing spiritual disciplines. If any group of people should excel at personal Bible reading and memorization, prayer, worship, evangelism, fasting, and a number of other important Christian exercises, it should be the shepherds. And yet, surprisingly, many pastors do in fact struggle to consistently practice them. In certain seasons of ministry, good and important ministry needs tend to crowd out the everyday disciplines of Bible study and prayer. The struggle is real. This may alarm some of us.  The operative term, though, is “struggle.” Certainly it is alarming to learn that pastors, to whom we […]

TO READ SLOWLY

“But reading as slowly as O’Hara did in 1959 was easier then than now. The concept of being busy had not reached it’s apogee, as it has in the twenty-first century. To read slowly today is not just unfashionable but nearly impossible. We are in a permanent hurry, and even a move to the sticks cannot protect us from the multiple occupations we administer as members of a global, web-connected community. The internet helps us be more efficient. But it also compiles us to do more things with more people, and have less time to read, let alone slowly. The micro-edit, more than macro-, demands an unhurried pace. So, when […]

FINISH the Bible

Yo yo yo, what’s up. Listen to this. COVID will probably be with us for another 80 days (if not longer). Many of us have a little extra time on our hands. What shall we do with it?At a medium pace, the Bible may be read through in about 80 hours. If you set a timer for 1 hour, each day, for the next 80 days, you’ll finish the Bible before COVID finishes with us. That would be a beautiful use of some free time! You could follow the M’Cheyne One Year Reading Plan, but keep reading until each hour is up. Let’s get it!M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan Go to […]

PROPITIATION (A BIG WORD)

Last Sunday, we considered again the biblical term propitiation. It’s a hard one to get our minds around. Here’s a helpful definition, as you meditate on this Gospel this week, my Paramount family! “The doctrine of propitiation is precisely this: That God loved the objects of His wrath so. much that He gave His own Son to the end that He by His blood should make provision for the removal of HIs wrath. It was Christ’s so to deal with the wrath that the loved would no longer be the objects of wrath, and love would achieve its aim of making the children of wrath the children of God’s good […]