New on the bookshelf: Deliver Us from Me-Ville

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Deliver Us from Me-Ville by David Zimmerman has been added to the Goodreads bookshelf.

Building on the teachings of Thomas Merton and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, David Zimmerman outlines the journey from Me-Ville to God’s Kingdom that all Christians must travel (and often, re-travel). The good news is, Jesus is the one who comes to Me-Ville to lead the way out!

Each chapter includes ways that the journey changes us, practices we can actively engage in as willing participants on the trip (we aren’t just along for the ride, after all), and “Escape Routes” or spiritual practices to try when we find ourselves back (or headed back) to Me-Ville.

As an added bonus, the book includes discussion guides for each chapter, making it suitable for both individuals and groups to read together.

 

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Women’s Work

Quick Trip to the line- Sharlene SmithThis week’s links are for women and the people who want to encourage and appreciate them.

Three books may be of interest to you if you are struggling to find contentment, value and purpose in the everyday of your life. Here are links to reviews and interviews with the authors:

Every woman’s work is sacred- even if it takes place in a board room. Read more from Susan DiMeckle and Working Women of the Bible: TImeless Mentors for Modern Women.

Finding joy isn’t in grand plans, but in little steps everyday. Read more about Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin.

Gloria Furman’s Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home reminds us that “bigger and better” isn’t what Jesus is actually calling us to. Read more in “Grace for the Not-Quite-Happy Homemaker.”

This post focuses on women who are in the workplace or at home and encourages them to consider how discipleship and faith in Jesus transforms their everyday.

Photo provided by Campbelltown City Council. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

“Everybody’s Workin’ for the Weekend”

Everyone’s watchin’ to see what you will do
Everyone’s lookin’ at you, Oh
Everyone’s wonderin’ will you come out tonight
Everyone’s tryin’ to get it right, get it right

Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend…

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Funny how Loverboy’s song hits on two different- yet important- views. First, there’s the opinion that work is about getting us to the weekend, filling the time between the fun with the money that funds our adventures. And then there’s the view that everyone’s watching, looking, wondering what we will do.

As Christians, our whole lives are a testimony to God, including the day jobs that get us to the weekend. How can we think about our daily work as part of our discipleship?

There are a number of good books on the subject to get you thinking. Check out a list of them here to get you started.

Or, here’s a shorter piece that will challenge you to see yourself as a contributor– the first role given to humans in the Garden of Eden.

Finally, be inspired by a real life story of faith, work, and doing things ‘right’ for the glory of God in “The Moral Mattress Kings of Denver” from Christianity Today’s series This is Our City.

This post is about work and our everyday jobs. It provides inspiration, a challenge and resources for thinking theologically about our callings.

Sunday Follow Up

Yesterday, March 17, 2013, Pastor Chelsey shared a message from 1 John 1.5-10 entitled “God is Light.” You can listen to that message on Christ Community Church’s sermon webpage. By the way, if you listen to the sermon, you’ll notice that it ends abruptly with a lot of coughing. Here’s the quote not heard:

There are two ways of spreading light– to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.

-Edith Wharton

One of the things from that message concerned the freedom- or lightness- in decision making that we have in and from our fellowship with Christ. As we seek “to be in the light as God is in the light,” our choices, actions, and attitudes seek to please our Saviour before anyone else.

B.J. Stockman expounds on this idea in his post, “The Goal of Life is not to be Liked.”

This post is a follow up to a message preached by Rev. Chelsey Harmon at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC. It is meant to challenge followers of Christ in their everyday living.

New year, new you?

New Year’s resolutions has its roots in a religious ceremony practiced by the Babylonians, but like many things religious, it’s grown into something much more widely practiced by the secular world. (We Christians feel this ever so sharply every time we see a bunny at Easter, for instance.)

The act of taking stock of your life and how you’re living isn’t a bad idea, especially since we are always on the journey of faith and sanctification. So shouldn’t our resolutions, plans and goals be at least a little different than the rest of the world’s?

To get you reflecting here are some examples from other Christians.
In this short devotional by Brenda Wood from November, you’ll find less of an actual set of resolutions and more of a mindset for all of life.
Shane Claiborne shares his hopes for 2013 over at Red Letter Christians.
And Mark McIntyre’s Reluctant Resolutions are going to be the kind you’re going to want to emulate.

In 2013, may you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour!

This post applies to the Christian life and discipleship and discusses resolutions and goals.

So You’re in College Now…

…and there’s lots to fill your time and think about. Here are a few posts and resources to help you keep perspective:

If this is your first year at University, check out Chelsey Nugteren’s “10 Things I Wish They Told Me at College Orientation” parts 1 & 2, over at Boundless Line.

Maybe you’re in those middle years and have begun to wonder about life outside of college. Where are your passions driving you? What matters to God? What are other people like you reading? Byron Borger shares a list of compelling, thought-provoking, and transforming reads for adults of all ages (but of particular interest to young adults). Your pastor may even have a few on her/his shelf for you to borrow.

Or maybe you’ve been in school for far too long and the wrong sorts of things have become your focus. One grad student shares her struggle with grades and acceptance at The Evangelical Outpost.

 

This post was created with young adults and adults in college in mind. It aims to inspire, challenge and resource in the areas of discipleship, attitude, lifestyle, and faith.