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Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Theology | 0 comments

A Prayer of Praise

A Prayer of Praise

Oh Lord, in you are waves of pleasure, oceans of joy! But our hearts seek pleasure in created things, rather than the Creator. Yet, we still long for a lasting satisfaction in the depths of our souls. Our hearts are restless, until they find rest in You! Draw us, Redeemer, Maker, Love Almighty, into the song of the universe! Oh planets and stars, corners of darkest space, be filled with His light! May your rotations and orbits be a timbre or praise! O supernovas, shine for Him! Oh angels, join me with shouts of praise! Together let’s serve him, the sweet joy of our hearts! Oh demons, you who scorn your Creator, be filled with terror, for the fire of his holiness is dread to you, but mercy to us! For one day, he will burn away our iniquity and we shall see him, the bright Morning Star, face to face! Oh mountains of Colorado, oh oceans of the Far East; oh mighty trees of the Amazon, oh sands...

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Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Theology, Work | 0 comments

Why Work Is at the Heart of God’s Mission

Why Work Is at the Heart of God’s Mission

Almost every Sunday morning at church, as we finish the final songs and benediction (and I prepare to pick up my crew of girls from Sunday School – now four!), I find myself asking the same question: What is the Church sent into the world to do? This is a question that my friends in pastoral ministry think about often. They do so because it’s so foundational. The “why” of Christian mission, I think, is far less in question: our motivation for ministry is the gospel of Jesus Christ, his atoning death for our sins and his resurrection for our salvation. The free gift of new life in Christ is the spark that ignites the heart of his global people. But what, then, is the church to do about it? In a previous post, I noted that John Stott, the framer of the Lausanne Covenant and best-selling author, saw a unity between service and witness as central to the church’s mission. Both were at the heart of why God...

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Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Education | 0 comments

What Mary Poplin Taught Us About Being a Christian Teacher in Public Education (2 of 2)

What Mary Poplin Taught Us About Being a Christian Teacher in Public Education (2 of 2)

The Soul of Education Q&A – Dr. Mary Poplin from Denver Institute on Vimeo. [In a previous post, I summarized an interview I did with Dr. Mary Poplin, Professor of Education at Claremont Graduate University. In the previous post, Poplin challenged constructivism, shared her findings on highly effective teachers, and encouraged teachers to teach about religion in public schools in a way that is fair and truthful to each set of beliefs. In this post, she discusses how to redeem history, teach virtue, influence the moral climate of a school through prayer, and be both courageous and compassionate as a Christian teacher in public education.] 4. Don’t romanticize history – either Christian or secular. Encourage students to seek out sources. “We have to redeem history. History has been rewritten…I was astounded the other day. I was in LA and I saw an Asian woman with a t-shirt that exalted Ho Chi Minh. The people who I thought were villains—who really are if you read history—are now being exalted as...

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Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Education | 0 comments

What Mary Poplin Taught Us About Being a Christian Teacher in Public Education (1 of 2)

What Mary Poplin Taught Us About Being a Christian Teacher in Public Education (1 of 2)

The Soul of Education Q&A – Dr. Mary Poplin from Denver Institute on Vimeo. Being a public school teacher is tough – especially as a committed Christian. My mother was a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher for 35 years, my sister a middle school math teacher, and my wife has taught Spanish (and now young children) for nearly a decade. Over the years, the challenges for them have been many-sided: – What should I think about the teaching philosophies we hear from the administration?  – What curriculum will best serve my students? What about the district standards we have to teach to? – How can I serve every student well – especially those coming from difficult home situations or low-income backgrounds?  – Can I share what I believe about Christ in a public school – or is this strictly off limits?  – What does it mean to serve God and my students well as a public school teacher? When we invited Dr. Mary Poplin, author and Professor of Education at...

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Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Culture | 2 comments

Greatness and Grace

Greatness and Grace

Today Christianity Today published my interview with New York Times Columnist David Brooks on his incredible new book The Road to Character. Here it is in its entirety: David Brooks: We Need to Start Talking about Sin and Righteousness Again   The New York Times columnist asks what it takes to build character in a ‘Big Me’ culture. Interview by Jeff Haanen / posted May 13, 2015   Several years ago, David Brooks hit a wall. Although his résumé sparkled—a columnist for The New York Times, a political commentator for PBS and NPR, and the author of best-selling books like Bobos in Paradise—his inner life felt impoverished. Brooks’s quest to fill that hollowness culminated in his latest book, The Road to Character (Random House). He pairs sketches of historical figures like Augustine and Dwight Eisenhower with analysis of our culture’s retreat from biblical notions of sin and righteousness. Jeff Haanen, executive director of Denver Institute for Faith & Work, spoke with Brooks, a cultural Jew, about recovering the classical quest for virtuous living—and great men and women who...

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