I AM A FOLLOWER

February 22, 2012

I Am A Follower: The Way, The Truth, and The Life of Following Jesus is professor and author Leonard Sweet’s latest book. in small print in the botton left-hand corner of the page in bracketts are the words, “It’s never been about leading.”

this book is a wonderful must read for people who follow Jesus Christ and care about discipleship. if you care more about being a leader don’t read this book; it will offend and bother you.

the Church in North America is obsessed with leadership. conferences, seminars, books, sermons, and articles paint a ministry and mission picture that, sadly, Jesus may not even recognize.

I Am A Follower is full of wonderful stories and insights from Sweet. Sweet’s engagement with the life and ministry of Jesus and his embracement of Biblical texts is excellent.

this book engages readers to think about discipleship in the light of follwership of Jesus Christ. for Sweet, Jesus is the only leader. we as followers may still have influence and direction through ministry in the lives of others, but we’re always behind Jesus Christ in this work. Jesus Christ is our leader in all things we do.

Shane Claiborne calls Sweet “a theological poet.” i couldn’t agree more and i couldn’t reccomend this book more.

*Full Disclosure: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through “Book Sneeze.” They give free books to bloggers for honest reviews.*

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A Prayer for Ash Wednesday

February 22, 2012

Gracious Savior, prostrate I fall at Your feet this day as Your Church once more enters the Lenten season to meditate upon Your passion, by which we have been eternally redeemed.

In spirit I appear before You in sackcloth and ashes in true repentance; let me receive Your full pardon. Do not let the pleasures of life, the worries of day, and the activities of my daily routine crowd You out of my heart and out of my thoughts. Draw me to Your wounded side, and cleanse me with Your most precious blood. Bring healing to my soul and peace to my mind. By Your grace, let me crucify my sinful affections, lusts, and desires. Make me more than a conqueror over every temptation.

I confess to You all my sins. Let none of them cling to me. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Teach me to love You more and more. Give me grace to confess You as my Savior, who has redeemed me on Calvary, lifting me out of the darkness of sin to be Your own. Gracious Savior, let Your constraining love keep me and all God’s children steadfast to the end. Amen. (79)

Lutheran Book of Prayer, “Prayers for the Festivals & Times of the Church Year,” Ash Wednesday.


Shrove Tuesday AKA Pancake Day

February 21, 2012


My Super Bowl XLVI Pick

February 1, 2012


Super Bowl XLVI

February 1, 2012

Super Bowl XLVI

New York Giants vs. New England Patriots

Lucas Oil Stadium, 6:30 pm

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Indianapolis, Indiana


Ryan Gosling’s 2011 Hat Trick

February 1, 2012

 

 

 

he’s come a long way since Breaker High.