3.5 hours, 9 musicians, 3 separate worship teams, all set up with IEM and vocal and instrumental presets. Whirlwind of a rehearsal but so good.

There’s more to the Pope’s “white flag” comment than meets the eye.

The Pope’s War on War - Where Peter Is

Many are wondering why Pope Francis has been unwilling to speak out boldly in favor of Ukraine in their struggle against Russian invaders. The answer to this question is likely counterintuitive to most of us. Many will surely find it foolish. It is, however, integral to Pope Francis’s worldview. To put it simply: Pope Francis prioritizes nonviolence over war as a matter of principle. From the beginning of his papacy, Francis has been consistent about the inviolability and dignity of the human person, and this principle applies to his frequent calls for fighting around the world to cease.

What a long and exhausting day! But it was very productive. I’m really glad our worship team for this weekend got a chance to use our new mics and in-ear monitors. They’ve been in the works for a long time.

Multiple wireless microphones docked in charging stations, with some cables, on a black shelf in a storage cabinet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTQKmR6a9fw

As a Christian, I find the conflation of Christianity of nationalism concerning. Too many out there are intentionally mixing the two in an attempt to seize power and assert their own will over the rights of others. This reminds me of the “family values” of the KKK in the 20’s.

Meg Hunter-Kilmer's Bible in a Year Plan in Verbum/Logos

I recently started, and then failed to finish, the Bible-in-year reading plan by Meg Hunter-Kilmer. So I decided to make a Reading Plan inside the awesome Logos/Verbum app. Here’s what I did:

  1. I converted the Kindle version of the book I bought to PDF and then extracted out the pages with the reading plan. The plan is actually available for free on the page linked above, but the book is done in a Journal Style which is nice, and I already bought it. It also had an easier time exporting in the following steps.
  2. I exported the pages as a spreadsheet inside Adobe Acrobat
  3. I cleaned up the output into three columns and then, one-by-one, I copied the column to the clipboard and then pasted them inside separate Passage Lists inside Verbum. This took a little time, as there were sometimes missing entries (didn’t total up to 365). In those cases, there’s an option inside of the Passage List to export, and choose a Copy to Clipboard option. Pasting that in the column next to my original list showed why some of the passages weren’t found. In some cases the chapter numbers had been incorrectly changed to a letter, and in others, like the book of Daniel, some of the verses were not in the version of the text I had selected in the Passage List. It was easy enough to add those manually in the Passage List.
  4. I created a Custom Reading Plan and added each of the three Passsage Lists above using the option in the menu to add a Passage List.

This all worked surprisingly well and I now have a synced reading plan on all my devices with reminders to read every day!

If you’d like to use this in the Verbum app, you can access the document here.

Lent is a season of penitence, sacrifice, and sometimes a little discomfort. I am therefore watching The Chosen 🙃

I jest, but I have resisted. More to come on why soon…

Ash Wednesday isn’t about abstinence and fasting, but rather about recognizing the love of God and how we fall short of realizing it in our every day lives.

The image features an inspirational quote from the Bible, John 13:34-35, displayed over a colorful, abstract background. The text says: “As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that

Giving up less for Lent

Decided to do less “giving up” for Lent this year and instead do more “looking up”, meaning that I’m going to focus on making more of my every day moments God-centered, so as to allow him to be an even more important part of my every day life.

I’m praying that this means I’ll find more opportunities to give him permission to shape the course of my life and that more of my daily encounters are full of love and compassion.

The Marriage Course

I highly recommend this “course” for anyone who is married, or about to be married. I’ve been married to my lovely wife for 21 years and still find this to be enlightening! We’ve already seen improvements in our relationship.

themarriagecourse.org