Posts from March 2015

Is repentance misery or joy?

Here’s an idea that will change the way we think: What if repentance isn’t about turning toward misery, but turning away from it? We often think of confessing our sins and repenting as a kind of miserable exercise, designed to make us feel bad enough about ourselves so that we’ll do the right thing next time.…

Book Notes: Keller on Prayer (2)

The guy who literally wrote the book on prayer (or maybe better stated, a book on prayer) has always been good at it, right? Well, not so. Keller begins chapter 1 of his book on prayer: “In the second half of my adult life, I discovered prayer. I had to.” He recounts various disasters in his…

Easter Week Events

Easter Week is a highlight for any Christian, and it’s the focus of our entire year here at All Saints. We will have 3 events to note: – A Passover Seder on April 2 – A worship service on the evening of Good Friday, April 3 – Two worship services on Easter morning, April 5 (note the…

Saeed Abedini links

In church today I mentioned some recent news about Saeed Abedini and promised some links: – Interview with Naghmeh Abedini – Saeed Abedini birthday letter to his son – President Obama calls for Saeed Abedini’s release – Prayer for Saeed from this morning’s worship service

Believe Your Baptism

How often do we think about our baptisms? How often do we believe what they tells us about God & ourselves? Maybe part of the problem is that we rarely consider what baptism means. Check out this great read by Peter Leithart at First Things and renew your understanding of God’s promises to you in baptism!

Book notes: Keller on Prayer (1)

Just wanted to pass along a few thoughts from the Introduction to Tim Keller’s new book, Prayer. He describes two prevailing understandings of prayer: 1) Prayer is a means to experience God’s love, and thus should have an inward spiritual & relational focus he describes as “communion-centered” prayer. 2) Prayer is a means of calling on God to bring in…

Questions-A Snake On A Pole And Jesus

1. A snake on a pole is the last thing you would expect as the means to supply medicine. Why would it have seemed so unlikely to the children of Israel? What are some lessons it would have communicated to the original audience? 2. Name the different ways that Jesus’ crucifixion is similar to the…

Upcoming ladies events

We’ve been delighted about the growing Women’s Ministry at All Saints — thanks to everyone who has worked on making it happen! The various events & Bible studies have given the women of All Saints opportunities to get to know each other beyond just Sunday mornings. If you haven’t been to one yet, you might consider coming…

Questions-The Temple Rebuilt

1. The temple served as the center of Jewish life, politics, and religion. Take a look at these pictures. What stands out to you from the diagrams? Why was it so difficult for the Jews to imagine the temple being destroyed? 2. There are several reasons for Jesus’ cleansing of the temple. Discuss these. What…