Hebrews 3: “Reach Up”

Jeff Garrison Beaumont and Mayberry ChurchesJanuary 17, 2021Hebrews 3c2021 Introduction at the beginning of Worship        Today we’re exploring the third chapter of Hebrews. At the beginning of this series, I spoke about how this book draws on Greek rhetorical arguments and Old Testament quotes. Throughout the book, the author flows back and forth from discourse to … Read more Hebrews 3: “Reach Up”

Where Goodness Still Grows

   Amy Peterson, Where Goodness Still Grows: Reclaiming Virtue in an Age of Hypocrisy (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2020), 197 pages including notes. Fifteen years ago, I read Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue by Paul Woodruff. Since then, I’ve read it several times and have spent considerable energy thinking about virtues. Perhaps this itch drew me to this book. In … Read more Where Goodness Still Grows

Notes on my reading during the past month

Gary D. Schmidt, Orbiting Jupiter  (Boston, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015), 183 pages.  The family has one other boy, Jack. After getting off to a shaky start, the two become like brothers, watching out for the other. The story centers around what happened to Joseph in his past. When he was 13, he fell in love with … Read more Notes on my reading during the past month

A Prayer for God to Enter History

Jeff GarrisonMayberry and Bluemont ChurchesDecember 27, 2020Isaiah 64 At the beginning of worship, in preparation:  Jesus’ birth came at an interesting time. Luke provides the historical setting: Augustus ruled as emperor, Quirinius was governor, and a major census was underway. On one hand, it was a time of stability. But the peace was fragile, maintained by … Read more A Prayer for God to Enter History