Jan 182014
Vocab: Vertiginous - Causing Dizziness

BookID – TxtPre – TxtPost – The young Mikhail’s development proved vertiginous.   Page: 226 – “Thinking in Numbers” by Daniel Tammet ver·tig·i·nous adjective – \v?r-?ti-j?-n?s\ causing or likely to cause a feeling of dizziness especially because of great height From learning chess at 8 to winning the Soviet chess crown at 16, Mikhail Tal was […]

Jan 182014

The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Neil Gaiman. Party games had been prepared by my mother but, because nobody was there, not even my sister, none of the party games were played, and I unwrapped the newspaper around the pass-the-parcel gift myself, revealing a blue plastic Batman figure. I was sad that nobody […]

Dec 112013

Radical. David Platt. You might think this sounds as though we have to earn our way to Jesus through radical obedience, but that is not the case at all. Indeed, “it is by grace you [are] saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one […]

Dec 092013

Radical. David Platt. The modern-day gospel says, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. Therefore, follow these steps, and you can be saved.” Meanwhile, the biblical gospel says, “You are an enemy of God, dead in your sin, and in your present state of rebellion, you are not even able to […]

Dec 072013

Radical. David Platt. The price of our nondiscipleship is high for those without Christ. It is high also for the poor of this world. Consider the cost when Christians ignore Jesus’ commands to sell their possessions and give to the poor and instead choose to spend their resources on better comforts, larger homes, nicer cars, […]

Dec 062013

Radical. David Platt. You and I can choose to continue with business as usual in the Christian life and in the church as a whole, enjoying success based on the standards defined by the culture around us. Or we can take an honest look at the Jesus of the Bible and dare to ask what […]

Nov 122013

Words for Readers and Writers. Larry Woiwode. Don’t distort or gloss over what you see. You can’t ignore the seamy side of present-day culture, which you’re bound to encounter, as you already have. You don’t want to present a sanitized, goody-two-shoes version of life if that isn’t what you observe. That’s not ethically honest. Certain […]