What do we make of people claiming to have gone to heaven?--Greg Koukl here addresses the phenomenon of books and TV programs about people claiming to have gone to heaven or hell. I admit, I have significant biblical concerns with books like 90 Minutes in Heaven (Don Piper) and Heaven is for Real (Todd Burpo), though their popularity in the mainstream would suggest the hunger people have for something beyond themselves.
Sweden's Romans 1 preschool--The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood reports on a new preschool in Sweden. "'Egalia,' a taxpayer-funded school, has adopted a curriculum
that does not employ gender pronouns such as 'he,' 'she,' 'his' or 'hers' in an attempt to avoid 'pigeonholing and stereotyping.' Instead,
leaders at the school instruct students and teachers to address each
other as 'friends.'" I think their quote from Charles Spurgeon is apropos: "We never know what we shall hear next, and perhaps it is a mercy
that these absurdities are revealed one at a time, in order that we may
be able to endure their stupidity without dying of amazement."
Dickens and Handel on Christmas--Justin Taylor points to an interesting contrast between these two lovers of God.
6 tips for small group leaders--Credo Magazine shares 6 tips for leading small groups including: 1) ground it in the Gospel, 2) have a clear mission, 3) be a pastor, 4) learn some theology, 5) plan to multiply, and 6) force authenticity.