Thinking Out Loud

July 28, 2009

The Rain, The Park, and Other Things

Bruxy Cavey on “Soul Sisters”

4-week sermon audio on the Book of Ruth available for download.

bruxyBruxy Cavey may be a name unfamiliar to my mostly U.S. readers, unless you’ve happened upon his book The End of Religion (NavPress).   He is the teaching pastor of The Meeting House, Canada’s fastest growing “church movement,” and one of the few multi-site churches here, with nine locations.  The church is based on Oakville, Ontario.

When your wife has the same name as one of the books of the Bible, you pay closer attention to those sermons, so I thought I’d heard it all before when it comes to this short, OT book.   But Bruxy has a unique way of bringing classic stories to life.   This series, which will carry on with other OT and NT personalities, is aided by the fact that Bruxy lives in house full of women.   So he’s preaching to his own daughters as well as to everyone else.

We usually download the audio.   Each TMH sermon begins with a video clip and unfortunately there isn’t descriptive audio; you’ll have to just jump in with everyone else.   But if Bruxy is a new commodity for you, you might want to try your first sermon on the recently-added video download option.  You may be surprised!   Simply go their website, and then click on teaching, and then click on the Soul Sisters series.

And if you have friends who haven’t crossed the line of faith and they’re looking for something that challenges the intellect, consider The End of Religion.

Buffer Zone

Here are some lines from a song I wrote awhile back:

I used to have a job

Just half a block away

There was no separation

Between my work and pay

But now my new workspace

Is in a different place.

Though it is not that far

I have to take the car.

Yes, I know the rhyme scheme changes in the second verse, and I’ve lost the rest of the lyrics; but the point is that when I wrote this, while sometimes I get really tired of living in one community and working in another (especially when the gas/petrol prices are high) I really appreciate having a “buffer zone” between the two life components.

Buffer zones can happen in a variety of circumstances, which bring us to today’s question:  What would you think about your pastor living next door to you?   Too close for comfort?   Would you have to change anything?   How would the pastor feel about it?   What stories can you tell us about times where — in the words of Seinfeld‘s George Costanza character — your “worlds were colliding;” i.e. your boss, your kid’s teacher, or the chairman of the church board lived either next door or across the street?

Mankind Toons

Here’s a new cartoon making its debut at this blog.

Mankind Toons is drawn by Ben Bateman.   He’s got some good stuff, and choosing one for today wasn’t easy.   You can see more at MankindToons.com.   BTW, a lot of these comic creators really make us think, but they rely on contributions to do what they do… so, if you enjoy what you see, click on the site and make a donation.   Tell ‘em we sent ya.

Mankind Tunes - Monkey Evolution

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2 Comments »

  1. Love the cartoon! What a neat twist on evolution. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

    Comment by lydiajo39 — July 28, 2009 @ 10:06 pm

  2. I agree…feeling a bit sorry for the monkeys..lol.

    Comment by Sonny Davis — July 29, 2009 @ 3:53 am


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