On Saturday I had the honor and privilege of conducting my second wedding of an American soldier – this time a US Marine who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Marines lined the sides of the church throughout the service – never felt so safe in my life – and then formed this guard (or was it a gauntlet?) as Josh and Laura left the church.
US Marine Wedding Video on Vimeo.
At the reception there was a deeply moving tribute to those present who had served their country in various wars, from World War II to the War on Terror, and hardly a dry eye in the house as the Marines remembered one of their comrades and close friends who
lost gave his life in Afghanistan. I was then totally stunned as the young widow and two infant children came forward to comfort and console the still-grieving Marines.
It was good to be reminded of the need to keep praying not just for those who are still laying down their comfort and their lives for their country, but also for those who despite outward appearances are the walking wounded among us. There are emotional injuries that go deeper than any bullet.
To military families everywhere, thank you so much for your sacrificial service.
Wisdom of God
Review of Nancy Guthrie’s latest book on Christ in the Old Testament.
Part 2 from R C Sproul Jr. And here’s Rebecca on A Praying Husband.
One year on
Ever wondered what it might be like to live through a flood that deluges everything you have? (HT Nathan Bingham)
What I have learned online
If you make it to the end of this post, be encouraged – you are an eccentric.
Pete Cashmore started a blog called Mashable in his bedroom 7 years ago. It is now one of the worlds most popular social media websites with over 20 million unique users a month and 2 million Twitter followers. In this article he predicts that banks are next up for the digital revolution and calls us to embrace the “Age of Flux.” And did you know that the average time at a job now is 4 years? All makes me very glad for Hebrews 13:8.
Most parents monitor their kids on Facebook – and have their passwords
The stats on this infographic should help you the next time you hear, “But no one elses’s parents do this…”
Your brain on Technology
40 Quick Tips for Speakers
Not everything here is relevant to preaching but there’s still significant crossover.
Kevin DeYoung’s church in Lansing, MI, is hosting a conference on worship on Feb 10&11 (brochure)
Review of Jesus + Nothing = Everything
Further notes of appreciation and concern.
This week’s morning and evening reading plan in Word and pdf.
This week’s single reading plan for morning or evening in Word and pdf.
The first 12 months of the children’s Morning and Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.
The first 6 months of the Morning or Evening Bible reading plan in pdf.
And here’s an explanation of the plan.
Elisha Foundation Winter Retreat
Have you ever read a Greg Lucas post without it touching your heart?
Who were the Puritans?
John Piper recommends 14 starter books on the Puritans.
Ten Lessons in Leadership from Steve Jobs
I shared Thom Rainer’s mix of sadness and admiration in reading Jobs’ biography.
Headphones that actually fit your ears!
Yes! This “mould your own headphones kit” could be a life-changer!
My son Angus filmed and edited this quick video on how to make a stand-up desk for under $50.