Around the Interweb (10/17)

A God Story

From Together for Adoption:

Mark and Kristen Howerton tell their family’s stories of adoption. While in the process of adopting from Haiti, Kristen was in Haiti visiting their son when the earthquake hit. Their story is a God story. Let it be an encouragement to you that although we most often do not see God at work in our stories, He most certainly is.

HT: Challies

In Other News

Language: The origins of common English expressions

Spiritual Growth: Dealing with Unanswered Prayers

In Case You Missed It

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

A review of Shannon O’Dell’s new book, Transforming Church in Rural America

Sermon audio from last week’s message, Bold Intercession

On parachutes and pineapples

Spurgeon on the wheat and the tares

Help Haiti Live Feb 27 – Benefit Concert for Earthquake Relief

One month following the 7.1 earthquake that struck Haiti, an all-star cast of musicians is gathering for Help Haiti Live, a two-city ticketed concert event taking place on February 27th, 2010 to benefit Compassion International ’s Haiti disaster relief fund. The concerts are sponsored by Gaylord Entertainment Company, They will be ticketed and also streamed live at HelpHaitiLive.com.

With extraordinary need still existing in the devastated country, Alison Krauss & Union Station (featuring Jerry Douglas), Amy Grant, Big Kenny, Mat Kearney, Jars of Clay, Rebecca St. James, NEEDTOBREATHE, Brandon Heath, and a to-be-announced special headliner will participate in two concert events, live from Los Angeles at the historic Wiltern Theater and at Nashville’s famed and Gaylord-owned Ryman Auditorium. Produced to inspire live concert and on-line audiences to financially support the relief work of Compassion International in Haiti, all talent and production fees have been donated, along with streaming services (Livestream.com), allowing proceeds to go toward Compassion’s disaster relief fund.

“This cause has been something our employees have taken very close to heart in recent weeks, and they’re thrilled for Gaylord to be involved in such an inspiring event. We’re also proud to support the generous efforts of all the artists who are donating their time and talent to make this concert a success,” said Colin Reed, Chairman and CEO of Gaylord Entertainment Company.

Tickets for each event will range in price from $25-75 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations beginning Monday, February 15th, as well as through The Ryman box office: 800-745-3000 or ryman.com, and through Live Nation for The Wiltern at http://www.livenation.com/venue/the-wiltern-tickets

Nashville/Ryman Auditorium, 7:30pm cst:

Hosted by Big Kenny. Performances by Alison Krauss & Union Station (featuring Jerry Douglas), Jars of Clay, Mat Kearney, Dave Barnes, Matt Wertz, Brandon Heath.

Los Angeles/Wiltern Theater, 7:30pm pst:
Message from pastor Francis Chan. Performances by Special Guest headliner, Amy Grant, Leann Rimes, Rebecca St. James, NEEDTOBREATHE

All money raised in response to the Haiti earthquake will be used immediately to re-equip Compassion’s local support structure and to provide for the immediate needs of Compassion-assisted children and families. Compassion has been meeting the physical and spiritual needs of Haitians for more than forty years and will continue to serve them in this time of extreme need. Already Compassion International has supplied more than 15,000 families with clean water, food, blankets, temporary shelter, medical supplies and counseling.  Donations will lay bricks, feed, educate, clothe, heal and rebuild Haiti for many months to come in Jesus’ name.

Around the Interweb (01/24)

“It is Well with My Soul…”

Churches Helping Churches released a powerful video presentation of the devastation in Haiti on Friday, one that is tempered with incredible hope: 

 

At 4:57, Mark Driscoll interviews a pastor from Haiti who, despite everything, still has joy. When asked why he’s smiling, where is his joy, he answers, “It’s from the Lord.” 

God is good, folks. 


 

In other news

John Newton in a letter to Rev. Thomas Jones (October 20, 1767): “As to myself, if I were not a Calvinist, I think I should have no more hope of success in preaching to men, than to horses or cows.” (via Kevin DeYoung

“Tell Bud, ministry isn’t everything.  Jesus is.” (via Ray Ortlund

Ed Stetzer: “Be careful with your words. You only have so many to use in your upcoming sermon, so choose them wisely. Those words may comprise your very last sermon. Have you considered that?” 

More photos from Haiti (via Compassion’s Flickr page): 

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more about “Haiti Earthquake“, posted with vodpod 


In case you missed it

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts: 

My review of Joshua Harris’ new book, Dug Down Deep. Read the review then go buy the book. 

Airing my frustration with progressive sanctification

If the gospel is dull, then what is worth being called exciting

Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds us that the gospel is the most exciting and astounding thing that has ever and will ever happen.

"Who Will Help the Church?" Mark Driscoll and James MacDonald in Haiti

When I first heard about Mark Driscoll and James MacDonald hopping a plane to Haiti, honestly, I had mixed feelings. I greatly respect both men and love the fact that they want to help the church… but I found myself asking, “Aren’t other organizations doing this?”

As I’ve been thinking about it and (inconsistently) praying, I suspect the answer is… not exactly.

From ChurchesHelpingChurches.com:

Churches Helping Churches was created to address the immediate and long-term needs of churches when disaster befalls a country, region, city, or people in the spirit of Galatians 6:10—“…let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

Our help complements the initial waves of humanitarian aid that pour into a country in the wake of a disaster. Many countries have relied on networks of local churches to be a primary conduit for the flow of health care, humanitarian aid, and even education. Rebuilding churches is a means of restoring infrastructure in a country through which aid can flow into local communities which so desperately need it.

Both throughout history and following specific tragedies it is often the local church that cares for widows, orphans, and the poor. It is the church who performs the funerals, grief counseling and spiritual follow up with families of victims. Rebuilding local churches helps address the practical and spiritual needs of a country, one person, one neighborhood, and one community at a time.

When the magnitude of a catastrophe can be described as “biblical,” it is the local church that reminds people that another biblical concept is even more powerful: hope in Jesus Christ.

Looking at their mission is really encouraging. They’re not trying to reinvent the wheel in terms of aid. There are other organizations that do a brilliant job of that.

They’re not trying to do community development. There are other organizations that are fantastic at it.

They’re not trying to do people development. Again, there are others who already do it well.

Their goal is to love the Church so that the Church can be a blessing to the nations.

That’s a pretty great mission.

I’m interested in seeing how this develops.

How about you?

Around the Interweb (01/17)

Video Update from Matt Chandler

Pastor Matt Chandler of the Village Church in Texas gives an update on his cancer treatment:

HT: The Village Church Pastors’ Blog


In other news

Dan Woolley, a colleague of mine from Compassion International was rescued the other day from the ruins of the Hotel Montana in Haiti! Praise God for this wonderful news! Please give to help with the relief and long term recovery efforts.

2010: Living in the Future. You must read this. My wife’s review: “It made me choke on my own laughter.” So you know it’s good.

Albert Mohler: Does God Hate Haiti?


In case you missed it

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

A review of Jim Belcher’s very helpful book, Deep Church

The morning after in Haiti.

Holy Spirit vs. Holy Scripture 

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The Test of a True Teacher

Moralizing Destroys Scripture and Cultivates Pride

God Has Positioned Us For a Time Such as This: Wess Stafford on Haiti

An Important update from Wess Stafford, President of Compassion International:

Relief and recovery efforts are underway in Haiti, and long after many organizations are gone, Compassion will remain, as Wess said. Compassion has been serving the people of Haiti since 1968 and 65,000 children are being sponsored in 230 church projects, where they get opportunities for learning, regular health checkups, dental care, and take advantage of a host of other programs based on the needs of their communities. Most importantly, every child gets the opportunity to hear and respond to the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection, to grow in faith as they are mentored by volunteers from their own communities and gain the skills they need to bring an eternal solution to poverty. Please give to help with Compassion’s recovery efforts in Haiti.

To gain some additional perspective on this tragedy, please watch the CBC’s interview with Barry Slauenwhite, President of Compassion Canada, who was caught in Tuesday’s earthquake.

HT: Compassion Blog

The Morning After in Haiti

Update: A video from CNN – “The earth actually split:”

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more about “CNN“, posted with vodpod

Also, my co-worker offers some thoughts on the Compassion Advocates blog.


Yesterday, Haiti was struck by a 7.0 earthquake outside the capital city, Port-au-Prince. Troy and Tara Livsay are missionaries in the country; they posted the following on their blog:

The few things we can confirm – yes the four story Caribbean Market building is completely demolished. Yes it was open. Yes the National Palace collapsed. Yes Gov’t buildings nearby the Palace collapsed. Yes St Josephs Boys home is completely collapsed. Yes countless countless – countless other houses, churches, hospitals, schools, and businesses have collapsed. There are buildings that suffered almost no damage. Right next door will be a pile of rubble.

Thousands of people are currently trapped. To guess at a number would be like guessing at raindrops in the ocean. Precious lives hang in the balance. When pulled from the rubble there is no place to take them for care Haiti has an almost non existent medical care system for her people.

I cannot imagine what the next few weeks and months will be like. I am afraid for everyone. Never in my life have I seen people stronger than Haitian people. But I am afraid for them. For us.

A pastors’ tour from Compassion Canada arrived in the country about an hour before the earthquake hit.

I was supposed to be on that trip.

Not sure how to feel about that right now.

Compassion and other organizations are already assessing the damage and taking part in relief and recovery efforts. Please give to help with these efforts.

But just as importantly, please pray for the people of Haiti. I can only echo Troy and Tara’s comments, which I’ve reprinted here:

The horror has only just begun and I beg you to get on your knees – I truly mean ON YOUR KNEES and pray for the people of this country. The news might forget in a few days – but people will still be trapped alive and suffering. Pray. Pray. Pray. After that – PLEASE PRAY.