Ragamuffin and Rich Mullins Quotes

1431Rich Mullins was a musical prodigy who rose to fame and fortune only to walk away from all the success and live on a Navajo reservation.

An artistic genius, he was raised on a tree farm in Indiana by a callous father. Rich wrestled all of his life with the brokenness and crippling insecurity born out of his childhood. He had frequent bouts with depression and loneliness before being tragically killed in a car accident in 1997.

His riveting story is told in the 2013 film Ragamuffin. Here are some of the most compelling Rich Mullins quotes: Continue reading Ragamuffin and Rich Mullins Quotes

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

Few Americans have stamped the collective consciousness of our country like Jonathan Edwards. He was an intellectual prodigy, entering Yale University at the age of twelve. And he is buried at Princeton University, where he served as president until his death in 1758. Edwards was the author of dozens of volumes, both theological and inspirational. He sparked America’s First Great Awakening with his sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”

Yet his greatest legacy may be his offspring, which includes more than 300 ministers and missionaries, 120 university professors, 60 authors, 30 judges, 14 college presidents, 3 members of Congress, and 1 vice president. How would you like to have a progeny like that? That legacy, like every spiritual genealogy, traces back to defining decisions in life. Edwards had such a defining moment of decision when he wrote down 70 resolutions that would become the foundation of his faith and practice for the rest of his life. He would revisit these resolutions once a week throughout his entire life.

Though every one of them may not be practical for you, Edwards shows us that a well lived life doesn’t just happen; it requires intentionality. Continue reading The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

New Year’s Self Evaluation and Introspection

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Many people rush into the New Year with lofty ambitions and New Year’s resolutions without properly evaluating, reflecting, or learning from, the past year’s experiences. When we don’t take time to reflect on our previous season, we miss opportunities to grow into new seasons that life affords us. Continue reading New Year’s Self Evaluation and Introspection

100 Years Ago: The Christmas Truce

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It was exactly 100 years ago this Christmas, during WWI, that an extraordinary event happened which historians refer to as the Christmas Truce.

With British and German forces separated only by a no-man’s land, in some places no more than 30 yards wide, littered with fallen comrades, the opposing armies stared at each other from a line of hastily built defensive trenches lined with barbed wire and parapets. Continue reading 100 Years Ago: The Christmas Truce

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