January 2014 - Archives

The Richard Sherman In All of Us

The Richard Sherman In All of Us

January 30, 2014 | Shawn Brace

First, let’s make something clear: Richard Sherman is not a  thug  (ie., “a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer”).

By now, even if you’re a nominal sports fan, you’ve probably seen the interview heard ’round the world in which Richard Sherman, who is a defensive back for the Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks, proclaimed himself “the best corner in the game” (which is true), calling San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree a “sorry receiver.” You can see the short interview below.

Pretty much as soon as Sherman’s interview hit the airwaves (which was cut short because Fox didn’t know what to do with a man who was being so authentic), people were taking to the internet to call him out for his silly antics. That his antics were silly cannot be denied; yet it seems that many people wanted to take it beyond that, with the harshest refrain proclaiming that Richard Sherman is an ignorant thug.

Let’s call this label for what it is, however: a loud, black man …
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Shawn Brace

Pastor
Northern New England Conference

Seven Habits Worth Cultivating

Seven Habits Worth Cultivating

January 11, 2014 | Ty Gibson

Every time you perform an action it contributes to shaping your fundamental identity. When life is done, you are the sum total of your repeated actions. Here are seven actions worth repeating over and over again this year until they become habits for life.

1. Follow Someone

Take note of some area of your life in which you need to undergo rapid growth. That should be easy, unless you’re a narcissist, in which case nothing immediately comes to mind. Then select someone to learn from whom you admire for their excellence in that particular aspect of life.

The Bible says that God has gifted people in the church for our “edifying,” to help each of us grow up “to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-13). This means there are people who are strong in areas where you are weak, who know things you don’t know, who have perspectives you don’t have, who have certain life-skills developed to levels you’re not at yet.

So God …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

New Year Prayer

Present Stage: A New Year Prayer

January 1, 2014 | Ty Gibson

Lord God Almighty, ineffably holy, Great in weakness, immeasurably lowly, From the corner of my eye, I see Your glory, Through prophets of old who breathed Your story.

But sweep me into the narrative now, Resisting no longer, Your will to allow, Not mere words on ancient page, But present Word on present stage.

Paradoxical love, with mercy’s fury dripping, Hunt me with passion, with tenderness ripping, Into my soul where cherished lies reside, Piercing the darkness where in shame I hide.

Capture my vision that strays to illusion, Regard not as violent mercy’s intrusion, Cease the knocking, break down the door, I want You less even as I want you more.

Enthrall my affections, brutalized by lust, Enrapture my emotions, divinized by trust, Lure me from my self, me away from me, Slave to Your heart, yet finally free.

As the minutes unfold and the hours fly by, As the year makes me older and I grope and sigh, Younger with innocence may I become with time, The fatal …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers