Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A good quote to Remember

"If you cry while you write, that's catharsis. If others cry while reading what you wrote, that's craft."

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Exciting Upcoming Conference



Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX—The Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC) has announced its annual conference to be held on May 20-22, 2010 at Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX. The keynote speaker will be Tullian Tchividjian, addressing this year’s theme of The Gospel Revolution.

Tchividjian is the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, founded by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, and is the grandson of renowned evangelist Dr. Billy Graham. Tchividjian has authored several books, including Unfashionable and Do I Know God?, and speaks at conferences throughout the US. His sermons are broadcast daily on the radio program Godward Living.

The conference is an experience designed for both the young and old of our culture and those who lead them. The Gospel Revolution: Rediscovering the Power of the Cross will teach a new generation of Christians how to effectively apply the Gospel of the Cross to the real issues of everyday life. Tchividjian explains, “I am absolutely convinced that most Christians believe that the gospel ignites the Christian in life, but they fail to believe the gospel is the fuel that keeps Christians going and growing every day.”

Although the conference is targeted to counselors, the event is open to anyone who would like to better apply Biblical principles to own their lives, as well to those who are seeking to become better equipped to offer counsel within their churches and ministries.

The Gospel Revolution conference will feature several authors and international speakers, including Dr. Paul David Tripp, Elyse Fitzpatrick, and Dr. Mike Emlet. Speakers with local ties include Beau Hughes (Lead Pastor of The Village Church in Denton, TX), Elliott Greene (Redeemer Seminary), and Jeremy Lelek (President of ABC).

Based in Bedford, TX, the Association of Biblical Counselors exists to encourage, equip, and empower all believers everywhere to live and counsel the Word. ABC offers resources designed to equip professional counselors, pastoral staff, and all Christians to provide wise counsel that comes straight from Scripture—and only from Scripture. ABC believes that the Bible answers every single question that psychology tries to answer.

For more information about ABC and for conference details and registration, visit www.christiancounseling.com.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Platform Schmatform

Good article on that nasty word, Platform -
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2010/03/author-platforms.html

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Make Love/ Make War by Brian Doerksen

If you have been blessed by Brian Doerksen’s music you will be blessed by this book. Be brings the same open devotion to God into it and shares his heart with us. Using stories from his experience as a song-writer Brian talks openly about his own struggles and weaknesses yet never slips into the overly sentimental or trite. The story about the birth of his second son, for instance, is powerful.

The blurb on his website says:
In his first book, Brian shares the powerful stories behind some of the most influential worship songs of our time, including "Come, Now Is the Time to Worship", "Refiner's Fire", and "Hallelujah (Your Love is Amazing)". Brian's hope and prayer is that the stories surrounding these songs and the truths they sing will awaken your heart to 'Make Love & War' for the glory of God!

It’s obvious that Brian’s songs pour out of a heart longing for God and he leads the readers of this book down that same path.

If you are a worship leader in your church this is a must read. If you are trying to write songs there is a segment at the end of each chapter just for you. But it’s not only beneficial to song-writers. It speaks to us all about being real with God and real with people.

If you have no musical talent at all this book is still a must read. It’s a glimpse into the heart and soul of a man of God who struggles yet comes out shining in His light.

Brian is about to launch into an exciting adventure with his touring musical,
Prodigal God. I look forward to the performance because I know it will be so much more than that.