Monday Update #33 – September 30, 2013

Note: Every Monday I will be posting about what I have been reading, listening, writing, and doing in my life. Hopefully it gives a little insight into my life. Enjoy!

What I’m Looking Forward To

Preaching this Sunday- Both yesterday and next Sunday I will be preaching at North Baptist Church. Yesterday we looked at 1 Peter 2 and saw that submission brings glory to God. This Sunday, as we look at the book of Daniel, we will look at the truth that a Christian is uncompromising. Pray for me this week as I prepare for this sermon.

What I’m Reading (Books)

I am currently reading:

This week I finished Dismissing Jesus: How We Evade the Way of the Cross by Douglas M. Jones. This is an eye-opening book, showing how the American church has neglected the narrow way. Look for a substantial book review soon on this book.

This week I also finished Saving Casper: A Christian and an Atheist Talk about Why We Need to Change the Conversion Conversation by Jim Henderson and Matt Casper. This book looks at the relationship between Jim, a Christian author & speaker, and Casper, an atheist who joins Jim in speaking to churches. Along the way, they help Christians understand how they are perceived from an outsider’s perspective. Look for a book review later this week.

What I’m Reading (Articles)

  • Can We Finally Start Talking About the Global Persecution of Christians?

    In recent weeks, we have Muslims killing Christians in Kenya, Egypt, Pakistan and Syria. Again. It’s time to ask an important question that many of us have successfully avoided for far too long: Can we finally start talking about the global persecution of Christians and other non-Muslims? Finally? Please?

  • A Global Slaughter of Christians, but America’s Churches Stay Silent

    Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity. One would think this horror might be consuming the pulpits and pews of American churches. Not so. The silence has been nearly deafening

  • Jack’s Typewriter by Tony Reinke

    Thankfully you never saw our big mistake in the C.S. Lewis conference trailer. For the video we hired an actor to play Lewis, to walk through a garden, to look into the sky, and to read a book in a high-back chair. But one scene nobody saw was Lewis at his typewriter, not because we didn’t accidentally film the scene (and delete it later), but because such a scene never happened. Lewis detested typewriters.

Brandon Schmidt

I am Brandon Schmidt: writer, husband, father, brother, reader, and laugher.

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