Exercise Nuts Live Longer; Live Better

Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge.  2007.  Younger Next Year:  Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy–Until You’re 80 and Beyond.  Male and Female editions.  New York:  Workman Publishing. Reviewed by Stephen W. Hiemstra My annual physical examination yielded a surprising result this month–my cholesterol statistics improved rather markedly.  What had I done differently?  Really only two […]

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Graham Shares Gospel; Speaks about Judgment

Billy Graham.  2013.  The Reason for My Hope:  Salvation.  Nashville:  W. Publishing Group (Thomas Nelson). Reviewed by Stephen W. Hiemstra Billy Graham will celebrate his 95th birthday on November 7, 2013 with a new campaign called:  My Hope with Billy Graham (http://bit.ly/1cPVrOx).  Graham’s new book, The Reason for My Hope, was released on October 15th […]

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JOHN 13: Foot Washing

By Stephen W. Hiemstra A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34-35 ESV). What does it mean to […]

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JUAN 13: Lavado de Pies

Por Stephen W. Hiemstra Este mandamiento nuevo les doy: que se amen los unos a los otros. Así como yo los he amado, también ustedes deben amarse los unos a los otros. De este modo todos sabrán que son mis discípulos, si se aman los unos a los otros (Juan 13:34-35 NVI). ¿Qué significa ser […]

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Savage Teaches Listening; Hears Unheard Stories

John Savage.  1996.  Listening & Caring Skills:  A Guide for Groups and Leaders.  Nashville:  Abingdon Press. Reviewed by Stephen W. Hiemstra Being fully present when listening to someone is tough.  It requires setting aside our own egos to hear not only what the person is saying but what is not being said—the backstory.  The backstory […]

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Barnes Interprets Heidelberg; Offers Postmodern Reading

M. Craig Barnes.  2012.  Body & Soul:  Reclaiming the Heidelberg Catechism.  Co-published:  Grand Rapids:  Faith Alive and Louisville:  Congregational Ministries Publishing. Reviewed by Stephen W. Hiemstra November 15, 2013 is the 450th anniversary of the publishing of the Heidelberg Catechism (HC).  The HC famously begins with this question:  What is your only comfort in life […]

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JOHN 12: Jesus Messiah

By Stephen W. Hiemstra Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey (Zechariah 9:9 ESV). What kind of Messiah is Jesus? Messiah is a […]

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JUAN 12: Jesús Mesías

Por Stephen W. Hiemstra ¡Alégrate mucho, hija de Sión! ¡Grita de alegría, hija de Jerusalén! Mira, tu rey viene hacia ti, justo, salvador y humilde. Viene montado en un asno, en un pollino, cría de asna (Zacarias 9:9 NVI). ¿Qué tipo de Mesías es Jesús? Mesías es una palabra hebrea que significa ungido. Juan es […]

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Schaefer Works Twitter; Brings Business Sense

Mark W. Schaefer. 2012.  The Tao of Twitter:  Changing Your Life and Business 140 Characters at a Time.  New York:  McGraw Hill. @markwschaefer Reviewed by Stephen W. Hiemstra When I expressed interest in learning how to use social media more effectively, a friend quickly remarked:  whatever you do, don’t start Tweeting!  Probably the hardest part […]

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Social Media Enhances Ministry

By Stephen W. Hiemstra Art by Sharron Beg The Capital Christian Writers club (www.CapitalChristianWriters.org) meets bi-monthly in Fairfax, VA.  The September meeting focused on creating a blog.  While I came to the meeting to network, I left the meeting convinced that blogging would simplify online ministry. I also left experiencing a bit of fear. Yes. I have had […]

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