JOHN 17: Intercessory Prayer

By Stephen W. Hiemstra Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you…I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours…I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in […]

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JUAN 17: La oración de Intercesión

Por Stephen W. Hiemstra Después de que Jesús dijo esto, dirigió la mirada al cielo y oró así … Ruego por ellos. No ruego por el mundo, sino por los que me has dado, porque son tuyos … No ruego sólo por éstos. Ruego también por los que han de creer en mí por el […]

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Maxwell Wins by Learning; Inspires Hope

John Maxwell. 2013.  Sometimes You Win; Sometimes You Learn:  Life’s Greatest Lessons Are Gained from Our Losses.  New York:  Center Street. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Working in enterprise risk management in the early years of the housing crisis, I observed that firms with good risk management cultures invested heavily in learning from their mistakes[1].  […]

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Crucial Conversations Target Productive Dialog

Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler.  2012.  Crucial Conversations:  Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High.  New York:  McGraw-Hill. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra As an economist I was taught in graduate school that decision processes were some variant on the scientific method—objective, dispassionate, well-thought out.  Boy, was I wrong!  Not only […]

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JOHN 16: The Helper

By Stephen W. Hiemstra Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long (Psalm 25:5 ESV). It is hard to image the terror of the disciples on the other side of the cross.  In John 16, we get a glimpse. […]

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JUAN 16: El Paráclito

Por Stephen W. Hiemstra Encamíname en tu verdad, ¡enséñame! Tú eres mi Dios y Salvador; ¡en ti pongo mi esperanza todo el día! (Salmo 25:5 NVI) Es difícil imaginar el terror de los discípulos al otro lado de la cruz. En Juan 16, podemos hacernos una idea. El capítulo comienza con Jesús frente a una […]

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Christ and Culture

By Stephen W. Hiemstra At Pentecost the Holy Spirit speaks Gospel into culture.   And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to peak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4 ESV).  Here the Holy Spirit communicates the Gospel among all people groups through languages that previously separated us […]

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Defending the Hope We Have

By Stephen W. Hiemstra Riverside Presbyterian Church, November 17, 2013 SERMON SERIES REMINDER Good morning! It is good to see everyone again. Today we finish up our sermon series on John Stott’s book, Basic Christianity.  For those of you who have not had time to read the book, I would encourage you to pick up […]

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JOHN 15: The Vine and the Branches

By Stephen W. Hiemstra What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it? When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes? … For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel (Isaiah 5:4-7 ESV). The metaphor of the vine […]

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JUAN 15: La Vid y Las Ramas

Por Stephen W.  Hiemstra ¿Qué más se podría hacer por mi viña que yo no lo haya hecho? Yo esperaba que diera buenas uvas; ¿por qué dio uvas agrias? … La viña del Senor Todopoderoso es el pueblo de Israel (Isaias 5:4-7 NVI). La metáfora de la vid y las ramas es simple, pero inquietante. […]

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