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Three Posts Focusing on the Impact of Movies by Robin Williams

Robin Williams, a very popular actor and comedian, died earlier this week (August 11). He suffered from depression for much of his life as well as with drug and alcohol addiction. His movies have had an impact on millions of people. Here are 3 posts that focus on the impact of Robin’s movies:

Your turn… How have you been impacted by Robin’s movies/work?




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Three Blog Posts You Should Read

Here are 3 posts I came across recently that I thought you would enjoy:

Your turn: What are some other blog posts worth checking out?


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Three Posts Responding to Donald Miller

Earlier today I shared links to Three Recent Articles by Donald Miller. I thought you might also be interested in these 3 posts that respond to Donald Miller (not in a critical way but in a way that lifts up the importance of  church):

Your turn… What are some of your thoughts on these posts? Share some other posts you’ve seen on this topic.

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Three Articles Worth Reading

Here are 3 articles you should take a look at (the first 2 are news articles the 3rd one is a post):

Your turn… What are some articles you’ve read recently?


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Three Series that Focus on Relationships

Here are 3 series I’ve been listening to lately that focus on relationships:

  • Friending by Craig Groeschel and LifeChurch.tv

“Friends love you at your worst and can help you be your best, but many of us don’t realize the importance of whom we choose to surround ourselves with. The friends you have help determine the quality and direction of your life. Where are your friendships leading you? Come learn what the Bible says about Friending.”

Erich’s note: Make sure you check out the resources that go along with each message (great for personal study or small groups).

“While some of us loved our “growin’ up” years, others of us couldn’t wait to move out and start fresh. Either way, we want our Future Family to be a step up from our families of origin. Most of us want something better for our children. But what? When it comes to family, what does a preferred future look like? What exactly are we aiming for? Well, whether you’re starting a new family, leaving an old one, or wondering if it’s worth the effort at all, join us this Sunday as we go back to the drawing board.”

Erich’s note: We are going through it in our Young Couples 30s class at The Hills. Make sure you check out the discussion page for each lesson (great for small groups).

  • Sequels by Jonathan Storment at Highland Church of Christ

“There are over 1500 services for online dating today. We’ve invented internet dating, speed dating and even television dating. But more relationships are falling apart than ever before. Which begs the question, why is a culture that is so focused on falling in love, so bad at staying in love?” 

Erich’s note: I mentioned this series and Jonathan’s sermon podcast in recent posts. Make sure you get the free Sequels ebook as well.

Your turn… What are some other series you’ve heard recently that focus on relationships?

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Three More Sermon Podcasts You Should Check Out

Back in July I shared Three Sermon Podcasts You Will Enjoy and listed several honorable mentions for people to consider. Today I am going to share 3 from that list that have been blessing me a lot recently (I think you will enjoy them too):

Erich’s note: Jonathan is the Preaching Minister at the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene. I’m really enjoying his series the Sequels series right now (it focuses on a new perspective on love, sex, marriage, and dating). He is a very creative communicator. You can follow Jonathan’s blog here.

Erich’s note: Dave is the Vision & Teaching Minister at Ethos Church. You can learn more about the story of Ethos Church here. I discovered him earlier this year when Rick Atchley recommended his podcast to me. He is a very authentic communicator (very transparent). Dave has been teaching through the Bible in 2013 so go back to the beginning of the year and enjoy).

Erich’s note: Robert is the Founding Senior Pastor of Gateway Church. Since it began in 2000, the church has grown to more than 26,000 active members. I have been listening to his sermons for a few years now and I’m always blessed, challenged, and encouraged by his messages. I believe you would really enjoy two of his most recent messages: The Star and The Plot (from the series The Show). UPDATE: Robert started a new series called Free Indeed on September 21 that’s going to be great. I listened to the first lesson today, Under The Influence.

Your turn… What are some sermon podcasts you enjoy listening to?


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Three Resources Designed to Make Your Marriage Better

Last month the post, Three Resources Designed to Improve Your Marriage, was the most viewed post in the short history of my blog (and that’s not saying much but it did hit on a topic many people felt was relevant). I believe the primary reason for this is because marriage can be difficult (so we are always looking for resources to make them better). Growing a better marriage takes a lot of work (and sacrifice); so, here are 3 more resources designed to make your marriage better:

“There are over 1500 services for online dating today. We’ve invented internet dating, speed dating and even television dating. But more relationships are falling apart than ever before. Which begs the question, why is a culture that is so focused on falling in love, so bad at staying in love?” 

Erich’s note: I love the creative approach that Jonathan and his team at the Highland Church in Abilene, TX is taking with this series that talks about a new perspective on love, sex, marriage and dating.  Make sure you take some time exploring The Sequels website and all the resources associated with this series, especially the free Sequels eBook (you will be blessed and your marriage will be better for it).

“Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul-mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that marriage does not mean til death do us part, but merely for as long as my needs are being met; and that when serious differences arise, divorce is the best solution.  

According to the bible, all of these modern-day assumptions miss what marriage is all about. In The Meaning of Marriage, Timothy Keller, along with Kathy, his wife of thirty-six years, draws a profound portrait of marriage from the pages of Scripture that neither idealizes nor rejects the institution but points us back to the relationship between God and man. The result is a vision for marriage that is refreshingly frank and unsentimental, yet hopeful and beautiful. This book is for anyone from singles, to couples considering marriage, to those who have been married recently or for a long time.”

Erich’s note: I love everything I’ve read by Keller so far (The Reason for God; The Prodigal God; Counterfeit Gods; Generous Justice and Galatians For You to name a few — you can find more info on all of Keller’s books on his website). This is one of the best books written on the subject of marriage (you really should read it; in fact, my 17 year old son, Spencer, has read it a couple of times already and recommends it to his high school friends which just goes to show you can never start too early preparing for marriage).

“Growthtrac.com is a Christian non-profit media ministry — we are a marriage organization that strengthens marriages by providing life-changing, Christ-centered resources through innovative online media. Our objective is to support marriage through expert content — unique content that is practical and culturally relevant. Our world cannot settle simply for “good” marriages. Marriages can and must grow into great marriages. With the right support, strength, and resources, every marriage can become the exhilarating, rich union God intended. Those marriages can change the world. That’s our passion.”

Erich’s note: I just recently discovered this website but have bookmarked it as I’ll be going back often to find resources to help me build a better marriage (looks like they have lots of great content). You might want to start with this article first, It Doesn’t Begin in the Bedroom.

One last note: Before I close I want to mention another resource a friend recommended in a comment from the post last month (I haven’t read the book yet but I’m familiar with the author and know that it will be one you’ll find helpful) — What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage by Paul Tripp.

Your turn… What are some other resources you’ve used to improve your marriage?


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Three Sermon Podcasts You Will Enjoy

Let me say right up front that it was hard to narrow this list to 3 so I’m sure I’ll share a few more in coming weeks (I’ve mentioned a few of them at the bottom of this post if you want to check them out too). I listen to about 20 different podcasts on a regular basis (I know, I’m weird like that). The Carolinas are represented well in this list as 1 is from South Carolina and the other 2 are from Charlotte, NC. I’m going to exclude my preacher’s podcast (Rick Atchley @ The Hills) from this list since I listen to him live every week. If you don’t you should add him to your playlist (I highly recommend his recent series on Revelation, probably the best I’ve ever heard on that book). So, without any further ado, here are the 3 I think you would enjoy listening to on a regular basis:

Perry is the founder and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina (a multi-campus move of God on a mission to reach more than 100,000 people in SC). He is a gifted communicator and teacher, convicted about speaking the truth as plainly as possible (he can be very blunt and his messages are full of humor and truth). God has given him a vision and a passion for helping people meet Jesus, and each week he shares God’s word and its practical application in our daily lives. His first book, UNLEASH, is also a great read. Check this series out first: Adam & Eve. His next series that begins on July 14 is called REDNECK.

Steven is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church based in Charlotte, NC. He is also the New York Times® Best Selling author of Greater and the national bestseller Sun Stand Still. You’ll enjoy his books and messages. Check this series out first: The Expectation Gap. For a unique message that is compiled from talks Steven has done around the world this past year check out Pound the Ground.

Jonathan leads the liars, dreamers, and misfits of Renovatus: A Church for People Under Renovation, in Charlotte, NC, where he lives with his wife Amanda. He is the author of the book Prototype. I absolutely enjoy listening to Jonathan. I discovered his podcast one day when Steven Furtick mentioned him being his “favorite preacher.” He might become your favorite too. Check this series out first: A Song of Ascent (a series on David)

UPDATE, 9.11.13: Jonathan started a new series this past week called PARABLE. You really should check it out. Here is a description of this series: Jesus was the master storyteller, and you are invited to come and sit by the fire to listen to his stories.  These stories are full of wonder, intrigue, enchantment, truth, beauty…and layers upon layers of deep meaning.  These are startlingly human, three-dimensional stories that bring the kingdom of heaven into color in our real lives.  They are stories from a time that is not our own about people we do not know–and yet ultimately stories about us.  

You can watch or listen to all 3 of these guys from their church’s website or search for them on your favorite podcast APP (by the way, these guys preach anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour plus at times).

Your turn… What are some of your favorite sermon podcasts?

Here are some of my honorable mentions that I’ll say more about in future posts: Andy Stanley, Judah Smith, Craig Groeschel, Dave Clayton, Toby Slough, Chris Hodges, Robert Morris, John Ortberg, Erwin McManus, Mark Batterson, Jonathan Storment, Matt Chandler, and Tim Keller to name a few more (and make sure you check out Rick Atchley from my home church).


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