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    WedWednesdayFebFebruary19th2014 New Member Spotlight (2/19/2014)
    byMark Ridge Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    The Membership Ministry Team would like to welcome new member Lance Schinckel. He was voted in as a full member at the February Family Gathering. 

    Lance is the son of KSBC members Allan and Deb Schinckel and has been a lifelong attender of Kossuth. Lance is currently a junior at Purdue University working toward his degree in Industrial Management. Lance is a regular attendee and part of the leadership team of Salt & Light Christian Fellowship.

    Please introduce yourself as you see Lance and welcome him to the KSBC family. 

    ThuThursdayFebFebruary13th2014 Season of Fasting & Prayer
    byAbraham Cremeens Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    I hope you're planning to join us next week as we set aside a few days to seek God through the disciplines of prayer and fasting. To help introduce you to the idea behind this special season in the life of our church, check out this short video in which I talk about some of the opportunities we'll have during these four days:

    If you would like to access an electronic copy of the prayer guide that I mention in the video, you can do so here.

    Also, here are the homes where prayer gatherings will be taking place each evening:

    Thursday, February 20 (7:00-8:30 pm)
    Abraham & Kari Cremeens
    Drew & Elizabeth Humphrey
    Mikel & Jessica Berger
    Dan & Peggy Dillon

    Friday, February 21 (7:00-8:30 pm)
    Don & Sue Whipple
    Bill & Sarah Davis
    Crosswalk Commons (for SLCF)

    Saturday, February 22 (7:00-8:30 pm)
    Brian & Karen Musser
    Don & Sue Whipple

    I look forward to praying and fasting with you!

    ThuThursdayFebFebruary6th2014 Book Recommendation: Playing God
    byDrew Humphrey Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    Power is something we seem to be most keenly aware of when we lack it. We hear about the decisions made in Washington, and we’re reminded that we lack the power to legislate. We watch professional athletes on television, and we’re reminded that we lack the power to run through the tackles of 250-pound linebackers. Many of us listen to beautiful music, and we’re reminded that we lack the power to sing on key.

    But in Andy Crouch’s newest book Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, he shows us that power is not merely something that other people have. Power is something that everyone has, whether we realize it or not. Defining power as “the ability to participate in that stuff-making, sense-making process that is the most distinctive thing that human beings do,” Crouch proceeds to craft a discussion whose universal appeal comes by way of its universal relevance. Power touches each of us, leaving none of us exempt from the need to know how to handle it—whether it is in our parenting, our business relations, our habits of consumption, our cultural involvement, our financial decisions, or any number of other things.

    It is common for people look at power in one of two ways: either it is something to be seized and exercised at will (hence tyranny), or it is an evil to be avoided and destroyed (hence anarchy). Yet in his characteristically careful and insightful manner, Crouch takes his readers down a better road, showing that power is to be neither hoarded nor despised, but received and stewarded as a good gift from God—fraught with dangers, to be sure, but a gift nonetheless.

    Crouch is anything but naïve; he admits, “Any claim that power can be a good thing is subject to intense suspicion, if not the settled prejudice of cynicism.” But his case is a good one. He is a patient writer (thus requiring patience to read), but his patience proves persuasive. He takes the time to develop a nuanced argument which brings biblical clarity to an issue that many of us rarely even consider.

    Be warned: this book can be devastating at times. (His chapters on Idolatry and Injustice are as convicting as they are brilliant.) But I am not entirely convinced that some timely devastation wouldn’t do us all some good—especially those of us who take our power and privilege for granted. As Crouch points out, “The powerful have a hard time seeing their own power and its effects. We do not see when our exercise of power is cutting off life and possibility for others; we do not see the ways others are resisting or undermining our own power.”

    What makes this book so valuable is that it helps us see. It opens our eyes and points us toward the horrifying possibilities of how we can (and often do) abuse and neglect our power. But it also points us toward the hopeful possibilities of how we can steward our power for the flourishing of others and the glory of God.

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