New York Times bestselling author Don Piper will be speaking and signing copies of his memoir 90 Minutes in Heaven at Baker Book House on Monday, April 21. Of the myriad of been-to-heaven memoirs published in recent years, Piper’s 90 Minutes in Heaven is among the most well-loved. Millions of people across the world have read the incredible true story of Piper’s experience with death and life—and in reading it found their own lives changed.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May. On this day, people of all faiths are encouraged to set time aside to pray for our nation. This year, the National Day of Prayer falls on Thursday, May 1.
The theme for the 2014 National Day of Prayer is “One Voice, United in Prayer” The verse that was chosen is Romans 15:6, “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Diet Eman, who as a young adult was part of the Dutch Resistance against the Nazis in World War II, had an idea what kind of character should portray her on stage.
“A spitfire who would fight against injustice,” suggested the Grand Rapids woman, now in her 90s, of the dramatic story.
And so it will be, as actress Kelsey Merrill has the role of a young Diet in the upcoming production “The Resistance,” opening April 17 at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church in Rockford.
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) has been called the father of the symphony and the string quartet. A friend of Mozart and a teacher of Beethoven, Haydn composed in an amazing variety of musical genres—symphonies, string quartets, concerti, operas, keyboard works, and chamber music for churches. His music is as popular today as it was during his lifetime. Calvin Stapert, professor emeritus of music at Calvin College, combines his skills as a biographer and a musicologist to explore Haydn’s life and music in his new book Playing before the Lord: the Life and Work of Joseph Haydn.
Victoria Geurink is wrapping up her year as a student in the inaugural class of the Bridge Street Mission School.
“What drew me here was the community at the Bridge Street House of Prayer (BSHOP) and living and doing life on the west side with west-siders,” she said.
The just-released Noah movie sails through some murky waters, just as the ark does. Parts of the newly released film are Biblical. For example, Noah is directed by God to build an ark and to bring two of every animal into it because God is going to destroy the Earth. Noah has a vision of the world submerged in water. But as Noah puts it, it is a “beginning” and not an ending because God intends to start over with Noah and his family but first the remaining people of Earth must perish in the impending flood. Noah and his family are to reproduce and so are the animals. Yet the movie also goes off in some unusual directions, including certain events with the Nephilim (the offspring of the sons of God (angels) cohabitating with women, the daughters of men, according to what certain scholars teach from the Bible). The giant rock-like creatures that dwelt in the land of Canaan help Noah build the ark! And at least one of them gets a second chance with God and rises up to heaven. The creatures are called “Watchers” in the film.
How are your Mondays? Do you press the snooze button a time or two, snuggle beneath the covers, grasping for those last zzz’s? Do you dread the drive to work, knowing that a mound of paperwork awaits you? And your Fridays? Do they taunt you mid-week, making you crave for a little carefree time away from the office? Like right now? Perhaps you have work-related stress. You are not alone, for it’s a condition most Americans suffer from at some point or another. If you’d like more joy and peace at work, as well as increase your productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness, try these 5 strategies.
West Michigan Christian web writer Terry DeBoer surveys the landscape for area arts and entertainment events of special interest to the West Michigan faith community. Here are three highlights for April.
If someone asked Paul one more time if he had found work, he was going to clobber him or her. It’s not that he hadn’t been looking. It’s not that he didn’t try. There was just no work to be found! He didn’t mean to be ornery and uptight. He didn’t mean to lash out at his wife’s inquiries. He felt stuck, not sure which way to turn, embarrassed he couldn’t keep up appearances, ashamed his manhood was being attacked. He was good and stuck. Like a helpless baby.
Rob Guerin is stoked about the upcoming “Battle of the Bands” at Kent City Baptist Church set for Fri. March 28.
“I think we’ve got the details nailed down – and we’re getting response to this from places where we haven’t even promoted it,” said Guerin, who is heading up the effort.
It’s an event with a one-two punch: a Battle of the Bands competition on Friday will yield a winner who will be the opening act at the Tricia Brock concert the following night.
“No! That’s not how you do it!” yelled one of my children. “You’re not the boss of me. I can do it however I want!” responded another. I could tell that their rising pitches were going to quickly lead to meltdown and hair pulling. Not a great place for a knockdown, drag-out fight in the confines of our pop-up trailer. I’d like to say that they were arguing over how best to structure a game of pirates and booty, using the campground as the landscape for their imaginations, when in reality they were fighting over how to play a video game.