He Said, She Said (09 October 2012)

e Edition October 9

People: A Look Behind the Leader: Meet Sloan Inns

By Terry DeBoer InnsSloan2

Sloan Inns is unexpectedly following in his father’s footsteps in his dual roles as worship leader and film-video coordinator for Keystone Community Church.

“My dad was an itinerant worship leader – he still goes around and sings,” said Sloan, 31, from his church office.

“But me - I never thought I would ever be an actual church worship leader.” Born and raised in South Africa, Inns dreamed instead of one day being a pop music star.

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Local: Video


Making a Difference: Stuart Ray from Guiding Light Mission

Stuart Ray shares about his mentors and leaving things better than you found them

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ClareA View From the Frontlines: A Changed Life

What happens when someone has done 'church things' all his life and suddenly realizes he has never been born again? Clare De Graaf tells his story of a changed life.

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A View from the Frontlines:
Satisfactions of a Christian Writer

Writer Ann Byle shares some of the satisfactions of being a Christian writer

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jeff225The Two Minute Answer: Feeling Rejected?

Pastor Jeff Carlson talks about how handling rejection -- and the fear of rejection -- is a big step towards maturity

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Perspective: He Said/She Said

The Voting Dilemma


Every issue has two sides, or at least two slants to the same side. This new feature offers two looks at the same issue. Sometimes Tim Burns and Ann Byle will land on opposite sides of an issue. Other times they will offer different perspectives on the same side. Maybe their opinions will fall along gender lines, maybe along denominational or political lines; perhaps they’ll just be two people agreeing to disagree.

He Said

By Timothy Burns

balance2The sixties and seventies were a weird time. In school, I was told that learning about my country’s history wasn’t as important as understanding current events, and educators were told to stop teaching us students “what to think” and focus on teaching us “how to think.” Combined with the political turmoil of the time, I arrived into adulthood unconcerned about elections and voting. After all, aren’t all politicians the same?

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She Said:

By Ann Byle
As the 2012 presidential election looms, I’m inundated with television ads, mailings, and phone calls touting one candidate or the other. I listen to news clips of speeches, read a national magazine that offers opinion and analysis, and turn on NPR every time I’m in the car. Fortunately, I haven’t yet heard a word about the upcoming election from the pulpit on Sunday.

You might think I’d be a one-issue voter. After all, I was raised in a conservative Baptist church and attend a Baptist church now.

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Lifestyles: The Power of Play


By Kimberly Gleason

tug2Have you played today? No, I don’t mean surfed the web or ran a lap around your neighborhood. I mean play. You know, did you splash in a puddle, let your dog lick your face, tickle the kids, slurp spaghetti, or tell a joke?

Yeah, yeah. You’re busy with work, cleaning, and a million little things to do.

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Finance: First the Baby or the Debt?



Dear Dave,

My wife and I are following your plan. We want to start a family, but we’re still in debt and still owe about $8,000 on our car. Should we pay that off and fully fund our emergency fund before we think about having children?


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Final Word:


“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.”

Corrie ten Boom



The One Minute Apologist - Did Jesus rise from the dead or are we delusional?

The One Minute Apologist - What are the questions Christians hope no one will ask?

In case you missed it last week:

The Two Minute Answer: Is the devil real?

A View from the Frontlines: Clare De Graaf answers the question, "How do you know when following the 10 second rule that it is really God?"

A View from the Frontlines: Ann Byle speaks about her decision to work at home and the difficulties of doing so.

Dr. Rex M. Rogers discusses his thoughts on body piercing.


West Michigan CEO files lawsuit, saying he cannot comply with Obamacare on religious grounds

Frankenmuth responds to religious watchdog group: 55-foot cross will remain in city park

Farther Away:

Just the Briefs, Week 41

How Hookers for Jesus founder turned away from sex trade to serving God

Sheriff's chaplains organize 40 days of prayer to deter crime

Texas cheerleaders win restraining order to allow Bible verses on banners at high school football games

Fla. city allows couple to resume prayer meetings

The United States is a new mecca for parents who choose their babies sex

Yale University may revoke fraternity's charter due to its Christians only bylaw

Sex trafficking now an 'epidemic'

Answering 7 common objections to long term missions

Einstein's 'God letter' to be auctioned online

Pastor burnout statistics

America is on course of being abandoned by God, says John MacArthur

6000 Christian pilgrims arrive in Israel

App lets every day Joes become high-tech missionaries

Pastors to take on IRS in plan to preach politics from the pulpit

Knesset member: Time for Israel to stop being apologetic




Stand up to bullying - Seaborn

Christians make a difference - Metaxus

Legalism is possibly more dangerous than liberalism, so fight for grace

Earth is talking loudly and saying the end is coming

Sharon Osbourne and Penny Marshall's abortions: regret vs indifference

Cultural and religious research cheat sheet - Stetzer

Letter from a former atheist


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WholyFit Devotional Exercise, A Christian alternative to traditional yoga designed to build lean muscle, improve flexibility and relieve stress. Exercise poses are self-paced & multi-level.Incorporates scripture memorization, prayer and worship in every class. Classes are taught by WholyFit certified instructor, Karalyn Tresh. Bring an exercise mat, water bottle, and a friend! Comfortable clothes and bare feet, Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes early for your first class - join at any time! Suggested donation: $5/class See www.wholyfit.com for more details. Questions? Call 954-9477October 15- March, 5:30 - 6:30 pm. No childcare. Location: Thornapple Covenant Church, 6595 Cascade Rd. SE, GR, MI 49546

Tuesday, October 9

Oakhill Church’s men’s dinner series, 6:00 p.m. punchbowl, 6:30 Dinner, Enjoy an evening of rich fellowship with a relevant speaker, RVSP 456-5626

Wednesday, October 10

The Churchman’s Luncheon: 11:30 am to 12:50 pm, $5.00, guest: Rev. Robyn Saylor is coordinator of Sunshine Friendship Ministries of Trinty Reformed Church, speaking on “When Christ Sleeps in your Boat”. Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave SE

Thursday October 11

Derek Webb: Formerly with band Caedmon’s Call, with Page CXVI – 8 p.m. Tickets $20 for public, discount with Calvin College ID. Visit www.calvin.edu/sao, (616) 526-6282. Location: Ladies Literary Club, 61 Sheldon Blvd. SE

Thursday October 11

"A KING & HIS PRINCESS" A special night for Dads & their daughter(s) 6:00pm -9:00pm. A dressy event that includes dinner, dessert, games, pictures, dancing and fun. $30 per family (Dad & daughter or daughters). This event is for homeschooling families with daughters age 4 through 12th grade. Register by October 5. Register at 269-664-6166 or wife2curt@gmail.com. Location: Big Rock Music Barn in Martin, MI.

Friday, October 13

10th Annual Algoma Christian School Auction: Doors open at 4:30! FREE dinner/buffet (donation appreciated). Silent auction begins at 4:30. Live Auction at 6pm

Sunday, October 14 - 21

ATLAS Ministries 2nd annual Ultimate Scavenger Hunt. For more information and registration go to www.sharetheweight.org and click on the events tab, atlas@coahm.org, 748-6017.

Zeeland/Holland Area

Tuesday, October 16

Bethany Christian Services Discover Adoption Event: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Come and learn about Domestic Infant, International, and Older Child adoptions. Hear from staff and adoptive parents who will share their experiences and answer your questions. Find out how to make adoption more affordable through grants, loans, and other programs. To register call 616.499.2574 or email HollandDA@bethany.org. Location: Ridge Point Community Church, 340 104th Avenue, Holland

Wednesday, October 17

The Churchman’s Luncheon: 11:30 am to 12:50 pm, $5.00, guest: Rev. Leonard Vander Zee is theological editor of ‘Faith Alive’, speaking on Wisdom. Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave SE

Friday, October 19

Teens and Youth for Christ presents a concert with J'Son and Beacon for a night of hip hop praising and Christian rapping at City Life Church's new building. 7pm. Open to the public for no cost, but they will be collecting donations to cover the production costs. Lauren at 616-295-6670

Saturday, October 20

Rush of Fools and Jonny Diaz, 6:33 p.m., Three Mile Project

Saturday, October 20

Illusionist Tom Coverly: A faith-based performing artist, 7 p.m. Ceglarek Fine Arts Center, Allendale High School, 10760 68th Ave. Allendale. Tickets $5 general admission, $10 reserved, $15 VIP includes meet and greet with artist; tickets available via www.itickets.com or 800-965-9324; may be available at the door. Call 892-5593 for information.

Wednesday, October 24

The Churchman’s Luncheon: 11:30 am to 12:50 pm, $5.00, guest: rev Tom Couch is senior pastor of Grandville Bible Church, speaking on ‘Light which enlightens darkness-everyone’s’ Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave SE

Wednesday, October 24

The Art of the Heart Gala, Honoring Mayor George Heartwell, Heartside Ministry, 6 pm Reception, silent Auction, 7 pm Dinner, Location University Club, 10th floor of Fifth Third Center, $75 per person, 235-7211

Friday, October 26

Down Home Horns & Choir with the Dixie Echoes and Skylight Quartet: 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 at the door, by phone at 800-965-9324 or www.itickets.com. Location: Hudsonville Reformed Church, 3950 Highland Dr. Hudsonville.

Wednesday, October 31

The Churchman’s Luncheon: 11:30 am to 12:50 pm, $5.00, guest: Rev. C.J. den Dulk is senior pastor of Trinty CRC or Sparta, speaking on Justification by faith alone, Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave SE

Thursday, November 1

Michael W. Smith: An evening of worship and blessings, Startickets.com, 1-800-585-3737

Central Wesleyan Church, Holland MI.

Thursday November 8

Gala 2012: Pregnancy Resource Center at JW Marriott

Saturday, November 10

A Night to Remember, 40th Anniversary Christmas Celebration directed by Thurlow Spurr, 2:30 p.m Location: Kentwood Fine Arts Auditorium, Tickets 1-800-993-SING

Monday, November 12

Growth: God Revealing Our Way Through Him: Christian women’s fellowship for all believers who are seeking a living relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Casual and come as you are. For more information contact Donna at 262-3862. Location: Lamont Community Church; 14000 48th Avenue Coopersville (Host)

Thursday, November 22

Thanksgiving Day

Monday, December 10

Growth: God Revealing Our Way Through Him: Christian women’s fellowship for all believers who are seeking a living relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Casual and come as you are. For more information contact Donna at 262-3862. Location: Lamont Community Church; 14000 48th Avenue Coopersville (Host)

Saturday, December 15

Gaither Christmas Homecoming, VanAndel Arena, 6:00 p.m., tickets 1-800-745-3000

Tuesday December 25

Merry Christmas

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