The Stockbridge Edition

e Edition February 10

Stockbridge Boiler Room Concentrates on Prayer, Shared Meals akin to Marriage Supper of the Lamb

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

stockbridge225When is a meal more than an opportunity to scarf down some grub? Tim Collier has some answers.

Every Wednesday, an average of 60 to 100 people gather at the Stockbridge Boiler Room for a weekly "Love Feast" inside a spacious house at 713 5th St. NW that's on the West Side of Grand Rapids. The dwelling once served as a brothel and crack house.

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Aussie Apologist in Town on U.S. Tour to Launch New Book



By Ann Byle

John Dickson 2014
Pastor and author Dr. John Dickson will visit Grand Rapids this week while on a U.S. tour to promote his new book "A Doubter's Guide to the Bible: Inside History's Bestseller for Believers and Skeptics," published by Zondervan and available in stores this month.

Dickson grew up as a religious skeptic, first meeting Christianity in high school in an elective course. His curiosity turned to faith and eventually led him to Macquarie University in Sydney, where he earned at Ph.D. in history and is currently a senior research fellow in the Department of Ancient History.

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Perspective: On a Mission


By Mark Sigmon
missionimp135Growing up, my favorite TV show was "Mission Impossible". Before the movie series, in the late 60's and early 70's it was a weekly series. Jim Phelps and the IMF – the Impossible Mission Force – captured a Columbian drug lord, recovered stolen Russian nuclear weapons, or rescued a captured Israeli general. In sixty minutes (minus the commercials) they saved the world. I wanted to be part of that mission!

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Worldly Saints Separates Perverted Version of Pleasure from God’s Earthly Good Plan


Wittmer135Mention the word "pleasure" and some Christians are apt to cast a wary look.

Their cautious gaze often is based on an assumption that a person could be giving into sordid, sinful temptations, otherwise known as pleasures of the flesh.

Finance: Dave Says....



Dear Dave,

I have a student loan in default that is now being handled by a collections agency. They want me to pay the entire $20,000 now, or consolidate it with $16,000 in collection fees added. Are these my only options?


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Etcetera: Important Tidbits


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Final Words:


"The moment you come to realize that only God can make a man godly, you are left with no option but to find God, and to know God, and to let God be God in and through you."

Ian Thomas

"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."

Matthew 5:43-45





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

First United Methodist's Annual Celebration of the Arts draws spiritual illumination

Terry's picks for February


Talk will explore the Christian mission

Giant Among Giants honoree maintains passion for outreach after decades of leading Grand Rapids church

First of four $1.2 million stained glass windows installed at Cornerstone University chapel

Film studio releases 'Old Fashioned' romance to nation

Target 8: Download Danger: A guide for parents



Farther Away:

Missouri teen survives after 15 minutes under icy water

Granddaughter of TBN founder claims she was threatened with a gun to keep silent about finances

Obama says Christians are as guilty as Muslims: 'people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ'

Breakaway South Carolina Episcopalians win major court case

Maryland Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook indicted on homicide and drunk driving charges

Home owner's association sues congregation for holding synagogue in home

Christians in Mexico deprived of homes for refusing to renounce their faith

Monks preserve Christian history by smuggling ancient manuscripts out of Mosul




Winning At Home: Don't expect what you're expecting

Is the term "Servant/Leader," an oxymoron? - Clare De Graaf

Self-esteem, entitlement, and violence - Metaxas

When Adam plays God - Stonestreet


Upcoming Events:

January 13 - April 21, The Perspectives Missions Course

February 6 -18, Celebration of the Arts

February 12, 'Contrarian: The Life of Sir John Templeton'

February 21, Shipwrecked on a Great Lake

February 21,Lansing Symphony Orchestra Wicked Divas: Broadway and Beyond

February 26, The (Actual) Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism with Gene Veith

March 5, Open Door Open Hearts

March 6, Booth Brothers in Concert

March 7, Randy Wolthuis, Glenn Bulthuis and Peter Bardolf in concert

March 22, "Soul On Fire" tour

March 28, Battle of the Bands

March 28, West Michigan Missions Forum

March 28, Lecrae / Calvin College Festival of Faith and Music.

April 1, "Restoring All Things" Conference

April 9, Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times with Os Guinness

April 9, All Sons & Daughters with Jamie George and Sandra McCracken

April 10, Gold City in Concert

April 17, David Crowder and his "Neon Steeple" tour

April 18, The Great Divorce

April 18, Matt Maher

April 27, Faith-based comedian Jeff Allen

May 16, Laura Story ("Blessings")

May 16, Foreshore Adventure Race

May 30, "Things We Couldn't Say"

June 7 -12,Student Statesmanship Institute Summer Program

June 20, West Michigan MudVenture 5K

June 21 - 26, Student Statesmanship Institute Summer Program

June 25-27, Big Ticket Festival

June 28, Worship On the Waterfront: Mark Shultz

July 12,  Josh Wilson - Worship On the Waterfront

July 12 - 17, Student Statesmanship Institute Summer Program

August 5 - 8, Unity Christian Music Festival


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