If you’ve been reading my blog over the years, you’ve been introduced to Ian & Larissa Murphy. Their stories have encouraged many people, so much so that I ended up creating their own category on my blog. Therefore, I was very pleased when Desiring God asked Citygate Films to produce a short documentary about them. What an honor to showcase their faith on film!
Even though my company produced this film, I’m not going to be bashful about promoting this piece. The reason is not for the filmmaking–it is because of the tremendous, God-honoring faith that Ian and Larissa express. I still cry every time I watch it. May I suggest that you share this with friends who have suffered traumatic brain injury, or any kind of disabling accident? More importantly, may I suggest that you offer respite relief and support to anyone who is a regular caregiver to loved ones who are seriously ill or injured? The Murphys are very fortunate to have a strong community of family and friends who support them in various ways, but this is not true of everyone in similar situations.
I hope you have eight minutes to spare to be inspired by their story!
(Note to fans of The Vow, we filmed this long before the feature film and updated book was released. But it’s wonderful to know stories like these aren’t isolated, thanks to the grace of God.)
A Spanish-subtitled version is also available.
Some blog posts are worth repeating. This is one of them. ~ CMC
Read the original post or comment at Carolyn McCulley’s blog.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://christmycovenant.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/carolyn-mcculley.png[/author_image] [author_info]Carolyn McCulley is the author of two books, Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World (Moody Publishers, 2008) and Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye? Trusting God with a Hope Deferred (Crossway, 2004). Carolyn is also a contributor to Sex and the Supremacy of Christ, edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor (Crossway, 2005), as well as to other webzines and publications. She is a frequent conference speaker for women’s ministry events and also maintains a blog, Radical Womanhood. [/author_info] [/author]
Gary S. Shogren’s
1 and 2 Thessalonians
on the New Testament
Clinton E. Arnold, General Editor
(Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)
I found Shogren’s commentary on 1 & 2 Thessalonians to be a delight read. Shogren models the difference between being technical and being a mere technician. A mere technician is one who is able to dissect and analyze but is not able to demonstrate how accurate analysis leads to anything significant. On the other hand, one can be technical in a very helpful way. What makes Shogren’s contribution to 1 & 2 Thessalonians so necessary is that he delves into the technicalities of the text without leaving the reader there–a rare find in modern day Christian scholarship.
This commentary is chock-full of practical, pastoral, and theological insights. Nonetheless, these insights are not plucked out of thin air. Shogren demonstrates how these down to earth truths flow right out of a close analysis of the text. I highly recommend it to anyone wishing to discern the voice of God in the text of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. I believe that pastors especially will find this commentary to be helpful on both the technical and pastoral level. If you read through this commentary prayerfully with an open Bible you will find your head stimulated and your heart challenged and satisfied.
– Jimmy Snowden
Publisher’s Book Description
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Series: Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
1 and 2 Thessalonians is another release in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series—the only commentary series with a graphical display, theology in application section and identification of the main idea for each section. Designed for the pastor and Bible teacher, the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament brings together commentary features rarely gathered in one volume. Written by notable evangelical scholars, each volume treats the literary context and structure of the passage in the original Greek and each author provides an original translation based on the literary structure. The series consistently provides a main point, exegetical outline, verse-by-verse commentary, and theology in application in each section of every commentary. Critical scholarship informs each step but does not dominate the commentary, allowing readers to concentrate on the biblical author’s message as it unfolds. While primarily designed for those with a basic knowledge of biblical Greek, all who strive to understand and teach the New Testament will find these books beneficial.
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