Best Ice Cream in the Twin Cities

Ok, so it’s official — we’ve entered into the Stonehouse 2010 Summer Ice Cream Tour — we’re visiting the most recommended ice cream places in the Twin Cities and seeking to “land” on our favorite. So far we’ve been to three:

1. Sebastian Joe’s: http://www.sebastianjoesicecream.com/

2. Grand Ole Creamery: http://grandolecreamery.com/

3. Izzy’s Ice Cream: http://www.izzysicecream.com/

These are the highest rated on most of your Twin City websites. They each offer something distinct and I have to say, the family is divided on which is best so far.

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5 Good Tips for Bible Study

So on Sunday we tried something I’ve not seen done in a church service before: gave time for personal Bible study. Granted it was only 5 minutes and we mostly only had time for some cursory observations on the biblical text — but it was cool to see people engaged. I really wanted to show people how they could do this on their own outside of the worship service environment, plus I feel like, as Christians, we could do a much better job being in the Word of God more regularly and with intentionality. There is lots of access these days to tools and resources to really make your time in God’s Word beneficial and helpful. (Before I get to some tips and ideas, allow me to put a shameless plug in for “Digging Deeper” our Sunday morning Catalyst that will take you miles further than this blop post will be able to do.)

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Meet ELDER Candidate: Dustin DeFoe

Here’s a little snap shot of some of the things that are important to Dustin our new candidate for the elder board. Dustin has been interviewed extensively by the elder nominating committee and is recommended unanimously. In addition to various leadership functions in the church, Dustin has spent the past year attending elder meetings every other week for training and accumulation into the elder board, in addition he has received mentoring from a current elder and various meetings with other current elders. Here’s his video:

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A quote by DA Carson

I was fishing around on some blogs, came across this quote, thought about how it lines up with a lot of what we’ve been saying in the Titus series, so I figured I’d repost for you all…

D.A. Carson from “For the Love of God” (Vol. 2):
“People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, and obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.”

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Blog Hi-light: Tim Chester-7 Ideas to Community of Grace

I’m reading a book by Tim Chester right now called “You Can Change” – so naturally when I see other stuff he’s written it catches my eye — this was a blog post from “The Resurgence” blog – on the idea of communities of grace and what it takes to build them. Some interesting thoughts for us to look at in light of some of our discussions recently — see what you think…

Creating Communities of Grace
Tim Chester Re:Lit Author and Pastor – Sheffield, UK

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