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German pastor Martin Rinkart served in the walled town of Eilenburg during the horrors of the Thirty Years War of 1618-1648. Eilenburg became an overcrowded refuge for the surrounding area. The fugitives suffered from epidemic and famine. At the beginning of 1637, the year of the Great Pestilence, there were four ministers in Eilenburg. But one abandoned his post for healthier areas and could not be persuaded to return. Pastor Rinkhart officiated at the funerals of the other two.
As the only pastor left, he often conducted services for as many as 40 to 50 persons a day–some 4,480 in all. In May of that year, his own wife died. By the end of the year, the refugees had to be buried in trenches without services. Yet, while living in a world dominated by death, Rinkart wrote this timeless prayer of thanksgiving for his children. It has become a Thanksgiving classic hymn.
Now thank we all our God
With hearts and hands and voices;
Who wondrous things hath done,
In whom this world rejoices.
Who, from our mother’s arms,
Hath led us on our way,
With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours today.
Monday: TED Talk: What I Learned While in Prison
In 2011, Teresa Njoroge was convicted of a financial crime she didn’t commit — the result of a long string of false accusations, increasing bribe attempts and the corrupt justice system in her home in Kenya. Once incarcerated, she discovered that most of the women and girls locked up with her were also victims of the same broken system, caught in a revolving door of life in and out of prison due to poor education and lack of economic opportunity.
Tuesday: What Millennial Parents Want in a Christian School
The challenge Christians schools will need to address is how do you reconnect faith to character development?
Wednesday: Which Leper are you this Thanksgiving?
The Week in Review on The Light Breaks Through.
Many have wondered why Revheadpin? I am a bowler at my core. To be successful at it you have to consistently hit the headpin.
Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships, and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.
Tuesday: Rural Ministry has unique Challenges and opportunities
So, far this year, we have written about millennials, racism, urban ministry, and heaven. My next test is to start a conversation on doing ministry in a rural context.
Wednesday: Leaders Need a Spirit of Humility
When leaders are armed with enough humility they are in a position to learn from others; the young leaders in their midst, the seasoned believers, the saints in the pew, even non-believers.
Thursday: Is Hip-hop the Key to Reaching Today’s Teen?
Every generation has music that their parents dislike or just don’t understand. It is the allure of that something new. The question for the church is how do you use that musical medium to connect with the heart language of that generation.
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