Daily Briefing: June 21, 2017

T O P   N E W S In Georgia, Karen Handel staves off national Democratic challenge (Politico) “Tonight I…

Daily Briefing: June 20, 2017

T O P   N E W S Otto Warmbier dies less than a week after being returned from North…

Devos from Israel: House of Crucifixion Past

Written by Emily and Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Residents Below is a post lifted from Emily and Kevin's travel blog from…

Wonder Woman and the Gospel

by Dave Peters, Ministry Resident The DC movie Wonder Woman (PG-13) opened this last weekend being a box office hit…

When We Love the Least of These

by Nicole Nieman, Children's Ministry Assistant As Audio Adrenaline sang: “Boys become kings, girls will be queens wrapped in Your…

What Burger King can teach us about truth

Burger King has nearly doubled its profits in recent years. Its sales have grown by $4.2 billion; it opened 735…

What Does Memorial Day Mean?

by Jim Conner, Assistant to the Executive Pastor Memorial Day has just passed and most families enjoyed cook-outs, family reunions, short…

Why so much violence during Ramadan?

Last night, ISIS claimed responsibility for the London attack that killed seven and wounded forty-eight. One of the terrorists wore…

Why Wonder Woman is the hero we need

There’s a popular misconception that men are the only ones who typically enjoy superhero movies. While that may have been…

LeBron James and the answer to racism

“Racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America, and hate in America—especially for African-Americans—is living…

Wisdom from Whataburger

By Dr. David Rogers, Lead Pastor I've shared multiple times how a conversation in 1990 at a Whataburger in Waco,…

CNN fires Kathy Griffin over Trump photo

Oscar Wilde claimed that “there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is…

US destroys mock North Korean missile

The Pentagon has announced that an American rocket shot down a mock warhead over the Pacific yesterday. It was the…

Tiger Woods explains his arrest in Florida

Tiger Woods was arrested yesterday in Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. His mugshot…

What Israel taught me about Memorial Day

Today, thousands of men and women carrying the names of fallen soldiers will conclude a thirty-one-day relay across a total…

How to honor the dead this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is one of our country’s most important holidays. It may not be as beloved as Christmas and Thanksgiving,…

Why did picture of Trump and the pope go viral?

It is the picture seen ’round the world. Last Wednesday, President Trump, along with members of his family and political…

Americans finally agree on something

In spite of our conflicting views on what’s best for the country, increasingly divisive politics, and any number of issues…

Serving Through Children

By Zion Gasilan, Ministry Resident It is truly a wonderful experience to be used by the Lord in the ministry…

Did the Manchester attacker represent Islam?

British Prime Minister Theresa May has raised her country’s terrorist threat level to critical, meaning that another attack may be…

Terrorist attack in England: 3 facts

Last night, pop singer Ariana Grande finished a concert in Manchester, England, some 200 miles northwest of London. As the…

Heart of a Teenage Volunteer

By Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Resident “Teenagers don’t like to wake up early” “Teenagers will only show up if things are…

Notre Dame students walk out on VP Pence

The Greatest Show on Earth is over. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus gave its final performance last…

Home

By Nicole Nieman, Children's Ministry Assistant “Mom, do I HAVE to go to church in the morning?” Before finding Arapaho Road,…

A Child Will Lead Them

By Dr. David Rogers I never expected a 9-year-old girl’s painting and words of inspiration to have such a profound…

Pokemon and Fathers

By Dave Peters, Ministry Resident Lionheart Children’s Academy hosted a great Family Fun Night at the end of April for…

Our Friends at International Leadership of Texas

By Dan Liles, Associate Pastor of Worship & Discipleship I want to share a quick story about something amazing that happened…

The James Comey firing and media bias today

I still remember my first time on a carousel. Before the ride began, my father put me on a ceramic,…

Now That Your Teen Has Watched ’13 Reasons Why’

About half an hour ago, I clicked Netflix off and sobbed like a baby. Have you heard of 13 Reasons…

What’s Happening at Arapaho Road

By Jim Conner, Assistent to Executive Pastor To find out what is happening at ARBC, all you need to do…

The search for family in Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2

In Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, the highly entertaining sequel to 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill and…

Us Decreasing, God Increasing

By Emily Kusunoki, Ministry Resident This season for the AR Students is all about John 3:30. Here, we are told…

God and education: two thoughts

In A Farewell to Arms, Earnest Hemmingway wrote, “All thinking men are atheists.” While that statement is fictional in more…

JFK’s diary and the ‘disciplined pursuit of less’

A diary kept by a young John F. Kennedy while he was a journalist after World War II has sold…

Why marijuana might be just what the doctor ordered

If I told you that doctors in Israel had begun giving marijuana to kids, what would be your first response?…

Is Easter Just Another Sunday

By Kelly Brewer, Interim Minister to Students Growing up in a divorced and remarried home, traditions seemed not to be…

Good Friday Is a Good Friday to Plant

By Dr. David Rogers My Great-Grandmother Steele grew up and raised her family on a farm in West Texas.  As…

Earning Salvation Through Pain

By Zion Gasilan, Ministry Resident As an Easter tradition in the Philippines, a group of devout Catholic men would march…

Aunt Martha’s and Sunrise Services

By Dan Liles, Worship Pastor There was a five year stretch when I was a child where I can remember…

The Easter Scramble

By Dave Peters, Ministry Resident Easter in my family looked pretty typical--at least in my view. My parents would hide…

Scholarships for playing video games? Yes please…

Do you ever feel like you were born about twenty years too soon? That was my first reaction to the…

Real Repentance

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this…

Why the Senate is about to go nuclear

While the controversy surrounding Neil Gorsuch and his seemingly inevitable appointment to the Supreme Court is unlikely to end any…

What Do Bunnies and Eggs Have to do with Easter

By Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Resident It is very interesting to observe Easter in a western context after having lived all…

Light in the Darkness

By Bitu Das, Intern Easter, for me, marks a milestone in my life. April 16th, 1995 was the very day…

Easter has to do with Jesus?

By Emily Kusunoki, Ministry Resident Growing up in a non-religious household, we still celebrated Easter. Only, Easter becomes more of…

Friendships Change the World

I was intrigued when I ran across a new book hitting stores this week. It’s called Perfect Strangers, and it…

Prayer for Awana Journey Group

Please pray for our Arapaho Road Awana Journey Group as they compete in the Awana Summit National Competitions (Bible Quizzing,…

Fire in My Bones!

By Kelly Brewer, Interim Minister to Students When I hear someone speak about a “life verse” it is usually one…

Why “Beauty and the Beast” is worth seeing

Disney’s latest live-action reboot of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast started out as one of the year’s most highly…

The 9 Series: Gentleness

By Zion Gasilan, Ministry Resident Being gentle can be challenging at times, especially when it comes to the people you…

The 9 Series: Peace

By Zion Gasilan, Ministry Resident How can one experience true, lasting peace? Everyone desires peace, especially peace that comes from…

“The Shack” – a story of healing, heresy, or a bit of both?

The Shack, based on William Paul Young’s popular book by the same name, has been labeled anywhere from a story…

I’m Fine, Thank You!

By Bitu Das, Intern In 2011, I had the unique privilege of going to Singapore for a leadership conference. One…

The 9 Series: Self-Control

By Dave Peters, Ministry Resident The fruit of the Spirit in self-control is commonly seen as trying to stop a…

Can podcasts take the place of church?

It’s no great revelation that scores of young people leave the church as they move into their college-age years and…

The Oscars mistake you missed

Despite a solid performance from host Jimmy Kimmel and an all-around entertaining evening, this year’s Oscars will most likely be…

Servant to All (1 Cor. 9:19)

By Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Resident My life verse is 1 Corinthians 9:19, “for though I am free from all, I…

Why you won’t recognize your older self

Everyone knows that, as we age, our bodies change to the point that we would be all but unrecognizable to…

The 9 Series: Faithfulness

By Emily Kusunoki, Ministry Resident As a seminary student, I’ve had to read a lot of the Gospels lately. Even…

Sons and Daughters of God

By Zion Gasilan, Ministry Resident John 1:12, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to…

The 9 Series: Goodness

By Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Resident What does it really mean to live a “plus” life instead of a “subtraction” life?…

New law lets husbands sue to prevent their child’s abortion

A new abortion law in Arkansas was recently passed to ban dilation and dismemberment abortions—the most common form of second-trimester…

Syrian government secretly executed 13,000 prisoners

Unfortunately, it’s now rare to be shocked by something associated with the war that has ravaged Syria for the better…

The 9 Series: Kindness

By Bitu Das, AR Intern In a sequel to the movie Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty, Steve Carell plays a role…

What do you want me to do for you?

By Dr. David Rogers My life verse tends to depend on whatever season of life I happen to be experiencing…

My free speech is more important than yours

My free speech is more important than yours. That seems to be the message sweeping the nation as protests become…

Idols and Jesus

By Dave Peters, Ministry Resident I've always been puzzled by idol worship in the Bible. I never could understand why…

The 9 Series: Patience

By Emily Kusunoki, Ministry Resident As a seminary student, I have to read a LOT of Bible. I mean, like,…

The impact of divorce on future generations

It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that the children of divorced parents are more likely to get divorced themselves,…

When Life Gives You Lemons

By Tama Bankhead, Operations Assistant A few years ago I was at the pregnancy crisis center that I had been…

Why acting happy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

When was the last time you went to a store and the checkout clerk or salesperson didn’t have a big…

The 9 Series: Joy

By Dave Peters, Ministry Resident As we continue our series of the 9 Fruits of the Spirit we come across…

The 9 Series: Love

By Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Resident Pastor David’s sermon on love struck me in a very unusual way: it made me…

History repeats itself in U2’s upcoming “The Joshua Tree” tour

It’s not easy being one of the world’s most popular bands for more than forty years, but U2 has accomplished…

Why Sherlock is so Compelling

*Spoiler Alert (If you haven’t watched the first 2 episodes of the new series, proceed with caution!) There’s a poignant…

Stranger to the Earth

By Emily Kusunoki, Ministry Resident About two years ago I was lucky enough to study abroad, something I'd dreamed about…

In 2017, Choose to Build Up Others

James K. A. Smith wrote a piece for Zocalo where he discussed why the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor has become…

God > My Problems

By Zion Gasilan, Ministry Resident Psalm 56:3, "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." It's easy to…

A Devotional to End the Year

By Emily Kusunoki, Ministry Resident “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you…

2016 Word of the Year: Post-Truth

By Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Resident As the year draws to a close, the Oxford English Dictionary continues its long standing tradition…

Breathe Your Peace On Us

By Dr. David Rogers Fourteen years ago Alison and I celebrated our first Christmas together as a married couple.  A…

Rejoice Today

By Dr. David Rogers “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in…

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – A Movie Review

Rogue One is the first of three standalone spinoffs from the main Star Wars movies that are set to explore…

Learning to Understand

By Dave Peters, Ministry Resident My first two years in DFW I was car-less and it was tough! If you…

The Edge of Seventeen: A Movie Review

High school movies rarely contain lessons for an adult audience. Kelly Fremon Craig’s impressive directorial debut, The Edge of Seventeen,…

Encounter of the Angelic Kind

By Tama Bankhead, Community Director of Lionheart I have the great privilege of serving as Community Director of Lionheart Children’s…

Start of Something New

By Kevin Kusunoki, Ministry Resident At the beginning of the year, there was nothing that got me more psyched up…

A Love Story in the Stars: John and Annie Glenn

While he was in the spotlight, she was a bright light. Today, we mourn the loss of John Glenn, but…

Abortion Rate at Lowest Level in Decades

The rate and number of abortions has fallen to the lowest level in decades, according to a new report out…

How Leaders Confront Challenges

The Washington Post released an investigative piece this week detailing wasteful spending at the Pentagon. While that may not come…

What an NFL player and I have in common

Von Miller was named Most Valuable Player in last year’s Super Bowl, which his team won. So he has abundant…

It’s THAT Time of Year

By Kelly Brewer This is the time of year that kicks into warp speed and is over before we realized…

Holidays are for Service!

The body of Christ is made up of His believers, so it makes sense that our number one goal is…

North Korean concentration camps may be expanding

When North Korea makes the news, it’s seldom a good thing. The country’s latest moves are in keeping with that…

First Communion for Caleb

By: Dr. David Rogers “Caleb just experienced his first Lord’s Supper with us this morning.”   Craig, Caleb’s dad, was…

Tiger Woods’s putter and Christmas grace

Tiger Woods is making his return to competitive golf tomorrow, playing in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. He…

Why college will always cost too much

College is too expensive. In a day and time where it seems like there are few things on which we…

You survived Black Friday

Here’s the least encouraging website I’ve seen lately: www.blackfridaydeathcount.com. It claims that Black Friday has been responsible for nine deaths…

May God’s Kingdom Come, His Will Be Done…Today and Every Day!

Restoration : the act or process of returning something to its original condition Acts 15:16-18 (NLT) “Afterward I will return…