The Little Way of Ruthie Leming

Several weeks ago, Jim mentioned this book in a sermon.  Several people have asked about the book title (it is a little tricky to remember) so I wanted to post the information.

OB-XG686_bkrvfl_GV_20130429130208The whole title is The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life.  It is written by her brother Rod Dreher, a journalist who goes from living in the “big city” back to his hometown of St. Francisville, Louisiana with a population of 2,000.  The book is the story of his journey out of a small town but ultimately his return home.

The book is his memoir but toward the end it shifts to an insightful discussion of history, family roots and community.  In our culture where many of things are not valued, it is a good reminder of why we should consider these ideals.

The catalyst to his return home is his sister’s death from cancer so the book also highlights issues of loss and grieving.  It is beautifully handled but with such vivid imagery that I would suggest a large tissue box near you for most of the book.

My only caveat to the discussion, and one important aspect that is not addressed in the book, is Jesus’ response to Peter in Mark 10.

Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.…”

The Little Way of Ruthie Leming would be a great book to read and discuss with your community.

All is well,


Happy 90th DTS!

Dallas Theological Seminary began In the fall of 1924, when 13 students met together to study under the teaching of Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer.  From those humble beginnings, DTS now has more than 14,000 alumni that serve the Lord around the world.

DTS’ story is our story too.  We individually felt God’s call to attend DTS and our lives intersected on the small campus in the heart of downtown Dallas.

As part of the school’s 90th birthday celebration they asked several alumni to record short birthday greetings. This is our video.

Jim and Lisa

Grace Beyond Worship Night Video


Thank you to each person that was part of the Grace Beyond worship service last Sunday night.  It was a beautiful evening and and an exciting time to be part of Calvary Church.

If you were not able to be there, or if you want to see relive some of the highlights, I encourage you to go to the Grace Beyond website.  In the “Stories” section is the Grace Beyond Worship Night video, a 12-minute recap of the evening.

Unfortunately, due to copyright issues we couldn’t include the Oceans dance but most of the other elements of the evening are part of the video.

All is well,