Audio Adrenaline Is Back With a Passion for Haiti

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I’m heading to Haiti next month with a group of pastors from area churches to take a look at how Woodbury Community Church can be even more engaged in making a difference in the island nation. Haiti was already one of the world’s poorest countries when it was ravaged by the devastating earthquake of 2010. It is amazing how quickly we can forget about the impact that earthquake had on Haiti. An estimated 316,000 people lost their lives. That is more people than live in the entire city of St. Paul. Countless children became orphans and over 1,000,000 people became homeless. Over 30,000 commercial buildings were destroyed, making any kind of economic recovery something that is years away at best.There are many great Christian organizations making a difference in Haiti. I’ll be going with World Wide Village, an organization located here in the Twin Cities that has been committed to transforming lives, empowering communities and loving people since 2001. I believe with all of my heart that the answer for Haiti is found in Jesus Christ.Today, Audio Adrenaline, with new lead singer, Kevin Max, released the first video of the band’s new era. Mark Stuart, former lead singer of this group lost his voice six years ago. The group folded but the ministry of the initial band members didn’t. Stuart became passionate about Haiti and what could be accomplished there if the church banded together. The new band exists to help orphans in Haiti. That is why they are back together. You can read more about their new mission at  http://www.handsandfeetproject.org/. I think it is so cool that even though Mark’s voice is gone that he is still involved in the songwriting, vision casting and day-to-day operations of the band.Enjoy the video below and if you are interested in hearing more about my upcoming trip to Haiti, I’d love to talk with you. You can e-mail me at bschulenburg@wccmn.org.

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Book Review: Why Church Matters

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Why Church Matters: Discovering Your Place in the Family of God – Kindle Edition Joshua Harris clearly loves the church, warts and all. His excellent book, Why Church Matters, was previously published as Stop Dating the Church. In it you get a clear picture of why commitment matters to God and why membership in the body of Christ is a good thing.

In a generation that devalues membership in a local church body, Harris has given us a gift. His book offers compelling arguments from personal experience as well as Scripture about why making a commitment to a fellowship of believers matters.As a pastor, this is a book that I will use often with new church members and in membership classes. Far from boring,  Why Church Matters is a book that will inspire, bless and challenge the members of your church! A+ book!I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Book Review: Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

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Marvel Comics: The Untold Story
Marvel Comics: The Untold Story – Kindle Edition

 I am a self proclaimed superhero junkie. For years my sons and I have stood in line at the midnight premiers of superhero films to ensure that we would be the first in our region to see a new superhero movie. So, when I heard that Sean Howe was writing the definitive history on all things Marvel, I had to request an advance copy.
It takes someone like Sean Howe, a brilliant entertainment critic and former editor of Entertainment Weekly Magazine,  with a love of all things Marvel to appreciate the history that is Marvel Comics.In Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, Howe takes the reader on a historical journey to a day and age when the world was desperately seeking superheroes, but didn’t necessarily realize it was something that they needed.Howe handles the history of Marvel Comics with a care that is normally reserved for more weighty historical topics, and in doing so helps the reader understand the sociological factors that became the fertile soil in which Marvel became such a cultural phenomenon.I absolutely loved this book. It was a historical journey worth taking, surprising me with delightful and sometimes heartbreaking stories . . . kind of like a comic book.Well done, Sean Howe! Bravo.
I received this book for free from Harper Collins Publishers  for this review.