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Serving Jesus (and Others) in Troubling Times

I don’t usually just paste things in from other sources here but today’s piece from the C. S. Lewis Institutes warranted an exception.  See below… In 1947, C.S. Lewis received a letter from Don Giovanni Calabria, a priest living in … Continue reading

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Animal Rights Gone Wild

Here’s your quote for the day: If they (the animal-rights movement) established through culture or law that human beings have no intrinsic dignity greater than any animal, the world would not be a better place for either humankind or animal. … Continue reading

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2013 Book List – Part Three

Do We Know Jesus?  Daily Insights for the Mind and Soul (Adolf Schlatter) – This was my main source of devotional reading this past year.  Schlatter (1852-1938) was a German theological professor, writer, pastor, and speaker well known in his … Continue reading

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2013 Book List – Part Two

Common Prayer:  A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Enuma Okoro) – My wife and I have been using this in our devotionals together in the mornings.  Not that we actually do that every morning but, when we … Continue reading

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2013 Book List – Part One

As has been the case these last few years, I’ve pulled together a list of the books I’ve read over the last twelve months.  That is, books that were not related to sermon preparations and such.  Perhaps if you got … Continue reading

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It’s Been 50 Years…

…since the death of C. S. Lewis on November 22, 1963.  That, of course, is not the death that is getting the most press these days.  The attention has been nearly exclusively on President John F. Kennedy and his assassination … Continue reading

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What the Heck Does THAT Mean?

It has become a common thing in the wake of tragedy in American society – most recently reflected after the events in Sandy Hook and Boston.  While the news is still unfolding and the affected communities are reeling, life goes … Continue reading

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Reflections on Newtown – Part 5

I began this series with some wisdom from C. S. Lewis.  Let me end with that.  Lewis once said in his book, The Problem of Pain, “In prosperity God whispers to us, but in adversity he shouts at us.”  That … Continue reading

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Reflections on Newtown – Part 4

But there’s one last thing we lose sight of that feeds this sense of surprise and shock when such things occur as we’ve seen last week – the very real depravity of man. And it is a depravity, not a … Continue reading

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Reflections on Newtown – Part 3

Back to what surprises and stuns us.  Certainly the reality of the Fall.  But also the fragility of life.  Crazy as it sounds, somehow we are caught off guard here as well. Despite the fact we have no certainty of … Continue reading

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Reflections on Newtown – Part 2

One of the reasons we should not be so surprised, so stunned, when such things happen – on whatever scale they may occur – is the reality of the Fall.  It was an historical event. What we read in Genesis … Continue reading

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Reflections on Newtown – Part 1

Friday, December 14, 2012 will be a day seared into our nation’s memory.  Across this land there is an aching for Newtown, CT and Sandy Hook Elementary School – for lives cut so short, for survivors in their desperate confusion … Continue reading

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Shame on You Both – A Reflection on an Election

First, a disclaimer.  The origin of the idea for this post came from a podcast I heard on “Steve Brown, Etc.” just after the 2008 election.  With that, let me press in. I’m no prophet or a son of a … Continue reading

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A Sobering Anniversary

This past Saturday marked a sobering anniversary.  On that day 29 years ago, Soviet jet fighters intercepted a Korean Airlines passenger flight in Russian airspace and shot the plane down, killing all 269 passengers and crew members.  On September 1, … Continue reading

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – a review (of sorts)

In thinking about the film version of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I couldn’t help but recall a review I read some years ago of the film Shadowlands.  The author said, “I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I just wish it … Continue reading

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Church and State – the Basics

Here’s a quote to consider as we head into the elections tomorrow.  This is from Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his “The Church and the Jewish Question”: “There are three possible ways in which the church can act toward the state: In … Continue reading

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Burden-bearing in a Flood

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”  (Galatians 6:2) A wonder it is indeed to see various organizations and numerous individuals in our community (some sung, many unsung) coming together to serve and to care for … Continue reading

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He is Lord over all. Even this.

“The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.  May the LORD give strength to his people!  May the LORD bless His people with peace.”  (Psalm 29:10-11) It is beyond fallen finite creatures to understand … Continue reading

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The best laid plans of mice and men…

It is at times astonishing but ultimately refreshing to realize how little control we have over events.  I’ve been reminded of this just in two recent events.  First, the volcanic eruption in Iceland spreading its vast ash cloud over Western … Continue reading

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Fly Me to the Moon (Part 2)

  Earth Rise What deeper reasons might there be for the exploration of space?  I would simply say this.  The heavens are the handiwork (meaning the work of the hands) of our God.  To learn more of them is then … Continue reading

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