Category Archives: Connections

Who is Well Represented in your Church?

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What are the odds that two bikers traveling east on a bike path will pass two bikers heading west at the exact moment that they both intersect with two walkers? Because I can find a spiritual application in just about anything, that and several similar scenarios during … Continue reading

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Whispers from Beyond this World

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Every once-in-a-while I have a momentary awareness of unseen but very real spiritual activity.  It usually happens at night.  Last night, after pleasant patio dinner with all of our children and our one (napless and rather bleary-eyed) three-year-old grandson I couldn’t get to sleep.  For no good … Continue reading

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Sparking and Sustaining Creativity

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Is creativity a flash of brilliance or a sustained effort toward originality?  Perhaps it is both. Saturday’s Wall Street Journal article, “Think Inside the Box,”  challenges prevailing ideas about the creative process.  Drew Boyd and Jacob Goldenberg, authors of Inside the Box: … Continue reading

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Only God Can Stop the Rain

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What do rising flood waters and recent violent events have in common?  They are both relentless. The Chicago area is flooded today.  Rivers and rain water intruded into streets, back yards and houses.  Sump pumps valiantly ejected water from below the foundations of houses and buildings, but they did not always … Continue reading

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The Comfort of God’s Presence

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My sister, who lives near Boston, sent me a text message this afternoon:  “We’re all ok…”  Thank God. However, I know that others received unimaginably painful messages from Boylston Street today.  Brokenhearted, I pray for all who suffered loss and for those who are fighting for life and limb. Some … Continue reading

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God Doesn’t Need Algorithms

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“For more and more companies, the hiring boss is an algorithm.”** Algorithms increasingly direct hiring decisions, stock trading, and employee compensation.  They are used to evaluate music for potential “hit-appeal,” and to determine what shows up on your Facebook news feed. Big Brother … Continue reading

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Dumping or Delivering or Both?

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What kind of vehicle best describes your communication with God? Yesterday my journal was like a dump truck hauling a pile of petitions to heaven.  Of course, journals are a fine place to write prayers, questions, random thoughts and observations, but that entry was particularly…dumpy. Some days my prayers … Continue reading

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Life in your Pocket or Life in your Heart?

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Steve Jobs introduced the revolutionary iPhone in 2007 with the evocative phrase “your life in your pocket.”  Smart phones may have started out in pockets, but they have become almost permanent extensions of their owners’ hands. As an example of our dependence on … Continue reading

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Anticipating Artistry

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My college girlfriends and I will create a masterpiece this weekend. You’ll understand what I mean by that as you read the following post re-blogged today but first written under the title of Exceeding Expectations last July after a reunion weekend.  This year’s adventure starts tomorrow on a fresh canvas … Continue reading

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Scuba gear or jet skis?

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“Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a jet ski.”  So says Nicholas Carr in his book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our … Continue reading

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