Tag Archives: Gospel

How to Find Yourself

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I have always known about God.  I knew that he loved me and that his Son, Jesus, had died for my sins.  I genuinely believed that. For many years of my life I knew about God like I knew about … Continue reading

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Fearful Power and Ferocious Love

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“Nature is an awful lot more powerful than we are.”  New York’s Mayor Bloomberg in an AP article. The devastation left by Sandy’s power is difficult to comprehend.  I can only grieve with those who suffered losses of all kinds and pray for the strength … Continue reading

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Do You Get It?

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Have you ever read something in the Bible, scratched your head, and muttered to yourself, “I don’t get it“? You are not alone.  In fact, Jesus’ disciples regularly listened to Jesus teach only to question him privately later.  They didn’t get it. One … Continue reading

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The Shape of Jesus’ Words and Witness

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Imagine that you live in the region of Galilee during the first century and that you’ve been hearing about someone named Jesus who is said to have good news.  He reportedly teaches about the kingdom of God, heals diseases and casts out … Continue reading

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The Secret to Kingdom Living

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Do we enter the kingdom of heaven through a special portal into an alternate reality like walking through the wardrobe in C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, or boarding the train to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts? The short answer is, … Continue reading

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Exhilarating or Exhausting?

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Certain aspects of my life are a bit turbulent lately.  Some days I’m riding on a the crest of a wave, happy to be alive and enjoying the adventure ahead.  But the wave inevitably crashes. I tend to evaluate my days relative to the … Continue reading

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The Space for Rest

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We rested on Labor Day, and we did it on the relatively narrow space of a bike path along Chicago’s lake shore. The path was well populated by runners, bikers, walkers, and roller-bladers.   Boaters, swimmers, and jet-skiers made the nearby water their playground. Sunbathers, sand-castle-makers … Continue reading

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Playground Arguments and Cultural Conversations (Part 3): The Influence of Christ

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Picture the US as a pluralistic playground on which people holding very different value systems live, work and play together.   Without a common value system, who decides what is “fair” and what is “foul?” In my last post I suggested that entertainment and politics are two powerful … Continue reading

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How Good is Good Enough?

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What is the standard against which we measure ourselves? In athletics, it is the latest world record.  This is nicely demonstrated by the AT&T commercials in which a young athlete watches a record-setting race on her smart phone, writes down her new goal, and … Continue reading

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