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Through our own two eyes

Rain can ruin your weekend Or rain can spare your life; Depending on who you are and what your thirst is like.                       – Mark Heard, from the song, “Some … Continue reading

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How to tell people what God is like

“The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.” Exodus 34:6,7 How does God describe Himself to us? How does He wish … Continue reading

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In spite of the cold

It’s 46 degrees outside right now. Here in southern California, you have to realize, anything under 50 is arctic. We are having a cold, wet winter. Actually, I should say we are having a winter. That’s rare. On my calendar, … Continue reading

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Character, not conduct

For far too long, Christianity has been defined by behavior. We love keeping spirituality on the basis of what we do and don’t do, because then we are in control of it. We can demand certain codes of conduct for … Continue reading

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Who owns Christmas?

I tried to make it — I really did. But Candlemas (February 2) is nine days away and our Christmas tree is beyond dead. (Some of you might remember that Christmas was last month.) For those of you who are … Continue reading

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Putting Christ back in Christianity

Bob, our good friend and frequent commentator from Seattle, raised some very excellent questions about the Jesus Movement, circa 1968-72, after yesterday’s Catch. The following two sentences capture the essence of his speculations. “Did we ever concern ourselves with looking … Continue reading

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The Book for today and tomorrow

I breezed through Barnes and Noble Booksellers last night, not seeking any book, but seeking a grande non-fat latte at the Starbucks counter inside, and a place to work while Chandler and his girlfriend were roaming the mall and looking … Continue reading

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You and me, and the bells of Christmas

Then from each black, accursed mouth The cannon thundered in the South,  And with the sound the carols drowned Of peace on earth, goodwill to men!   It was as if an earthquake rent The hearth-stones of a continent, And … Continue reading

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