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You Don’t Want To Read This

Blog, Kindling // November 1, 2009

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You Don’t Want To Read This

I realize the title of this post may actually make you want to read this, so I am in a sense being disingenuous by drawing you in by this method. But if you’re anything like me, you may be sick to your stomach at the end of what you read, so know you have been warned.

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Be Real For A Reason

Blog, Twexplanation // October 29, 2009

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Be Real For A Reason

We want our preachers and writers and teachers to be real these days. If you are vulnerable, you are respected. If you are transparent, you are admired. In fact, the surest way to encounter closed ears and closed hearts today is to always talk rather than listen; specifically to always talk about someone else.

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When God Seems Distant

Blog, Prayers // October 21, 2009

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When God Seems Distant

A prayer when praying to a seemingly distant God…

Father: Forgive, that I may be restored. Receive, that I may honor you with rightful praise. Hear, that I may enter your presence. Listen, that I may speak my heart. Speak, that I may hear your voice and follow. Reach, that my desire might be for you. Touch, that my confidence may be restored. Heal, that my brokenness…

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In The Beginning

Blog, Poetry // October 15, 2009

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In The Beginning

A meditation in poem on John 1:1…Our lives are governed by countless seconds / That form into minutes which bleed into hours / That move into days and weeks and months / And years that speed quickly downhill / So that time becomes like gravity on our lives. / We fight against time with hopes and dreams / And all manner of science and striving, / But the fountain of youth has run dry, / Because there was never a fountain to begin with; / Only time ticking quickly in an empty well.

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A Jew, a Muslim, an Agnostic, and Pizza

Blog, Theology // October 14, 2009

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A Jew, a Muslim, an Agnostic, and Pizza

I had dinner with a Jew, a Muslim, and an Agnostic last night. Three sons of Abraham, and one who wasn’t sure, all sharing Italian food. Good times. The conversation focused on the different faith’s beliefs about God, Jesus, and salvation. And it was a really great discussion—I even got to try out the Kingdom Circles approach. Each guy articulated his beliefs well, and there was respectful listening and solid questions from all parties.

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Are Science and Religion At Odds?

Blog, Questions // October 11, 2009

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Are Science and Religion At Odds?

A friend asked for my thoughts on “God, the Big Bang, Creation, Age of the Earth and Genesis,” all minor questions, right? I sent him a quick response, outlining three things to think about: 1) The ultimate question to address is first cause, 2) Creationists need not fear science, and 3) Creationists and Naturalists both apply bias to the facts they observe. But there’s more to say on this subject. Much more. And I’m not the one to say it, because I haven’t studied this issue like I should. So I found someone who has (my brother), and I asked him to share his thoughts. And I think you’ll find it to be a worthwhile read:

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Are You Ready For Some Football?

Blog, Thoughts // October 10, 2009

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Are You Ready For Some Football?

This may be a post that I pull down later. Or maybe it will strike a chord. I guess we’ll see. I just scanned my Facebook and Twitter accounts, and I noticed scores and scores of posts about football. It must be Saturday in the fall. It’s good to see college pride extending 5 years, 10 years, 20 years. And I can relate—I have a great affinity for my college (Air Force Academy), although I can’t say it’s because of football. Football is great. It brings people together, it provides athletes with a place to use their talents, it provides jobs for thousands of people.

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The Orphan on the Jetliner

Blog, Stories // October 6, 2009

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The Orphan on the Jetliner

I am about to trade places on an airplane with the girl in the middle seat. If you must know, I actually do have a preference: window seat, right side of the airplane. Exit seats and bulkhead seats are nice, and first class is even nicer. But I don’t mind the back of the airplane so long as I sit beside the right window.

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