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A Tribute: Dancing with the President

To the volume of wonderful comments on President George H. W. Bush, I wish to add my very small two cents. Indeed he was a noble man. When people have asked me over the years of my assessment of him, I have always responded with “He was a real gentleman, in every sense of the word.” There is a reason why so many people, during these days of memorializing President Bush, have c...

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Judge

I suppose this attribute of God is one of the most rejected in our culture, for a people who have self-ascended into their own divinity surely deem themselves immune from judgment. Spurning the notion of transcendent truth, we now get to make up our own. “My Heart” becomes a divine voice and everyone should be obligated to acknowledge it as holy and unassailable. If I want to define...

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Gazing Upon the Face of God: Jesus

[preface] Seldom do we think of “Jesus” as an attribute of God. But I believe it is profitable to do so and not without good reason. All of the “names” of God present us with an aspect of His character: -YHWH: the God who is self-existent -JEHOVA RAPHA: the God who heals -ADONAI: the Lord -EL SHADDAI: the God who is all sufficient; almighty -EL ROI: the...

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What in the World is a Free Press?

One of the many skirmishes with the current President, and there are many, is focused on the notion of a free press. Last Thursday over 300 news organizations, in a coordinated effort against the President, published editorials in defense of a free press. But what in the world is a “free” press? In the upcoming Engagement small-group series (launches late 2019) we will take so...

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Humble

Sometimes gazing upon the face of God stumps us. Sometimes it stupefies us. And sometimes it means we have to rethink the picture we have created in our minds of who God is. All of this was true of me the first time I contemplated that God was humble. I honestly didn’t know how to fit it in with attributes like omnipotence, omniscience, and sovereignty. It seemed that a God who was holy a...

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Kruptikos: That Which Is Plain

The Kruptikos “M ZEHS’F QJVNTAF NO MS E JXIMTMVNH ZED, QNF M QXIMXLX FAXJX’H HVUXFAMST VNF FAXJX FAEF IVVWH EKFXJ DVN. CELMC QXGWAEU” “I WASN’T BROUGHT UP IN A RELIGIOUS WAY, BUT I BELIEVE THERE’S SOMETHING OUT THERE THAT LOOKS AFTER YOU.” DAVID BECKHAM When I first read this quote from David Beckham, my thoughts went to how easy it ...

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Healer: Yahweh-Rapha

When we are sick, there is nothing we want more than to be restored to health. I can think of several times in my life when I was so sick (Lima, Peru and Cairo, Egypt) that I ashamedly admit I thought it would be better to die. That’s how “bad sick” it was. I can remember lying out in a field during pilot training after a bad parachute landing with my shoulder way out of joint...

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Looking for Help: Engagement Filming Props

We are hopefully getting closer to beginning the pre-production filming for the Engagement. All we need are the funds! :) And props! We will have a lot of vignettes, interviews, man-on-the-street, animation, etc. and we will also be using a lot of props. I have a symphonic gong that a friend built a great walnut stand to hold it up, a huge teddy bear, etc. But, one set of props that needs to...

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Holy

In one of my favorite texts, Isaiah cries out in anguish, “Woe is me, I am undone! For I am a man of unclean lips…” His cry does not come because God has verbally chastised or rebuked him for his failures, but simply because Isaiah has come into the presence of a Holy God. When this happens, you and I are exposed. No matter how good we think we are nor how good we are at pret...

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According to Who? - Soli 'Meo' Gloria

One of the consequences of abandoning the belief in absolute truth is that all truth claims end up being merely personal notions and one soon begins to believe that your personal notion is as good as anyone else’s. This is partially the reason why “traditional” authorities: pastors, teachers, parents, etc. no longer rank high on the “go to” list in our culture. ...

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