Archive - November 2017

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A THANKSGIVING I NO LONGER MISS
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THOSE ANNUAL IRRELEVANT AWARDS
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THE LAST WORD
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God’s Elusive Ways
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THE IMPORTANCE OF TIME ALONE

A THANKSGIVING I NO LONGER MISS

Saturday I spent some time along the shore of Plymouth Harbor visiting a 17th century English village. It is a re-creation of the small maritime community built by the first pilgrims. Pretty cool to hear the stories and imagine what sixty-six days crossing the ocean must have been like. In some of these small houses I[…]

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THOSE ANNUAL IRRELEVANT AWARDS

Every year in the Fall, evangelical theologians gather from around the world to present instructive and challenging papers on a variety of important topics. This week, it was fitting to meet in Providence, Rhode Island on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Here, Roger Williams (not to be confused with the sentimental songwriter) planted a[…]

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THE LAST WORD

Last summer, I watched the movie, “The Last Word.” Shirley MacLaine plays the character, Harriet Lauler. She lives in comfortable isolation, friendless and alone. She is aware that death is closing in on her, so she commissions a local obituary writer to do her story. She does not want to leave it to chance. Summing[…]

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God’s Elusive Ways

Wednesday, on the way home from seminary, I stopped to see one of my mentors, Pastor Don Jensen (a.k.a. PJ). He was my predecessor at Village, a much beloved pastor. We had just visited a couple of weeks ago at a gathering, and we reflected on ministry. His eyesight is nearly gone, but he is[…]

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THE IMPORTANCE OF TIME ALONE

Some words for this new day– Jesus says, ‘Go to your private room and, when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in that secret place” (Matt 6:6). Henri Nouwen, the Catholic priest, professor, and writer, has some centering words for us who claim to be followers of Jesus–but get so[…]

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