Beks in the Ballet – a parable for our times

[Jesus] called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in …

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Coming Out… (as a food blogger)!

Okay, so I'll admit it: views, likes, and shares are important. I could insist that this space is exclusively about sharing the Good News, or the privilege of influencing more people in terms of how they think, but - even though both points are absolutely true - I confess there is a little ego somewhere …

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Every picture tells a story (11 Photo-Friday images)

The Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east and put there the human he had formed. In the fertile land, the Lord God grew every beautiful tree with edible fruit, and also he grew the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.Genesis 2:8-9 - …

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Releasing Hidden Potential

 When Jesus saw him lying there, knowing that he had already been there a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”John 5:6 - Hidden Brain with Host Shankar Vedantam One of the podcasts I enjoy listening to during my evening walks with Max is "Hidden Brain." Host Shankar Vedantam interviews people whose …

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What are you reading this summer? I have a recommendation…

I often talk (write) about books that I'm in the process of reading. Currently I have four on the go: What's So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey, The Prisoner of Azkaban (book three of the Harry Potter series), a primer/sampler of writings by classic Christian thinkers (this week features Søren Kierkegaard), and (afternoons with …

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so filled with light and love that it spills over

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see …

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a manifesto for men’s ministry (we all need a band of brothers)

" But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”Joshua 24:15 Thanks to Jim Ferry and Kipp Spanbauer …

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Five images from the weekend (life is good even when it is hard)

The next day the people in Jerusalem heard that Jesus was coming there. These were the crowds of people who had come to the Passover festival. They took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Jesus. They shouted,“‘Praise Him!’ ‘Welcome! God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’"John 12:12-13 - Derek and …

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Live like you mean it! There are no half measures! March in 31 photographs

Drum-roll please... here it is! My (almost) regular end of the month feature showcasing one photograph for each day. Not such an easy call this time, as we had the Miami grandchildren visiting. How could a week like that possibly be reduced to a handful of images? But here they are, faithfully offered. Just 31 …

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Us, doing good things = “God’s Accomplishment”

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Instead, we are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned …

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