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ABOUNDING

God shapes a grateful heart in many ways. Our consumer culture incessantly tells us that we are one purchase away from happiness. Marketers do not nurture contentment, much less gratitude. Sometimes comparisons jolt us out of a fabricated existence. Seeing what I have in comparison to what many others lack humbles me. It exposes how liberally I spend and how miserly I give. Continue reading

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MISSING A GOOD PERFORMANCE

Recently my wife and I were sitting in the audience at a dance performance. (Not surprised, are you?) Across the aisle to our right, a group of boys chattered away as we awaited the lights to dim. Their ages ranged from 7 to 12 or so.
I made several observations about this androcentric aggregate of pre-adolescents. They occupied several rows with empty seats on either side and in front and behind them. They were located strategically away from the rest of the audience, as if they had arrived as an identifiable association, like Boy Scouts or a Little League team. Continue reading

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FAITH OF OUR CHILDREN

“I think one of the things that is really tricky, particularly to convey to parents and the congregations as well, is that if you are trying to form your kids to be Christians, it’s not going to fit them very well for American culture. And actually, it’s probably going to deform them for some of the things that we value as a society.” (Kenda Creasy Dean in an interview with Ken Myers for Mars Hill Audio Journal) Continue reading

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ESCAPING THE CHRISTMAS INSANITY

How will you spend Christmas? This question employs double entendre, because it uses the word “spend” with two meanings. The question usually implies the way that you practice your holiday celebration. With whom? What traditions? But in a consumer culture, the more common meaning of “spend” really applies here. How will you disburse your money, time and resources during the Christmas holidays? Continue reading

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