Tasting Honey

“There is a difference between having an opinion, that God is holy a gracious, and having a sense of the loveliness and beauty of that holiness and grace.  There is a difference between having a rational judgment that honey is sweet, and having a sense of its sweetness.”  (Jonathan Edwards, A Divine and Supernatural Light) Sometimes I find myself—usually after …

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Go and Tell

Throughout my childhood, I was the most introverted person you would come across. Sometime in my mid-20s, I suddenly couldn’t help talking to people, even complete strangers. I would engage people in whatever topic(s) they were interested in, whatever they threw at me. But, as a believer since my early-30s, I found myself incredibly shy about the one thing which …

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An Aversion to Prayer

Sadly, I notice in me an aversion to prayer. Not all types of prayer – blessing a meal, praying for a friend, our world, etc.. – but particularly my midday prayer. It’s in my calendar and accompanied by an alarm, but nonetheless it is often subject to the snooze button or disregarded altogether. My dislike for midday prayer becomes most …

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What’s Your Favorite?

What’s your favorite food?  What’s your favorite movie?  Your favorite novel?  Or your favorite record album?  These are some of the fun questions we ask, to get to know each other better, to see what interests we have in common, or simply to pass the time.  Sometimes these interchanges are fun, and sometimes they can lead to arguments (“I can’t …

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Believing What We Sing

“There is no one like Jesus, there is no one like him. We walk, we turn, we search; there is no one like him.” If you attended GRC’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 21st, you may have heard some kids and adults from our congregation singing these words. If you are like me (and I admit, I’m partial), hearing those …

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Wilson, Lennon, and Jesus

At the Versailles Peace Conference of 1919, following an adoring reception by thousands of Parisians, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson told assembled leaders that they had the chance to establish peace where all others had failed. He added that  “Even Jesus Christ had failed because he gave us the ideal without devising a practical scheme to attain it.”  This from a …

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Peace in the Sandbox

When thinking about our great God and His amazing attributes, I would have to say that His sovereignty is my all-time favorite.  One simple and mind-blowing way to describe the sovereignty of God is that He is absolutely in control of all things. For some people, the knowledge that God is in control can bring great comfort, but for others …

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Sam, the Missional Dog

I may own the most popular dog in the neighborhood.  Two weeks ago I got a little Patterdale Terrier named Sam.  He’s adorable, but super energetic, so we’re often out in the neighborhood walking or in my backyard playing.  In the two weeks I’ve had him, I may have met and had a conversation with every kid, their parents or …

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The Apostle Paul and Jazz

Wynton Marsalis, internationally renowned jazz and classical musician, writes movingly about two aspects of jazz he discovered early in his career.  First, jazz teaches you to express your uniqueness.  “Through jazz, we learn that people are never all one way.  Each musician has strengths and weaknesses.  We enjoy hearing musicians struggle with their parts, and if we go one step …

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