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I watched the tail end of one of my favorite movies last night: Babette s Feast. I absolutely love that whole feast sequence. I was powerfully moved by Babette s selfless generosity to do what she loves doing: being a chef. She generously and sacrificially spent all 10,000 francs of her lottery winnings to give 12 people the feast of their lives. I believe in divine timing. Just that day I was wrestling with being a pastor. Lately, it has been a real struggle serving the church. I went for a therapeutic ride on my motorcycle and just prayed as...

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Jeanne Murray Walker in her essay, Breaking the Illusions: What Playwrights Owe to Actors, in the journal IMAGE (summer, 2005): Kafka said that art is like an ax that chops through the frozen sea within us (p.88). This is why I write, play, and listen to music. This is why I paint and look at art. This is why I write and read. This is why I watch movies. This is why I teach and listen to teachers. When we crystallize ourselves into a position, most often it has the effect of freezing us. We solidify and harden. We become...

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This is eternal life, that they may know you (John 17:3). This verse got me thinking the other day about the fullness of life in the here and now. Then I read Chambers sometime this weekend, and he also says that knowing God in Christ is one amazing, glorious NOW! This is the fullness of the moment, doxology, benediction, blessing, abundance, right now, this second. I didn t preach yesterday. My good friend and co-pastor Doug Mawer did. But I lead worship. I am a part of a congregation and movement that has a history of desiring more of God...

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Listen to this passage from N. T. Wright s, What Saint Paul Really Said: A brief word about love. Paul does not mean that all Christians should feel warm fuzzy feelings for each other. That romantic and existentialist reading of agape does not begin to capture what is really going on. The critical thing is that the church, those who worship God in Christ Jesus, should function as a family in which every member is accepted as an equal member, no matter what their social, cultural or moral background. The very existence of such a community demonstrates to the principalities...

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The August 10th entry in Oswald Chamber s My Utmost For His Highest is a commentary on 1 Peter 4:19, a difficult verse to read, understand, and live: Let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good Chambers says, Choosing to suffer means that there must be something wrong with you, but choosing God s will even if it means you will suffer is something very different. No normal, healthy saint ever chooses suffering; he simply chooses God s will, just as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not (Jesus)...

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