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Get Humble

I have known lots of writers, some of whom I have watched grow from novices to masters. And I’ve observed that the masters and the ones I suspect are on their way to that level have in common their desire

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Obeying the President

The president has instructed the IRS not to mess with churches who get political. He wants us churches to speak our minds, right? Here goes. The other day I was talking to my cousin Patti and feeling impassioned by some

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Trump and Assad

“For the son of God became like us so that we could become like him.” Athanasius On Palm Sunday, Dr. Cherith Nording, a seminary professor, gave a powerful sermon in which she proposed that Christ could live in connection with

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Democrat? Republican?

As some of you are aware, I am considering a run for office in the California legislature. My original intention was to run as an independent. But my daughter Darcy, who has volunteered to manage my campaign, and who is

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Pay Your Dues

After his victory over the tempter in the wilderness, Jesus returned in the “power of the spirit.” In other words, Christ had to face temptation before the full power of the spirit was available to him. Likewise, we may need

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Pursue Beauty

John Keats wrote: “Beauty is truth, truth beauty. That is all we know on earth and all we need to know.” Ranier Maria Rilke argues in “The First Elegy”: “For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which we

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Happy Endings

Lots of us pray the Lord’s prayer fairly regularly, thereby requesting that, “Your will be done.” Recently I heard a pastor quote a Christian writer’s prediction that anyone who can pray with perfect sincerity for God’s will to be done

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Get Free

Everybody wants to be free, right? We read that the truth will set us free. We’re told Christ came to free us, and that if he sets us free, we are free indeed. One of the liberties we in the

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Joan of Arcadia

Zoe took a trip with her mom and left me alone for five days. Every one of those evenings, my entertainment was Joan of Arcadia, a television drama that aired for two seasons about a dozen years ago. The premise

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For the Love of Money

If you’d prefer, listen to the podcast. 1 Timothy 6:10 NIV:  “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

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