Author: kenkuhlken

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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How Did Trump Win?

The day after the recent election, Zoe asked me, “How did Trump win?” I said, “Ask your grandma,” because her grandma had voted for the fellow. But that was only an easy answer I gave because I felt too dismayed

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Hope and Bob Dylan

About a week before Bob Dylan was honored with the Nobel Prize in Literature,  a mighty powerful thought came to me. I had been talking to a friend about the way we often distort our thinking. Suppose a loved one

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The Necessity of Hope

I can’t seem to make myself stop beginning the day with a dose of world news. This morning I read about the many political assassinations in Russia, and about the thousands of deaths and nearly unfathomable misery the people of

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Love Your Work

If we love our work, we will treat it with profound respect. Flannery O’Connor was one of the great originals. She could be honest, profound and outrageous all at once. So I value her opinion more than most people’s. In

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