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FAMILY FRIDAY: The Zoo

Hello, Hipsters, and welcome to the first ever: “Family Friday!” Let’s have some fun! “I remember the time an older man asked me when I was young, ‘Do you know what you are doing now?’ I thought it was some kind of trick question.  ‘Tell me,’ I said.  ‘You are building your memories,’ he replied, ‘so make them good ones.’” …

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Resignation & Beyond

See VLOG. “He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.” ~ C. S. Lewis | The Weight Of Glory It’s March, so there’s lots of “madness,” but here we’re continuing to march not only into some madness but also into some mystery… I began the previous post (Nearness & Folly) by quoting most of 1 …

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Nearness & Folly

See VLOG. “There have been men before…who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God himself.” ~ C.S. Lewis Hey, Hipsters. This is one of those more autobiographical, quasi-journal type entries, but I do think that sharing my personal journey in this current season will be helpful, encouraging, thought-provoking, and ultimately …

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New York…New LIFE

Before you start, see The Challenge of Change series. “You have to be willing to fail in order to truly succeed.” ~ Jon Gordon Preface: In my last post, “New York, New York!”, I shared about the recent Arnold adventure to NYC and how God used this experience to reveal and raid our cherished idols of safety, control, and comfort. Getting out …

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New York, New York!

Before you start, see my  Challenge of Change series. “We are not necessarily doubting that God will do ‘the best’ for us; we are wondering how painful ‘the best’ will turn out to be.” ~ C.S. Lewis Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been …

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Suck Rocks: This Is Living Now (More Thoughts on FREEDOM)

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” ~ Galatians 5:1 Jesus Christ did not come to make bad people good.  He came to make dead people live. FREEDOM EXAMINED  (courtesy of http://www.tourfactory.com/950924) The following was inspired by true events.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of those portrayed. “Hey, Bill!  What did …

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Happy Holidays

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Calendar year 2015 expires in a few hours for those of us in the valley of the sun.  As each December 31st rolls around, I find myself always asking, “Where did that year go?!” It’s not how it was growing up.  The days of molasses have been replaced by a blinding blur.  Let’s …

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What is Love? Idol don’t hurt me no more.

Confession: I grew up watching Saturday Night Live.  I honestly don’t remember how an eight year old like myself at the time was introduced to this show, but it was fast, furious, and it stuck. I faintly recall a skit involving a very flatulent Kevin Kline in a jacuzzi and I guess I knew it was for me.  I’m sorry, …

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The Inconvenience of Convenience (pt 2)

“You know what’s easier than applying sunscreen?  Not going outside.” ~ Jim Gaffigan Last week I wagged my long, bony finder and made a bold indictment upon modern, first-world Christianity. I believe that there is an unholy alliance between Christianity and convenience, despite the way of Christ being so contrary to it.  As I contemplate His brutal death upon a …

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The Inconvenience of Convenience (pt 1)

An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You should never see an “Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order” sign, just “Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience.” ~ Mitch Hedberg The inhabitants of first world nations are no stranger to convenience.  It has become so commonplace that many of us have grown to expect it and utter chaos …