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An Answered Prayer

An Answered Prayer

Some of the most gnarly, weather-beaten trees I’ve seen are in Palisades Park, Santa Monica, California . Like some people, the Australian Tea trees found in that park get more twisted, and yet somehow more beautiful, with age. Their tree trunks crawl along the ground, ebb up and down (sometimes high enough for a homeless person to sleep under), and wind their way through fences before finally looking up to the ...

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Movie Review: October Baby

Movie Review: October Baby

Great Story

A college freshman dealing with physical and emotional struggles is not unique. Where those struggles take Hannah (Rachel Hendrix) in her search for answers is captivating as the plot in October Baby unfolds. Her medical history is a puzzle with missing pieces. Her emotional fabric is torn and she doesn’t know why. After a collapse on stage, Hannah is finally told she was adopted after a premature birth. She survived a botched abortion.

Feeling ...

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Book Review: Blue Like Jazz (Movie Release April 13!)

Book Review: Blue Like Jazz (Movie Release April 13!)

Author: Donald Miller. Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2003


Blue like jazz book coverBlue Like Jazz, the movie, is set for release on April 13, 2012. It is based on a semi-autobiographical book by Donald Miller with the same title, published in 2003 (a New York Times best seller). ...

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Courage

Courage

In The Wizard of Oz, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion are all defined by their deepest desires (a heart, a brain and courage respectively).

Did you catch the classical Greek philosophy there? In his book, The Republic, Plato (424 – 348 BC) outlined the three parts of the human soul thusly:

  • Eros: the feeling part (desiring; caring).
  • Nous: the thinking part (or logos, the reasoning part).
  • Thumos: the volitional part (willing).

Some translate the three parts as ...

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Happy Trails

Happy Trails

Leonard Franklin Slye was born on November 5, 1911. If you’re over fifty, you know him by another name. Need some clues?

baseball glove and grass1. Leonard grew up in Cincinnati where Riverfront Stadium (later Cinergy Field) was built. He once joked that he was born at second base.

2. He worked during the Great Depression as a transient fruit picker in California before forming The Rocky Mountaineers.

3. ...

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Good News!

Good News!

After an extended transition, I have accepted a call to serve at the Lewiston Church of Christ as their minister. This faithful family of God has welcomed me warmly, lifting my confidence without expanding my head. To learn more about my new church family, link to:

lewistonchurchofchrist.org

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In the Shadow

In the Shadow

“The Greatest Love of All”

“Love” has so many different meanings in English; it’s easy to get confused.  To cut through the fog, let’s distinguish the greatest love of all so we can lift it above the many lesser forms of love that attract our attention.

Here is one attempt, captured in the lyrics of a hit song in 1986, titled, The Greatest Love of All:

The greatest love of all is happening to me.
I ...

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Heading Off Repentance at the Pass

Heading Off Repentance at the Pass

President Barack Obama, using the full power and prestige of his political high office, issued the following signed declaration on June 1, 2009:

Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride ...

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Top 10 Westerns

Top 10 Westerns

The Western movie is a uniquely American invention.  I like them, in part, because I like sermons.  In their own way, most Westerns preach on such themes as justice, courage, right over wrong, manliness, protection and a pioneer spirit—qualities we see in decline today.  They honor the rugged individual, but often in ways the call that individual to self-sacrifice for the good of the family or community.  The selections below are merely my own favorites, ...

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Welcome! –Currents of Living Water

Welcome! –Currents of Living Water

"There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God." Psalm 46:4


I invite you to pull up to this stream of thoughts and insights and relax a moment from your travels. I hope you find salient information and inspiration in the essays, sermons and book reviews below. Enjoy! (Image Credit: “River landscape with Deer,” by Frederick Arthur Bridgman, 1847-1928).

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