Category Archives: grace turned outward

Character, not conduct

For far too long, Christianity has been defined by behavior. We love keeping spirituality on the basis of what we do and don’t do, because then we are in control of it. We can demand certain codes of conduct for … Continue reading

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Who owns Christmas?

I tried to make it — I really did. But Candlemas (February 2) is nine days away and our Christmas tree is beyond dead. (Some of you might remember that Christmas was last month.) For those of you who are … Continue reading

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Putting Christ back in Christianity

Bob, our good friend and frequent commentator from Seattle, raised some very excellent questions about the Jesus Movement, circa 1968-72, after yesterday’s Catch. The following two sentences capture the essence of his speculations. “Did we ever concern ourselves with looking … Continue reading

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The Fairy Godmother in us all

In case you missed it, over the weekend and the New Year’s holiday, we ran our annual end-of-the-year campaign. It covered the brief span of 4 emails in two days, and since it went by so fast, we decided to … Continue reading

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The Book for today and tomorrow

I breezed through Barnes and Noble Booksellers last night, not seeking any book, but seeking a grande non-fat latte at the Starbucks counter inside, and a place to work while Chandler and his girlfriend were roaming the mall and looking … Continue reading

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You and me, and the bells of Christmas

Then from each black, accursed mouth The cannon thundered in the South,  And with the sound the carols drowned Of peace on earth, goodwill to men!   It was as if an earthquake rent The hearth-stones of a continent, And … Continue reading

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A kinder, gentler kingdom

“For hate is strong, And mocks the song Of peace on earth, goodwill to men!” – From the poem “Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I read an article yesterday that was both revealing and disturbing. It was about terrorism … Continue reading

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Full circle Thanksgiving

And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory. 2 Corinthians 4:14 God’s grace is closely tied to thanksgiving. It figures. If everything comes from God and … Continue reading

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