Sinatra’s Suggestion

Frank Sinatra once said, “I’m for anything that gets you through the night — be it prayer, tranquilizers, or a bottle of Jack Daniel’s”. I’ve come to the conclusion Old Blue Eyes was a better singer than he was a philosopher. If we need help to get through the dark night of the soul, it…

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Where Words End

Have you ever tried to express how you felt about something and found yourself struggling for the right words? I absolutely love meat loaf. And I absolutely love my wife, Tracey. But the two are hardly equal. I would never tell Tracey I love her as much as I love meatloaf, unless I had a…

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The Church is a Crutch

“The Church is nothing but a crutch . . .” How many times have you heard someone speak those words? They’re usually spoken as a way to excuse themselves from attending church services. Those words are meant to make people think the church is where people go because they’re too weak to face life on…

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Thy Kingdom Come?

Every Sunday during worship, we collectively recite the Lord’s Prayer. I wonder if we take the time to really struggle with that prayer, with what we are saying, and with what we are asking. Each clause within that prayer is beautiful to the ears, but self condemning if we only give it lip service. For…

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A Pretty Good Quote

I don’t know who said it. Perhaps it’s one of those quotes that’s been around so long nobody remembers how it got its genesis. It goes something like this, “God loves us as we are, but much too much to leave us there”. This is both a blessing and a challenge. The blessing is in…

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Religious Protection Hypocrisy

The Michigan legislature is trying to push through a law they say will protect “freedom of religion” for those who feel their religious beliefs are being infringed upon if they are forced by law to do business with those whose lifestyles they disapprove of. An example of this is the incident wherein a bakery agreed…

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Nepal Earthquake

The disaster in Nepal, which has already taken 3,000 lives and the death toll is still rising, is a reminder that there are no guarantees in life. When we see such a disaster, we feel helpless to a greater or lesser degree, and wish there could be a way in which we could make a…

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The Greatest Nation

“Were our government for the PEOPLE, we would have the best education in the world, universal health insurance, a decent way of financing elections, and a massive commitment to sources of clean energy.” — Willam Sloane Coffin If we listen to the Christ, truly listen, we begin to realize that greatness cannot be measured by…

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