Trusting with Knowledge: How to Form a Real Community

At one point in my life if anyone mentioned “building community,” I would run away. This phrase is the equivalent of someone saying: “Let’s talk.” My mind goes blank and I have nothing to say . . . as hard as that is for some of my past bosses to believe. In the same way, [Read More…]

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Keeping Going While There is Still Light

When I was a boy, my brother and I would be sent to do a project for Dad outside. When were we done? We were done when the job was done or if it was a long-term project, when it was dark. While there was light, we kept working. There is something in this for [Read More…]

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Loving Rich Men, Needing Patrons (Timon of Athens)

Great Solomon, son of David, was a patron to artists because he was wise and rich. Serving his wisdom ennobled the man blessed enough to serve him. Wicked Jezebel was a king’s daughter, but her wealth corrupted those who honored her for her power. Christian culture is one that honors the patron: the noble man, [Read More…]

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I am in Love and that is Simply Grand (Two Gentlemen)

Being in love is on defense. If you are in love, you are aware that everyone that wishes to be in love and is not will be sad and those who are “out of love” will think you a liar or soon to be disillusioned. In fact, if you do not note the cynicism and [Read More…]

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Faster, Stronger, Better. . . Meh (The Six Million Dollar Man)

We lost our television in odd circumstances. Daniel and I liked going to church and generally made no trouble going, but this Sunday night was The Wizard of Oz. There was no streaming in those benighted days, no ability to pop in a Blu-ray. If you missed a show, you missed it. I saw the Star Wars [Read More…]

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Winning Is Temporary (King John)

Nothing is dumber than giving up morals for one victory, because victory is never forever. Ask King John. Disney had Prince John right when they made him a lion sucking his thumb on the throne in their animated Robin Hood. John had a lion-hearted brother and by comparison was not much to the Crusader, minstrel, and [Read More…]

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Nobody Is or Should Be the Natural

Some movies make me stop and watch them, even if I have seen them, maybe especially because I have seen them. One of those movies is The Natural with Robert Redford and Glenn Close. You could teach quite a few seminars on this Shakespearean comedy, it’s that profound, but it revolves around one truth: Nobody is good [Read More…]

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No Place for Kingmakers (Henry VI, Part 3)

A sure way to spot a dysfunctional church, business, or organization is to look for kingmakers or would be kingmakers. The kingmaker is the man who makes the man: the person not out front, but who has the ‘real power.’ The kingmaker is the member of the elder board who thinks he really runs the [Read More…]

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Use our Liberty to Create Hope

Discouragement is always clever, but hope is always wise. Why? We live in God’s cosmos and God is in His Heaven. This does not mean all is right with the world in the sense that everything is good. We could make a long list of things that are not good in the world without even [Read More…]

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No Place Else to Go: A Jolly or a Deadly Monday

When there is no place else to go, that can be a bad thing, unless the place you are is with Jesus. During one point in His ministry, Jesus gave a hard teaching. Like any good teacher, He wanted his students to keep asking questions, to follow the argument where it led, and not to [Read More…]

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