New Year’s Resolution: Change the World

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By Wendy MurrayWhen I wrote my book about Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) a few years back, I couldn't get over what a simple humble man he was and how -- as such -- he managed to change his world. His life carries an echo that reverberates to this day as noted in the wild popularity of the new pope who bears his name.I have identified five attributes Francis possessed that will serve everyone, in any time, who desire to carry an impact on their world.1. Show UpWhen Francis … [Read more...]

The Curious Case of Edward Snowden

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By Wendy Murray2014 began with two major newspapers -- The New York Times and the Guardian --  calling for clemency for whistle-blower, Edward Snowden, who is currently living in exile in Russia. Last summer (2013) Snowden dumped a cache of classified materials into the hands of journalists that documented massive violations of the NSA (National Security Agency) against citizens of the United States and others. At that time I wrote a piece in this blog  supporting him.These are the r … [Read more...]

Role of Pastors: Anonymous Survey Jan 2014

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Dear Readers,I am working on a book project and would be very grateful for your feedback about your view of the role of the pastor. I have attached the link to an anonymous survey relating to my research and would be grateful for your honest feedback. Your answers are anonymous. I only ask for complete honesty. PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY ONLY ONCE.Please respond to this post if you have any further questions.I will update the responses once sufficient data has been c … [Read more...]

A Worthy Aspiration for the New Year

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3 Meaningful Truths to Embrace Wildly This Year

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By Wendy Murray1.  Don't InterruptTalk ought to be sacred because it is so light, so tenuous, so trivial, if you will; so frail and easy to destroy. Cutting short its life is worse than murder; it’s infanticide. It’s like killing a baby that’s trying to come to life. It can never be restored to life … . A good light conversation can never be put together again when it’s broken to pieces; because you can’t get back all the pieces.G.K. Chesterton, in The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond   … [Read more...]

5 Hopes For the New Year

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By Wendy MurrayDear Friends and Readers,I have been on hiatus from posting and it has been time well spent, though I apologize for the prolonged and unexplained absence from Poets & Lunatics. In the upcoming year I will be writing, as I have tried to in the past, about issues that highlight the complicated humanness with which we tangle while at the same time trying to remain people of authentic faith.I have spent these months in transition, being on the road most of the summer … [Read more...]

Remembering St. Francis of Assisi

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Saint Francis of Assisi died 787 years ago today, and yet he seems more alive than ever despite the passage of time. In the Catholic tradition, this anniversary marks the "Feast Day of St. Francis." Remembering the champions who have gone before seems an appropriate tradition and one which Protestants lose out on. Francis of Assisi is certainly one whom Christians of all traditions ought to know and celebrate.I lived in Assisi when I wrote my book about St. Francis and came to love the … [Read more...]


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