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A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE: Lights of Christmas

Posted on December 24, 2013 at 5:00 am

Christmas lights are getting out of hand. I enjoy looking at Christmas lights as much as anyone, but Americans can turn anything into a competition. ABC television is airing a series this month called “The Great Christmas Light Fight.” Twenty families compete to see who can decorate their homes with the most extreme light display for Christmas. One week, the winning family had almost 1 million lights, including 2,400 strobe

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  • Poverty and abundance at Christmas

    Posted on December 17, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Church, State, Life and Love By Janet Galyen   In the midst of American holiday abundance, as lights twinkle our landscape and the aromas of cider and candles warm our Christmas parties, my mind drifts to the immeasurably less privileged people of India. I recall the beautiful, dark faces of Indians who live in the most meager of circumstances, and I recall the surprising lesson I learned on poverty during

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  • Bringing Lyla home

    Posted on December 11, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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    Church, State, Life and Love By Janet Galyen   The Muslim call to prayer breaks the silence of India’s dawn, and sounds of wailing prayer fill the air. Awakened to another day, a tiny set of eyes peers sleepily beyond the orphanage compound onto the dirt streets below. Little Ami ponders the activity of the busy people who come and go every day. In her four years of life, she’s

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  • Pursuing Christmas’ God

    Posted on December 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Church, State, Life and Love By Janet Galyen   We have officially entered the 2013 Christmas season. Despite cultural attempts to neutralize and de-spiritualize the season, it will always remain true that Christmas exists all and only because of the birth of God’s Son, Jesus. I’ve never known what it is to celebrate Christmas absent from Jesus, but I imagine that would feel pretty awfully empty. I have very imperfectly

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  • EVERYTHING BUT SPORTS: Theological Thursday

    Posted on October 31, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Augustine by Sandro Botticelli

    I don’t know how theological these ideas may be, but today I’ve been reflecting on the power of truth and calling things by their real names. It’s a massive topic, really, and I hardly know where to start, but let’s begin on the negative side. So much of exercising illegitimate power and control over others depends on calling things by the wrong names and thus confusing the thoughts of those

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  • EVERYTHING BUT SPORTS: Reason

    Posted on October 30, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Reason sleeps

    FWIW, I really did post this on Wednesday, but it was late, so that instead of posting it in the “Religion” category, I put it up “Uncategorized.”  Reason is a wonderful tool, and we constantly use it in everyday life. But for some matters, reason fails us. For example, nothing is more reasonable than cause-and-effect: whatever happens is caused by something else. But cause-and-effect—and most other rules of logic—break down

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  • EVERYTHING BUT SPORTS

    Posted on October 29, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Tuesday linkfest

    Most weeks I begin with links to politically oriented stories and then move to more “spiritual” ones. This time let’s reverse the process. I probably have some serious doctrinal differences with Billy Graham, but he’s spot-on with this assessment: As I approached my 95th birthday, I was burdened to write a book that addressed the epidemic of “easy believism.” There is a mindset today that if people believe in God

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