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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Seek the Lord READ Psalm 105:1-45  Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him. Psalm 105:4 Psalm 105 calls God’s people to give him thanks and praise in response to his “wonders” (105:5). The bulk of the […]

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Live Blogging Lent: Fasting from Fast? (Section 2)

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Part 4 of series: Live Blogging Lent Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I began a Lenten review of the book Faster by James Gleick. Today I want to respond a bit more to the book, […]

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Live Blogging Lent: Fasting from Fast?

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Part 3 of series: Live Blogging Lent Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I recently finished reading a book by James Gleick, Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything. Published in 2000, Faster argues that our lives […]

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Live Blogging Lent: Lent is Odd

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Part 2 of series: Live Blogging Lent Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Lent is odd. There are several reasons for this. One has to do with the length of Lent. If you were to ask people […]

Eight Trends That Will Shape the Future of Global Missions

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I want to alert you to an excellent article on the Leadership Network Advance website. It’s called “Eight Trends That Will Shape the Future of Global Missions.”  The author, Eric Swanson, is one of the leaders of the Network. He […]

Live Blogging Lent: Introduction

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Part 1 of series: Live Blogging Lent Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I expect that most of my readers are familiar with live blogging. It is, as one would expect from the name, a version of […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Lord Remembers We Are Only Dust READ Psalm 103:1-22  The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. […]

Lenten Inspiration from The High Calling

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Return to the Lord READ Joel 2:1-32  That is why the LORD says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear […]

Ash Wednesday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Ash Wednesday READ Genesis 3:1-24 “By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.” […]

Could Mardi Gras Be for Christians?

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And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for […]

Book Review: Connected, by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler (Part 2)

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In Friday’s post I began reviewing an intriguing new book: Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler. Today I want to finish my review, first […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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A Life of Integrity at Home READ Psalm 101:1-8  I will be careful to live a blameless life— when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home. Psalm 101:2 In Psalm […]

Book Review: Connected, by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler

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I recently finished a fascinating book: Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives. It was written by two top scholars, Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler. Christakis is a medical doctor and […]

Kathy Hastings and the By/For Project

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One of the unusual features of Laity Lodge is our interest in and excitement for the arts. At the Laity Lodge retreat center we have The Cody Center, an art gallery that doubles as a concert hall. The Cody Center […]

Proof That Even Brilliant Professors Can Lack Common Sense?!?

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Last week I visited one of the leading universities in the United States. It is especially famous for its outstanding research faculty. Academic brilliance flourishes in this place. I was meeting with a member of that faculty, and spent a […]

NY Times: “Microsoft’s Creative Destruction”

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Last Thursday I read a striking op-ed piece in the New York Times.  It was written by Dick Brass, a former VP for Microsoft. Brass argues that Microsoft has become a place where genuine innovation is discouraged. Here are a […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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A Time to Be Quiet and a Time to Speak READ Mark 14:41-65 Then the high priest stood up before the others and asked Jesus, “Well, aren’t you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for […]

Rereading a Classic: Christian Mission in the Modern World by John Stott, Part 3

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Today I finish sharing some quotations from John Stott’s classic book Christian Mission in the Modern World. Toward the end of his chapter on mission, Stott focuses on the question of vocation or calling. I begin with vocation, by which […]

Rereading a Classic: Christian Mission in the Modern World by John Stott, Part 2

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Yesterday I began sharing some quotations from John Stott’s classic book Christian Mission in the Modern World. Today I’ll add a few more: Let me return now to the Great Commission. I have tried to argue that its Johannine form, […]

Rereading a Classic: Christian Mission in the Modern World by John Stott

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I make it a practice to read classic literature on a fairly regular basis. These days, I often read the classics my children are reading in high school. Thus, in the last year, I’ve read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great […]

Allen Levi!!

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This past weekend at Laity Lodge I got to know Allen Levi. He was the musician for our retreat. And what a musician he is! I expect that some of you know Allen already. He has a strong reputation as […]

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