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Amazon Cann’t Spell or Use Decent English,

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I just got an email from the Customer Service Department of Amazon.com. It seems they’re concerned about account and need my financial information. I’m a big fan of Amazon and buy lots of books from them, but I must say […]

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I’m All for Keeping Christ in Christmas, But . . .

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Hey, I’m fully aware and supportive of the fact that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” And I’m all for keeping Christ in Christmas, but somebody in my local Blockbuster video store might want to think twice about how […]

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Now That’s What I Call Putting Up Christmas Lights!!!

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Okay, okay. I am usually pretty cranky about businesses that put up Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. But yesterday I saw something that deserves some attention. I was at a business meeting at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine, Texas, near […]

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Sometimes Life is as Strange as a Porcupine

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A few days ago I was driving along a country road in Texas when I saw a dead porcupine by the side of the road. I seem to come across porcupine-shaped road kill about once a year since moving to […]

Strange Stories Related to Food and Drink

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Check out these stories: U.S. Appeals Court Dismisses Suit Against StarbucksRachel Moltner sued Starbucks because she spilled a cup of Starbucks tea on herself, causing burns and related problems. She sued for $3 million, arguing, among other things, that Starbucks […]

Cup Holders, Anyone?

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I remember my first cup holder. It was an awkward, plastic device that attached to door of my car. It was supposed to hold a small cup or can of soda. It did so, though not very successful. If I […]

Déjà vu!

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Here are three pictures of my son, Nathan, and his cousin, Dustin, on family vacations. Do you get a sense of déjà vu? Wading in Deep Creek, in the San Bernardino Mountains of California, April 2002. Diving into the Stanislaus […]

Curious Signs in Bishop, California

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On a recent vacation trip to Bishop, California, I saw some curious signs that I thought I’d share with you. DUTCH CLEAN – I’m assuming this means “very clean.” Hence the happy face. I’ve never heard this expression before. Have […]

Pictures from My Recent Vacation

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My recent vacation in the High Sierra of California produced some amazing pictures. These were taken by my son, Nathan. I thought you might enjoy them. (I’ll get back to my series on Christians in conflict tomorrow.) Lupine with a […]

Jaws in Orange County, California . . . Really!

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That’s right. A great white shark has been spotted near the placid shores of Orange County, California. Two great whites, actually! Surfers near San Onofre had spotted what seemed to be two great white sharks in the waters near where […]

The LeBron Saga Continues . . . With “Quitness” Ale

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Well, it looks like Cleveland isn’t quite through pummeling LeBron James for abandoning their fair city to join the Miami Heat. Now, the Great Lakes Brewing Co. has released a new pale ale in honor of LeBron. It’s name? Quitness. […]

Brobdingnagian and You’ve Got to Be Kidding!

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On a recent airplane flight to New York, I was checking out the SkyMall catalogue. I’ve never actually bought anything from Skymall, but I am sometimes entertained by its contents. This time was no exception. First, I was surprised to […]

NEWS FLASH: Airline Food Could be Dangerous

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As USA Today headline from today’s edition warns: “FDA report reveals airline food could pose health threat.” When I read that headline, my first thought was . . . What airline food? Then I started thinking about it . . […]

Chewed Out By a Titmouse

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Behind the place we stay at at Laity Lodge, I have a bird feeder that gets plenty of visitors. Sparrows, chickadees, cardinals, and titmice are plentiful. But so are other, less welcome critters. The squirrels seem to think that our […]

Timeout! I’m Confused!

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I’m taking a short timeout from my series on illegal immigration to share some moral confusion. The L.A. Lakers just won the NBA championship. But I don’t quite know how to feel. Here’s why: I grew up as a die-hard […]

Free Fun!

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For several years I have enjoyed the cartoons of Mark Pié. His illustrated Bible stories make me laugh, and are great for sermon illustrations, Sunday School classes, and just plain fun. Now Mark is giving away some of his best […]

A New Promotional Plan for Laity Lodge? Help from the NBA and Pizza!

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A recent USA Today got me thinking. Perhaps there’s a new way for us to promote Laity Lodge . . . by branding food with our logo. According to the article by Bruce Horovitz, “NBA cooks up edible logos to […]

How is Your World Geography?

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USA Today reports that the 22nd annual National Geographic Bee is happening this week in Washington D.C. Fifty-four fifth through eighth graders will compete in this annual competition. The article includes a mini-quiz using questions from previous years. How will […]

Speaking of Business . . .

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I’ll have more to say about praying for business, but today I want to share a photo of one of my colleagues at work, focused on his business. (Marcus’ office is being remodeled, as is everything in his building, including […]

Now That’s What I Call a Mascot!

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Today as I was driving to work I saw a bus from St. Mary’s University. This highly-regarded university, situated in San Antonio, was founded in 1852 and is the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. I’ve been familiar with St. […]

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posted 2:09:11pm Aug. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? Conclusions
In this series on the death of Jesus, I have presented four different perspectives on why Jesus had to die: Roman, Jewish, Jesus’, and Early Christian. I believe that each of these points of view has merit, and that we cannot fully understand the necessity of Jesus’ death without taking them all

posted 2:47:39am Apr. 11, 2011 | read full post »

Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
Can We Find God in the City? Psalm 48:1-14 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem. Walk around and count the many towers. Take note of the fortified walls, and tour all the citadels, that you may describe them to future generations. For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever,

posted 2:05:51am Apr. 10, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
An Act and Symbol of Love Perhaps one of the most startling of the early Christian interpretations of the cross was that it was all about love. It’s easy in our day, when crosses are religious symbols, attractive ornaments, and trendy jewelry to associate the cross with love. But, in the first

posted 2:41:47am Apr. 08, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with the scriptures” (15:3). Yet this text doesn’t expl

posted 2:30:03am Apr. 07, 2011 | read full post »

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