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Got Karma? Get Jesus!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  Karma’s a bitch… Unyielding. Relentless. Unflinching. Pure and absolute justice. If Karma matters, I’m doomed, dead, and damned. But for Jesus… Jesus became the toxic waste dump of the universe. I give him my Karma, and he suffers in my […]

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The Eucharist Diet: Evicting Temptation

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 28, 2010 Day 27 Weight: 198 lbs Weight lost: -8 lbs “Lead me not into temptation…” My friend Mindy – her office is next to mine – just returned from a trip to Israel. The day she flew home […]

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An Update on and Prayer for David Hames

posted by nsymmonds

Last week, we published a story about two Compassion International volunteers who were in Haiti when the earthquake hit. They each were only separated by a couple of feet when the earthquake hit, but only one of them, Dan Woolley, has […]

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A Prayer on Holocaust Remembrance Day 2010

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 2010. We pause to pay our respects, to vow that such a terror will never happen again, to pay honor to the survivors and their families, and to pray for God’s justice and mercy […]

CauseWorld, Karma, and Doom…

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Wow, earn Karma for window shopping! What a concept: turn your life around with charitable consumerism. Here’s how it’s suppose to work: CauseWorld is offering a free location-based application for the Apple iPhone and Android phones that allows you to […]

Tim Tebow, CBS, the NFL, and Focus on the Family

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and his mother will appear in a Super Bowl commercial on CBS that makes a clear pro-life statement. It’s a remarkable coalition, and progressives are in a tizzy. The ad purportedly tells the story of Tebow’s mother […]

The Eucharist Diet: Two or Three Together

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 26, 2010 Day 25 Weight: 198 lbs Weight lost: -8 lbs   Surprised this morning… Down two more pounds! Okay, I’ll take it. And I even had seconds on stir fry and rice for dinner last night… Communion is […]

Dump Your Karma

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The idea labeled “Karma” seems to be embedded in the universe, and in our own understanding of the universe. We do reap what we sow. What goes around does come around. The other shoe always, eventually drops. The ancient philosophers both east and […]

The Eucharist Diet: Dissecting Hunger

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 25, 2010 Day 24 Weight: 200 lbs Weight lost: -6 lbs   What is hunger? Looking at the horrid pictures of the broken people of Haiti, I’m convinced I do not truly know. “God, teach me to see the […]

The Eucharist Diet: An Unorthodox Leverage of Orthodoxy

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 22, 2010 Day 21 Weight: 199 lbs Weight lost: -7 lbs I’ve fallen below the benchmark threshold of 200 lbs! I think I’ll celebrate with something chocolate… I can’t figure – exactly – how this is happening, except to […]

Free Audio Book – “The Karma of Jesus”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Last October I released my latest book, “The Karma of Jesus.” In December I recorded an audio version of the book. Now, for a limited period, my publisher, Bethany House, is offering a free download of this unabridged reading of the book.   To […]

Prayer for Haiti: From “Why, God?” to “How, God?”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Why, God?” Looking at pictures of the pain and sorrow in Haiti, that’s our natural question. We want to know why a loving and all powerful God would allow such devastation. Be honest now. All of us want to know this… […]

The Half-Truth in Pat Robertson’s Oral Dysentery

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I apologize for Pat Robertson’s foul mouth.  The man needs discretion, to say the least. And if Dr. Robertson cannot find enough “fruit of the Spirit” growing in his own soul – particularly self control – then perhaps prudent brothers […]

The Eucharist Diet: “Water is Almost Everything”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 20, 2010 Day 19 Weight: 200 lbs Weight lost: -6 lbs   One more pound burned off and honestly, I don’t know how… I ate three handfuls of M & Ms yesterday too… and a piece of carrot cake, […]

A Prayerful Hymn for Haiti

posted by nsymmonds

Ephesians 5:19 encourages us to speak to one another with songs, psalms and spiritual songs, making music to the Lord in your hearts. In fulfillment of this verse, the Rev. Carolyn Winfrey Gillette and her husband Bruce wrote “In Haiti […]

The Eucharist Diet: “What’s with the Water?”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 19, 2010 Day 18 Weight: 201 lbs Weight lost: -5   Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this [natural] water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give […]

A Prayer for the Welfare of Haiti

posted by nsymmonds

It has been one week since the 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti. The death toll is ever increasing and the destruction has yet to be rebuilt, but despite these perilous conditions there is still an outpouring of compassion from people of […]

A Prayer in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today we remember the birthday of a great American, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will […]

The Eucharist Diet: “Burn Baby, Burn”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 18, 2010 Day 17 Weight: 202 lbs Weight lost: -4   “All the fat belongs to the Lord,” Leviticus 3:16. This morning the temperature on the thermostat outside the kitchen window reads 16 degrees. I wish I was in […]

Halftime Prayer for Haiti

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Let’s pray for Haiti at halftime… The numbers look like…  numbers, and nothing more. 100,000 is a symbol, cold and distant. Pictures and videos taken in Haiti this week help us put human faces to the dark tragedy. But even the best […]

The Eucharist Diet: Full

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 17, 2010 Day 16 Weight: 202 lbs Weight lost: -4 My father died one year ago last April.  I miss him.  He passed along to me so many aspects of my life: a love for baseball, my eye color, […]

The Eucharist Diet: Unintended Progress

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 16, 2010 Day 15 Weight: 202 lbs Weight lost: -4   Down two more pounds since I’ve posted last. Jill (my wife) and I have been away on a prayer/planning retreat in the woods of Northwest Wisconsin. We ate […]

A Prayer for Haiti

posted by nsymmonds

Yesterday evening at 5:00PM, a magnitude-7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, destroying much of the capital, Port Au Prince. Many buildings have been destroyed or sustained extreme structural damage, many have been injured and the body count is innumerable. Within the last […]

Our Annual Prayer/Planning Retreat in the Woods

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Every year in January my wife Jill and I take 3-4 days away in a cabin somewhere in the woods as a “working retreat.” We’ve done this now for about 20 years and it’s one the things we most look […]

The Eucharist Diet: How is this Working?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 11, 2010 Day 10 Weight: 203 lbs Weight lost: -3   Come, all you who are thirsty,        come to the waters;        and you who have no money,        come, buy and eat!        Come, buy wine and […]

Mark McGwire Lives in Denial… Say a Prayer for Him

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Disgraced ex-baseball star Mark McGwire finally sobbed out his steroid confession yesterday. No one was the least surprised; no one should be the least bit impressed.   I once cheered for McGwire who hit 583 career home runs with Oakland […]

“Hey Tiger, I’ve Screwed Up too, and Yes, There is Redemption…”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Brit Hume is still catching Hell for his public comments that Tiger Woods should consider converting to Christianity from Buddhism. Hume implies that Woods’ belief in an impersonal “Force” running the Universe leaves him no room for redemption. If Karma […]

The Eucharist Diet: How Hungry are You?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 11, 2010 Day 10 Weight: 204 lbs Weight lost: -2   “I have food you know not of…” John 4:31   I’m in a reflective mood this morning, needing to ponder and pen some basics, to remind myself what […]

The Eucharist Diet: No Cheesecake, No Regrets

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Eucharist Diet Adventure: A six month experiment taking daily communion and tracking the results in my personal life, relationships, health, and body fat percentage.    January 10, 2010 Day 9 Weight: 204 lbs Weight lost: -2 Report: I’m parked at […]

Pray for Christians in Malaysia.

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Let’s pray for Christians in Malaysia. In the last two days Muslims in this Islamic nation have turned violent, firebombing four Christian churches following a court decision that allows Christians to translate the word for God as Allah. “Allah is […]

Who can “Bless” the Bread and Wine?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Earlier today someone posted a comment on the blog topic I’ve been calling “The Eucharist Diet” – a day to day report of my practice of taking daily communion and the corresponding results on my weight. I thought this question was worth highlighting and addressing:   […]

The Eucharist Diet: Where’s the Beef?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 9, 2010 Day 8 Weight: 204 lbs Weight lost: -2 lbs Now I know something “different” is happening. This morning I weighed in again and found – to my stunned surprise – that I was down another one pound, […]

The Eucharist Diet: Going Hybrid

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 8, 2010 Day 7 Weight: 205 Weight lost: -1 “I have a kind of food you know nothing about… My nourishment comes from doing the will of God.” (Jesus, in John 4:32,34). There’s food, and then there is “food.” […]

The Eucharist Diet: Merlot Anyone?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 7, 2010 Day 6 Weight: 206 Weight lost: 0 I weighed in and I’m parked at 206 lbs. Okay… I’m still taking communion each day and praying for my meals. The place and time and company with which I […]

Tiger Woods, Brit Hume and “The Karma of Jesus”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Brit Hume has chutzpah, gotta give him that. If you haven’t heard, Hume recently challenged Tiger Woods to replace his Buddhism – which he claims doesn’t offer true atonement and forgiveness – with Christianity – which he says does offer atonement and forgiveness. […]

Prayer for ABB Shooting Victims

posted by nsymmonds

Earlier this morning a disgruntled employee stormed the ABB power company in St. Louis, Missouri and killed two people and injured five others. The suspect is also believed to be dead, but authorities are awaiting confirmation from the family. Please […]

The Consumer Electronics Show – Skyping with God

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I’d love to be in Las Vegas today, both to escape the bitter cold gripping Minnesota and to attend the Consumer Electronic Show and check out the new whiz bang gadgets soon to be available to all us gullible customers […]

The Eucharist Diet: Bread for the Hungry

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 6, 2010 Day 5 Weight: 206 Weight lost: 0 No change from yesterday, which is not a bad thing given the fact they had a piece of Mile’s chocolate cake after dinner last night. Oh, I have rendered a […]

The Eucharist Diet: Results with an *

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 5, 2010 Day 4 Weight: 206* Weight lost: 4 pounds*  For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given […]

A Prayer for the First Workday of the New Year

posted by nsymmonds

After being on vacation for two weeks today is my first day back in the office. While I was on vacation I imagined how I might dread coming back to cold New York and my office instead of being in relatively […]

A Prayer from The Tallest Building in the World

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, is set to open today in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Although the exact height of the Burj Dubai (Arabic for Dubai Tower) is a closely guarded secret, at more than 2,625 feet, it far […]

The Eucharist Diet: “Get Ye Behind Me!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 4, 2010 Day 3 Last night was a mega-challenge for my new diet adventure, and a perfect test for my theory. Jill, my wife invited about 20 of my friends over to celebrate my 50th birthday. By January 2nd […]

The Eucharist Diet: Day 2

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I still weigh 210 pounds… but I’m making progress: I’m hungry this morning and I’m not running full speed to fix it. That’s progress… Jesus began hungry.  Hunger I suppose is not a bad thing. Hunger is just a signal, […]

A Prayer for Irish Atheists

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“God, bless the Irish Atheists…”   No tongue in cheek here. Truly… it’s the right response…   News today: An Irish atheist group is challenging a new law against blasphemy by publishing on its website 25 quotations it claims mock […]

“The Eucharist Diet: Living on Bread and Water, Turned to Wine”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is January 2, 2010, my 50th birthday, and I weigh 210 pounds.  Evidently, that’s a problem.  According to a chart I found online I shouldn’t lug more than 185 pounds. By other metrics I am reasonably fit.  I ran […]

New Year Resolutions: Working from Rest, Not Working to Rest

posted by Mark Herringshaw

New Year: 2010. There’s nothing magical about this 24 hour segment of time. It’s like any day: the earth goes round the sun in exactly the pattern it has for millennia. Yet in our culture we designate this day as […]

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A Prayer for Perspective
Then Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!’ The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire” 2 Kings 6:17.  Things looked ...

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A Prayer for Servant Leadership
“Here I am Lord, send me” (Isaiah 6:8).  “Father, not my will but yours be done…”  ~Jesus Before I can be trusted to wield the blessings, authority, power, and resources of God – and this is certainly His intent– I must come ...

posted 12:17:30pm Aug. 25, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer To Win the Battle
Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord,     for his love endures forever.” As they began to sing and ...

posted 1:27:27pm Aug. 24, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for A Revived Conscience
But my people…have stumbled off the ancient highways and walk in muddy paths. (Jeremiah 18:15) Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their ...

posted 11:24:10am Aug. 22, 2015 | read full post »

Paul's Instructions on Prayer
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness ...

posted 11:08:59am Aug. 21, 2015 | read full post »

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