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Memories from a Garden

Over the course of two millennia much of the human race has deemed Jesus' death and resurrection as just another historical anomaly. Oh, it caught our attention for a while—quite the uprising back in that day. But he eventually became irrelevant to us and so we banished him into obscurity reducing him to merely the guest appearance of a forgotten actor in a holiday that celebrates rabbits and chocolate.

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If He Only Knew How Happy His Smile Makes Me

A friend of mine recently posted a picture of his 10 month old son with this caption: “If he only knew how happy his smile makes me.” My heart lit up like the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. I know this feeling! I do! I know this joy, this pleasure!

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A Glimpse of Beauty

Over the past seven years I have been increasingly involved with social media. Not that I wanted to — heavens no! No, my travels on the internet highway have been more out of necessity because of my involvement with the Open Table Conference.

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The Revelation of God

The other day I was talking with someone about eternal life. I had been saying that eternal life is the life of the Triune God and that it becomes ours because we know God. In other words, we experience eternal life because we say “yes” to a relationship with them. The Incarnation surely revealed this, yes?

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What do you see on Good Friday?

For those who identify themselves with the Christian faith we have come again to a sacred time of the year. It is Holy Week.[1] Around the globe there are many who will look to the cross today and mostly see wrath and vengeance played out on a cosmic stage. They will see love and mercy too but only as a supporting cast.

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On the Road to Justice

I live just 30 minutes outside of Portland, OR. Not far from where presently, there is a huge fire raging. I am also a nature photographer by vocation and this fire happens to be in the Columbia River Gorge, one of the most naturally beautiful and scenic areas in all of the United States. Consequently, I am deeply saddened by the destruction. And, I am angry…

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Upside Down Commitment

Ever hear the phrase, “You need to commit your life to Christ”? I have… used to hear it and say it all the time. It was the prescription for spiritual health. Struggling with anxiety? You need to commit your life to Christ. Emotionally gutted because of betrayal or treachery? You need to commit your life to Christ. Not sure where you will go when you die? You need to commit your life to Christ.

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Checking In With Paul Young

Well, it has been quite a year so far… 2017 saw the release of The Shack as a major motion picture, and it is still going strong. The novel ended back on the NY Times at #1 for six week in a row. Lies We Believe About God, released at almost the same time as the movie as did the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) TV series that I shot with them last summer in Montana, called ‘Restoring the Shack’.

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What’s So Good About Good Friday?

Here is a day to remember – the day God died. And in the moment of a phrase and the breath of a word we have entered into Mystery. Pause with me and consider the astonishing story that reveals a love that stuns us into silence…

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The Forgotten Virtue

I know a small group of men who meet every 6-8 weeks to express and discuss those things that are important in their lives. They call the meeting The Gathering Fire. Moments like these are rich with laughter and friendship. Yet the conversation always seems to transcend the ordinary when we begin to share the hopes and dreams of what we really want our lives to be.

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Christmas 2016

This year, as a part of the season’s festivities, our little tribe attended a Christmas Eve event and sang some familiar and obligatory Christmas songs of all such services. However, we ended by singing ‘O Holy Night’; repeating the 1st verse a cappella. And the power of music moved me. It was beautiful. My soul was stirred with what I can only describe as wonder beyond wonder.

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