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What Do You Want Done to Your Enemy?

What Do You Want Done to Your Enemy?

“…And [Jonah] cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” Jonah 3:4b This summer, our youth group sat down on the bleachers in Times Square to watch the crowd. As we sat there, a man who looked like he was taking a break from a gym workout started preaching to the crowd. It was one of those, “God’s going to cast you to hell if you don’t repent now” kind of sermons. Except, he never really made eye…

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Disconnected from the World

Disconnected from the World

“The earth was a formless void, and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.” Gen. 1:2 Not until running a camp does one fully appreciate how much a camp director’s job is risk management. There are physical risks to adventure activities and emotional risks to the interaction between counselors and campers. Even weather provides a constant challenge. Humid conditions can lead to heat stroke. Summer storms can turn…

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Like A Burning Torch

Like A Burning Torch

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,     and for Jerusalem’s sake, I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn,     and her salvation like a burning torch. Is. 62:1 Early in December, President Trump announced the United States would begin the process of moving its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The decision was a significant step towards identifying Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The President called the move both the fulfilling of a campaign…

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A House Can Feel Lonely

A House Can Feel Lonely

“See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.” 2 Sam. 7:2 Earlier this year, my sister-in-law sold her large house in a quiet family neighborhood and moved to an apartment in downtown Minneapolis. The first time I went to visit, she met me in the lobby. It was very bright, modern and hip. Moved by the contrast from her old place, I started to sing the theme song to…

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The Anxiety of Standing in Line

The Anxiety of Standing in Line

“Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people…” Psalm 85:8 Do you remember where you were when the Harry Potter books were first released for sale? It is a question we reserve for the most significant cultural events of our time. Where were you when Kennedy was assassinated? Or, Reagan was shot? Where were you for the Challenger disaster or the 9/11 terrorist attack? Compared to these, the release of Harry…

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Golfing in a Storm

Golfing in a Storm

“Comfort, O Comfort my people says your God.” Isaiah 40:1 Shortly after graduating from seminary, my next door neighbor and I decided to go out golfing. It was our last opportunity to go together before we left seminary for good. Our wives were working, and we were watching the children. So we told them of our plans and arranged for babysitters. As we prepared to leave some threatening clouds appeared on the horizon. It looked like they moving out of…

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Jesus in Schuylkill County

Jesus in Schuylkill County

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” Mark 13:31 Sometime in the late 1990’s, Jesus appeared in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. Unlike other appearances, this one was not an image on a building, in the clouds or on a baked cookie. This presentation was a living, breathing human being claiming to be Jesus. His random sightings captured the curiosity of a whole region. Highway troopers were the first to encounter him. They received reports of a…

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The Uncomfortable Christmas Letter

The Uncomfortable Christmas Letter

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 1:3 We used to get a Christmas card from a former co-worker. Inside the card would be a rather lengthy letter describing all the events of the past year. When I say, “all,” I mean every intimate detail of her family’s life. Most of the information would violate modern HIPAA standards, the law designed to protect patient privacy. The older she got, the more…

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