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Posted on: April 13, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Is This Who I Think It Is?

If you’ve read RELENTLESS GRACE, you understand the varied levels of significance embedded in the question, “Is this who I think it is?”

Posted on: April 10, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Watch and Pray

Good Friday is an awkward day for me. It’s the day set aside to commemorate Jesus’ suffering and horrific, tortuous death by crucifixion. In perfect obedience and service to God, Christ humbly, willingly walked the final steps of the path to the cross. His pre-ordained act of self-sacrificial love, planned …

Posted on: April 8, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Wasted Worry

If you can imagine the worst–and see the possibility in it–you have turned a corner. Everything begins to shift. Worry is transformed into creativity.  Michael Hyatt Are you as burned out on negativity as I am? I’ve basically stopped watching television news. My radio mostly blares mindless sports talk these …

Posted on: April 5, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

The Mob

Palm Sunday–the day the Jews welcomed Jesus with cheers and celebration. This is a special day for Christians, the beginning of Holy Week. It’s a bittersweet day on which immediate joy mingles with the knowledge of impending disaster.

Posted on: April 3, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Where Are You Going?

My wife and I received an interesting invitation a few days ago. A friend asked if we had anywhere to go for Easter.

Posted on: March 30, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Clearing Planks and Confronting Specks

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ~ Edmund Burke   This blog has developed an interesting personality.to my previous thoughts concerning President Obama’s remark that his bowling style “looks like the Special Olympics.” A few folks asked a question that …

Posted on: March 27, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Specks and Planks

Like many folks, I’ve followed the recent commentary concerning President Obama’s remark that his bowling style “looks like the Special Olympics.” I suppose my seat in a wheelchair increases my interest in the President’s comment and the controversy surrounding it. I think this incident offers an important opportunity to examine …

Posted on: March 20, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Controversy

“If it bleeds, it leads.” It’s a fundamental staple of journalism–bad news sells. Everyone says they want to hear more good news, but objective data tell a different story. Audiences gravitate to controversy, crime, and crashes.

Posted on: March 16, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Talking About Faith

Here’s another insightful question from my recent interaction with high school kids: “Is it hard for you to speak in places where you can’t talk about your faith?”

Posted on: March 13, 2009 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Where’s The Healing?

Why doesn’t God heal me? Why doesn’t He fix this relationship? Why doesn’t He stop the pain, the struggle, or the grief? At the risk of sounding trite, I think He does. I’m absolutely convinced that God does heal and fix and comfort. But it’s frequently not the sort of …

Posted on: March 11, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Help or Service?

Last week I spoke with a group of high school students at a wonderful event called Abilities Day. One of the great questions they asked was, “How should we approach someone who appears to need help so we don’t offend them?”

Posted on: March 9, 2009 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Who’s Running The Show?

Occasionally I let myself get overwhelmed by the awesome responsibility of representing Christ in the world. Last week I talked about letting my actions speak for me, but I’m afraid that I’m not happy with the message communicated by my behaviors.