Tag Archives: Gospel

Be a Brother, my brother

There are many ways that cultures identify connectedness, but few analogies are more universal or personal than speaking of family. The singular reference that joins as family, while avoiding added implications of authority, is that of calling a person a … Continue reading

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Intentional Out-Thinking

In a world and body dominated by self, it is an oddity to think of others. Selfishness is the pampered pet of every person. To be Christian is to think of others more highly than ourselves, and that ain’t natural! … Continue reading

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Setting Your Anchor on the Gospel (3 of 3)

The boy and his best friend could track everything, but one wily coon always seemed to stay one trick ahead. An old-timer suggested he try the Shiny Trick. Along a known racoon trail, the boy drilled a hole in a … Continue reading

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Setting Your Anchor on the Gospel (2 of 3)

The gnarly old salt rowed his boat up onto the deserted island, grabbed the bow rope and anchor stick, found a favorable spot, tapped the stick home, and tied his boat up with plans to explore the shoreline. As soon … Continue reading

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Setting Your Anchor on the Gospel (1 of 3)

Many unskilled boaters who drop an anchor for a night, expecting to be gently rocked to sleep, have suddenly found themselves dashed against shoreline rocks in the wee hours of dawn. Do you know how to properly set an anchor? … Continue reading

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Mapping the Church Commission: Culmination (6 of 6)

In a culture driven by video games, the surreal has often become the preferred reality. Living in an artificial world of fantasy—that can be restarted, resurrected, and replayed without end, and with minimal discomfort—appeals to many over dealing with human-interacted … Continue reading

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Mapping the Church Commission: Measuring (5 of 6)

Maps are only useful if one knows how to use them. Understanding the scale, and how to measure distances, becomes essential to accurate navigation. Getting lost is no picnic. To get where one wants to go, a traveler needs to … Continue reading

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Mapping the Church Commission: Maintaining (4 of 6)

There is a reason that books begin with outlines. Much like a body requires a skeleton upon which to hang everything, so also high-rise buildings have a hidden steel framework. Even maps have some sort of underlying structure—grid-lines and rules—that … Continue reading

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Mapping the Church Commission: Sustaining (3 of 6)

Bloodhounds are amazing to watch. They are able to put a mental map together that combines their senses with the terrain. In particular, their sense of smell is so finely tuned, that they can take one sniff of a target’s … Continue reading

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Mapping the Church Commission: Commissioning (2 of 6)

Giving a map of the stars to a coal mine foreman is a complete waste. Maps are made with specific features, over relevant territory, for those intending to travel in such regions. A map maker needs to know his intended … Continue reading

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