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  • Youthful Idealism: Receiving the Past, Giving the Future

    by John Auer
    There’s a poem by Meg Jeffers called “Ordnance” that says life today is like a bomb in each one of our gardens. It is like Jesus warning us here that we never know just how and when and for what our souls are required of us. We would like to think that we can build up sufficient wealth and well-being, property and possession in this world. We would like to buy safety and security from the world -- so that our souls can just play and make merry each day. But there is a bomb in our garden, and it is not going away of its own volition. The poem says, There is a bomb in my garden. I know I should call someone but imagine the hubbub: men in mackintoshes leaving boot prints in the peas, their heels pasted with scraps of tender lettuce, and I would be shunted off, barred from my home while other muck about in what is mine. No, I think I will let it be. Clean the exposed parts; buff it up, perhaps. Build a gazebo; plant roses. Listen to it tick. Listen to it tick. That’s Jesus and this story applied to each one of our souls and to the soul of the world. Listen to it tick!...
  • Be So Heavenly Minded You Are of Earthy Use

    by Jill Friebel
    ("There was a woman who wanted peace in the world and peace in her heart and all sorts of good things, but she was very frustrated. The world seemed to be falling apart. She would read the papers and get depressed. One day she decided to go shopping, and she went into a mall and picked a store at random. She walked in and was surprised to see Jesus behind the counter...")
  • Proper 13C (2010)

    by Scott Hoezee
    ("In recent years a number of books have been published that attempt to do something that probably no one would have dared to try a couple of generations ago: namely, write biographies about God. Several of these, including Jack Miles' book, God: A Biography, treat God as a literary character who develops, grows, matures, and changes over time...")
  • Hosea: The Coronation Street of Ancient Israel

    by Dawn Hutchings
    I was born in 1957, and Coronation Street began airing in the UK back in 1961. We moved around a lot when I was growing up. Over the years the various characters have been my companions wherever I have lived. People have come and gone in my life but the characters of Coronation Street have remained constant. One of the enduring qualities of Coronation Street has always been the believability of the characters on the street. Unlike American soap operas whose characters are drawn from the rich and beautiful, Corrie’s characters come in all shapes and sizes and are real, down to earth characters that most of us can recognize from our daily lives.
  • Ephraim Is Walking!

    Art and Faith by Lynn Miller
    The baby is walking! The first steps of any child are both amazing and precious. There are a number of starts and stops, timid beginnings, interrupted progress. Then, finally, a child lets go of what has steadied them - often the hand of an adult - and careens into the big, wide world. But adults who have loaned hands and fingers to steady a child never really let go. They remember how it was for the child to depend on them. God knows how that feels: It was I who taught Ephraim to walk. In Picasso's painting here, the mother stands behind the child, holding the child's hands and allowing the child the full view of the world out front. The child is staring with wide-open eyes at the world, while the mother has eyes only for the child. Dressed in light-colored clothing, the child visually advances in the painting while the mother, dressed in neutrals that are much the same value as the background, recedes. This child, created in the context of World War II (1943), is setting out into an uncertain world...
  • Being Rich Toward God

    by Michael Phillips
    ("I recalled a time from my youth the other day, when I was a farm hand in Indiana. I drove a disk behind the plow to smooth out the fields for planting, and helped to care for some of the stock. The farmer was a friend of mine, and one day, we went to pick up some paint from another farm to do the inside trim on his house...")

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