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An Ascension Day Confession

Lord Jesus, when you were about to depart into heaven, you lifted your hands in blessing and promised to be with us always.  Even though your word confirms your presence in our lives, we are a sinful people, in need of your forgiveness.  We confess that we have been indifferent and forgotten your blessing.  Instead, we . . .

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May 01, 2008

Poetry--Longing for the Sea

Note: It has been over four months since I have posted any poetry, original or otherwise. I hope to get back to this practice, as poetry, no doubt, is good for the soul.

Sea Longing

A thousand miles beyond this sun-steeped wall

Somewhere the waves creep cool along the sand,

The ebbing tide forsakes the listless . . .

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April 30, 2008

Luther on Loving Our Enemies

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.For if you love those . . .

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April 28, 2008

Education and "Skimpy Knowledge"

Over at Tim Enloe's blog today, which I frequent quite often, he has the following quote from Hugh of St. Victor, a 12th century German mystic:

As in the virtues, so in the sciences, there are certain steps. But you say, “I find many things in the histories which seem to be of no utility: why should I be kept busy with this . . .

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April 28, 2008

Luther on Trusting God

In times of "dark providences" (as a former pastor used to call them), many times our circumstances seem to be in complete contradiction with what we think they ought to be, or even what we have read as promises to us by God in Scripture.  No one, I think, experienced this more than Jacob.  If there was ever anyone certain . . .

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April 24, 2008

Still More Diognetus...

As my reading turns toward others among the Apostolic Fathers, let me present one final post from the Epistle to Diognetus, regarding the distinctiveness of Christianity and of Christians living in the world:

Christians are not distinguished from the rest of humanity by country, language, or custom.  For nowhere do they . . .

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April 22, 2008

More Thoughts on the Olympics...

While preparation for the Olympics continues around the world amid both protest and celebration, I've been thinking more and more about the issue of human rights abuses in China and an appropriate response from the United States. A three-day Olympics media summit began yesterday in Chicago, and I must confess, the responses of our . . .

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April 15, 2008