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  • Blogs,  Guest Contributors

    A Proverb

    Written by R.A. Loyd   A young monk spoke to an elder after the liturgy service. “Why such formality? Why do we not merely worship as we will, in the Spirit?”

  • Beatitudes,  Vic Stanley

    And He Taught Them Saying. . .

    Jesus not only reveals that the Kingdom has come near to those who seem unfit for it, but also that those who are in this Kingdom possess these attributes that the Beatitudes highlight. They have not attained these attributes or worked their way into being the type of people the Beatitudes describe. No, rather they have been mystically transformed into these kinds of people by the grace of the Father.

  • Blogs,  Dave Lenehan's Weekly Thoughts

    Reunion Tours and Dandelions

    Written by Dave Lenehan   I think we all have a favorite band that we would love to see embark on a reunion tour.  Many have asked Sir Paul and Ringo to relive the Beatles.  Many of the rock bands of the 70s and 80s continue to have immense success with all new tours.  The production trade mags attest to that. Christian music fans finally experienced the long-awaited dcTalk reunion during the band’s special boat cruise last year. Now there are rumors of Cruise Part II coming up this summer. One band I’ll never forget that held a brief reunion tour a few years ago was the ska band Five Iron…

  • Blogs,  Dave Lenehan's Weekly Thoughts

    Going to See the Big Guy… Maybe?

    Written by Dave Lenehan   “Going To See the Big Guy, Maybe.”  Sounds like an odd thing to say, doesn’t it?  I didn’t see it on a sign or in front of a church or at a flea market next to an old Texaco sign.  Those odd words are the epitaph on a veteran’s grave marker at the National Cemetery at Otis Air National Guard base on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  My Dad Roger is buried in the same section (45) as this man. How did I come across such an strange collection of last words?  When I visit my Dad’s gravesite, I like to walk around his section and read…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    All of The Sudden…

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   I read a lot. I study Scripture, its doctrines and theology. I study philosophy, Christian, secular, and Eastern philosophy. I teach theology and do ministry training, I write a lot of cultural commentary and practical theology, I serve in various leadership roles. My dad is the pastor of a large church, one of my mentors is a globally renowned missiologist and theologian, one of my other mentors is a high ranking executive at one of the world’s largest Christian organizations. I’m told by many people that I am highly respected and greatly beloved. By all counts I’m on a path to become, by human…

  • Blogs,  Death Can Die,  Vic Stanley

    Death Can Die Part II

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   Death Can Die Part I spoke of the Eucharist and its importance in conveying the idea of “protesting death and living the resurrection.” We looked at John 6:53–59 and Jesus’ words about His life giving flesh and blood. I’m indebted to Tamara Hill Murphy and her article Protesting Death/Practicing Resurrection, as well as my friend Marci who made me aware of the article and provided some thoughtful insights on the whole idea. In part one I provided some context for the idea of protesting death and living resurrection by giving a brief overview of the Christian Calendar with particular attention paid to the Easter Season (known…

  • Poetry,  Vic Stanley

    Heavenly. . .

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   Dope game, I’ve seen it all Seen the rise plus I’ve seen the falls, Heart full of hate I’ve seen them on those corners squeezing off (guns) Heart full of love I’ve seen it get taken advantage of I’ve seen the pain Plus I’ve seen the change Good girls end up jaded Good boys end up chasing that paper They all get whored out Ced’ told me “Life got us all Vic, no hold outs” I’m spitting it quicker You gotta realize there’s more to these pictures It’s hurt in these words Written by a mind that’s disturbed I see the troubles of the…

  • Blogs,  Dave Lenehan's Weekly Thoughts

    A Bindi

    Written by Dave Lenehan   We might call it a pebble, a piece of dirt, a thorn or a pine needle.  The Aussies – at least according to former Newsboy frontman Peter Furler – call it a “bindi.”  It is a tiny, sharp-needled seed usually found on the beach in Australia.  Used as slang, the word means that little pointy, prickly thing that sometimes gets stuck in our foot walking on the beach or in our shoe just walking around the neighborhood.  And while its actual size is usually small, it feels like a 6-inch thick arrow tip with spikes sticking out of it.   No matter how much you…