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The Holes in Our Reality

The familial warmth and sentiment of Christmas can, ironically, obscure the real reason Christ came: to reveal the holes in our reality. Our world isn’t a natural one, he showed, but an unnatural one, a broken shadow place hidden from … Continue reading

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A Real Person of Prayer

The philosopher-theologian Evelyn Underhill penned these words a hundred years ago.(God, grant that I might live to personify them.) “What then is a real man of prayer? “He is one who deliberately wills and steadily desires that his intercourse with … Continue reading

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No Santa Claus?

I was six when my parents told me there was no Santa Claus: My response (according to my mom) was, “Whew! You finally know?  I’ve known for a long time, but I wasn’t sure you did, and I didn’t want … Continue reading

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The Christmas Experience

While still newlyweds, my wife and I visited Plimouth Plantation in Massachusetts, the impossibly authentic re-creation of America’s first Pilgrim colony occupied by role-playing historian-actors who literally live out the daily lives of the original inhabitants. During the course of our day … Continue reading

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The Real Problem

Originally posted on Russellings of the Spirit:
“Your situation…” a wise person once said to me, “… is never the problem.” Pregnant pause. “The problem… “ they continued, “… is your RELATIONSHIP to your situation.” And for the most part, I…

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Complete

Here’s the paradox in Jesus’ teaching: What I want I must give. But I don’t have it to give because I am incomplete. Remember? So what must I do? I must let him invade me, must let him live in … Continue reading

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Be Who You’re Called to Be

I once dated a struggling British actress. We talked about how hard it was to make it in the movie biz. She mentioned meeting a 35 year old actor who’d wrapped work on a “kid’s movie” at London’s Elstree Studios. … Continue reading

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