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No Other Name

The Passion façade of la Sagrada Familia is an awe inspiring sight. Eight and a half thousand letters, hand carved into imposing bronze doors, tell the story of the crucifixion of Christ from the Gospel of St. John. Every time the name of Jesus is carved it is raised higher than the other letters and picked out in gold. I stood for quite some time before these doors, captured by their power and beauty, and as I did so something awesome happened; the shadow from the top half of the door fell above the name of Jesus and, for just...
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United by the Cross

I remember when I was young my family camped at the foot of Ben Nevis. When I awoke the mountain would sit towering majestically above us with its summit rising through a blanket of low mist. It was unimaginable to me that you could climb it. I couldn’t see a path or a route to the summit. Taking the car a few miles, however, would present you with an entirely different view. You had a path that you could follow and its gradient wasn’t too dramatic. The topography looked different and the ways of ascent seemed to be more straightforward. Describing the mountain from any view point would have brought a completely different description....
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No Coincidences

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may have noticed that I tend to be delighted by words. My friend Thom is probably the only person I know even more delighted by them; Thom, you see, is a linguist. I remember when I first came to church I was confused by the fact that I would sit next to him and he’d be taking notes in a different language each week just to practice. Last week we came to be having a conversation about the way that language shapes culture and he brought up a very interesting fact: There is no...
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Kanye, Kim, and The Cross

I’ve never been big into celebrity culture, TMZ is an unknown territory of wild frontiers and names that I don’t really know. Prone to cynicism about the nature of fame, I tend to stick to the well worn paths of my own interests; The recent wedding of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, however, has made me think. It’s made me think about grace. The intersection of celebrity culture and Christianity is an interesting one. We should be, by the very nature of our faith, more full of grace than anyone. We should be the very model of grace, understanding, and forgiveness. Sadly it...
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Open To The Word

Have you ever prayed one of those prayers where you just lay it all down and ask God to have His way in your life? Tell Him that you want Him to outwork His plan and His purpose? At one time or another, most followers of Christ have prayed this prayer. And the next day, of course, you heard a booming voice from heaven say: “I want you to go reach the lost Amazonian tribes with the gospel. Take up your cross, follow me.”  You heard that, right? You didn’t? Of course you didn’t, because for the vast majority of...
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