Archive for October, 2009

Thousands protest global warming…

October 28, 2009

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To Dabble and Splash

October 19, 2009

“This is my endlessly recurrent temptation: to go down to that Sea (I think St. John of the Cross called God a sea) and there neither dive nor swim nor float, but only dabble and splash.”            – C. S. Lewis

Ernie Harwell: Dying Well – Lessons from a Baseball Legend

October 13, 2009

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Ernie Harwell is dying. If you’re a sports fan you at least know the name, if not the voice. After reading this article I wish I could have known the man himself. As a matter of fact, even though I don’t know him, I hope I can become more like him. For example-

When asked whether he was worried about dying, his answer was reminiscent of Paul’s attitude in Philippians 1. “If you worry, that’s like telling God that you don’t think he can handle things. It’s a slap in the face of God,” said Harwell. “”My confidence is in God. Long ago, I gave my life to him. My life is in his hands.”

And this,

Harwell and his wife Lulu have been married for 68 years and have seven grandchildren. When asked how he wants to spend his final months before the call to glory arrives, Harwell said he wants to do all he can to serve his wife with the time he has left.

Amen.

Would I rather be clever, or kind?

October 12, 2009

“When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.” -Abraham Heschel

I’ve spent a lot of my life trying to be clever. I wish, now, that I had spent more time being kind.

Praying for your children

October 10, 2009

“Until you are convinced that you can’t change your child’s heart, you will not take prayer seriously.” – Paul Miller, A Praying Life

Some tension is a good thing

October 8, 2009

I think it’s a good and humbling thing to remember to hold both these in tension.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (italics mine)

“For he says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.'” Rom. 9:15

Eugene Peterson on Following Jesus

October 4, 2009

“Following Jesus necessarily means getting his ways and means into our everyday lives. It is not enough simply to recognize and approve his ways and get started in the right direction. Jesus’ ways are meant to be embraced and assimilated into our habits. This takes place only as we pray our following of him. It cannot be imposed from without, cannot be copied. It must be shaped from within. This shaping takes place in prayer. The practice of prayer is the primary way that Jesus’ way comes to permeate our entire lives so that we walk spontaneously and speak rhythmically in the fluidity and fluency of holiness.” –Eugene Peterson (The Jesus Way)