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The Thrill of Hope

The thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn’ This lyric comes from one of my favorite Christmas carols: “O Holy Night.” I’ve always been captivated by the curious phrase, the thrill of hope. I’ve always wondered something. What is it, exactly, that makes hope thrilling? Thrilling isn’t …

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The Best Antidote to Unhealthy Theology

A few days ago, a member at my church got in touch with me about some unhealthy theology that a loved one of hers was beginning to wade into. This person had stumbled across a theologian whose teaching had raised her suspicions. She was determined to understand the teaching she was dealing with and she wanted to …

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Fireflies And Wonder

Driving home late last night, I noticed firefly lights in the fields beside the highway and was captivated by the sight of them whizzing past the passenger window. It’s amazing how many of my happy memories are tied to fireflies and summer nights. I remember catching them in the back yard. I’d run around armed with a …

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There Will be Tears in Heaven

Eric Clapton wrote one of the most honest, tender and heartbreaking songs ever written, Tears In Heaven. He wrote it from the depth of emotion he experienced after the untimely and tragic death of his young son. The lyrics strike a chord. You can hear the heart of a grieving father: Would you know my …

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Introverts And Wonder

In the introduction of her excellent book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain points out that introverts are more likely to ask what-if questions than extroverts. That’s me! Truths about Introverts and Wonder I didn’t know this tendency was in any way tied to my personality. But, …

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