March 19, 2021

Encounters: “Why Jesus Called a Man a Fool” Part II

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As the year 2020 breathed its last I was drawn to an African American spiritual, birthed in suffering yet pointing to the Source of healing, which had in turn inspired a sermon by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The song is “There is a Balm in...

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January 18, 2021

Why Jesus Called a Man a Fool

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It was December 30, 2020 in Australia. Looking out over lush, emerald paddocks with Swan Peak across the valley, I recalled the scene a year earlier: above the parched earth following years of drought, smoke-filled skies obscured the view.

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October 8, 2020

Combating a Pandemic of Loneliness

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The memory remains etched in sharp relief these many decades later, probably because it was the first time I’d ever welcomed Christmas Day inside a county jail.

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May 28, 2020

All of Life for Christ Part II

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Change a few words and phrases, and you’d think this came right out of a contemporary bestseller on inner-city mission. But Grandpa Bill typed these lines from rural India in 1926, within a missional worldview enamoured with Kipling’s “white man’s...

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