Many years ago my grandfather was negotiating the purchase of a field in rural Vermont. He wanted to build a vacation home, and saw a For Sale sign on a plot of land. The owner was Charlie Foster. Charlie was a farmer, looking to sell a corner of his property he no longer needed. True…

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The first time I gloried I was 18 years old, cycling down a long, hairpin-turn road in the French Alps. The road eventually leveled off in a valley, and followed a wide stream. Mike and I coasted onto the verge, got off our bikes, propped them against a fence, and stood and gazed. For the…

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I have always enjoyed corporate logos – the symbols companies use to represent themselves in the mind of the buying public. General Electric uses a circular calligraphic emblem that says “GE.” Chrysler uses a five pointed star. Jaguar, not surprisingly, uses a jaguar. Another very familiar logo is the one used by HMV. It pictures…

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Cover to cover, the Bible is a study in contrasts. There’s murderous Cain – and there’s God-worshipping Abel. There’s the violent humanity of Genesis 6: so distorted that God wishes he’d never started the whole show (v7). But there’s Noah, “a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with…

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Life is hard enough that most of us know we can’t get through it without enabling from outside ourselves. Christians know that this enabling comes from Christ. So: How do we position ourselves to have Christ’s power rest on us? It’s a very real issue, whatever our challenge of the week. That challenge might be…

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As a not-very robust 13 year old I got a taste of New England hiking: a goodly number of miles on some fairly rigorous Green Mountain trails. (Lesson to non-hikers: downhill can be just as formidable as up.) And both up and down with what seemed to me a heavy pack on my back: food,…

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The opening scene in the gospel of Luke is about a priest named Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a relative of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Zechariah and Elizabeth have no children. They are old, and she is barren. But God breaks in, and gives them a son: John. His birth is part…

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Decades ago I was part of a college Christian group that got together for Bible study, prayer and outreach. My friend Judy was part of that group. At one point she started arriving at meetings with her Bible and knitting needles and a bag of bright blue woolen yarn. She joined in praying, in talking…

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