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Streaming Light

I enjoy reading. I don't always have time to do so. I know what you might be thinking. I can hear you firmly saying to me, "Randy, make time to read. It is good for your development across a multitude of disciplines." Yes, I know. Well, I have been trying to align the reading discipline into a more current stream of action lately. The other day at a breakfast sponsored by our local bookstore, I was able to get a half dozen free books and I added to that about 4-5 books for purchase. One stood out above the rest. "Wounds Are Where Light Enters" by Walter Wangerin Jr. (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI: 2017) ISBN 978-0-310-24005-1 (hardcover) I have read three short chapters and am already be

What's Your Strategy?

Ah, the timeless game of 'bobbing for apples' conjures up memories of water sucked back into my sinuses. Fun times!.... Not really. It took a lot of bobbing, lurching, and cajoling those delicious apples before I finally realized a tried and true method to get one. The other evening, I watched with fascination as kids of all ages (not me) tried their hand at this Halloween party staple. Have you ever bobbed for apples? Did you struggle to get one? Did you discover a good way to get one without drowning? Care to share? Well, the kids all seemed to have a plan going into the water filled tub. Some approached the water with dainty apprehension while others plunged their heads deep into th

Coffee Beans and Christianity

Ever have days where you feel like you've gone through a coffee grinder? I have had a few of those....well a lot of those days in my lifetime. I'm guessing you have as well. Those days that just obliterate and mash our brains into dust are not welcomed but often come none the less. Have you had days like this recently? If so, good! Wait. What? I just heard you say that. Ha. Ha. You are correct. I did say "good". Have you ever considered the coffee bean? Weird question; I know. Really though, have you thought about it much? If you like coffee or know someone who likes the stuff then you know we have an interesting relationship with the coffee bean. While I am no Juan Valdez, I do th


"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1, NIV) You've heard the expression, "Busy as a beaver." and "it was like a beehive of activity in the room." Both idioms are describing somebody or someplace that churns with energy and purpose. Clearly, if you have ever watched an anthill or a beehive the two phrases mentioned make perfect sense. The movements in anthills and beehi

Undisputed, Undefeated, Unrivaled!

We are number ONE! We long to be in first place. We long to be associated with a winning team. It feels right and it brings us worth. Nobody I've ever met has ever shouted, "I'm number TWO! In sports of any kind, there can only be 1 number one team. Shared championships are not the norm. In our faith walk God makes an exception. The other evening we held a healing service for those who have been victimized by sexual abuse and while the attendance was low, the power of God's spirit was evident. Near the end of the service, each attendee was encouraged to utilize a small post-it note to name the sin or struggle they face. We were then asked to come forward, place the note on the cross a