Archive | April, 2011

When your world ends at 6 a.m.

April 29, 2011

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It’s my wife’s fault. She ruined me. I’m not even sure if existence exists because of what she did.

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Kids these days, Part 2

April 28, 2011

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I put myself in the skin of a cynic while watching this video and saw nothing but flaws: “The Jesus language is gauche; the ‘prophetic words’ are manipulative; the healings could be faked – or maybe the so-called ‘healers’ are conveying their own personal power onto the ‘healed.’” And so it went. Cynicism seeks and exploits perceived defects, dismisses the unfolding reality, and claims superior intelligence.

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Kids these days …

April 26, 2011

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… but we met all these kids. They were actually dancing and singing like they meant it! I mean, these people were happy — rejoicing over the resurrection and everything. Mom videoed the whole thing before she began jigging herself. I thought she’d throw her hip out …

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Peter’s Resurrection

April 23, 2011

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Note: I published these poems two years ago. I’m recycling them.

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Good Friday, 2011

April 22, 2011

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An Infinite Being confronted with horrible but finite Evil could choose from infinite options. He could sweep Evil and its allies into the fire – and many would cheer until they felt the flame’s heat and met the Being’s glare …

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Thieves in the Temple

April 19, 2011

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I’m hearing whips crack, coins clink, and benches flung against walls. The hawkers and peddlers and venders race for the gate as sheep bleat and doves fly. A furious Messiah is taking his temple back a day after Palm Sunday. He’s not negotiating. As the dust clears, I can’t help but wonder: Are there money-changers in our temples? Even worse, have we become the hucksters? Have I? My answer: Yes to each. There are thieves in our temple, and I’ve been one of them.

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“All this means nothing if that vital ingredient is missing: hunger for God.”

April 14, 2011

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Startling news: We get it right sometimes. Sports heroes win championships, companies rake in profits, doctors cure diseases, and churches catalyze epochal change. The Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Anaheim, CA, slugged the ball out of the park during the late 1970’s, ‘80’s, and ‘90’s.

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Decoding the real problem wrapped in our budget

April 8, 2011

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Can we see? Can we hear? Can we rinse out our psychological earwax and listen for sounds from beyond our culture’s white noise? Can we decipher the call of Ronald Sider, Jim Wallace, Richard Cizik, Shane Claiborne, Andy Crouch, Kim Phipps, Richard Mouw, Joel Hunter, and Tony Hall? We can alter our assumptions and renew ourselves …

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Draining our societal earwax

April 8, 2011

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Not that “Out of Hiding” was ever yelling, “duck and cover!,” but look at ’em now …

April 4, 2011

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I could say something along these lines: “I’ve just stumbled across an amazing Christian rock group and I’m so enthused …” It’s true I’m enthused, but I didn’t exactly trip over them by accident.

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