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Looking for Help: Engagement Filming Props

We are hopefully getting closer to beginning the pre-production filming for the Engagement. All we need are the funds! :) And props! We will have a lot of vignettes, interviews, man-on-the-street, animation, etc. and we will also be using a lot of props. I have a symphonic gong that a friend built a great walnut stand to hold it up, a huge teddy bear, etc. But, one set of props that needs to...

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Healer: Yahweh-Rapha

[preface] When we are sick, there is nothing we want more than to be restored to health. I can think of several times in my life when I was so sick (Lima, Peru and Cairo, Egypt) that I ashamedly admit I thought it would be better to die. That’s how “bad sick” it was. I can remember lying out in a field during pilot training after a bad parachute landing with my shoulder way...

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Kruptikos: That Which Is Plain

[ i ] “I WASN’T BROUGHT UP IN A RELIGIOUS WAY, BUT I BELIEVE THERE’S SOMETHING OUT THERE THAT LOOKS AFTER YOU.” DAVID BECKHAM “M ZEHS’F QJVNTAF NO MS E JXIMTMVNH ZED, QNF M QXIMXLX FAXJX’H HVUXFAMST VNF FAXJX FAEF IVVWH EKFXJ DVN. CELMC QXGWAEU” When I first read this quote from David Beckham, my thoughts went to how easy it is to be sel...

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Humble

[preface] Sometimes gazing upon the face of God stumps us. Sometimes it stupefies us. And sometimes it means we have to rethink the picture we have created in our minds of who God is. All of this was true of me the first time I contemplated that God was humble. I honestly didn’t know how to fit it in with attributes like omnipotence, omniscience, and sovereignty. It seemed that a God w...

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What in the World is a Free Press?

One of the many skirmishes with the current President, and there are many, is focused on the notion of a free press. Last Thursday over 300 news organizations, in a coordinated effort against the President, published editorials in defense of a free press. But what in the world is a “free” press? In the upcoming Engagement small-group series (launches late 2019) we will take so...

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Jesus

[preface] Seldom do we think of “Jesus” as an attribute of God. But I believe it is profitable to do so and not without good reason. All of the “names” of God present us with an aspect of His character: -YHWH: the God who is self-existent -JEHOVA RAPHA: the God who heals -ADONAI: the Lord -EL SHADDAI: the God who is all sufficient; almighty -EL ROI: the...

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Judge

[preface] I suppose this attribute of God is one of the most rejected in our culture, for a people who have self-ascended into their own divinity surely deem themselves immune from judgment. Spurning the notion of transcendent truth, we now get to make up our own. “My Heart” becomes a divine voice and everyone should be obligated to acknowledge it as holy and unassailable. If I w...

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A Tribute: Dancing with the President

To the volume of wonderful comments on President George H. W. Bush, I wish to add my very small two cents. Indeed he was a noble man. When people have asked me over the years of my assessment of him, I have always responded with “He was a real gentleman, in every sense of the word.” There is a reason why so many people, during these days of memorializing President Bush, have c...

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Easter and Pestilence

I suppose one could say that it is strange to use these two words together: Easter and pestilence. One brings to mind the joy of the resurrection morning, angels, choirs singing the Halleluiah Chorus, sanctuaries lined with lilies in bloom, people dressed in their Easter-best, ladies in bonnets, pink ribbons, all smiles and happy days are here again. The other brings to mind death and pai...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#1) the Seal Was Broken

We don’t spend much time talking about the seal that was placed upon the tomb, but I think it is significant. Here is the historical record: The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Th...

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