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  • Finishing Well

    While competing in the Olympic marathon in Mexico City in 1968, Tanzanian runner John Stephen Akhwari suffered an injury and finished last. By the time he finally crossed the finish line, the sun had set and many of the…
  • When God Changes Your Plans

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer observed, “We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God. God will be constantly crossing our paths and canceling our plans.” This was the lesson that David learned when he initially…
  • God and Civil Government

    In a sermon preached at New Covenant Baptist Church in Chicago in 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. urged: “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven…
  • Doorkeepers for God

    Many churches have greeters at the entrance to make visitors and regular attenders feel welcome. They try to make sure that everyone who comes through the church’s doors is met with a smile and a handshake. The focus…
  • What Kind of Music Does God Prefer?

    The term worship wars described the conflict many churches experienced with worship style. It might be more accurate to describe these disagreements as music wars, since they mainly had to do with musical style. The…
  • Accepting God’s Assignment

    O. Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi” describes how Della Young sold her luxurious hair to buy her husband Jim a platinum watch fob, and Jim sold the golden watch he had inherited from his father and grandfather…
  • One Mission, Many Ministers

    In his book Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, Eugene Peterson recounts the story of the fourth-century church father Gregory of Nyssa whose brother Basil had arranged for him to be made bishop of Cappadocia. 
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