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Courage and Grace

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If you scan the horizon of professional sports in America, it’s impossible to miss the African American superstars.  Who’s the greatest basketball player of all time?  The current contenders are Michael Jordan and LeBron James, but MJ himself believes no one will ever surpass the accomplishments of Bill Russell. Cheryl Miller, Candace Parker, Tamika Catchings, and Maya Moore might be… Read more »

Courage

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When Chuck Norris grows up, he wants to be a Gurkha. Gurkhas are natives of the multi-ethnic highlands of Nepal.  Over several centuries they have earned global notoriety as fearless warriors. The Chief of Staff of India’s armed forces once suggested, “If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha.”  Working… Read more »

Sheltered by His Garment

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Throughout November we’re taking an in-depth look at Ruth, the little book that helped pave the way for God’s Messiah to come into the world. The greatest tragedy is not that life comes to an end. It’s that fear makes us wait so long to really live. We may think that bad theology is what keeps people away from God. … Read more »

How People Grow

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Throughout November we’re taking an in-depth look at Ruth, the little book that helped pave the way for God’s Messiah to come into the world. No Girls Allowed That sign might make sense on a “private clubhouse” for elementary school-age boys. But it’s painful to note the restrictions on the lives of grown-up women that remain in place in many… Read more »

Contagious Courage

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Throughout November we’re taking an in-depth look at Ruth, the little book that helped pave the way for God’s Messiah to come into the world. The common cold has proven to be uncommonly hard to defeat. For years, British scientists operated a research facility called the Common Cold Unit.  It finally closed in 1989 without finding the elusive “cure” that… Read more »

Missing the Adventure

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When I was 10 years old, the coach of my summer softball team spoke to me some of the most heartening words I have ever heard. “You have been chosen to be on the All-Star team. And the other coaches and I have been talking, and we want you to be the starting pitcher.” It just doesn’t get much better… Read more »

Choose to Be Brave

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Throughout Lent, we’re exploring the parables of Jesus – the two dozen or so stories that were his chief means of describing the reality of God’s rule on earth.  Life may be thought of as a series of big decisions and little decisions. The big ones seem to predominate: Where will you live, and what line of work will you… Read more »

Profiles in Courage

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There are different kinds of courage. That was on display within the same Chicago family in the 1930s and 40s.  Less than three months after Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor brought America into World War II, the U.S. fleet was maneuvering near the Solomon Islands in the south Pacific. On February 20, 1942, the aircraft carrier Lexington successfully fought… Read more »