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Future Hope

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To listen to today’s reflection as a podcast, click here According to a recent edition of Smithsonian Magazine, it “stands as the single most important piece of 20th century futurism.” The authors weren’t talking about Brave New World, 1984, The Hunger Games, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, or one of Israeli historian’s Yuval Noah Harari’s hair-raising prognostications.  America’s most memorable glimpse into the future was… Read more »

Hope in the Face of Death

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Throughout the month of August, we’re looking at Ecclesiastes, that strange and seemingly “modern” Old Testament book that depicts what happens when humanity searches for ultimate meaning apart from God.  When it comes to the subject of death, it seems that everybody has something to say: “Do not try to live forever.  You will… Read more »

Send Me Home

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Over the course of a ministry that spanned more than four decades, Tim Keller taught people how to live. After he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2020, Keller began to focus on teaching people how to die – a mission that he completed last Friday morning when he left this world… Read more »

Hope for a Culture of Contempt

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Noted marriage therapist John Gottman, who has observed thousands of couples in his Love Lab at the University of Washington, claims he can predict with 94% accuracy which relationships are headed for divorce. What’s the number one predictor?  Gottman votes for contempt. Contempt is anger mingled with disgust – the settled conviction of someone… Read more »

Your One True Hope

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. “Hope is good thing, maybe the best of things.  And no good thing ever dies” (Andy, wrongfully imprisoned in The Shawshank Redemption). “Let me tell you something, my friend.  Hope is a dangerous thing.  Hope can drive a man insane” (Andy’s skeptical friend Red, who’s been in that same prison for… Read more »

Anxious But Blessed

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Once again, laryngitis has prevented me from recording today’s podcast.  Thanks for your understanding.      Anxious But Blessed Steve Young is one of those guys who just seems to have it all.  Blessed with a 6-foot-2-inch frame, a powerful left arm, and deceptive speed, he played pro quarterback for 15 seasons, twice being named Most Valuable Player of the NFL.  In 1994… Read more »

Nothing Buttery

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. “Nothing buttery” sounds like a winning diet strategy. It’s actually slang for a philosophical perspective called reductionism, in which apparently mysterious realities are reduced to “nothing but” this or that. Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the iconic father of psychoanalysis, pursued scientific reductionism with what can only be described as relentless zeal. According to Freud, human… Read more »

The Focus of Our Deepest Hopes

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To listen to today’s reflection as a podcast, click here..In J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Dark Lord Sauron pours all of his power into a mere ring. When the ring is dissolved in the volcanic fires of Mt. Doom, Sauron’s seemingly invincible power vanishes, too. This was too much for one of Tolkien’s readers, a woman named Rhona Beare.  Not… Read more »

Called to Hope

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Throughout the month of August, we’re taking a close look at 23 verses of the New Testament.  They comprise Ephesians chapter one, which paints one of the Bible’s most comprehensive pictures of what it means for ordinary people to be “in Christ.”   The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is one of the world’s most spectacular feats of engineering.  It has also… Read more »

A Living Hope

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One hundred years ago, British author and philosopher H.G. Wells was one of the most lavishly optimistic thinkers on the planet. In his 1922 book A Short History of the World, he envisioned the dawning of a golden age.  Even though the horrors of World War I had ended only four years earlier, Wells was certain that science would soon… Read more »