Dr. King and the Hope that Purifies

Dr. King and the Hope that Purifies

All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. (1 John 3:3)

 

In looking at how to build spirituality that stands the test of time, I looked for a spiritual hero, and decided on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Although during his lifetime both black and white clergymen opposed his movement, history vindicated both Dr. King’s message and his methods. Today almost no one disagrees with his goal of a society where children of different races can “freely join hands,” and this goal, considered by many of Dr. King’s contemporaries to be simply impossible, is now taken for granted. These days, his approach of forgiveness and nonviolent resistance is universally praised.

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Will You Be a Donkey Too?

Will You Be a Donkey Too?

Donkeys.  There are a few donkeys that always come to mind when I think of donkeys.  Both fictional.  There's the one nearly everyone knows, Eeyore from Winnie-the-Pooh.  The grumpiest donkey that everyone loves.  Then there's the donkey from the movie "Shrek" who makes everyone laugh.  Then there's Esmerelda.  Esmerelda was the nearly life-size donkey that lived in a closet at our church and visited every year the first Sunday after Easter.  Her job was to collect the mite boxes from the Sunday school kids.  All of us loved Esmerelda.  Her mysteriously miked-in voice explained how the money saved in our mite boxes would help other children by funding mission work halfway across the globe.

But most donkeys aren't so fondly thought of.  They are generally work creatures that are humbled and mocked, beaten for being “stubborn,” and forced to carry burdens, but loyal to their masters.

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Love God like a Falcon

Love God like a Falcon

The relationship between God and a human being is unique, and describing it or making analogies can be tricky. After all, it is essentially unlike any other relationship we have with anyone or anything else. Over the last few years, I’ve found something that unexpectedly offers some insights into the human/God relationship: I’ve been studying birds of prey, and the falconers who work with them.

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