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Author – Ron Vanderwell I grew up with the idea that Jesus was all about the cross. Somehow I got the impression that the events of Holy Week the only real priorities for him. It never really occurred to me to wonder what He’d been up to for the three years of his public ministry [...]
Author – Ron Vanderwell I find I’m often thinking about happiness. Our country has always been based on “the pursuit of happiness”. That little phrase would have been remarkable in the 18th century. Not many monarchs at the time were staying awake wondering whether their people were happy. As long as they had bread (or [...]
It can be tempting to approach religion the way one might approach a salad bar: “Wow—look at all this variety! I’ll take some of this…and a few of those…but definitely none ofthose! Beets bother me.” As we head down the line we carefully craft a plate that reflects our likes and dislikes. Much the same often happens [...]
Sometimes if I’m on my own I’ll grab a frozen dinner from the grocery store. If I’m in the right mood those Hungry Man boxes always look good enough for Thanksgiving dinner. While the meals aren’t actually bad, they’re by no means Thanksgiving-ready. A frozen meal is never going to replace a home-cooked meal. [...]
The Bible opens in an unspoiled garden and it ends in a city. Once upon a time God created the heavens and the earth. It was all good, but he told us that he was giving us a choice of what we wished to do with it. If we enjoyed it with him its perfection [...]