Monthly Archives: April 2013

A Man Said to the Universe

Stephen Crane – A man said to the universe: “Sir, I exist!” “However,” replied the universe, “The fact has not created in me A sense of obligation.”          

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The Graciousness of Uncertainty

Oswald Chambers – Our natural inclination is to be so precise—trying always to forecast accurately what will happen next—that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing. We think that we must reach some predetermined goal, but that is not the … Continue reading

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Confidence in Religion Drops

by Martin E. Marty – Sightings Monday |  April 22 2013 Three “War College” scholars, in the Spring 2013 issue of Daedalus (see reference), discuss some of the reasons why the military wins more confidence than other American institutions. The military is not our … Continue reading

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God is the Healer of Shattered Hearts

Psalm 147:3, Talmud, Babah Batra 14 – Rabbi Rachel Sabath – God allows for a shattered world and for a people who are broken and scared. But God also insists on our going forward, continuing with what is whole as well … Continue reading

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Getting it – 2 – How to Recover from Life’s Worst Disasters

By Rick Warren Editor’s Note: At Pastors.com and Saddleback Church, we’ve all been in a place of mourning for our Pastor, Rick Warren, his wife Kay and their entire family after the loss of their youngest son, Matthew, who ended his … Continue reading

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Getting it – 1

For the person for whom small things are insignificant, the great is not great. Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do. Rancor is the outpouring of a feeling of inferiority. Oswald Ortega y … Continue reading

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Bejan Matur – New Era in History of Peace in Middle East?

openDemocracy – free thinking for the world – April 2013 The Turkish media’s unjustified attack on Bejan Matur, a Kurdish poet who succinctly showed how fragile the peace process is, is not a contribution to peace. Rather it is a … Continue reading

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We’re Like God

Excerpt from Psalm 35:11-28 – “Don’t be silent, Lord; don’t keep yourself far away! Rouse yourself…defend me…rise up.” William C. Green What we ask of God, God asks of us. “Don’t be silent, my people; don’t keep yourself far away! … Continue reading

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Leaders Leave

Rev. John H. Thomas – Chicago Theological Seminary – Senior Advisor to the President and Visiting Professor in Church Ministries – Blog April 4, 2013 The Poetry Foundation, based here in Chicago, publishes a “poem of the day” on its website, a wonderful … Continue reading

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The unfathomable sadness of the “might have been”…

God never opens doors that have been closed… (He) never erases memory of those which we have shut, doors which need never have been shut, imaginations which need never have been sullied. Never be afraid when God brings back the past. … Continue reading

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