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Sabbatical Reflections: Portals to Beauty (Part 3 of 3)

While this transformative prayer of contemplation is all God’s doing and not our doing, we can be prepared vessels to receive his initiative. Just as the healing of the land was God’s doing and not man’s in 2 Chronicles 7:14, the people of Israel were to be prepared for God

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Sabbatical Reflections: Portals to Beauty (Part 1 of 3)

Have you ever looked at a beautiful sunset? I don’t mean just “watched it set,” but did you really see it? Have you seen it in your soul? A sunset is not merely beautiful, it is a portal to Beauty! So, too, is the star filled sky, the form of

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Obama’s Blinding Style, Part 3

We have said that there are two moral and metaphysical visions for the United States. We are no longer “one nation under God,” but two nations. One nation is  grounded in Judeo-Christian theism and the other founded in an Atheistic-Materialistic vision. These two nations occupy one geographic land. Some people

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Obama’s Blinding Style, Part 2

In the modern US political context, the nation is at a tipping point. The old Judeo-Christian foundations of the nation are being eroded. They have been replaced with an Atheistic-Materialistic paradigm. The United States is no longer “one nation under God.” The United States is one geography being shared by

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Obama’s Blinding Style, Part 1

The imagination of the world has been captured by the campaign and presidency of Barack Obama. I must confess that I was taken by his speaking ability, his seeming charismatic leadership, and  his ability to organize a brilliant campaign to first gain the Democratic party’s nomination and then win the

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Music that Writes Culture, Part 6

How are we to respond to this good news?  The answer is found in the second line of the stanza:  “Let men their songs employ!”  What does this mean? To employ is “to use as an instrument of means” (Noah Webster’s 1828).  We use a saw for cutting, a pen

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Music that Writes Culture, Part 5

Let me continue to unpack the words of this incredible New Year’s carol.  The second stanza reads: Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns Let men their songs employ While fields and floods Rocks, hills and plains Repeat the sounding joy Repeat the sounding joy Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

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Music that Writes Culture, Part 4

In the second line, Watts says “Let earth receive her king.”  Note that the object of the first two lines has changed, from world to earth.  I don’t think this was a slip of the pen or poetic variation in his writing.  Watts was not only a hymn writer, he was

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