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The Art of Centering Clay

The Art of Centering Clay

Centering clay on a potter’s wheel is a messy and demanding operation, requiring tremendous concentration. Why? Because the clay doesn’t want to be centered! It resists “surrendering” to the potter’s hands. Don’t we all? I learned pottery during my hippie years one summer when I was trapped in DC, trying to get to the West Coast on my motorcycle, but with never enough money to leave town. I had no idea in those days…

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The Curse and Gods Redemption

The Curse and God’s Redemption

I have heard so much confusion around the promise of redemption that I hope this will clarify a few things about why we suffer the curse and its consequences and how God works through it all. Just because God works in a redemptive way with the curse doesn’t mean that He needed or wanted us to be messed up by it! Can you agree with this statement? God would surely much rather work creatively through us than redemptively for us.…

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The Right to Complain

The Right to Complain

Who has the right to complain? One of the students in the recovery program at the Mission where I work made this comment, only slightly refined by me: “The only person with a right to complain about how they are being treated is the one who is treating everyone else perfectly.” The context for this discussion was the perennial poor treatment of the students, who run the program, by the “friends and neighbors,”…

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Things God Didnt Tell You

Things God Didn’t Tell You

There are a few things that God didn’t tell you when you were born—or even ask your permission to do! Stay with me on this wry look at an imaginary scene in heaven. Suppose the Father had seated you on His loving knee and asked if you wanted to help Him out with a little rescue campaign He was operating on planet Earth (I know that nobody is in heaven before they’re born—just play along)…

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