Beautiful Hope – It Changes the Future

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The Beautiful Hope Science is wiser than religion: it never tries to do the humanly impossible, like making you love your neighbor like yourself. — Anonymous In Evan Esar, 20,000 Quips and Quotes, 704. Doubleday (June 1968) People of Hope change things. When I think of some of our great leaders of humanity almost all […]

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The Beautiful Creation

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‘Facts do not “speak for themselves”; they are read in the light of theory. Creative thought, in science as much as in the arts, is the motor of changing opinion. Science is a quintessentially human activity, not a mechanized, robot-like accumulation of objective information, leading by laws of logic to inescapable interpretation.’ Stephen Jay Gould […]

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The Beauty of Religion?

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Faith is powerful enough to immunize people against all appeals to pity, to forgiveness, to decent human feelings. It even immunizes them against fear, if they honestly believe that a martyr’s death will send them straight to heaven. — Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene, Oxford University Press, 1976 Religion has been called the root of […]

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A New Beginning

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After six years of constant writing, travelling, speaking, and blogging about youth ministry it was decided it was time for a break. Over two years ago I completely stopped so I could focus on ministry in my home community. The last two years have been filled some pretty amazing moments and challenges. Here is just […]

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The Beautiful Good

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I can be, and am, moral without God, I do not need a belief in a deity to make right choices. Religious people make bad choices all the time, this alone proves they have no moral advantage over the rest of us. Anonymous It is amazing how even a small gift of goodness can change […]

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Rethinking Sacred Space

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Sacred Space is created when the divine intersects with our present. It is the time and place where we encounter the presence of the creator. It is where our spirit comes alive as we experience the Life and Light of the world. We hold these times, experiences, and places in reverence as we long for […]

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A Nothing Season

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I hope this encourages someone today. Several years ago the people in our church may have thought I had gone a bit crazy. I removed everything from our stage and almost everything from our sanctuary, for a season. We were a few years into starting Lighthouse and I could sense there was a shift happening […]

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Talk Day. End the Trauma.

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I started writing this months ago but I have never been able to find adequate words to explain my thoughts. However, this is the day we remind ourselves of our need to talk, to share, and listen to those who are suffering. So I will try to express the feelings, words, despair, and pain so […]

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