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Any Well-Trained Monkey . . .

"And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment . . ." Philippians 1:9 I have not forgotten, and have sometimes forgotten, what Mr. Ikard whisped in my ear. I was a new bank management trainee , sitting in "Charge-Off Committee" - an "intimate" gathering of the bank's executive management and about 60 of my peers, where ban...

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Rough Edges

On two prior occasions I've written about the importance and power of our "little" interactions with each other, especially between "insiders" and "outsiders", or "long-timers" and "newcomers". It's easy to forget what it was like to be an outsider, and to make it harder for newcomers to focus on the beauty of God, what for the social awkwardness we foist on each other. To...

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Unconscious, Insidious Worship

[An excerpt from Damien Jourdan's talk this past Friday at the Work + Faith Forum:] . . . Work can take on a double meaning, a double purpose. On one level it is absolutely a good thing. The Bible for example describes how God created human beings to work in Paradise, to bring out the untapped potential hidden in the universe. In this sense work is as much a human need as...

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