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Alms….and legs, feet, hands and eyes

By Rowan Wyatt Acts 20: 34-36 As you walk through the shopping area in the center of Tunbridge Wells, on any given day, you run the gauntlet of being pounced on and harangued for money, often quite aggressively, by people who are being paid by charities to sign you up for direct debits for their […]

Can We Ever Truly Give?

Stop at any major intersection in Austin and you will see someone with a sign asking for money, food, or a job. It is a given in this city. Some of the people standing there have chosen that as their lifestyle often because of fear of the government and subsequent desire to live off that radar. Most though have fallen on hard times through one factor or another. We like to pretend we know those reasons and use our imagined reasons to justify our judgment and dismissal of them, but that is just about us and has nothing to do with who they are.

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Groupon's Controversial Social Critique

As posted at the God's Politics blog –

I admit, I only watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. Yes, it’s crass and consumerist, but seeing how marketers decide to spend millions of dollars in an attempt to manipulate me each year holds some sort of strange appeal (twisted as it may be). One could say that it’s entertainment at its finest.

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Too Much Justice?

Last week, Alan Jacobs posted an article, The Online State of Nature, on the Big Questions Online website. In the article he addressed the question, “Why has Internet discourse devolved into a “war of every man against every man”?”. I generally like most things Dr. Jacobs (who was my favorite college professor after all) has to say, and I feel a bit weird offering a critique of an article that asks why there is too much mean spirited critique online, but I wanted to explore his conception of justice in the modern world.

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A Holiday Apology

Dear Reconciliation Blog friends,

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Gratitude: God's Power for Righteous Living

Recently, I believe, the Lord has been teaching me that gratitude is a powerful thing. If love is the fulfillment of the Law, then the regular exercise of gratitude is the means by which we gain the love for God - the bondedness to God - which makes us willing and able increasingly to do His will. The Holy Spirit has a double ministry: He convicts the world of sin and judgment, but He also testifies to the believer's forgiveness and perfect righteousness in Christ. He is Himself the thankfulness that we seek - as Jesus said, He is a fountain that never runs dry, welling up to eternal life, bubbling over in joyful service to our neighbors.

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