Posts by graceadm

Posts by graceadm

Does our best really matter?

In 1944, an unknown sales representative wrote down a phrase on a napkin that became one of the best-known marketing slogans in American history. “When you care enough to send the very best.” That simple sentence shaped the business vision of Hallmark Cards; but, interestingly enough, I think it also echoed a timeless truth. There is a connection between what and how we…

Safety first?

After a fairly lengthy hiatus, we are back online and ready to add our two-cents about learning about and living out the grace of God. Are you glad we’re back? I wanted to start this new season of blogging with a thought or two that came out of our study on being pilgrims-aliens and strangers in this world. A couple of months ago, I was intrigued by the story of the…

Hollywood and God – The Reel Story

“Art is the embodiment of man’s response to reality and his attempt to order his experience of that reality. Man has always and will continue to express his hope and excitement, as well as his fears and reservations about life, death, and what it means to be human through the arts. He will seek to express his world through all available means, and presently that…

Tourists or Pilgrims

According to the World Tourism Organization, 946 billion dollars were spent globally on tourism in 2008. While the economic downturn has no doubt had an impact on that figure over the past couple years, there seems to be little doubt that we are a culture of tourists. There are things to see, places to visit and digital cameras to fill with exciting pictures. I confess…

Trust

Mention the word “trust” today and you may very well launch a lengthy and heated discussion on why we don’t trust (politicians, church leaders, spouses, God) or what trust does look like when it’s put to the test. This is an especially lively topic when its target is “the God we cannot see.” Intrinsic to all trust is the surrendering of something of ourselves to another.…

The Holy Spirit and a new sense of Christ

“The Sixth Sense” (M. Night Shyamalan) is one of my favorite movies. It’s a great story, and you think you know the outcome – until the twist at the end turns your point of view on its head. The main character, a young boy, turns out to have a ‘sixth sense’ that allows him to not only see, but converse with those who have died. Meant to be a fantasy thriller (and no, I…
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