Monthly Archives: October 2013

Church & The “Change Allergy” (A Mustard Seed Musing)

I used to eat a lot of pasta. No, really, A LOT. I also swam competitively and ran competitively, so carbohydrates were my friend. Now, I eat less carbs (thank you, slowing metabolism), but I can’t eat pasta in general … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Sermon Today: Answer Your Call (Jeremiah 1:4-19)

One of my favorite scenes in a movie ever happens early on in Bruce Almighty. Bruce (Jim Carey) has called out God, basically telling God that he could do God’s job better. He’s called God out, and now, God starts calling … Continue reading

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The Fifth Estate: Losing Sight Of The Mission (Movie Review)

A mysterious figure on a mission. Significant intrigue and danger. Globetrotting sets. Are we looking at the fourth Bourne movie? No, it’s the intriguing Wikileaks-based movie by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Chicago, last two Twilight movies), starring Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch (The Hobbit, Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Sermon Today: There Is A Time (Ecclesiastes 3:1-14)

Today, we celebrate All Saints’ Sunday. We celebrate those who have gone before us and those who will follow. We question whether or not we will one day be one of the “saints” that the living speak of in such … Continue reading

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Only God Forgives: Does Violence Bring More Violence? (Movie Review)

Nicholas Winding Refn paired up with Ryan Gosling for the cult hit Drive in 2011. They return with the dark lights of Bangkok, where Julian (Gosling) runs a Muay Thai fight club as a front for his drug smuggling operation. His … Continue reading

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#HumanityStrong or “Why The Red Sox Win Matters (But I Might Be Biased)” (A Mustard Seed Musing)

I haven’t been sleeping well. The Red Sox keep winning, and the games roll on into the early morning. But this year, it’s more than a bunch of baseball players I’m rooting for. It’s a city, a group of people, … Continue reading

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The Shutdown & Us: Have We Stopped Listening? (A Mustard Seed Musing)

You’ll have to forgive me: I’m not a political animal by nature, and I rarely get myself involved in anything that involves elephants or donkeys. But the government shutdown has seriously penetrated my thought process lately. Maybe it’s the fact … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Sermon Today: Kids Say Amazing Things

Once a year, we set aside a Sunday to celebrate the children. Big, small, rich, poor, present here, present around the world. Each year we’ve taken a different tack at how to make kids the main thing that Sunday. We’ve … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Sermon Today: Dangerous Wonder (Matthew 19:13-14)

A few weeks ago, we moved our kids into bunk beds, and I decided it would be a good time to start good night prayers with our two year old. I asked him if he wanted to say his prayers, … Continue reading

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Captain Phillips: Everything Is Not Okay (Movie Review)

Two men are seen leaving home to go to work. One leaves his upper middle class, American setting, kisses his wife, and flies off in an airplane for a Middle Eastern location where he will pilot a large cargo ship. … Continue reading

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