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Lessons from a summer storm Print E-mail
By Doyle Sager   
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sometimes, God will allow the disruptions to remind us that we are not in charge. If things always go our way, we never learn patience. If our human-contrived security is enough, we never learn to trust God.

Take it from me. We never graduate from the school of trusting God. In fact, there is probably a class starting soon, near you!

 
Do you believe the Bible? Print E-mail
By Doyle Sager   
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The old joke goes, “Baptists believe the Bible; they just don’t know what is says!” In my more mature years, I’ve stopped worrying whether or not people take the Bible literally and started asking if they take it seriously.
 
The commandment (most) Baptists break Print E-mail
By Doyle Sager   
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The brilliant composer and musician Mozart once said, “I can tell a good musician by the way he plays the rests.” What an amazing insight. Mozart knew that the rests are what give the composition structure. The rests give us the space to enjoy the delightful sounds of the musical selection. Perhaps this is true for all of life. Maybe we are all known by how well we play the rests.
 
Easter laughter Print E-mail
By Doyle Sager   
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Heard any good jokes lately? Early Christians customarily celebrated Easter with joy, laughter and lots of jokes. Someone once said that humor is our response to seeing the proud lord of death step on a banana peel. That proud lord of death (Satan) thought he had won. But God had the last laugh! The resurrection of Jesus turned tragedy into comedy.
 
Let's put away our scissors! Print E-mail
By Doyle Sager   
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Like many people, I was appalled the first time I heard the story of how Thomas Jefferson, one of our nation’s founding fathers, personally edited the Bible. He took a pair of scissors and cut up his copy of Scripture, removing the parts that he believed did not pass the Enlightenment test of reason.

But I wonder. What about us? Without ever touching a pair of scissors, have we “cut out” important scriptural themes simply by ignoring them?

 
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