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Context

Saturday, January 4th, 2003
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Last summer I spent a month at Wittenberg University in Germany studying with and teaching at night twenty-six divinity school students on the biblical view of courtship, singleness, loneliness, sex, lust, marriage, and Jesus Christ. Wittenberg is the city of the Reformation and Martin Luther. Some 60,000 people live there now. At night our group […]

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Destiny

Wednesday, December 4th, 2002
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Destiny… The flow of people and politics… The river cultures, the Code of Hammurabi, Abraham, Pharaoh, Moses, the Decalogue, Joshua, Deborah, Saul, David and Solomon, the Assyrian Conquest, Jeremiah, Cyrus, Nehemiah, Alexander the Great, Pompey, Herod, Christ, Paul, Origen, Polycarp, Alaric the Hun, Augustine, Francis, Mohammed, Charles Martel, Huss, Luther, Newton, Nietzsche, Beethoven, Columbus, Wagner, […]

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All It Takes to Be Happy!

Monday, November 4th, 2002
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Do you have a sense of contentment? Without a house, a change of clothes, health, a car freedom, spouse, well-cooked food, and a salary, the apostle Paul could say, “Not that I complain of want: for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Philippians 4:11). Paul wrote that while in jail! […]

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My, my, how Jesus works! Eight years ago Paula was turning forty. She was a pilot, single, and a beloved member of our Burlington church. To avoid a “black” birthday party, she and several girlfriends booked a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. Tom was her river guide. In his late 40’s, bearded, he was […]

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Authority

Wednesday, September 4th, 2002
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There is the story of three major league baseball umpires in a bar before the game. “I call ‘em like I see ‘em,” the first ump says. “I call ‘em as they are!” the second umpire states. “They ain’t nothing until I call ‘em, then that’s what they are!” growled the third official. It’s the […]

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Hitchhikers’ Galaxy Guide

Sunday, August 4th, 2002
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There are approximately 733,746 words in the Bible. It was written over a span of 1,600 years. Some 40 different authors penned its pages–from Moses writing in North Africa about 1500 B.C. to the Apostle John writing off the coast of Turkey around 100 A.D. Its authors came from every walk of life: kings (Song […]

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Journey

Saturday, May 4th, 2002
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American author John Steinbeck wrote, “One does not take a trip. The trip takes you.” Indeed! For over fourteen months Christ has taken me along on a campus journey. 33,000 car miles. Five states. Six foreign nations. Churches. Chapels. Retreats. Conferences. Writing. One-on-one. My memory is a rich tapestry of Jesus, His people, the campus, […]

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Lonely?

Thursday, April 4th, 2002
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Valentine’s Day was approaching. Campus was in the grip of winter; its tree branches hung bare; the sky, as gray as gunmetal. University can be a lonely place, bereft of family, old friends, sweethearts. I was asked to come to chapel and speak on loneliness. Before I arrived, some students got the idea to reach […]

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Debate Newsletter for April

Monday, March 4th, 2002
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Invitations usually come by phone. Follow-up, details, are by email. “Can you come? We’re sponsoring a debate on campus. The topic is homosexuality. Your opponent is gay, a churchgoer. The crowd will be about 500 or 600. Mostly non-Christians. The press will be there. And, oh, yes, you don’t mind being heckled, do you?” Without […]

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Reaching Those Outside the Church

Friday, January 4th, 2002
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These are the beautiful people. No chubby, pimply-faced “C” students here. Duke University’s finest. The fraternity-sorority crowd. Perfect hair and teeth, exquisite figure, fashionable, gregarious, popular. For the past eight months I’d spoken on campus 6 or 8 times at Christian chapels. A few of the students from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapel approached […]

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