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Following Jesus With Joy, Like St. Francis

Following Jesus With Joy, Like St. Francis

It seems everybody loves Saint Francis. But few really know him. We like our garden statues of a somber man holding a bird, but this is not the real Francis of Assisi from the 12th Century. Instead, picture an energetic and jovial little man, known in his day as...
The Ninefold Path Book Review by Mark Scandrette

The Ninefold Path Book Review by Mark Scandrette

I recently read through Mark Scandrette’s book, The Ninefold Path of Jesus: Hidden Wisdom of the Beatitudes. I picked it up partially for the same reason Mark wrote the book, that is, a growing conviction that the Beatitudes should be more central to my life and...
Moving the Fence: A Sermon Illustration

Moving the Fence: A Sermon Illustration

In the Second World War, a group of soldiers were fighting in the rural countryside of France. During an intense battle, one of the American soldiers was killed. His comrades did not want to leave his body on the battlefield and decided to give him a Christian burial....
Playing for His Master

Playing for His Master

A story is told of a young violinist who lived in London many years ago. He was a superb musician. He loved his music and enjoyed playing before small groups of  people in the homes of friends. But he was deathly afraid of large crowds, so he avoided giving concerts....