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In life - as it must be lived today - bad things happen. People make poor choices...and suffer the consequences. "Justice" is delivered...and sometimes it is not so just. The "normal" stresses and strains of living in this fallen, broken world drain our energy and can take away our hope.

There are good and “less good” ways to talk about your faith. Explaining to people that you are writing a book about both the good and the bad leads to hearing stories like this one:

Oh, yeah, I know exactly what you mean. My mom’s friend, a woman from her neighborhood, someone she had know for years, recently asked her: “Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior?” Completely out of the blue. My mom was really upset. If she wanted a sermon, she would have gone to church!

This morning on a whim, I walked up my neighbor's driveway to see what my house looked like from the side. It's not a pretty picture....

In but not of is a poor way to live....

Henry Nouwen writes that there is no such thing as "passivity" in the Bible. The people we read about in the Bible who must wait (and there are many)...