Entries by marc

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Does Prayer Work?

Someone recently asked me to write an endorsement for his upcoming book on intercessory prayer. He read my book on Hearing God in Conversation and wrote a positive review on Amazon.  His manuscript was easy to read, witty, and personal, with terrific stories. What’s not to like?  The book said that most Christians think the essence of […]

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Easter and the Death of a Son

A blog post about the meaning of Easter, posted by Sam Williamson Twenty-three years ago, my sister Becky lost her son in an accident as he walked home from school. Is there any greater sadness for any parent than the early death of a child? I think not. This is what Easter holds for us, […]

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Do We Know What We Worship?

What do we worship? In 1930, legendary economist John Maynard Keyes wrote an essay about our future lifestyle in the twenty-first century. He predicted that industrial progress would reduce our workload to 15 hours a week. Keyes may have been a brilliant economist, but he was a pathetic prophet.  In fact, for many, the workweek […]

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Torches of Freedom

What is cultural creep and how is affecting our society? Four score and eleven years ago—in 1928—George Washington Hill had a problem: he wanted more women to smoke cigarettes. But smoking was scorned as a crutch for “fallen women and prostitutes.” He was president of the American Tobacco Company, and he thought that if he could get […]

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Your Lovers Will Despise You

Should Christians assimilate with the culture? During its first fifteen years, my software company only worked with domestic clients. In the late nineties, we landed Oxford University Press (a terrific feather in our cap), and a few years later, a French company approached us. Actually, they approached two U.S. software companies. For the next six […]

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Rewiring My Fears

Do you feel like God demands the unreasonable? After four years of trying to sell our old house, we finally moving into our new house last August. To prepare it for retreats, I’ve been immersed in chores: creating a new kitchen, installing new cabinets, making a desk, and rewiring about twenty light switches to link them to […]

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Gifts and Gods

Is an entitlement mindset stopping you from desiring God? Last week I flew home from a Hearing God Conference in Colorado. The man next to me asked me if I was in Colorado for business or pleasure. (When I do have airplane conversations, I never initiate them.) I told him about the conference, and he asked me about my […]

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Intimate Theology

Two years ago I met with a man who had left his job to pursue mission work. He had devoted his remaining years to helping other people create a legacy of their lives: to end well and to leave behind bushels of fruit. Yet he was frustrated by the seeming fruitlessness of his own mission. […]

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Meeting Jesus In the Mystery

Do you need to embrace the mystery of God? I recently read an article in which the author rejects any kind of fear of God. He especially hates the beavers’ descriptions of Aslan in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: “I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion” [says Susan]. “That you will, dearie, and […]