Entries by marc

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Shut Down by a Sneer

Do you have wonder for God? Six weeks ago, I flew back from a Hearing God retreat in Seattle. I sat next to a young man—thirty-ish—who was returning home from a job interview. He scoffed at the interview process, saying he was interrogated by a bunch of “suits.” “Suits?” I asked, “Surely no one actually wore a […]

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Our Biggest Problem is our Heroism

Do you ever ask yourself, “What does God want me to do?” On my twelfth birthday, I received four birthday cards, each with a personal message. My grandfather, my parents, my oldest brother, and an elder at church each took time to pray for me, and each of them wrote something remarkably similar. They said, […]

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Why Won’t We Admit the Evil of Our Deeds?

When I began Beliefs of the Heart, a friend suggested I adopt a Comment Policy. His site already had one, and I copied his almost word for word. The short version is: Keep comments short and sweet. In the last seven years, about five thousand comments have been posted. Out of those five thousand comments, I have […]

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Invaded

Growing up, I had two close friends: one came from a devout, Christian family, and the other came from a devout, atheist family. One family went to church Sunday mornings and prayer meetings Wednesday night. The other played golf on Sundays and watched TV on Wednesdays. Apart from Sundays and Wednesdays (and perhaps personal prayer […]

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I’m in Transition – Where Do I Go From Here?

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The Deceptive Danger of Natural Gifting

How to Use Your Natural Gifts for God I attended the University of Michigan in the 1970’s (like, before indoor plumbing). I joined a campus ministry that emphasized community, worship, and outreach. It was a great group. About one hundred and fifty of us sacrificed to live in the dorms all four years for the […]

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Shifting Gears

Ask God for His Help My parents moved from Detroit to Philadelphia in September 1975. I started university the same month, and I paid my tuition, room, and board by continuing my high school janitor job in Detroit, about a half-hour drive from Ann Arbor. That October—forty-two years ago this month—I drove my white, 1967 […]