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  1. Linn says:

    Reasons to Rejoice in 2020-Thanks for the link! Despite all the current craziness, I find daily reasons to rejoice, and I look for them. Among them:
    -I have gotten to know my neighbors so much more due to taking daily walks around the neighborhood. There may be a future English class in the works in our small tract community center once the pandemic ends. i love teaching ESL.
    -My job-Zoom is not my favorite teaching medium, but my elementary students are thankful for a “normal” school day and a place to see each other and keep busy.
    -Technology-I’ve never been very good at it, but I keep getting better.
    -My relationship with God. Time alone at home means more time with him, and I enjoy it.
    -My rescue cat. My cat of 18 years died in April (I live alone, and I was lost). I heard about a kitty from a rescue who urgently needed a home. She started out living under my guest bed, moved to the adjacent bathroom, and came out in July. All the time I interacted with her, and I’m sure a few of my friends thought I was nuts, but sitting in the bathroom with her and reading to her paid off. She’s my lap buddy, bugs me to play with her with the feather wand, and never judges me.
    I’m not unaware of what is going on in the world, but God promises his blessings daily. Sometimes we need to look for them a little harder, but he never forsakes his own.

  2. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    The Du Mez book is on my somewhat sprawling reading list, as is Veritas. I’ve still got Denhollander’s book in the long reading queu for that matter.

  3. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    Per the Reasons to Rejoice link, there’s a big new Brubeck bio out this year that Brubeck fans will want to grab by Phillip Clark. Reading about how Brubeck cancelled a tour of Southern college campuses rather than not bring Eugene Wright on tour with him was inspiring to read.

  4. Bride of Christ says:

    I really enjoyed reading ‘The Jesus Movement Revisited’ as I also came to Christ and was born again in the seventies . Everything he wrote about was relatable to me. I always have been a registered Independent voter and I think it was mainly because of this early ‘countercultural’ Christian experience that I had in the seventies. I voted Republican most of my life ( as a registered Independent voter), until the Holy Spirit led me to part ways with today’s brand of Republicans. I remember there was a huge emphasis on letting the Holy Spirit guide you as you studied the Bible at Calvary Chapel during the seventies. That pretty quickly seemed to be replaced with more passive Bible study and never questioning Chuck Smith’s interpretations of the Bible. Calvary Chapel became much more rigid in the years that followed, and changed pretty much exactly as the author of this article has outlined. I left when I became certain that this church had lost their First Love of Christ, and had put politics and dogma ahead of the gospel. I am looking forward to reading some of the books the author has written and named in this article!

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