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Life of Jesus: Each Day on Haven Today

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Life of PiHave you seen the movie, The Life of Pi?

I did over the weekend.  I wanted to see what all the hullabaloo was about: more than $600 million in revenue, eleven Academy Award nominations and four Oscars.  Having now seen it, I wish I'd have been in a theater as the CGI was amazing.  No wonder Ang Lee won best director!

If you're unfamiliar with the book or movie, it's an enamoring, drifting trek across the Pacific.  After having lost his entire family, the central character, Pi, spends endless days and nights alone in a lifeboat with ...

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BIG mistake!

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Taffic lightsWe drove back from a week of vacation on Sunday night, July 7th.  So did about 200 million other Southern Californians.  Suddenly, seven days of wonderful family memories and a carefree life were quickly forgotten fun.  Quite literally, we faced 100 miles of bumper-to-bumper traffic.  There's nothing that will more rapidly, or absolutely, drain every ounce of joy.

Just like that, a week of calm serenity turned to the sort of place God has reserved for the devil and his legion--if you know what I mean. 

Frankly, I should have known better.  Of course the I-5 would be a ...

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"Passin' Through"

  • Monday, April 15, 2013

Haven Today programsLast week I attended a broadcaster's convention in Las Vegas.  It's an easy four-hour drive from Southern California.  And as you drive over the ridge near the Henderson turn-off from I-15, the night sky is illuminated from the alluring lights of the city.  The Luxor beams it's iconic lamp straight heavenward.

The view is rather amazing.  And frankly, beautiful, at a distance.

But then you get closer.  You arrive at your hotel and close up to the sights and smells of the city.  Even though fewer people smoke than ever, after a couple days walking around, your ...

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  • Thursday, January 17, 2013

North by Northwest

I confess I’m a Cary Grant fan.  I’ve watched nearly all of his movies, from “Bringing Up Baby” to “Father Goose.”  Some I’ve seen many times.  Too many times!   One of my favorites is “North by Northwest.”  It’s saved on my DVR.  I can close my eyes and picture exactly what’s going on in every scene. 

I’ll also admit it’s saved on my DVR so I can fall asleep while the movie plays.  (I also have a few familiar World War II epics which work ...

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Christmas Maniacs and Idiots

  • Friday, December 7, 2012

Crazy DriverI recall someone observing that, in life, there are three types of people behind the wheel:  maniacs, idiots and good drivers.

Here's how they break down: maniacs drive faster than you, idiots drive slower than you and good drivers maintain your speed (but aren't nearly as gifted drivers as you are).

That reality came to mind in the middle of a Costco parking lot today.  I was making a quick run for the $1.50 dog & drink deal when it was confirmed: the holiday idiots and maniacs are now out in full force.  And with a shortened fuses ...

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Outrageous Courage

  • Thursday, November 8, 2012

Have you ever felt like you were going to die?  I mean, you really thought "This is it."

I have. 

One particular instance was in the late '70's when I was riding in a van with a group of American college students.  We were in an Asian country where the streets were suddenly filling with protestors.  They were declaring their hatred for both the U.S. and Christianity.  As a group of believers from the U.S., it was clear we were the very types of people the group so deeply hated.

Our van slowed as the intersection ahead ...

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