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Revolutionaries wanted: No experience necessary
It's Wednesday at Harborside Flyby Coffee and Goods, where I usually write my column. But first, I must play all my outstanding Trivia Crack games. As I play, seemingly absorbed in my game, people around me are meeting together, sipping coffee concoctions or chai, munching on cookies and biscotti, or slurping soup, as I am. In addition to Trivia Crack, I have become addicted to the Hot and Sour Ramen, which really...
Apr 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Death becomes life in Orthodox Easter
Christianity is a religion that transforms. Blindness becomes sight; mourning is turned into joy; a self-centered tax collector becomes a generous man; a devout Jew once participating in the murder of Christians becomes their spokesman, writing a significant portion of the New Testament. The most dramatic transformation occurs during the Crucifixion and Resurrection of the God-Man Jesus Christ. The cross — an ugly...
Apr 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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The holy mystery of ducks, committees
The other day, I sat people watching in the Safeway lobby while selling “duck” tickets for the Rotary. No, we were not selling rubber ducks, as our table deviously seemed to advertise (thanks, by the way, to all the kids who got their parents to stop and look. You will each receive a Rotary scholarship when you reach college age). People watching is more fun than selling anything. I am a terrible salesperson, and ...
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Conquest of death has meaning in any place, era
Sometimes humanity forgets what is promised to us. Sometimes we forget our hope. Sometimes we forget the reality of our future. Easter is our pleasant reminder. As Holy Week concludes the liturgical season of Lent, churchgoers will be reminded of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We will be retold of the plot against his life. It will be recounted to us the love and encouragement that Jesus entrusted to his ...
Apr 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Minister recounts path out of occult
Rob Radosti heard that Anton LaVey, author of “The Satanic Bible,” cried out to God on his death bed. Radosti has no way of verifying that story, but he can vouch for his own experience of crying out the name of Jesus, a name he had hated and avoided. Sharing his story with the people of Kodiak Christian Fellowship, Radosti said his conversion happened during a Creation Festival in Pennsylvania. He attended the ev...
Mar 27, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Shadow side exists in all
After disembarking from Alaska Airlines at the Kodiak airport, I wanted to kiss the ground. It was a typically cloudy day, and my eyes no longer felt bombarded with relentless sunlight, as it felt like in Arizona. It was pleasantly dark at 7:30 a.m. and I looked forward to catching up on the sleep I didn’t get while waiting all night in the Anchorage airport. I had my bags in minutes, after exchanging pleasantries...
Mar 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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In heaven, everyone gets to the big leagues
Coming to you from Surprise, Arizona in the midst of a Brewers 8-4 rout of the Kansas City Royals, it’s Chick Priest. I did not want to leave you hanging with your spiritual questions just because it is Spring Break, so I brought along the iPad, and between innings. It was a cool day in Phoenix today, only getting up to 82 degrees and overcast, which is a blessing here on the third base (east facing) side where th...
Mar 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Discussion of Islam to kick off Lenten lectures
The purpose of Lent is to engage in enhanced spiritual struggle against “sin in our own lives,” said Deacon Irenaios Anderson, academic dean and church history professor at St. Herman’s Seminary. It involves a type of martyrdom, a dying to self. “There have been some people in Christian history, namely martyrs, who paid the ultimate price,” said Anderson. They preferred death by sword and crucifixion to safety, se...
Feb 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thoughts from a hike: From where comes virtue?
Were you out Monday at all? It was one of the glorious Kodiak days, when the sun is shining, the sky is brilliant blue and the ocean glisten as the sun's rays make waves and foam look alive. If you were working, and looking outside enviously, at least you have a window. And a job. Many Saturdays, as I procrastinate on my sermon, I am envying people who have weekends off. Two days in a row. But I digress. So, it wa...
Feb 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Have a hip and holy Lent
Remember back in the good ol’ days, when men were men, and priests were men, and even God was scared? You could count on people sitting in the same pews every week, everyone in America was Christian, and prayer in schools wasn’t just expected, but mandatory. Back then, people knew they were sinners, so everyone went to church, and everyone tithed, and everyone gave up chocolate and drinking for Lent. Or do you rem...
Feb 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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