Let’s Be Positive

Soren Kierkegaard is without a doubt my favorite philosopher, primarily for his philosophy, but also for his humor.  For instance, here are a few of his funniest (and yet, still profound) quotes. “The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you’ll never have.” “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” “The question is not ‘To be or not to be’; it is what we should be until we are not.” “It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things which it cannot understand.” “Take a chance and you may lose. Take not a chance and you have lost already.” “What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them, they sound like

A Challenging Prayer

For lots of people, Halloween is a scary day with all those ghosts and goblins and twelve-foot werewolves with flashing red eyes, but Halloween is nothing. If you want to know true terror, try evangelism. Let’s admit it: for lots of church people, what scares them to death is evangelism.  Nick Pollard, in his spectacular book, Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult: How to Interest People Who Aren’t Interested (InterVarsity Press, 1997), starts off the first chapter with a conversation he had with a good friend before a particular evangelistic event. A good friend came up to him and said, “There is one thing you’ll never suffer from as an evangelist.” Pollard innocently asked, “What’s that?” He replied: “Constipation!” And Pollard agreed, “Too right! Nerves will always see to that!” Why don’t we all run out and do evangelism willy-nilly every day? Answer: Because evangelism is scary! So, what do we

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