Monthly Archives: April 2012

Fleeting Laughter, Lasting Pain

Most of us have been guilty at some point of poking fun at someone without thinking of the pain it might be inflicting on them.  In Peter Ackroyd’s Dickens, he tells the story of John Coleman, who lived opposite the … Continue reading

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My MRI Experience

Last Thursday I had my first MRI.  “MRI” is short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, which is the use of nuclear magnetic resonance to produce images of internal body structures that don’t show up well on x-rays.  I have had headaches and … Continue reading

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“The World” (John 3:16 series)

     “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world; red and yellow, black and white; they are precious in His sight.  Jesus loves the little children of the world.”  Many of us have known that song since … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens on Criticism

“ … one of the reviewers [of Dickens’ books] suggested that ‘it does not appear certain to us that his books will live …’.  But what did Dickens make of such criticism?  A few weeks later he was walking with … Continue reading

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Sermon Illustrations from Peter Ackroyd’s “Dickens”

Preachers find illustrations for sermons from every sphere of life, including their own personal experiences and, of course, the hilarious things their children say.  Many pastors also glean sermon illustrations in the course of their reading as well.  I am currently … Continue reading

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“… So Loved …” (John 3:16 series)

     This week I read an interesting article on what the author considered to be the greatest love stories in history and literature.  There were many familiar stories listed: Romeo and Juliet of course; Lancelot and Guinevere, Darcy & Elizabeth, Heloise & … Continue reading

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“For God …” (John 3:16 series)

     In London, England there is a 70-foot high red granite obelisk called “Cleopatra’s Needle” that stands beside the Thames River.  In the 1870’s it was given to Britain by Egypt.  When it was moved to England, they put a “time vault” at … Continue reading

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