Re-post: Rhythm, Depth, and the Connectedness of Life

This is a blog I wrote two years ago on my Hesed Now site. It is unreal how this happens every year. I happen to be sick again at the same time of year. I wanted to re-post the blog in its original form to show you how we carry grief with us even a decade later. Here it is: Over the last two and a half weeks I have ...

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From Beginning to End

Here is a link to the podcast from Week 1 in case you missed it: http://www.harriscreek.org/podcast/1-2-11.mp3 Our culture suffers from something called “death avoidance.” We are not comfortable with the subject and prefer to keep it “out of sight, out of mind.” We only talk and think about death when we absolutely have to. This has not always been the case. Many people used to die in homes, and young ...

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The Other Side

On Sunday we started a new series called “The Other Side.” On the surface it appears to be a series on death, but really it is a series about putting life in perspective. It’s built on the basic understanding that you cannot live life to the fullest until you gain a proper perspective on death. I’ve been asked by a number of people why we are doing a series on ...

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A Matter of Life and Death

As a Christian, today I am pondering what it means that Jesus was in the tomb during this time 2000 years ago. Dead. Gone. Not resurrected…yet. His whole ministry seemed to carry the undertone of two primary themes: death and life. He repeatedly said you don’t get one until you go through the other: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he ...

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Terrible as Death, Beautiful as Life

This last weekend we took 17 of our small group leaders down to Galveston, Texas, for a retreat. The weekend was called “RE-CRE8 RE-TREAT” which was meant to play on two ideas: The idea of experiencing re-creation  (or rebirth) that the Bible talks about. The other plan I had in mind was the idea of enjoying some time of recreation and hanging out on the beach. It was a weekend ...

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Death and Dying

You are going to die. I must admit I’ve always wanted to start a blog that way. But why is this phrase generally taken as a threat when uttered. Don’t believe me? I dare you to walk up to a stranger in the grocery store and gently whisper to them, “You are going to die.” You’ll have makeshift security guards on you quicker than you can get out of the ...

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