The Anti-Revolution and the Void that Remains

The Anti-Revolution and the Void that Remains By Doug Bursch Anti is a revolutionary prefix. When joined with the right name, system, or organization, it can change the course of a nation. Anti topples entrenched regimes and tyrannical dictatorships. Anti unites diverse factions under a shared purpose; a purpose often rooted in anger and frustration. […]

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Saving Aimee Shines (A Review of Kathie Lee Gifford’s New Musical)

I just witnessed the official premiere of Saving Aimee at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater. First breath requires I honor the spectacular radiance of Saving Aimee’s lead, Carolee Carmello. Her portrayal of Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson is best categorized as anointed. It would be inappropriate to avoid religious imagery in relaying her gloriously captivating performance. Carmello […]

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Gravity, Dark Matter, and Dancing with the Stars

Astrophysicists Saul Perlmutter, Adam Riess, and Brian Schmidt were recently awarded the Nobel Prize for their work concerning the universe and everything in it. Their recent research has contributed greatly to the discovery that the universe is not only expanding, but actually speeding up. The reasons for the Universe’s expansion and increased acceleration are less […]

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The Secret to Contentment

Contentment is rooted in thanksgiving. At least 59 times the Scripture commands us to “give thanks” to the Lord. 1 Chronicles 16:34 states, “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalms 136:1-3 admonishes us to “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his […]

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9/11 Memories of My Daughter

September 11th, 2011 is the tenth anniversary of my eldest daughter Kysa’s first day of preschool. Ten years ago, Kysa was a very thoughtful, but somewhat shy little four-year old girl. Today she is still extremely thoughtful. Her shyness disappeared shortly after entering school. So far it shows no signs of returning. Being the first […]

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The Power of a River Baptism

There’s nothing like a good old river water baptism. Tradition dictates that our church does at least one river baptism service a year. We’ve got an indoor baptismal tank as well, but there’s nothing quite like a frigid river dunk to give you some old-time religion. Our baptism choice is the Stuck River. The Stuck […]

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I’m an Anxious Man

My anxiety abides within my gut, within my skin, within countless compromises and desperate attempts to be accepted. My anxiety abides. My anxiety abides within my biology, within my earliest memories, within restless sleep and twisted dreams, within racing thoughts, shifting eyes, fidgeting legs, and perpetual foreboding anticipations. My anxiety abides. My anxiety is a […]

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Ways to Save Your LIfe

1. Stop following your own lead. Follow God instead. We were made to worship and serve God. When we serve and worship the created instead of the creator, we find emptiness and hopelessness become the fruit of our lives. We certainly can be fruitful without following God’s lead. He has made us so wonderfully fruitful […]

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A Declaration of Freedom!

On July 2nd, 1776 the Second Continental Congress adopted the Lee Resolution declaring the Thirteen Colonies to be independent of the British Empire.  Two days later, an explanation and justification of the Lee Resolution was indelibly sealed and signed into parchment as the United States Declaration of Independence.  This foundational document concludes with the following […]

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