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I recently read a message I’d given in 1984 and felt a mixture of embarrassment and surprise. Embarrassed because it seems inadequate now, and surprised by how much my worldview has changed. Twenty-five years from now, I might read these messages and have a similar reaction. I offer no guarantee that my work or words will endure the eroding effects of time. I can only assure you these thoughts have been helpful to me, and perhaps a few others, today. With that qualification, I offer them to you.

~ Philip

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What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual? (1)

What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual? (1)

VIEW VIDEO  Have you ever noticed that as you age your mind returns to distant moments in your life, events that seemed unimportant at the time, but when viewed in retrospect take on significance? Perhaps it was the first time you met your spouse. When my mother was...

What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual? (1)

The Great Replacement

VIEW VIDEO  Tomorrow we’re celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a fitting time to honor the life of a moral pioneer, who helped the world perceive the insidious evil of racism and pointed all of us, black and white alike, to a promised land of racial justice. It...

What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual? (1)

Epiphanies and Other Things I Question  

VIEW VIDEO  One of the things I admire about Joan, besides her intelligence, kindness, and beauty, is her uncanny knack for remembering dates. Sometimes, out of the blue, she’ll mention, “Today is so-and-so’s birthday,” and it will be someone we knew 30 years ago who...

What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual? (1)

Things I’ve Learned From Christmas (3)

I’ve been talking about things I’ve learned from Christmas, and you all have been so patient to indulge my musings. We began by thinking about anticipation and how the anticipation of an event is often better than the event itself. I concluded by urging you to dream...

What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual? (1)

Things I’ve Learned From Christmas (2)

VIEW VIDEO  I made the mistake of reading an article about retirement several months ago that made me nervous about our finances. Neither Joan nor I have pensions, so the only thing we have for retirement is the money we’ve managed to save, and are starting to worry...

What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual? (1)

Things I’ve Learned From Christmas (1)

VIEW VIDEO  I was at the dentist’s this past week, bound to the chair with thick leather straps, the dental hygienist was cleaning between my teeth with a jackhammer, and Justin Bieber came on the radio singing All I Want for Christmas Is You. And there I was, stuck,...

What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual? (1)

Is Religion a Force for Good or Evil? (10)

VIEW VIDEO  It occurred to me this past week that it’s been 25 years since my first book was published and I found myself at a convention in Nashville, Tennessee signing copies of my book, alongside a man named Tim LaHaye who had written a book called Left Behind, the...

What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual? (1)

Is Religion a Force for Good or Evil? (9) 

VIEW VIDEO We’ve been talking about whether religion is a force for good or evil, or both. I’ve identified some virtues of religion, but then spoke about religions failure to honor that which it claims to cherish. Our last time together I mentioned that most every...

What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual? (1)

Is Religion a Force for Good or Evil? (8)  

VIEW VIDEO  I was thinking about God this week, and the broad range of people God attracts--conservative, liberal, moderate, thoughtful, reckless, fanatical, and even atheists, many of whom spend a great deal of time thinking and talking about the god they don’t...

What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual? (1)

Is Religion a Force for Good or Evil? (7)

VIEW VIDEO  One of the things I like most about living in a neighborhood is watching people move in and out. Some people you hate to see move away, and others you don’t. The best moment is when the moving van pulls up, and watching discretely as your new neighbors...

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