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Our Strange Dead God

From the various medals, statues and drawings adorning his car, it was obvious that my taxi driver was Hindu. He was driving me to Kuala Lumpur’s airport, through the vast oil palm plantations of Southern Malaysia.

Malaysia is a multicultural nation, and although the principal religion is Islam, it is common to see Hindu and Buddhist temples alongside the mosques in the towns and villages. There is even the occasional Christian church—although Christianity is very much a minority religion in Southeast Asia.

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If You're Happy and You Know It, Binky!

Next to my house in rural Indiana there is a row of blue spruce trees. A family of rabbits has made their home underneath them.

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Grace: An E-Ticket Ride

You’d think that the transition from a legalistic religion to an understanding of the gospel of grace would make life easier. It does in some ways. But it is also an “E ticket ride.”

E ticket ride? Today when you go to Disneyland, you pay a onetime entry fee, giving you access to everything. But before 1981, you needed individual tickets for each ride. They ranged from “A” tickets for the less spectacular rides, through B, C, and D for the more exciting ones. But the best attractions, like the Matterhorn Bobsleds, needed an E ticket.

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