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[May 31, 2013 | No Comment | ]

by Peggy Pedersen
Cargo cults have appeared in the past in various undeveloped countries, such as Papua New Guinea and Melanesia, in response to exposure to the wealth of outside cultures. In these religions, which are typically led by a charismatic leader, material goods are believed to have a spiritual source; if you know the right magic, you too achieve untold riches and prosperity.
The most well-known cargo cult is the John Frum cult in Vanuatu. The indigenous population received many manufactured goods by airdrop during World War II and from stationed …

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[February 27, 2013 | No Comment | ]

by Peggy Pedersen
Most of us remember that old hymn “We are climbing Jacob’s Ladder,” but we forget that Jacob did not actually climb that ladder. Instead, the Son of God descended on it to bless Jacob. All religions except Christianity are trying to build ladders to heaven composed of good works. This is what men do. That’s why they built the Tower of Babel—to try to ascend to heaven.
Jesus says that He alone is the Way. What does He mean by this? It sounds exclusive and arrogant to most ears. …

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[October 26, 2012 | One Comment | ]

by Peggy Pedersen
On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg Cathedral. If that hammer could have announced the seismic changes to come in Europe and the Christian Church, its echoes would have shook the world. Today, however, it is hardly more than a whisper.
For many Protestant churches, it has been like the “telephone” game, where a little was added here, a little changed there, a little taken away somewhere else. The general population has now moved into a post-Christian era, where differences in Christian …

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[September 5, 2012 | 3 Comments | ]

by Peggy Pederson
Pilate asked Jesus: “What is Truth?” But Truth was standing right in front of him, because Truth is a person. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”
Now in the middle of US Presidential elections, “Spin” is flying fast and furious, and those of us in Canada cannot help but hear it all the way up here. “Spin” is a euphemism for distorting the truth to one’s advantage. We are presented on a regular basis in newscasts with some public person being caught out in …

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[June 18, 2012 | No Comment | ]

by Peggy Pedersen
Children of God
Not long ago, we had a visit from one of my five step-children. Even though I did not give birth to these children, still I look for reflections of myself in them. I love them, and wish for their love. I long to share things in common with them—to be a real parent to them.
The visit made me think back to my own parents. How alien I must have seemed to them at times as I pursued interests completely different than their own, rebelled against their plans …

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[March 1, 2012 | 3 Comments | ]

by Peggy Pedersen
“Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you” (Mark 5:19).
There has been a lot of attention paid recently to journaling, recording family history, and scrapbooking of memories. But I want to suggest that there is something far more important than these memoirs to pass on to your children and grandchildren. I want to suggest that the most important thing you can do for your children is to recount to them the deeds of …

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