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BOOK REVIEW: REPLENISH

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All of my early life was spent as the child of a pastor. Then in 1985 I became one and have continued to this day.

Lance Witt has written with accuracy about the struggles of people in ministry. As a pastor in small and large churches he experienced many of the normal feelings and weaknesses that come with living as public servants.

Lance has been called a pastor to pastors and with good reason. His vulnerability and willingness to confess his faults give room for others to follow. We know all too well what it means to feed others when our own soul is depleted.

I found his insights about building a healthy team insightful. Having served as the executive pastor at Saddleback Church with Rick Warren, he pastored a staff that was larger than many churches.

Christmas is coming and this would be a good one under the tree of your favorite pastor. (unless you attend my church. I've already read it).






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SAVE US FROM THE EVIL ONE

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TEMPTATION AND LIVING UNDER MURPHY'S LAW

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GETTING DIRECTION

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I MADE YOU SAY UNDERWEAR

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I think I first heard the joke in grade three.
“What’s under there?”
“Under where?” 
“Ha, ha! I made you say underwear.”
This kind of word play is known as double entendre. One thing is said with an obvious meaning while a secondary, subtle meaning is added. Usually double entendre is ironic or risqué. The use of similar sounding words and puns play into this game.
We say ‘under where’ to ask about a location, but our grade three brains giggle because of the same sounding word ‘underwear’. We think about the item of clothing under our pants.
How something is worded can have a great effect on how listeners respond to it. Often in the work of translating speech or text from one language to another, essential meanings can get lost in translation. The aging of language and current usage of words affect how we understand what is being said.
I still giggle when my 73-year-old dad talks about putting on his rubbers to go out in snowy weather. I realize that I still have a grade three brain in som…

THE DIFFICULTY OF FORGETTING

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