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Ed Jordan: A Tale of Two Lives

A Tale of Two Cities, written by Charles Dickens in 1859, is a historical novel depicting the era of the French Revolution. In its opening lines we find one of the greatest quotes in English literature.

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Ed Jordan: What Makes a Great Team?

Very soon March Madness will be upon us as the Championship NCAA Tournament begins. I love to watch the excellent teams play and compete. Every year it is a reminder of some of the fundamentals regarding team sports. One player, no matter how fabulous he or she is, does not a great team make.

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Ed Jordan: It’s Time for Climate Change

The emotional climate of our culture today needs some climate change. We need to become a part of changing the mood and atmosphere of our culture. In today’s column we will consider how to purposely begin changing our focus and filters with which we look at—and relate to—the world.

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Ed Jordan: Seeking the Seeking God

With the arrival of the new year, most of us are seeking a better year than the last one. It is a good thing to seek to improve our lives, whenever we can do this. But when it comes to planning the new year, we tend to neglect the element of our spiritual lives. People are willing to talk about a lot of things related to their lives, but the spiritual condition of their lives is rarely among them. Why is this?

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Ed Jordan: What are You Waiting For?

In the 1937 Disney film, Snow White, Snow White sang: “Someday my prince will come, someday I'll find my love; and how thrilling that moment will be, when the prince of my dreams comes to me.”  The music was written by Frank Churchill and the lyrics by Larry Morley. The sentiments of that song have revealed the longings of many people, even today.

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Ed Jordan: King or Servant?

It is always interesting when our lives are interrupted by the reality of death. We don’t like to be reminded that this physical life is an interlude, a time when we are to prepare for our permanent dwelling which awaits us after death.

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Ed Jordan: Facing God, or Turning Our Backs?

Most of us are fascinated by watching an analysis of a person’s body language. It seems that while a person is giving one message verbally, their body language is conveying their true feelings or attitude about the subject.

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Ed Jordan: To Laugh Again

In Psalm 126, the psalmist is addressing the feelings that people had upon returning back to their homeland from exile. Exile had been a very difficult time for the people of Israel. It had changed most of them forever. After seventy years, God made it possible for them to be freed from their captivity and return home.

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Ed Jordan: Walk Together, Children

I just returned from participating in the 2018 annual meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia. It was an amazing time, as we heard how God is working in so many different churches and in the lives of different people.

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Ed Jordan: Having Ears But Not Hearing

There is a great saying by Jesus in Mark 8:18 (ESV) where he confronts the disciples, saying: “Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember?”  This saying is full of irony but also spiritual truth. There are at least three layers of background to this saying which influence its meaning. Three? Really? Yes, really. We were discussing how we would recognize the correct city bus, when a blind man with a white cane asked where we were trying to go. We told him, and he said that we were at the correct stop.

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Ed Jordan: Learning from the Blind

Some years ago we were in the St. Paul/Minneapolis airport waiting for our return flight to Europe. It was running seven hours late, so we decided to go visit the Mall of America by catching a bus that departed right outside the airport. We were discussing how we would recognize the correct city bus, when a blind man with a white cane asked where we were trying to go. We told him, and he said that we were at the correct stop.

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