A good friend in Kansas City told me how awkward he feels in broaching the subject of faith.  We both agree that religion is treated like cigarette smoking today – it’s fine to smoke in private; but rude in public.  So here he is – enjoying a summer cookout with his neighbors – and all he can muster up is: Where would you go if you died tonight?  Or Do you ever think about spiritual things?  Small wonder many people view the gospel as offensive.  What does “going to heaven” have to do with burgers and beer?  Those kinds of questions make the good news sound incoherent.

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As you well know, Tuesday, June 21st, was the longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere – in terms of sunlight. The summer solstice occurs when the sun is farthest north and the length of time elapsed between sunrise and sunset is at the maximum for the year.  From June 21st until January 21st, the extent of natural sunlight will shrink and darkness will increase.

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As you well know, Tuesday, June 21st, was the longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere – in terms of sunlight. The summer solstice occurs when the sun is farthest north and the length of time elapsed between sunrise and sunset is at the maximum for the year.  From June 21st until January 21st, the extent of natural sunlight will shrink and darkness will increase.

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