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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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Shohei Otani of Japan a 6-foot-4 right-hander 
who has thrown a fastball between 99 and 100 mph.

How do you typically let others know that you're a Christian? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1020).

At this point in my life the question as to how I signify that I'm a Christian seems a little weird. I might as well ask, “How do I signify that I have brown eyes?” or “How do I signify that I'm 6 foot tall?” It never occurs to me that I must signify about such things. Being a Christian is simply who I am. I suppose there were times in my life when I have been asked my height or eye color—say, some fifty years ago when I applied for a driver's license. Perhaps the question was asked to prevent me from lending my license to someone who did not meet my description. But now there's a photo on the license, and it's quite true that a picture is worth a thousand words.

That's pretty much where I stand about signifying that I'm a Christian. It matters little what I allege about myself, but it matters much the picture I project by my attitude, demeanor, and actions. “Brand” matters less than the faithful service of the product. I am content to be “generic” so long as the essential ingredients remain intact.

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