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'It's hard to be hungry when you're full'

Movement Day is catalyzing leadership teams from America’s largest cities to serve their cities more effectively by advancing high-level, city-changing collaborative partnerships. (Credit: Movement Day via Facebook)"It's hard to be hungry when you're full." I read that statement today, and it resonated with me.  I am writing this essay from New York City, where our ministry is participating with Movement Day, a five-year-old catalytic strategy to bring Christians and ministries together for collaborative work on specific social issues.  The goal is to demonstrate the relevance of our faith, thus earning the right to preach the gospel as a catalyst for spiritual awakening.

We are where the Third Great Awakening began in 1857, the result of a prayer meeting initiated by a Presbyterian layman named Jeremiah Lamphier.  Six people came the first week, 14 the second, 23 the third, and then the participants began meeting daily.  Others joined their "businessman's prayer meeting movement," and it swept the coast and into the frontier.  The next year, out of a population of 30 million Americans, one million came to faith in Christ.

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Woman believes in 'secular heaven'

A non-operational, empty escalator at King's Cross underground railway station on the northern edge of London at the junction of Euston Road and York Way, in the London Borough of Camden on the boundary with the London Borough of Islington (Credit: Chris Jones via Flickr) I read yesterday a terrific essay titled, "No One Ever Loses to Cancer."  The author tells of a man she loves who is fighting terminal malignancy.  When she heard someone say that a person had "lost the battle" against cancer," she realized:

"Our vernacular is all wrong.  I resent how cancer is represented.  Just because something kills you cannot possibly mean it defeats you.  If that were true, we would all—masters and poets and liars and sinners and dancers and writers and heroes—be destined in the end to be losers."

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'Happy' songwriter says 'God and universe are synonymous'

Singer Pharrell Williams gestures as he attends the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)'s 35th Anniversary Gala presented by Louis Vuitton at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles, California, on March 29, 2014 (Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Alcorn)Have you heard the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams?  It originally appeared in the animated movie Despicable Me 2 and it has been on the radio for over a year.  One critic called it "unbelievably catchy" and "the kind of song that makes you want to dance and sing along."  I am a sucker for a fun song; I use it as the ringtone on my phone.

The "Happy" writer said on Good Morning America that the song came from a moment of writer's block and that "the master, God, the universe" spoke to him.  In a recent interview, Williams described those celebrities that would claim there is no God to be "incredibly arrogant and pompous," and he exclaimed "It's amazing that there are people who really believe that. It's unbelievable."

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