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Of Limericks, Haikus, and Other Divine Poems
by Tom Goodman
January 11, 2012

"You are God's poem."

That's what I reminded the congregation this week.  I pointed out that the word "workmanship" in Ephesians 2:10 ("for we are God's workmanship") is a translation of the Greek work poeima.  Pronounce it and you'll hear "poem."  I'm encouraged to think of myself as God's poem.

At coffee after the service Don Young informed me that, if this was so, he was a limerick.  And Erin Waldo posted this on Facebook:

Smart, sarcastic, weird.
Also a bit off-kilter.
I am a haiku.

I love it!

The poem point was to drive home the truth that God has created us and gifted us to be useful to his plan for the world.  That was in Week Two in our series, "Riding Herd: Managing Your Time, Talents, and Treasure."  We wrap up the series this Sunday with the biblical principles of money management.  Join us at 10!

The Anchor Course: Exploring Christianity Together.  This Sunday night, I begin a new semester of the Anchor Course.  I wrote this book as an introduction to Christianity for those asking questions about the faith.

What are the evidences for God?  Why do Christians call the Bible the Word of God, and can we trust it?  What does it mean to call Jesus the Son of God, and why is his death on a cross so important to Christians?  What about heaven and hell?

These are important questions for people who are trying to make up their mind about Christianity.  If these are the questions you ask, come to the Anchor Course.  If you know someone asking these questions, bring them to the Anchor Course.

This Sunday's meeting is a "Get Acquainted" night, 5:30-6:30pm.  If you choose to register at the end of our "Get Acquainted" night, you'll receive a copy of my book for free, and we'll meet for the next eight Sunday nights, 5:30-6:30.  Children's activities and child care are provided.

For more information, or to sign up, contact my assistant, Jami (345-3771 or

Friendventory!  I'm getting a lot of good notes turned in, so add yours to the stack!  We're taking a "Friendventory" at Hillcrest.  We want you to tell us about the person who invited you to Hillcrest, even if it was many years ago!  Email me, write me, or turn in a Connection Card this Sunday!


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