Summer 2020: The Church: Liturgy & Worship

Join us as we explore liturgy and worship. In these pages you will learn about how different people worship and the liturgical practices of different denominations. You will find non-fiction, poetry, reflections, puzzles, book and media recommendations, and a new set of prayers for your prayer beads. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

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Stories That Really Matter

I’ve basically dedicated my life to the pursuit of stories and story-telling. Without stories, everything falls apart. A lot of people try to dismiss fantasy as being escapist or childish. Well Tolkien himself said, “Fantasy is escapist and that is its glory.” You can never diminish the power of storytelling, no matter the genre.

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Rogation Days

We are currently in the time of the Traditional Calendar known as Rogation days. “Excuse me, what?” some of you are probably saying. Well, I’ll tell you… On Rogation days, we are to ask God’s mercy and blessing upon us and the fields and fruits of the earth.

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Winter 2020: The Church as the Body of Christ: Unity & Community

Join us as we explore the Church as the Body of Christ, Unity & Community. In these pages you will find things we all hold in common and things we disagree on. You will find non-fiction, poetry, reflections, puzzles, book and media recommendations, and a fictionalized account of a real fight with the devil. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

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It’s All Greek to Me

What scriptures belong in the Bible? Why is the Protestant canon smaller than the Catholic canon? This article is an attempt to answer, or at least discuss these questions.

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LSM’s Origin Story

I wasn’t planning on starting a new magazine. Sure, the idea had crossed my mind, but I was already stretched rather thin across many activities… I barely had time for my hobbies.

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Otherworld Part 2: A Lady of Shadow

The darkness was what haunted Sera the most. The darkness of the witch’s castle and the horrid hissing voices of the wraiths she kept as her servants and pets. They whispered and taunted. “You’ll never see the sun again.” “No one will remember you.”  “You can never go home.” 

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Otherworld Part 1: The Queen of the Flowers

The white climbing rose that stood on the east side of Keep Meridian’s garden had many names. To rose fanciers, (who came from miles around to view her splendor) she was the Scimitar Rose. To the bards, she was the noble Queen of the Flowers. But to the Elves of Meridian, she was Akasma, or at least the only part of her that remained in this world.

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At No Time

“Coffee with Bob!” I muttered under my breath. “What was I thinking?” Bob isn’t just any guy. His bakery was my biggest competitor in town before I had to take the bakery gluten free, and also a person I’d known since I was five years old.

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The Country Christmas Cookie Bakeoff

I inherited the bakery about 5 years ago when my aunt passed away. I’d worked with Aunt Ginny since I was a kid. Aunt Ginny’s passion for baking fostered my love for the baking business. We have always been a family run business therefore family pride was on the line at this bake-off.

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God’s Swift Love

God’s heart moves at the speed of love.
He is not constrained by the passage of earthly time.
An answer to a plea that may take an eternity to you
is an eternal opening to the gates of grace for him.

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Robin Goodfellow and the Hammer of Wayland

“What is it?!” barked Alfric.
“Robin Goodfellow is here to see you, my Lord,” said the herald
“What does that wretched hobgoblin want?!”
“Y-you summoned him, my Lord,” said the herald.
“Fine! Send him in!”

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A Review of the Sailor Moon Crystal Chronicles

Sailor Moon Crystal chronicles the adventures of the Sailor Guardians, Usagi (Sailor Moon/Princess Serenity), Ami (Sailor Mercury), Rei (Sailor Mars), Makoto (Sailor Jupiter), and Minako (Sailor Venus)… the team faces The Dark Kingdom who want to rule over both the earth and the once inhabited moon…

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Madoka Magica Review

What would you do for a wish? That’s the question posed by the popular Anime “Puella Magi Madoka Magica”. When a strange little creature called Kyubey approaches Madoka Kaname one day offering to grant the greatest wish of her heart in exchange for becoming a magical girl, Madoka is sorely tempted…

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Spring 2020: The Church & The Means of Grace

Join us as we explore the Church and the Means of Grace. In these pages you will learn what different people mean by “means of grace” and “sacraments”, things we all hold in common and things we disagree on. You will find non-fiction, poetry, reflections, puzzles, book and media recommendations, and a look at how prayer shows up in a manga series. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

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Secret of Kells

While not as explicitly Christian as most Christian reviews would like, The Secret of Kells is full of Christian imagery, especially once you consider that the Book of Kells is a Bible…

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Matter Matters

Gnosticism is probably the oldest heresy…. Gnostics claim that physical matter is evil and spirit is good. The Gnostics taught that this is not our “real life”, that this physical world is inconsequential. Therefore, Jesus could not have risen bodily from the grave, because matter is evil.

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The Example of Patrick

Today is the day that many of us remember the life and ministry of St. Patrick. St. Patrick was a fifth century Bishop, who is known as the Enlightener of Ireland. As a young man, he didn’t care about God at all. He and several others were kidnapped by Irish pirates and taken to Ireland as slaves. While there, his heart was turned to God in repentance.

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The Devil and the Diabolical Part 2: Satan, the Tempter

Last time, I discussed in brief what little we know about the Devil and his demons. I want to elaborate a bit further on the topic because I think it’s important that we understand it well. I don’t claim to be a Bible scholar by any stretch; these are simply my thoughts based on what I’ve read from people who are much more educated than I.

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The Devil and the Diabolical Part One: A Hierarchy of Hell

I want to talk about the Devil. I know, dark subject, but it’s important that we understand who and what the Devil is and what he does. We should be very cautious when we talk about the Devil because we can fall into a morbid fascination with all things Devilish.

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