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Bread-of-Life Presence John 6:35, 41-51

The feeling of presence is at the heart of the spiritual life.

Every first-time job seeker has run smack up against an old bug-a-boo catch-22: "You can't get a job without experience ... and you can't get experience without a job." Experience, we have been taught to believe, comes from direct, personal involvement in hands-on situations.

No more! The postmodern age is one that offers experiences galore. There are even "electronic experiences" by the computer-bulletin-board and satellite-dish-ful -- and without anyone having to do so much as leave their living rooms. Want to go white-water rafting? Pull on your virtual reality gear, sit down on your couch, and go for it. The experience is so real you might need Dramamine. Want to have lots of close friends crowding your home, filling it with comfortable laughter and companionable chatter? Switch on the interactive bulletin board of your choice, plunk down at your solitary computer keyboard, and join the party.

Postmodern culture creates "experience-junkies." They are not worried about what the ...

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