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How to Be a Branch John 15:1-8

How to Be a Branch

Great wine is the result of a great vineyard. How do the disciples of Jesus contribute to the reputation and success of God’s vineyard?

When you think of fine wine (that is, if you think of wine at all, which you may or may not depending on your tradition) your mind and palate might wander to a particular region of France. The French have a long history of vintage winemaking and have provided the names for most of the well-known varieties of vino. Champagne, Bordeaux, Chardonnay, Burgundy, just to name a few, are all regions that give monikers to certain types of French wine that, in order to be authentic, must have originated in that region. The stuff that ball players spray on each other after the World Series, for example, might be called champagne, but if the bottle indicates it came from anywhere other than a specific region in France, it’s just “sparkling wine.”

But while the French seem to be the quintessential wine snobs, more adventurous winemakers have lately been branching out, so to speak. Leaving behind the conservative and highly regulated regions of their homeland, some French winemakers have moved to...

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