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A Knotty Faith 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17

A Knotty Faith

Faith is God's work ... and ours.

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Philippe Petit has written a new book about tying knots. His book describes what knots to use to hitch a camel to a post, to escape from a burning building, to keep yourself from falling off a roof while shoveling snow and even to keep your shoelaces tidy. The apostle Paul also suggests that we learn to tie some faith-knots.

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For material based on this same text, see "The Five Adjectives of a Noun Christian," November 12, 1995, at

Philippe Petit has just written a book about knots.

You remember Petit, right? Okay, so you weren't born yet. You don't remember. On August 7, 1974, shortly after New York City's World Trade Center twin towers had been built, Philippe Petit, a French high-wire artist, and a team of helpers snuck up to the roof of the south tower, and with the assistance of helpers on the north tower roof, strung a wire between the two buildings. He then, for the next 45 minutes, walked across the quarter-mile-high gap between the...

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