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The Inclining Christian Psalm 78:1-7

The Inclining Christian

When we lean into God, God provides support.

At a Glance

We begin the discussion of 'inclining' by mentioning the Leaning Tower of Pisa which is 3.99 degrees off perpendicular. Then, we move to another building which was designed to lean, and it has a tilt of 45 degrees! Now we're ready to look at some verses in which we are called to lean. One such verse is in today's psalm reading.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see 'Murphy's Law Inverted,' November 6, 2011, at

We know that the campanile of the cathedral in Pisa, Italy, leans. This is why it is known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It tilts at 3.99 degrees, but the angle used to be 5.5 before restoration work began in the 1900s to save and protect the tower.

However, it is not the only such tower that inclines at an angle. The Albert Memorial Clock (more commonly referred to as the Albert Clock) is a clock tower situated at Queen's Square in Belfast. Built in 1869, it is several feet off perpendicular because it was built on marshy...

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