Halvard B. Thomsen

is a retired pastor and longtime church administrator living in Apple Valley, California, United States.

​Gospel Order

Why order and good news go together

Almost every week my incoming mail includes an advertisement for some product designed to organize my garage, office, closet, or some other room in my house. The implied promise is that I’ll be more productive and live better if I and my things are better organized. The January 2015 Better Homes and Gardens magazine cover caught my eye with an article, “Beautifully Organized: Tips and Tricks for Every Room.” The need to keep “stuff” organized for better living is always with us—especially in light of the human tendency to accumulate.

But my life has been more involved with people than with things. Do people need to be organized too? …

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