The Life of the Party

Did you know that God loves a good party?

If the average Christian is asked to describe God, we usually come up with terms like holy, perfect, provider, healer, good, all-powerful, all-knowing, loving, and so forth. Of course, these are all accurate, and we do well to keep them in mind.

Non-believers are often less upbeat. God has quite the reputation as a glowering wet blanket, someone who thinks that if it’s fun, it’s sinful. Unfortunately, churches with rules such as no dancing, no playing cards, (and certainly no alcoholic beverages), build into that stereotype. It appears that God really needs a new PR firm. (Oh, wait, that’s the Church’s job!)

This may come as quite a surprise, but I’d like to point out that God really is a fun sort of guy.

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My Favorite Salmon Dip

Adapted from Best Recipes of Alaska’s Fishing Lodges, by Adela Batin

  • 8-oz. pkg. low-fat cream cheese
  • ½ C low-fat sour cream
  • ¾ tsp. minced garlic
  • ½ tsp. dried dill weed
  • 1 Tbsp. minced parsley
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tomato, diced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 8 oz. smoked salmon or 7½-oz. can salmon with skin and bones removed + ½ tsp. liquid smoke flavoring

Combine cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, dill, parsley, and lemon juice; blend together until smooth. Break salmon into flakes. Gently fold salmon, tomato, and green onions into cream cheese mixture. Serve with crackers or baguette slices.