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The Winds of Persecution

But our goal as Christians should be to stay detached from the frantic demand that everything be ramped up into a frantic crisis. I distinguish here a real crisis from a frantic crisis. These frantic crises are the handles on the hand basket in which we are all being carted off to the Bad Place.… Continue reading The Winds of Persecution

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Rebellion

I have gone out of my way to be provocative, mischievous, and unclear, reflecting my belief that clarity is sometimes overrated, and that shock, obscurity, playfulness, and intrigue (carefully articulated) often stimulate more thought than clarity. There is great danger in the quest to be right.Brian McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy Yesterday I pondered the idea… Continue reading Rebellion

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Wielding and Yielding

First we practice sin, then defend it, then boast of it.Thomas Manton Photo courtesy Pinterest Every single day we wake up to a world fueled by emotion, desperate for affirmation, and fragile to a frightening degree. Dull or deaf to the truth, quick to react but slow to understand. There's my happy, peppy take on… Continue reading Wielding and Yielding

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Wilderness Curriculum

Well, we have collectively flipped our calendars from March to April. I for one, was happy to toss old March into the trash can and be moving on to a new month, one that traditionally brings hope, renewal and happy memories. As I stared at a big, blank April, something annoying and unwanted popped into… Continue reading Wilderness Curriculum

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The Pope, Laura Ingalls, and Quarantine Blues

I almost forgot it was Lent. I'm not Catholic, but I have always enjoyed this season leading up to Easter more than any other time of the year. Spring in the air, fun activities with the kids, a good Bible study focusing on the season, all leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday services.… Continue reading The Pope, Laura Ingalls, and Quarantine Blues

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Where the Wild Feelings Are

"How are you feeling today?" It's the question I must ask my kids at least five times before they even leave the house. When someone bounces down the stairs with a smile, I assume they are feeling confident. If a door slams, someone is ticked off. We can go from happy to tears in a… Continue reading Where the Wild Feelings Are

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Moondust

There was a wonderful episode of the Netflix series The Crown out last week called 'Moondust'. It tells the story of the 1969 moon landings along side the backdrop of the happenings in the royal household. Prince Philip, the Queens husband is completely fascinated by the story, specifically the three American astronauts who bravely did… Continue reading Moondust

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Me, Myself and My Selfie

Nothing says "Happy New Year" like a nice dose of some me-first philosophy. December was draining on us all, we sacrificed and spent and everyone is a bit tired. Come January, it's me time. New goals, lifestyle changes... the world is our proverbial oyster. In this nutty world where so much business and chaos abound,… Continue reading Me, Myself and My Selfie

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The Choice To Rejoice

“Christmas, in this age, doesn’t guarantee merry and bright. Not yet. But it does promise that merriness and brightness are breaking in. Christmas, at its best, gives us a peek of the uncompromised joy that is coming, and as we glimpse it, even from afar, we have a foretaste. Like the apostle Paul, and the… Continue reading The Choice To Rejoice

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On Not Being So Fragile

In my pastoral disappointments and discouragements, I have found great power for perseverance by keeping before me the life of a person who surmounted great obstacles in obedience to God’s call by the power of God’s grace.I have needed this inspiration from another century, because I know that I am, in great measure, a child… Continue reading On Not Being So Fragile