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Fault Lines

We have an opportunity to say to a world seeking the false, inadequate, burdensome law, "we have something better; something more." God's law in the life of the believer manifests as vertical and horizontal love: We love God, so we keep His commandments, and in doing so, we love our neighbor. This cannot be legislated.Voddie… Continue reading Fault Lines

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Faith, Works, and an Un-Burdensome Lent

The Christian High Holy days are just about upon us again, a time when Catholics and some Protestants pause for a bit of a spiritual self-assessment over a 40-day period called Lent. Today is Shrove Tuesday, "pancake day" or Mardi-Gras, however you choose to look at it. A kick off celebration of excess before we… Continue reading Faith, Works, and an Un-Burdensome Lent

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Hatch, Or Go Bad

The ter­ri­ble thing, the almost impos­si­ble thing, is to hand over your whole self — all your wish­es, and pre­cau­tions — to Christ. But it is far eas­i­er than what we are try­ing to do instead. For what we are try­ing to do is remain what we call ​“our­selves,” to keep per­son­al hap­pi­ness as our great aim in life, and… Continue reading Hatch, Or Go Bad

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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