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Permission to Play in Your Bible
What if playing in our Bibles, if drawing, adding in bits and pieces of paper, taping in a page for more room, was not defacing something sacred but appreciating it? What if taking time to engage and play in and sit with the Word in a way that makes it personal and stirs something in us could be worship?
People are Not Deplorable
I saw a headline recently that read, “Clinton got it right when she called them deplorables, and she was being polite.” And my first response was, “And God still loves those people. They are not deplorable to Him.”
Go and Do Likewise
Once, a group from the South was on their way to D.C. to protest the recently passed voter laws. In the southern part of Virginia, they ran into car troubles and ended up stranded on the highway at dusk. They were clad in t-shirts that said to “protect voting rights” and with the names of... Continue Reading →
Do The Hard Work
The end of Luke 9 shows us that Jesus was direct and honest about what it took to follow him. But He was just as straightforward about what would come if someone was willing to do the hard work and keep their priorities straight.
The Weight of Memory
The Weight of Memory is a book you fall into and enjoy the opportunity to swim around and get immersed in. Here's to a writer that does not shy away from hard questions and keeps you hooked from beginning to end.
Welcoming the Overlooked
Jesus was having a very bad day. After spending almost three years with this rag tag group of men, in a matter of moments, they revealed to him they still had no idea what He was about. All the miracles they'd witnessed, the sermons they heard him preach, all the late-night chats on the road,... Continue Reading →
A Name for Ourselves
There is a part of most of us that wants to know more about where our grandparents came from. Some wonder what ancestor made what fateful voyage to bring our family to America. We all came from somewhere else (except the Indigenous population) and how we managed to get here can be a mystery to... Continue Reading →
A Case for Ethics
What is wrong is wrong regardless of who does it. We need to stop looking at WHO does things and instead look at WHAT was done. We cannot hold one set of standards for ourselves and our friends and then have a second standard for everyone else. Or, if we choose to do so, we need to hold ourselves to a higher standard.
Jesus’ Presentation at the Temple
Today we celebrate the presentation of Jesus at the Temple. The story can be found in Luke 2. The presentation happens forty days after Christ’s birth, so we place it forty days after Christmas. The day has marked significance for the culture Mary, Joseph, and therefore Jesus grew up in. Going to the temple was... Continue Reading →
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