Tag Archives: Love of God

Fearful Attraction

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I developed a fear of dogs as a toddler after going eyeball to eyeball with an aggressive dachshund in a dark hallway.  (Even a small dog, when its paws are on your two-year-old shoulders, is terrifying.)  Thereafter, unfamiliar dogs would routinely respond to and thereby reinforce … Continue reading

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Wonderings

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I wonder about the physiology of laughter.  How is it that humor generates a spontaneous giggle? And then I wonder what makes something funny.  What is the definition of humor?  (I suppose I could research these things, but today I’m just wondering.) … Continue reading

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God Colors Outside the Lines

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God would never… How would you complete that phrase? Sometimes Christians define the limits of what God will or will not do.  I appreciate that this is often a well-meaning attempt to protect orthodoxy or to preserve Scriptural truth, but God frequently colors outside … Continue reading

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Death, Faith, and New Life

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The Saturday between the Friday on which Jesus died and the Sunday of his resurrection must have been a day of grief, despair, confusion, and divine silence. Have you ever had a day like that? I have. Where are you God?  What was that all about anyway? Why … Continue reading

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The Surprising Superhero Power that Saved the World

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If you could claim one “superhero power,” like becoming invisible, reading minds, superhuman strength, or X-ray vision, what would you choose?  And what would you do with it? A quick scan of upcoming movies  reveals a few predictable  summer superheros: Iron Man 3, Man of … Continue reading

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Fearful Power and Ferocious Love

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“Nature is an awful lot more powerful than we are.”  New York’s Mayor Bloomberg in an AP article. The devastation left by Sandy’s power is difficult to comprehend.  I can only grieve with those who suffered losses of all kinds and pray for the strength … Continue reading

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The Gift of Memories

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My family experienced a gift of memories this weekend. The occasion was the celebration of my mom’s 80th birthday.  In preparation for our party, (which involved lobsters, clam chowder and lots of laughs) all of her children, her sons and daughters-in-law, and grandchildren emailed a … Continue reading

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God Doesn’t Need Algorithms

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“For more and more companies, the hiring boss is an algorithm.”** Algorithms increasingly direct hiring decisions, stock trading, and employee compensation.  They are used to evaluate music for potential “hit-appeal,” and to determine what shows up on your Facebook news feed. Big Brother … Continue reading

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Jesus Wept

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How do we make sense of the senseless? A bus full of tourists blows up in Bulgaria. A  child is diagnosed with cancer.  Movie-goers experience a violent reality instead of the fiction they expected to see. Bombs kill worshippers in … Continue reading

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Essential U-Turns

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Our girlfriend reunion in Seattle was fantastic. We spent our days enjoying the sights of Seattle and its surroundings, shopping, taking in beautiful landscapes and seascapes, eating out and cooking in, but mostly just happy to be doing it all together. Perfect. Well, … Continue reading

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