Author Archives: Judy

Narratives We Live By

What is the overarching narrative upon which you model your life? Many of us, consciously or not, run our lives according to the the American Dream. If we get a good education, work hard, save our money, then we will … Continue reading

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God is Working – Even if We’re Clueless

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Recently I’ve had several conversations about the state of our country that have ended with a bewildered shrug. We clearly see a problem or concern, but the answer seems impossible.  No one knows what to do about it. The conversation … Continue reading

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My Eternal Bucket List

Talk of bucket lists elicits thoughts of adventurous activities like skydiving or mountain climbing or traveling to exotic places. While I understand the human desires and goals expressed in bucket lists, and even the wisdom of writing them down and remembering them, bucket lists seem a … Continue reading

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Above the Confusion

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Confusion happens. When information doesn’t make sense, when both sides of a story are compelling or when there are too many options to make an easy choice possible, I’m confused. It takes me a while to sort through complexity, get the … Continue reading

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Losing My Voice, Finding Humility

I was studying the Bible, teaching what I learned, leading a class full of people that I genuinely loved and had just finished a master’s degree in Communication and Culture. I felt like I had arrived. I would use my … Continue reading

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When the Culture Leads the Church

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Once in a while, the culture arrives at where the church should already have been. The evangelical church tends to characterize the culture as the enemy of truth, and that is accurate in many respects. The world is driven by … Continue reading

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Forgiveness and Hope

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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of forgiveness? I tend to think of people who have forgiven the impossible. Usually, we hear of such stories in the news, we marvel at it for … Continue reading

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Do Refugees Cost Too Much?

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Many Americans believe that refugees take jobs away from citizens who need them and take resources away from disadvantaged Americans. Is that true? I started to google “do refugees take our jobs?” and when I entered “do refugees…” the following … Continue reading

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The Good Old Days

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I remember my dad muttering, “highway robbery!” when forced to pay 29 cents a gallon for gas on vacation. I admit to thinking I’ve been robbed when seeing a medical bill. My college statements gave a low four digit number … Continue reading

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Cold Days, Free Days, Thankful Days

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Many of us in Chicago have been given two free days. Schools are not in session, so I’m not working, and my husband is, at this moment, in a Zoom meeting in the dining room since no one has left … Continue reading

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