Category Archives: Communication

Christians Should Confound Expectations

What would happen if someone began to publicly speak and act according to genuine reality; Kingdom of God reality?  I think that person would completely mess with cultural expectations. Jesus did exactly that. Jesus did not directly confront religious or political … Continue reading

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Two Tiers for Life Roles

My husband and I don’t know what to do.  He had the opportunity to pursue a second career by going to seminary, which he did exceedingly well, graduating in May of 2012.  He has yet to find a ministry position.  Close, … Continue reading

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Re-Thinking Us vs. Them

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Rich vs. Poor.  Right vs. Left.  Citizens vs. Illegal Aliens.  Black vs. White.  Government vs. Taxpayers.  These are just some of the Us vs. Them battles that we perceive around us.  Fear and ideological insulation can lead us to believe that … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Disasters Du Jour

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What is today’s disaster du jour?  It might be a genuine catastrophe, like the violent conflicts in Israel and Ukraine, MH17, or vulnerable children at our borders.  Or, perhaps it’s the usual polarized political theater in Washington inciting fear of the … Continue reading

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Reaction to the Hobby Lobby Decision: Two Truths and a Lie

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The recent Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby is a cultural lightning rod.  The ruling stands, silent and immovable, but the reaction to it has put on quite a show. Rather than discuss the ruling (quite enough has … Continue reading

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Who is Well Represented in your Church?

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What are the odds that two bikers traveling east on a bike path will pass two bikers heading west at the exact moment that they both intersect with two walkers? Because I can find a spiritual application in just about anything, that and several similar scenarios during … Continue reading

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Shock Value: A Communications Tip from Jesus

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Jesus was a master communicator and a highly influential figure.  One of his favorite techniques was unpredictability; it got attention, incited questions, challenged prevailing interpretations of Scripture and invited conversations. Unpredictably… Gabriel visited a teenager and announced, Mary, you’re going to give birth to the Son … Continue reading

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Higher Education: Learning as Preparation for Living

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Pomp and Circumstance must reverberate through the atmosphere at this time of year.  Graduates of higher education have received their expensive diplomas declaring them ready for real life and productive work.  An education is preparation for life and for work. The Church is also engaged in … Continue reading

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One Faith; Different Vocabularies

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Every Christian should be able to state the foundational truth of his or her faith in Jesus Christ and an experiential reality of living as his disciple. But we will not all use the same vocabulary. In some Christian denominations … Continue reading

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I was going to write a blog post, but…

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I was going to write a blog post, but… Both of our sons unexpectedly showed up on Friday night.  Saturday morning, therefore, was happily spent around the kitchen table while Dan sautéed bacon, onions and vegetables for the frittata that would be our brunch.  Yum. … Continue reading

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