Category Archives: Sin

Beautiful Grace

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Our daughter once told us of a friend who felt that God was punishing her for disobeying him many years ago, and my dad and I both said, at the same time, God doesn’t work that way. I’m grateful that … Continue reading

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Framing a Stroke – Which Frame?

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How should I look at my experience with a stroke?  My recovery has been excellent, but the truth that I had a stroke still stands.  It’s disturbing. I come face to face with the age old question: If there is a God, … Continue reading

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If Only: Letting Go of Regret (book review)

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What do you do with your troublesome “if only” moments, a.k.a. regrets?  I tend to ignore them, safely stashing them in a mental holding cell because facing them feels like living Groundhog Day without the power to change anything.  No fun. If Only: Letting Go of Regret, by Michelle Van Loon, … 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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A Chat with my Soul

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Have you ever had a conversation with your soul?  I not talking about positive thinking or affirming self-talk, but a literal and powerful interaction with your soul. This morning my soul was stirred up with impatience, frustration and discontent.  It felt like a rising … Continue reading

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The Shape of Jesus’ Words and Witness

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Imagine that you live in the region of Galilee during the first century and that you’ve been hearing about someone named Jesus who is said to have good news.  He reportedly teaches about the kingdom of God, heals diseases and casts out … Continue reading

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How Good is Good Enough?

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What is the standard against which we measure ourselves? In athletics, it is the latest world record.  This is nicely demonstrated by the AT&T commercials in which a young athlete watches a record-setting race on her smart phone, writes down her new goal, and … 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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