Beginning of the Beginning

Hard to believe, but this past Sunday was the first week of Advent–the beginning of the beginning. “Advent” means “coming” in Latin, and for centuries Christians have observed the four weeks leading up to Christmas as a time of remembering the birth of Jesus Christ. For many Christian denominations, Advent is […]

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Who Are You Thankful To?

It’s Thanksgiving week, complete with turkey, Turkey Trot “races,” parades, football games, and family. This time of year, there’s a lot of public expressions of thankfulness–online, in commercials, on talk shows and news shows. People share what they are thankful for, but sometimes I wonder, in our secular (post-Christian) society, […]

Protesters and Veterans

Within four days last week, we saw: Millions of Americans exercise their right to vote in a free presidential election; Hundreds of protesters march, chanting “Not My President;” Recognition of military veterans by the media, businesses, and sports teams. I find it ironic that the very same week we honor […]

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My Future Is Not in the President’s Hands

After November 8, most of the nation will breathe a collective sigh of relief that this crazy election is over. And people will either be happy their candidate won, disappointed their candidate lost, or just generally depressed. But I’m not going to fret (too much), no matter what the outcome. […]

Keep Holding On

Some people just like to climb. When my son was a teenager, he and his dad enjoyed rock climbing. The few times I went with them (just as an observer), I got goosebumps in my stomach if I watched them crawl up the face of the cliff, a few hundred […]

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What’s in a Name?

Have you Googled your name lately? We tried to find an old friend recently on Facebook, but his name is so common that it’s difficult to identify the right individual. That got me to thinking about names. Googling your own name can bring up all kinds of interesting information–and it […]

A Call for Unity

“Be humble and gentle in every way. Be patient with each other and lovingly accept each other. Through the peace that ties you together, do your best to maintain the unity that the Spirit gives” (Ephesians 4:2-3, ESV) It’s been a rough week in the evangelical world. Recent revelations in the […]

Be patient and lovingly accept each other. Gal. 4:2

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What are you entitled to?

Doesn’t it seem like our whole society has devolved  into this: what’s in it for me? That’s the impression I sometimes have, based on incidents like these: Food pantries are intended to help low-income people. Some accept only the food items they know they will use, while others take it […]

Dark and Light in Politics

This political season seems to have topped every presidential election up to this point. Name-calling, accusations, outright lies, rude debates, and voter fraud have reached an all-time high, according to many observers. And that’s among voters, not just between candidates. If you read comments to various posts on Facebook, or to […]

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Trust Me as I lead you to a place beyond your best expectations. --God

An Exciting Journey

When I attended the annual Writer’s Conference last month, I took a workshop led by Allen Arnold about learning to create with the Creator. As part of the workshop, Arnold handed out journals in which he had written a message. Each person received a different message; no names were attached to the journals […]