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SINNERS ANONYMOUS

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Alcoholics Anonymous has always made sense to me, even though I’m not an alcoholic.  There is nothing perfect about it – just a bunch of sick people trying to help each other get better.  And they do!  There is no “authority” thundering about how wrong others are, or claiming absolute wisdom about anything – just […]

GIVING AS PARTNERSHIP

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Giving always benefits the giver in some way.  Certainly generosity feels a lot better than stinginess.  There are other potential benefits as well, and it can be important to recognize what is really happening.  Benefits can be the feeling being magnanimous, or looking good, or feeling less guilty about something.  As in our politics, it could […]

CHILDREN, HOPE, AND BAPTISM

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There are so many reasons NOT to have children.  They are endless work; they are expensive; they are noisy; they are demanding; they come to involve constant decisions about things you are uncertain of….  It’s sure a good thing God made them cute!  They are also a profound expression of hope!  I have heard people […]

NOT A FIXER

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Sometimes God and I have it out.  Thank goodness God has always been the winner!  But in my experience, God’s winning has almost never been a power play.  God does not “mow me down” so much as let me be with consequences I was wishing didn’t have to happen.   The issues, in fact, have usually […]

A STARTING PLACE FOR OUR BURDENS

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We had family visiting and took a day to do some sights in Pittsburgh.  There were some stresses that developed during the day, including car trouble and disagreements between children on what to see.  Inevitably, one youngster felt put-upon and complained to everyone else, and you could watch the chain of frustration move from child […]

A RANDOM PROPHETIC DIP

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Here are some inspiring Biblical thoughts to brighten your day:  “Your doom has come to you, O inhabitant of the land….  Soon I will pour out my wrath upon you” (Ezekiel 7:7 & 8).  Those phrases are part of an entire chapter like that, along with lots more where that came from.  The New Hope […]

MORE DISASTROUS REFLECTIONS

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As I write this Texas, Oklahoma, and the nation’s mid-section are being hammered by another deluge of thunderstorms, huge floods, and tornados, with more on the way.  Day after day!  Certainly nature is demonstrating itself to be anything but tame, and the assumptions we have lived and built by are revealed as up for grabs.  […]

WHEN THE EARTH MOVES

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We all feel stunned again at the effect of a natural disaster whose magnitude is almost too much to contemplate – the earthquake in Nepal.  What is the most solid and immovable thing you typically would think of in your life?  The bedrock beneath your feet!   When that moves, what is left?  Well, when it […]

A “SYMPHONY” IN BLUE AND WHITE

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I was walking on a bluff above Lake Erie on a Crisp, bright, early Spring day, and was presented with a stunning vista.  It was all in just two colors – cobalt blue water and, out from shore a bit, bright, white ice with the sun glinting off of it.  There was a whole world in […]

STILL EASTER WHEN I’M WASHING DISHES

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The events recalled in the Easter season are dramatic indeed.  It is hard for us to catch just how dramatic sometimes, because they are familiar to us, and at the same time from an era that is very different than our own.  Nevertheless, anyone can see that death on a cross and rising from the […]