Marriage and change

Dec 22, 2014 by

This is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart). — E.E. Cummings Given the fact that we all enter the world as helpless infants, we depend on the ability to...

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Avoiding Jesus

Nov 10, 2014 by

No one can truly know Christ unless they follow him daily in life. — Hans Denck You know those people in your life who you respect but find hard to be around? Sometimes it seems the church feels that way...

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Parenting and the Bible

Sep 29, 2014 by

It is the things you assume that really sink into them. It is the things you forget even to teach that they learn. — G.K. Chesterton I recently received a postcard in the mail from a local church advertising...

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Older brother

Aug 18, 2014 by

The worlds we sought were never those we saw; the worlds we bargained for were never the worlds we got. — Saul Bellow, Dangling Man I realize it is an unflattering thing to reveal, but if I had to insert...

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Jesus in my heart

Jul 7, 2014 by

My daughters periodically beg to become members of our church. This would warm my heart more if their requests didn’t always fall on Sundays when we celebrate communion. I sympathize. How well I remember...

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A spirit next to you

May 26, 2014 by

Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you: But when the leaves hang trembling, The wind is passing through. — Christina Rossetti One of the gifts of spiritually mentoring children is the opportunity to...

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Power in the blood

Apr 14, 2014 by

As the first Adam’s sweat surrounds my face, May the last Adam’s blood my soul embrace. — John Donne After rehearsing a gospel song, a musician friend who to our knowledge has never attended an actual...

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Antidote to anger

Mar 3, 2014 by

Then bubbling up from the inner depths is the one thing we did not want, a biting and bitter spirit. — Richard Foster Celebration of Discipline It’s unfortunate we can’t harness this world’s anger...

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Hope of heaven

Jan 20, 2014 by

The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into our hearts, and our brains. — Paul Simon, “Train in the Distance” Since I was looking out an airplane window, en route to my childhood...

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Orpha’s potato salad

Sep 30, 2013 by

One morning I looked at my five-pound bag of potatoes that were not getting any fresher and thought, “How about some potato salad?” I wasn’t getting good vibes from any of my newer books with large...

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