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Thinking in stories

We are creatures who think in stories. Confusion and anxiety reign when we can’t figure out the story line. It locates us. It gives meaning to our past, shapes our understanding of the present and gives direction for the future. Continue reading

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Ashen crosses and Jesus’ way of prayer

A Reflection on Ash Wednesday and the Lord’s Prayer The key texts for the reflection this Ash Wednesday were Isaiah 58:5-8 and Matthew 6:1-21. The Lord’s Prayer is the focus of our preaching during Lent this year. Daily verses and … Continue reading

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An eternal kindness

There is room in the heart of God for us all. Continue reading

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Where the heavens bend

It seems like we are marching again towards Good Friday, towards the death of kindness and mercy, to the triumph of naked power, to a paroxysm of the Father of Lies. And with what do we stand? Simply the promise that Christ is risen, that the darkness cannot prevail, that death itself yields to the author of life. Continue reading

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Christ among the faithful

Christ comes into the world among God’s faithful people. It is among God’s faithful that Christ is revealed. Continue reading

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Light for our darkness

We are not alone in the world. There is a heartbeat to the universe. There is a song of love and life at the heart of all existence. Continue reading

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When you walk through fire

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. –Isaiah 43:2-3 Continue reading

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Rain is coming

The people of Israel have seen parched earth. They understand the metaphor the prophet is using to describe their inner life. We might talk about tumbleweeds: dry, rootless, blowing in the wind. Continue reading

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Created in Love, Destined for Love, Called to Love

The morning of the world is perfect communion with God and the evening of the world is perfect communion with God and between them stands the call and invitation to live that communion now, to be witnesses of that communion, to be agents of that communion. Continue reading

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I worry about the country

I worry about the country. Problems go untended as we call each other names. It reminds me of households I have known. And congregations. Businesses, too, I suppose, though my experience there is mostly limited to the relationship between labor … Continue reading

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