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July 29, 2016

Perhaps you’ve had the unsettling experience of finishing a conversation, walking away, and wondering whether what you just said was gossip. Sometimes it’s hard to tell. Gossip is a shadowy sin, blurry around the edges. When are our conversations hushed on account of d...

June 22, 2016

On Sunday, thousands of sermons will be preached in churches across the world by men who have given their lives to the study and proclamation of God’s word.

It is a high calling, and some of those sermons will be excellent, many of them will be good, and a few of them w...

June 14, 2016

What wouldn’t you be willing to sacrifice for a child? If you are anything like me, you would do almost anything: punch a charging she-bear, somersault in front of a speeding train or offer yourself as tribute to a would-be kidnapper. And on a smaller scale, you would...

November 17, 2015

Dark shadows fall over the closing pages of John’s Gospel. For our Lord himself, there is the shadow of the cross; for the disciples, the shadow of his imminent departure.

 

He is leaving them to return to the Father, and they are utterly distraught. It is to this distre...

November 9, 2015

As a young mom, I wrote a letter to my church asking them to consider formalizing the role of women’s minister. The executive pastor called me in for a meeting and promptly offered me the job. I was speechless. At the time, my four children ranged in age from 5 to 1. W...

November 2, 2015

The Book of Job has both shaken me and shaped me.

 

When I first read it, I found it troubling. It didn’t seem fair. Job was a righteous man. But over the years, this story has helped forge my understanding of God and my theology of suffering. It has taught me that God h...

October 29, 2015

One of the hardest things for me about suffering is loneliness.

 

Inevitably I feel isolated. Though my friends can help, they cannot share my sorrow. It is too deep a well.

 

When loss is fresh, people are all around. They call, offer help, send cards, and bring meals. Th...

October 27, 2015

It doesn't happen often, but yes, sometimes we do things we didn't think we would.

What have you done for the first time - because - you are a parent?

 

For the Explorer types, parenting can be a lot of fun because the whole world re-opens before you: books to read...

October 26, 2015

‘Clueless’ is for someone who misses the moment. fails to notice the connections, isn’t aware of the details. We laugh at such a person (secretly).

 

But what if we are clueless in our faith where we…

 

miss the moment, not make connections and ignore details?

 

Clueless hap...

September 3, 2015

We have often loved what we’ve learned about God more than God himself.

 

The Bible warns us about the dangers that come with our knowledge of God, especially for the theologically refined and convinced. “You cannot serve both God and theology.” Good theology is a mean...

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