Category Archives: religion

The Lord Has Come: Lace Up Your Boots (A Sermon for Christmas Sunday)

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses,Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is … Continue reading

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American Christianity’s no-cost discipleship

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, leader in the German Confessing Church Today one of my … Continue reading

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17 thoughts on not being a pastor

1.  I never much liked the title anyway, so that’s lucky. 2.  When I first heard that I might not be relicensed this year I was panicked, angry, hurt, and desperate to get the Credentials Board to change their mind. … Continue reading

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Home

I grew up in a mid-sized town in central Missouri.  I suppose I felt about my hometown as most children do.  It’s playgrounds and schools and corner stores were the geography of my world.  My notions of wealth were drawn … Continue reading

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Has endless winter ended?

I’m hopeful. I can hear a flock of birds outside my kitchen window and it’s supposed to get up to 70 today.  Maybe spring has come to stay. One of my dearest friends is coming to visit tomorrow, along with … Continue reading

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A letter to our sisters, on biblical womanhood in heavenly places

Yesterday Julie Anne at Spiritual Sounding posted this response to an article at cbmw.org.  That’s the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, the flagship organization for complementarian theology.  I was alarmed by the excerpts in Julie Anne’s piece, so I … Continue reading

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Homeschoolers, we can do better

I’m going to keep my input short and sweet today, and then turn the mic over to the gentleman in the photo above.  That’s Kevin Swanson.  He’s a homeschool graduate and a homeschooling father of five, a minister in the … Continue reading

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5 of My Favorite (Recent) Things

One of my favorite blog friends issued me a challenge after reading my last post:  “…tell/show me five things you stumbled across that left some sort of good taste in your mouth. I find we often need to talk about … Continue reading

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5 Things That I’d Like to Talk About….

….but I’m not sure that’s possible, without starting a ruckus. I’ve seen so many interesting things over the last few weeks, during my blogging break.  So can I just leave a few of them here to share with you? And … Continue reading

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Radio Silence and Advent Hope

Day 2 of Advent, my favorite season on the church calendar.  Yesterday I taught a lesson on Zechariah and Elizabeth and one of the commentaries I read mentioned the “400 years of prophetic silence” that Israel had endured before, suddenly, … Continue reading

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