January 9, 2019

New Year, New Commitment

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Just a few days ago the numbers changed on the calendar again. 2018 has gone, and 2019 has come. Many people in America take this time to set new goals, make new promises to ourselves, resolve to change, and generally try to envision themselves anew with the change of these
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September 19, 2018

How we Disagree Matters

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Recently I shared an article on my personal Facebook page that touched a few political heartstrings. Some it made harmony with, others experienced a bit of discord with the contents of the article. Those who experienced discord with the article commented and pushed back a bit. I responded to them,
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August 7, 2018

Perspective Matters

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When I was beginning in ministry I made a collage with words and pictures that connected with the guided meditation I was participating in. One of the words I included in that collage was “perspective”. I don’t know why I included it then, but I’m glad I did. It continues
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August 3, 2018

Who do you say that I am?

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In the stories about Jesus (Christians call them “Gospels”) there is a scene where Jesus is walking with his disciples. He’s been traveling around Galilee (in the northern part of modern Israel) healing people, teaching in the synagogues and hillsides, and generally getting quite famous. One day as he is
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July 26, 2018

A Little Help Reading the Bible

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Now you’ve got a Bible, and you’ve thought about starting to read it. Maybe you’ve even opened it up and been overwhelmed by all the names, places, and sheer volume of material. You may have even read the last two blog entries and been overwhelmed. I get it, because that’s
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June 19, 2018

A Guide to Reading the Bible Part 2

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Reading the Bible is a daunting task, and yet it is one that task is one each of us is more than able to meet. In my last post I talked a lot about getting a Bible and looking at it’s Table of Contents. I also recommended that people begin
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May 17, 2018

A Guide to Reading the Bible

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Let’s face it, the Bible is not something that is easy to read. It’s a collection of written documents that span at the least 2000 years (probably more). It was written by and for a culture that looks very little like our modern world, especially mine in the United States.
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May 10, 2018

Won’t You be my Neighbor?

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A simple question that has become a famous one, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” Fred Rogers, an ordained minister who was disturbed about the way television was portrayed for children decided to make a change, and in doing so invited us all to be his neighbor. From 1968 to 2001
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April 18, 2018

A Song for Every Heart

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As long as I can remember I’ve loved music. My parents didn’t always agree with my definition of “music”, but that’s how parents are supposed to respond when they hear what their teenage child is listening to, right? The music I listened to as a child, as a teenager, as
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March 19, 2018

Guns and Gun Violence

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[Jesus Speaking] “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.” Luke 12:4 (NIV) Paul to the church in Rome, “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather,
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