Tag Archives: Change

Fierce Spirituality

When I was a twenty-eight-year-old pastor I thought it would be a good idea to preach through the book of Romans verse-by-verse. I was out of my depth. If you have ever spent much time in the book you might … Continue reading

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The Jail

I sat down on a cold plastic chair in a narrow beige room; a thick barrier of Plexiglas spanned the table to the ceiling. Tender names of lovers and vulgar epithets were etched on the walls. Loud voices and the … Continue reading

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The Voice

One evening a few years ago, I was driving home in the gentle rain of the Pacific Northwest. In the back of my old Jeep lay a gift for the best grandson in the wide world that I had purchased … Continue reading

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Slow Healing

 God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.  (Genesis 1:30) I took them up in my arms;     but they did not know that I … Continue reading

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The Pearl

The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.  ~Jesus  What is the Summum bonum of life; the value … Continue reading

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Friends and Monsters

There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24 Other than the covenant relationship between a husband and wife no other relationship has the potential to shape us and bring wholeness to our fragmented souls like that … Continue reading

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Life with God is an Inside Job

For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. ~ Jesus Is Jesus being meaner than Moses? No, he is saying that … Continue reading

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