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Narrow Spaciousness

There are hard things in this book (Bible), hard things to hear, hard things to obey. ~ Eugene Peterson My brother used  to let me stuff him into a hideaway couch and put the cushions on it. I’d sit on … Continue reading

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Killing Giants

 “Sometimes fear does not subside, and we must choose to do it afraid.”  ~Elisabeth Elliot When have you been most afraid? I could tell you about breaking my leg in the wilderness and lying on the ground for two days … Continue reading

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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 Proof

Unless I see in His hands… St. Thomas “If life doesn’t break your heart at least once a day, that shows a real lack of imagination.” ~ Garrison Keillor Back in the summer of 2013 my church in the Pacific … Continue reading

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Overcoming a Joyless Christmas

Let every heart Prepare Him room ~ Isaac Watts I love to laugh, tease others, and delight in life—but as a rule I run a low-grade melancholic fever.  I suppose it’s part of my temperament. Or it might be the … Continue reading

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The Loss

And he was there in the prison.  But the Lord was with Joseph …  Genesis 39:20-21 There is nothing we would like to avoid more if we could than a crisis. But what if we could? Imagine that you had a child, and when that … Continue reading

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The Sacrifice

Then God said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah…” Genesis 22:2 The Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Cormac McCarthy The Road, describes the journey south taken by a young boy and his … Continue reading

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