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Do you tremble at the words of God?

Every Holy Week, amid the sad and somber stories of the crucifixion of Christ, our congregation sings the old spiritual “Were You There?” Do…

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A shout-out to “unslothy” women

The closest my wife gets to sloth is holding one. On a recent vacation, our family visited a sloth habitat in Honduras where my…

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Towel animals (aka, Jesus serves)

You know the service is good when housekeeping turns your bathroom towel into a sloth.  My extended family took a cruise recently and were…

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Stop saying, “It’s okay,” because it’s not okay

About 13 years ago, when I was interning at a church, my boss/pastor said that we would not just preach about forgiveness; we would…

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You can learn to be content

Literature is full of stories that offer explanations of why things happen. Shakespeare presented Romeo and Juliet as star-crossed lovers, i.e., their deaths were…

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Who, me? Grudges?

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). How I love the…

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Teaching kids to live generously

Here’s the scene: Mall atrium. Mall Santa sitting on a puffy red chair surrounded by world-worn, shady-looking elves. Long line of squirmy kids accompanied…

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Twin hounds

Who’s hounding you lately? Is your boss bugging you for that report? Is your mom following you around with an armload of dirty laundry?…

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Volunteer firemen

Most of us have a schizophrenic sense of justice. We personally like to live in the land of grace, a land where God treats…

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In God’s house

“Lord, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells” (Psalm 26:8). David loved God’s house. When he was away,…

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Let’s be presumptive positive

Two months ago I didn’t even know the words presumptive positive could go together. Then, in the beginning of August, 77 NFL players’ COVID-19…

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We don’t earn it

When my kids were 18 months, 3, and 4 years old, my husband was trying to get their help on some chores. They weren’t…