“There is Nothing New Under the Sun”

The words of the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.  Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher,  vanity of vanities! All is vanity.  What do people gain from all the toil at which they toil under the sun?  A generation goes, and a generation […]

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“Raising Awareness”

Somewhere in the stated goal of many activist-type organizations, I’ve found something like the desire to “raise awareness.”  We have days and months set aside for certain ailments, colors assigned to various causes and even animals paraded as mascots rallying us around […]

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“The Communion of Saints,” Part 2

The writer of Hebrews is actually very specific about who comprises this community of faith and love.  Hebrews 11, the “runway” to the chapter commending us to the great cloud of witnesses, essentially tells the story of Israel, from Abraham to David, praising […]

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“The Communion of Saints,” Part 1

We recite a version of the Nicene Creed at my Church every week.  For the most part, I prefer this over the Apostle’s Creed for theological reasons, but I remember when I first encountered a “creed” of any kind.  I was on a […]

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“I just want to remain neutral.”

Speaking of leaving community, about a year and a half ago, a mere four months after our wedding, my husband and I had to leave our church abruptly.  It was not our choice and we had very little power over the situation.  Many […]

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“Community is Messy.”

Recently, I had a set of experience that led me to feel I needed to remove myself from a certain community.  My issues began with the sexist comments made by one of its members, continued with the same member’s harsh “joking” at […]

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Raging with Compassion

We interrupt our regularly scheduled “thoughts about phrases” programming – because it’s midterms – for a brief book review interlude.  I’m swamped with papers, projects, presentations and another writing deadline so today, I would just like to offer my brief thoughts on […]

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“Our Daily Bread,” Part 2

So this community that looks to God for creation, provision and direction asks for “daily bread.”  Matthew’s version says “give us this day our daily bread” (6:11); Luke’s says, “give us each day our daily bread” (11:3).  Said slightly different ways, the emphasis is the same: […]

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