“No other gods”

I struggle not to be undone by the passage of time.  It’s been three weeks since the SPU shooting.  This past Easter marked the 15-year anniversary of the Columbine High shootings.  I wasn’t at the school, but I remember the eight-hour lockdown […]

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“Everything has a season”

Not to be confused with “everything happens for a reason,” the idea that everything has a season is actually a comfort to me in these days and weeks since the shooting at SPU.  It’s not that I think we should accept school […]

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“It Could Have Been Worse”

It’s been two weeks.  In general, the faculty and staff at SPU have been truly heroic in their response to the community’s grief, mobilizing resources (among them is this one, written by a professor to a friend and classmate) and making themselves […]

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“Struck Down But Not Destroyed”

  It took a few days, but now, I’m mad.  I’m mad that tragedy has struck again.  I’m mad that the best God seems to be doing right now is staying with us in the tragedies, instead of, you know, STOPPING THEM.  […]

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“Lord, in Your Mercy”

It has already been a week since SPU joined the rapidly growing ranks of schools that have been attacked.  Summer break has mostly begun; graduation is these next few days for my school and after that, many people will be gone.  The campus that […]

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“Go Slow”

You’ve probably heard by now: at the school where I got my undergrad degree and where I’m currently in seminary, there was a shooting last Thursday.  Jon Meis, the student security guard at Otto Miller Hall who tackled the shooter while he was […]

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“Thank you”

As one who is alive to the devastation of our planet, the terrible things we do to each other, the hollow places of life and love, “thank you” is sometimes the hardest thing to say.  I don’t just mean to God  – as […]

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“Let go and let God”

Many people are grappling with crippling anxiety or debilitating fear, either generalized or about something specific, and there is a lot to be afraid of, to be sure.  Anxiety is an awful, ravaging monster that can paralyze us, rob us of sleep […]

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