“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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“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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“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 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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“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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You “just want attention,” Part 1

I’m worried we’ve created a culture where attention-getting behaviors are seen as immature and are thus to be ignored, or even diagnosed as illnesses where “tacit ignoring” is prescribed as a “behavioral management strategy.”  Whenever someone is acting out, the response “oh, […]

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“What can I do to help?” Part 2

So what is it Bartimaeus asks for?  He changes his monniker for Jesus – from “Son of David” to “Teacher” –  and says, “Let me see again.”  So this is not a man blind from birth.  Bartimaeus came to Jesus and regained his sight. […]

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“It’s just semantics.”

Speaking of phrases I don’t like, this one tops my list.  Recently, I had an interaction on Facebook where I posted my thoughts about language – particularly my annoyance at gender-exclusive language (using “he” and “man” for a generic person, and “mankind” […]

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“Is there more?”

One of the phrases I’ve come to really appreciate is “is there more?”  This goes beyond the “how was your day” type questions and, when placed well in a conversation, can really show the other that you want to see them and […]

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