“I Love Jesus But I Hate the Church”

I’m avoiding writing about politics. I’m trying to limit my intake of the news, too, because there’s really no use in “staying informed” if it makes you sick and paralyzed with anxiety. I’m also just tired of the constant shock and awe. Maybe […]

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Please Stop Saying People Aren’t Perfect

My last post was angry and sad complaining against the Church. Not a day later did a staff member of the church I’m attending inform me of their holiday tradition of giving to those in their congregation who could use a little […]

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“Seize the Day”

To wrap up my “phrases” series, which I began back in April thinking it would only last a few weeks, I’m going to end with one I’m ambivalent about.  We each only get one life and each day is the only one […]

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“Prepare the Way of the Lord”

“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, The voice of one crying […]

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“It is Better to Give Than to Receive”

It’s a sweet-sounding tribute to altruism, a tip of the hat to selflessness, a declaration of an other-centered  life: it is better to give than to receive.  It seems almost too obvious to state that the opposite – it is better to […]

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“Weep With Those Who Weep”

I’m not skipping the first half of the verse (Romans 12:15) – “rejoice with those who rejoice” – because I think it’s unimportant to do so.  Rejoicing with those who rejoice is just as vital to healthy relationships as weeping with those […]

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“Making it Big”

If there’s one (new) thing I’ve gathered from the roiling discussion of Robin Williams’ death the week after the news broke, it’s that we are either misunderstanding or misusing this idea of “making it big.”  In the first place, in the days […]

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“My Brother’s Keeper”

I’m probably not alone when I say that responsibility to and for others makes me squirm.  It may have something to do with growing up in an unapologetically individualistic society, where everyone is supposed to be able to do everything for and […]

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“Reaching Out”/”You Are Not Alone”

Just in case anyone’s wondering, I’m not going to be doing any personal exposes on my own experience with depression (beyond saying this article is so very yes in hopes of encouraging understanding) as it seems to be all the rage to do […]

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“Start Small”

We’ve all heard – and maybe even expressed – the sentiment that it’s the small things that count.  Sure, a romantic trip to Rome for an anniversary with surprise clues the weeks leading up to it really makes a woman feel loved (one […]

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