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We were there, plotting and scheming

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they crucified my Lord? “‘Were you there when they crucified my Lord?’ the old spiritual asks. And we must … Continue reading

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It’s good to be brought down

The process hurts. When pride is disciplined, the sting bites. But it’s good to be brought down. It’s good when our self-serving — even if carefully-crafted and vigilantly-guarded — self-elevating-image shatters. For in the shattering, we’re freed to return to … Continue reading

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carrying home the water of grace

Enigma. Mystery. Puzzles and conundrums. Scripture is full of what we interpret as paradox. We, fallen, with finite minds, are unable to grasp God’s ways apart from the Spirit’s illumination. We are but dust, after all. And so when God … Continue reading

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Does it really matter how I talk? (part 3)

So how do I fight the deadly forms of unwholesome talk that proceed from my mouth? First, I remember that the talk that proceeds from my mouth flows out from what’s hidden inside. Whether I talk in ways that build … Continue reading

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an upside to summer’s end

Eighty-ish days of slow summer-bliss come to an end this morning for most kids in my part of the world. Yellow school buses and silver mini-vans roll through clogged, first-day drop-off lines, rushing to arrive before the 8:00 a.m. bell. … Continue reading

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Anchored. Or drifting.

He sat, excited as could be, drawing his vision of a tropical beach and sky and palm trees.  Make-A-Wish Foundation had asked for a picture of his dream-trip destination for their files, and we’d (his parents and sisters) been told … Continue reading

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