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Four amigos.

This morning I had the privilege of meeting with four gentlemen – “pillars of the community” – who were hoping I would serve on a small community board with them.  I couldn’t imagine why they would want me – I … Continue reading

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Blessed by the most vulnerable.

As I go along in ministry, I seem to get clearer and clearer about my sense of call.  Rapidly I find myself getting over the need to apologize for what often comes across as a broad and unwieldy sense of … Continue reading

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Stripped and broken, beautiful still.

“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”  He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. (John 12:32-33) When we think of the beauty of God, it … Continue reading

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Getting older is getting freer

“Why bother.” “You’re only going to fail.” “No one will support this.” Being obedient to God can be daunting.  For one thing, if I am honest with myself, even when I sense very strongly that God is calling me to … Continue reading

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Truth-telling and other brave acts

A dear friend told me recently, “You are very brave.” My inner critic was quick to tell me: Brave? Possibly.  Or perhaps you are mildly crazy or deluded.  I kept my mouth shut, but hoped my friend was right. My friend’s … Continue reading

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Love wins: always, always, always.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:5) This week has brought a deepening appreciation for the power of the Body of Christ gathering and affirming our faith, our confidence in the One who … Continue reading

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Giving up shame.

There is a fair amount of chatter these days about how best to observe a Holy Lent.  Many people choose the discipline of giving something up – like chocolate or wine or Facebook.  Others take something on – a new … Continue reading

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Wide open spaces

Vulnerability has been on my mind a lot lately.  In our culture, we get a lot of encouragement and advice to help us avoid being vulnerable.  In business or at war, we are trained to identify vulnerabilities, to protect or … Continue reading

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Overcoming the great divide

In Hope Against Darkness, Richard Rohr discusses and unfolds the theology of St. Francis of Assisi.  He speaks of the freedom found in coming to know that we are nothing.  And that God is everything.  He describes this as the … Continue reading

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Edge of heaven

This Sunday, we will encounter John the Baptist, the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, urging us to repent, to turn and be baptized.  What a sight this cousin of Jesus must have been, this young man from … Continue reading

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