A Little Something About Faith

Let’s take a stab at a definition of faith… Faith is the act of awareness by which I come to apprehend God in, with, and under the concrete circumstances of my life, leading me to glory by paths I do not understand and do not need to understand to experience…

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Loving the Scriptures

I’m a church kid. Born and raised. 37 years, with some two dozen of those spent seriously following Jesus. Some of my oldest and most spiritually formative memories are of my mother. The daughter of a farmer, my mom was, is, and probably always will be the earliest riser I…

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December 26th

My family and I had a lovely Christmas Day yesterday. I trust yours did as well. After a busy and eventful Sunday and Monday, we enjoyed a leisurely morning unwrapping presents before heading off to a mid-morning matinee (the Grinch!). Later in the day we had some friends over for…

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Is calling God “Father” problematic?

I know for some people it is. In this when failures of human fatherhood abound, it is easy to move backwards into the biblical text with an impulse to sneer a bit at all such “masculine” talk of God, including that of God as “Father,” scouring the text to find…

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Christianity and the Strengthening of the Emotional Life

I have a very complex (and often stormy!) emotional life. Laughter, tears, and deep longing… all of that can happen in the first 15 minutes of my day. It can be exhilarating… and exhausting. Over the years I have found that the life of self-discipline which Christianity entails is a…

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Entering Silence

What is the role of solitude and silence in our efforts to follow the living Christ who leads us by his Spirit into the future the Father dreams for us? For me, those twin disciplines have been indispensable. Through them, the Lord has–time and time again–enabled me to see what…

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Good Death

I sat beside the bedside of an 84 year old woman who is maybe days, perhaps even hours, away from her death. Dorothy is her name. I didn’t know her personally until yesterday. Her son attended our church in Denver and when his mom took a turn for the worst,…

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