Pouring a heart before God.

It’s about 1100 BC, give or take a few decades. In Greece, it is a time between civilizations. In China, the Shang dynasty is ending, the first of the Chinese civilizations. Rome doesn’t exist yet, as a civilization that we know. And in Israel, there is a woman named Hannah who wants a son. Her […]

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A prayer for a new week.

I make lists of things I want to write about. It’s a good practice. But it’s a barometer of my soul as well. When every idea on the list is a “how to”, I know I need to think a little about”why to.” When every idea on the list is “How sad”, I know I […]

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How to think about what is right.

( First published April 11, 2016) In one of his letters, Paul tells the readers to think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. It’s a nice list. But many of us struggle with application. I want to suggest that when Paul talks about focusing on what is right, […]

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words create cultures and that matters.

My degrees are all in communication. More accurately, in rhetoric, which considers how persuasion works. That training, and that kind of reflection, can get me in trouble. For example, the college where I worked had a groundbreaking ceremony for a new building. After the ceremony, there was a meal. Nancy and I were standing in […]

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Looking for energy?

“But I don’t have the energy.” For the third time in the conversation I said “I think [X] through but I don’t have the energy.” I made a note in my journal to find the energy to figure out why I was using that excuse. Because it was an excuse. I was telling my friend […]

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