On laughing and praying.

I was praying with a friend for that friend. I was, as I often do, just talking, asking God for what seemed to be a response to the concern on my friend’s heart. And then, as I sometimes do, I just started laughing. People who know me know that this is one of my odd […]

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David and Taylor Swift: on wisdom and love.

Today we have for you two partial posts. +++ David was a remarkable soldier. When we read through 1 Samuel, the accounts of his effectiveness in fighting the Philistines are striking. So when we get to 2 Samuel 5 and read, “And David inquired of the Lord,” the phrase stands out. So does the response: […]

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An amazing teacher.

I’m hardly ever surprised anymore. It’s not that I’ve seen it all. There’s a lot of “it” that I haven’t seen, that I’d rather not see. But I have seen enough to not be much surprised by gullibility and compassionlessness and betrayal and failure and fear. So when Mark tells us that people were amazed […]

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Pick one thing. Do it well.

“I’m completely stuck,” I said. “When you say ‘completely’,” Tim said, “What do you mean? That you sit in one place,  permanently unmoving?” wanted to nod, but I understood the irony of having the capacity to walk into Lystra Tea Company and to order a medium bold and to have the money to pay for […]

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