Subtly awesome – a Pentecost reflection.

Subtly awesome. Those words don’t fit together. Subtle is almost unnoticeable. Awesome is huge. Imagine. I’m walking down the hall of the ICU, just down the hall from the chapel. As I’m getting to the end of the hall, I can turn left. I can go back to my office. I can catch up on […]

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A prayer for Pentecost Sunday.

God. You are here. We forget. We make plans and then we ask you to make them happen. We call it asking you to bless them. But you heard them all along. Some of them you made suggestions and we listened. On some of them, you made suggestions and we ignored. On some of them, […]

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When we don’t feel competent.

You and I both wrestle with feeling competent. We tell ourselves, “A competent ____ would do x, y, z. And I don’t do those things.That’s why I say I’m incompetent.” Though it looks like emotional algebra, It’s a pretty helpful formula for making ourselves feel guilty. A competent dad would . . . A competent […]

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Spirited conversations

Sunday will be Pentecost Sunday. It’s the day that parts of the church celebrate the sending of the Holy Spirit.That’s why I’ve been thinking and talking about the way people could speak in languages they didn’t know and the way people could hear God’s words in their own heart language. That and some challenges we’ve […]

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Not all songs we sing are supposed to be happy.

Paul and Silas were in jail in Philippi after being beaten. They were singing hymns. When I was little, I think I filled in songs like “If you’re happy and you know it shake your chains.” Rattle rattle. But those aren’t hymns. They talk about our experience of God rather talking about who God is. […]

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