Marginally challenged.

Sunday morning, I slapped my tie against the kitchen counter. On purpose. The first three attempts to tie my tie before going to work had resulted in a tie that was marginally too short. Even after paying close attention the third time. And so, in my frustration at the tie, I slapped the end of […]

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How routines can shape our lives.

I don’t think of Lent as a time to form habits. I think of it as a time to give up. But embracing something new always has in it surrender. And surrender always has offers something new. So what if I approached Lent as a time of testing? Not being tested as much as testing […]

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“I’m listening”

Samuel was a young man, probably in his teens. He’d been living at the tabernacle since he was young, maybe five or six. Eli slept within earshot of the tabernacle. Samuel did as well. It meant that they could protect and pray, that the holiness of God wasn’t left alone. Every night at twilight, a […]

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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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A hole in the hand.

It was a Good Wednesday several years ago. That’s the day two days before Good Friday. On Good Wednesday, creatives around churches are looking at their “really cool” concepts for Good Friday services and realizing all the pieces have to be ready in two days. It’s a scary time. We were going to have a […]

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