Looking forward to Advent

I’ve had mixed feelings about Advent and Christmas for years. Everyone’s happy and I get more melancholy. There are expectations of great love and great presents and great programs, and I feel inadequate. But several years ago, I began to understand that spending time in preparation can help us handle seasons of expectation with wisdom […]

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The worst day of the year

Jesus said, “But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting.” It’s clear that Jesus was speaking before the amazing power of coffee beans was released. Yesterday, many people gave up caffeine for Lent. Today, they are waking […]

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A different kind of fast

We’ve been exploring the idea of fasting. Heather read the book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, just before our family vacation. The ideas captured her imagination enough that she shared them with the rest of our family. So now we’re in the midst of practicing the exercises the author did with her family. I […]

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Nehemiah, feasts, Lent, and a new ebook.

Nehemiah has challenged me many ways. The biggest so far is the beginning of a series of publications that I’m talking about as “A New Routine.” I published the third ebook this weekend, this one as a Lent reader (Kindle) (Nook). Here’s how it relates to Nehemiah. In my Nehemiah email, I wrote about Nehemiah […]

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