Practicalities and a gratitude

1. If you need to find a funeral home or need to compare funeral homes, parting.com is one resource we point people toward. Enter your ZIP code and answer a couple questions and you should have access to funeral homes near you. 2. What can you do today to make progress on something you are […]

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Fifteen seconds of reading isn’t fifteen seconds of life.

Jesus and Peter and James and John had climbed up a mountain (or hill). 1,500 feet or 9,000 feet (there are some disagreements about which mountain it was, exactly.) John, James, and Peter saw Jesus with robes whiter than any laundry person could bleach them. They saw Elijah and Moses standing with Jesus, chatting. Moses […]

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learning while saying a little prayer.

“As a pastor I was charged with, among other things, teaching people to pray, helping them to give voice to the entire experience of being human, and to do it both honestly and thoroughly.” That’s what Eugene Peterson wrote. Give people a sense of what is possible and acceptable and available. Give them a sense […]

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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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“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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