An evening of hopeful stories.

Becky and Rich wanted to get some people who needed to hear stories about hope together with some people who needed to tell stories about hope. When I write that sentence, I realize that means just about everyone. But you can’t invite everyone, not to the same living room at the same time. The dream […]

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For those of us who live tentatively.

I have friends who read a lot. They set goals. They keep lists. They track their reading online. A couple weeks ago, I read a bunch of books. I was going to put them on my online reading list. But then I started thinking. “Are these the right kind of books to list?” I thought. […]

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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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