It gets messy

“Creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.” Romans 8:21 Almost everything on this planet is not the way it should be. Yes, there’s beauty in a lot of what’s out there, but there is freedom in realizing that when we see things that […]

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Round John Virgin and the Innkeeper.

Some kid makes a drawing of the Nativity scene. Everyone looks familiar except for a guy standing in the corner. “Who’s that?” asks his teacher or mom or Sunday school teacher. “That’s Round John Virgin,” says the kid. “You know, Round John Virgin, mother, and child.” It’s a cute story. It’s probably not true. The […]

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all the days in between

(In this week after Christ the King Sunday and before Advent, I’m thinking about being in between. And I found this old post.) Paul spent somewhere between 27 months and three years in Ephesus. We know what he did night and day for three years. We know what he did for two years. We know […]

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Dear God.

Dear God. I don’t know what to do. I am completely lost. So help me with this call. That’s the prayer, written on a piece of paper in front of me. I’m guessing it is like many prayers written on many pieces of paper. It is like the prayers that I read when I flip […]

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Please take care of me

(This originally appeared in a series on “The Lord’s Prayer” on February 28, 2009) “You aren’t going to leave me, are you?” When you are getting to know someone too good to be true, you have questions.  You acknowledge their greatness. You ask them for help. You acknowledge your weakness. Then, after all that, as […]

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