Recognizing the progress you are making.

What if you used to get angry at everything other people said. I mean, you got into arguments all the time. If someone held a stopwatch on you, the time from initiation of conversation to your explosion was thirty seconds or less. When James says the tongue is “A restless evil, full of deadly poison,” […]

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Stop for some tea with me.

Friends are saying goodby to parents and spouses and siblings and cousins and nieces. Friends are wondering how interviews are going to turn out, how to take the next turn. Friends are recovering from surgeries. Friends are wondering about the new guy. Friends are wondering how much of the pain in the world they can […]

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Nonsensical peace

God gives peace at moments that make no sense. At times when by every right, everything emotionally should be cascading in, there can be peace. Not a denial, but an acknowledgment that yes, indeed, there is cancer, but God has a clue. Not a denial but an acknowledgment that yes, that casket holds the body […]

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Flat bread. Grape squeezings.

A few hours after I write this, a handful of people, older than high school (but less than a decade so) are going to sit in a circle and look at flat bread and grape squeezings. They will have spent  time before that looking at their souls, allowing the God whose job description includes “reminding […]

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friend of Judas

We know little about Simon the Zealot. I mean, we can read about the Zealots as a political movement in first century CE Israel. We can read about their desire to throw Rome out, to take Israel back. But we know little about him other than that he is listed with the twelve disciples every […]

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