Reflecting on the rain.

“Showers of blessing, showers of blessing we need; Mercy-drops round us are falling, but for the showers we plead.” For the first third of my life, I was in church on Sunday evenings. That’s when we sang songs with more energy, with creative harmonies. The basses got to dig deep, to add notes. It’s the […]

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go ahead. be a sheep.

As much as I would like to believe that I am not a sheep, I am one. Not, I suppose, a blind follower of a random mindless herd. (Unless that’s what all followers of Christ are). I like to believe that I have the capacity to think with some originality. I like to believe that […]

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but what if you don’t want to be a sheep.

Sheep are not cool animals. Lions are cool. Eagles are cool. Swans are cool. Wild horses are cool. Even geese are cool, at least when you can turn them into a team that shares leadership. (If it weren’t for figuring out leadership lessons from geese, they would just be messy pests.) The rest of the […]

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if i could sit with you.

If I could sit with you, I would tell you that sometimes we can hear God talking and sometimes we can’t. I would tell you that when we hear him talking, you don’t actually hear anything with your ears. I would tell you that you hear it anyway, that is probably isn’t an essay, it’s […]

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about sheep. again.

Jesus told stories. A lot. We think about them as parables, looking at all the angles, trying to squeeze as much as we can out of the story. I think, sometimes, that we may work too hard to tie every part of the story to some deep lesson. I am guilty, too. I bring it […]

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