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Playing with Scripture – Midrash

[Guest article by Jacob Rose] The Jewish tradition of midrash offers something rich to the practice of scriptural interpretation that is too often forgone in the Christian tradition. Rachel Held Evans, author of Inspired, writes: “While Christians turn to Scripture to end a conversation, Jews turn to scripture to start a conversation” (24). Often, the understanding of…
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Walking in the Dark

The above quote stirred me deeply today. “Do not be afraid” is a constant mantra through the scripture (some 70+ times) ... and from personal experience, I can understand why.  I continue in a season of a long dark shadow.  A dark shadow cast by my beloved’s journey with Cancer.   These past 6 months…
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An Open Heart even when it’s Breaking

[August 6, 2019] The test results got flagged.  In short order, she was in another city for hi-res diagnostic imaging. The radiologist enters the consulting room.  You could tell the news wasn't good, especially when it starts with "I'm so sorry..." Within a week she was scheduled for a biopsy of the bigger tumour and…
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Kissed by The Rose’s – Interview: Michael and Andrea Rose

Michael is back from an amazing gathering in Texas.  This gathering saw folks from all over the United States gather to explore the God-who-loves in practical and soul-inspiring ways.  While there, Andrea and Michael sat down with Steve and Bryon from Bros. in a Basement Podcast. Have a listen: Listen to "Episode 62 - Kissed…
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Honest Questions

The following was never intended to be a blog post.  Truth be told, I wrote it in a moment of heartbreak and I shared it on Facebook. Multiple likes and shares later, I thought maybe it might be worth sharing here. There are a lot of people asking tough questions.  It would be a mistake…
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Forgiveness – Love in Real Life

Through heaves of sorrow from a broken heart, he asked “Does repentance have to come before forgiveness? They have no idea how they have destroyed me.  How do I forgive?” They are unaware. Oblivious to how much they have hurt my friend. So is there any theological (or otherwise) position to forgiving those who hurt…
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Obedience versus Surrender

Surrender to God is more accurately understood as the giving of oneself as gift. Obedience surrenders ones back... love inspired surrender gives ones whole self - including our heart.
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Dealing with Grief through Christmas

Christmas can be stressful - the gift buying, the busy social schedule, financial pressures.  These aside, for many people the holidays seem to make the grief we feel with the loss of a loved one extra fresh.  This grief can certainly be a result of losing a family member or close friend to death, and it…
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Christmas: An Overcoming Light

Do not lose Hope.   Do not be afraid. Perhaps a bizarre way to begin a Christmas message but for many, it has been a season of pain and loss. Each of us has our own experiences of loss and are most certainly aware of people we know who are entering the Christmas season with…
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War on Christmas? Still?

Fresh snow has fallen on the CornCob City, my prairie home.  The Town has the parks adorned with decorations and lights.  It’s quite pretty - the twinkle of the lights and the Merry Christmas signs.   And yet not so heartwarming because over the past few years, in reaction to a manufactured War on Christmas,…
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