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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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Human Being versus Doing. Towards Wholeness

I am not alone when I admit I have wrestled with the being versus doing dichotomy. In essence, it's a longing to live more authentically, to experience meaning in those things we do and not feeling disconnected from our sense of being whether by mindless rote, guilt or unhealthy obligation. I know that this was…
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Loving our Enemies doesn’t mean denying our Anger

I’m so excited to see many of my friends actively engaging in trying to live lives of love.  It continues to be a personal mission of mine to encourage and inspire people to love well.  I believe that learning to live loved and live love is a truly transforming way to impact ourselves, homes, cities,…
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Trash Talk with Scripture

In my quiet time this morning I was reading a piece of scripture for the New Testament. I found myself lingering around Jesus’ temptation in the desert in Matthew 4. 5Then the Slanderer carries him off into the Holy City, and stood him upon the pinnacle of the Temple, 6And says to him, “If you…
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Listen Deeply – a Contemplative Prayer exercise

The practice (grace) of seeing God in and through all things will serve us well in season and out. I invite you to sit quietly and turn your thoughts to Jesus.  In this contemplative prayer exercise relax and picture Jesus and let that image come to rest in your heart.  This is a gentle practice…
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The Welcome of God

Can you think of a time when you were made to feel really welcome? Where the host(s) went out of their way to ensure that you felt comfortable and well served? What did that look like? How did that make you feel? What difference did this make for you? How about in a situation where…
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Square Peg in a Round Hole World

David Hayward, aka as the Naked Pastor posted a cartoon recently (see above).   This cartoon spoke to me, and I am beginning to understand why I resonate with it, and it is for deeply personal reasons. Confession time. I feel like a square peg, and I have all my life.  For most of my…
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Can’t Buy the Kingdom of God

There is a virus that seeks to hijack healthy spirituality. In effect, it makes not only our faith very small, but it makes us smaller as people. The difficulty is that this virus masquerades as a form of godliness, and it works it's toxicity subtlely at first, and before we know it, we are scratching…
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Joy of Good News

There are many kinds of good news. The best news for me was the birth of my three sons, and seeing them each succeed in their own ways. For some, good news may be winning the lottery or an all clear on a medical test, getting a new job or buying a new car. We…
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Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places

Once upon a time, a Sufi mystic was searching for something on the street outside her small hut. The sun was setting, and darkness was descending, as few people gathered around her. "What have you lost? What are you searching for?  Perhaps we can help," they said. "I have lost my needle." The mystic replied. One of the people said, "Well, the sun…
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