Jesus is our hope and power

As I write, week three of a poison ivy rash is still visible on my arm. It’s not a bad case, but it itches and looks unpleasant. “How,” you may be wondering “did she get poison ivy? Did she wander into some by accident? Or just discover that she is allergic to it?” The answer is no, and no. I…

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Personalities

Personality tests fascinate me. Introvert or extrovert? Easygoing, ambitious, melancholy, or optimistic? What’s your birth order and how does it explain your life? This interest started at an early age: when we’d go over to friends and relatives on Sunday nights, everyone else played tag, volleyball, or jumped on the trampoline. I was the geek in the corner, curled up…

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Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world

To get to the joy of Easter, we have to walk through the rest of the week. Today is Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday, traditionally a day to remember the Last Supper and Jesus’s example of service through foot washing. Jesus spent most of his last free hours on earth celebrating Passover with his closest friends, giving them final instructions…

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Patience

For the last number of weeks, I’ve tried to write a column about patience, and it just wouldn’t come together. Revising, rewording, letting the thing rest for a few days…it still didn’t help. Try as I would, everything I wrote seemed smug or insensitive. I wanted to give up. I kept thinking about various friends I know who are struggling…

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Trust and rest in Jesus

The songs of Christmas have floated around us since late November. And, (putting on my curmudgeon’s hat) most of them drive me to distraction. However, this is not about the merits or otherwise of “Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time” or “Holly Jolly Christmas.” Instead, I want to look more closely at “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”, which has been…

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“Take courage! It is I.”

The tests kept coming. First a physical. “It feels like a cyst, but with your family history we’d better get an ultrasound to make sure.” Next an ultrasound given by a noncommittal technician. A biopsy followed, and one of the worst moments of my life: calling my mother with the news that it was positive. Then a diagnosis of stage…

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Leading Generously

Leading Generously is the third set in a film series called Reimagine Generosity. This third set of films concerns generosity in leadership—but it is not merely for “leaders” in the typical, worldly sense. Insofar as we are all called to lead others toward the Way, the Truth and the Life, we are all leaders, or can be and should be, in…

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Encouragement

This past Tuesday I got up, took one child to school, went to the gym and ran 3 miles, came home and put in a load of laundry, cleaned the church for 3 hours, put in another load of laundry, cleaned our guest house for the visitors arriving that afternoon, mulched 2 flowerbeds, put in another load of laundry, made…

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Faithfulness

A few weeks ago I drove to church by way of Covered Bridge Road. Going over the bridge and past the mill, the sky was a brilliant fall blue, the gently rolling hills were soft green, and the corn was harvest brown. The whole quiet scene looked as I imagine it did 50, 60, or perhaps even 100 years ago.…

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