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First Christmas

Reposting the Blog I wrote 2 years ago, my first Christmas as a Christian. This is the first year that I have been a Christian on Christmas. I never liked the way Christmas was celebrated before I became a Christian – not (as some would suppose) because I “hated Christians” or because I was enviousContinue reading “First Christmas”

American Thanksgiving

Lots of people have warm fuzzy memories of Thanksgiving dinners past. My most prominent Thanksgiving Day memory is of arguing with my Grandma over not eating turkey (I was an adult vegetarian). To Grandma, feeding people was how she expressed her love for them. Me not eating her Thanksgiving turkey (from her perspective) was likeContinue reading “American Thanksgiving”

Day of Rest

I took a much-needed day of rest today, first one in longer than it should have been. Able to clear my head of worldly busy-ness I found this occupying that holy space inside my soul today. Inviting you to join me in song. Or just listen.

Blowing in the Wind

This is overflowing with biblical imagery. And needed now more than ever. God be with you. The answer is blowing in the רוח

Brassica oleracea

. ???? . If you know what Brassica oleracea is, you’re probably a botanist. You might see it translated as “wild cabbage.” It’s actually an ancient plant that first started spreading around the Mediterranean at about the time of Paul’s missionary journeys in that area. It (Brassica oleracea) is one plant with a lot ofContinue reading “Brassica oleracea”

Spiritual Formation

. This week I signed up for a year-long Bible study class sponsored by my church. It will be a deep dive into the Book of Exodus with weekly lectures, small group discussions, prayer and meditation, and homework exercises. Every few weeks there will be a pause for prayer, reflection on what we are learning,Continue reading “Spiritual Formation”

Faith Without Deeds

. 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs,Continue reading “Faith Without Deeds”

Transgender

. A longtime close friend told me recently that they are transgender and transitioning. All of a sudden a lot of questions that had seemed distant and theoretical became close-up and personal for me. This isn’t just a casual friend. This is one of a small number of friends whom I had known to beContinue reading “Transgender”

Use Me Today God

. Yesterday morning I praised God for this day He created and asked Him to use me today. He did, in a very unexpected and challenging way. And it wasn’t until after the most challenging part was over that I remembered that I had asked God to use me. Being able to do God’s workContinue reading “Use Me Today God”

Paucapalea

. Recently I read an obscure law journal article published in 2003 titled, “Innocent Until Proven Guilty: The Origins of a Legal Maxim,” by a guy named Kenneth Pennington. Why I read this kind of stuff for fun and recreation … well … let’s just say that I’m a nerd. When I was a kidContinue reading “Paucapalea”

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