Make the News

“I say to you that listen, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” Luke 6:27-28. I’ll be honest. I’m struggling to read or watch the news anymore. The hate seems to be everywhere. It’s not enough...

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Caught up in love

I wonder what it feels like to be a fish. One day you’re swimming around, minding your own business, maybe hanging out with some other fish, just getting comfortable in a nice little eddy, snacking on stuff floating by, when – BAM! – you’re hooked. Next thing you know you’re...

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Under the Sea

How deep is your love? When we think of the story of Jesus calling the first disciples, we might remember that they were fishermen and the classic line about him calling them to come and “fish for people.” That story is in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. In...

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More than just noise

“If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” (1 Corinthians 13:1) The apostle Paul could sure speak like an angel when he wanted to and he certainly does it here. These words introduce...

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The Sum of its Parts

Body image has really become an issue lately. Nope. I misspoke. Body image has always been an issue. Thankfully, more and more people – especially young people – are speaking out and drawing attention to the profound impact your perception of your appearance can have on your wellbeing. That perception...

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Your Table Is Ready

Back in 2017, there was an obscure and not well received movie called Table 19. Few people saw it, still more than critics thought it deserved, but it had an interesting premise. It’s about a group of people who all end up seated together at a wedding at Table 19....

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Remember your baptism

In the weeks between Christmas and Lent, many churches observe the season of Epiphany. Epiphany means a revealing or a knowing of the meaning of something in a way which has a profound impact. When one has an epiphany, it’s more than a moment of enlightenment, it can lead to...

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Tis the season

January 6 is Epiphany on the church calendar, the day set aside to celebrate the arrival of the magi to see Jesus. The magi, or “wise men” or, traditionally, the Three Kings, followed the star to Bethlehem, seeking the prophesied King. The story appears in Matthew 2:1-12. Well, spoiler alert:...

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More Than A Day

I hope you’re having a Joyful Christmas. You can have a merry one, too, and a happy one, but it isn’t always, and a few weeks back, I said that I would wish for everyone’s Christmas to be “joyful.” I mean that, so … Joyful Christmas to you. And no,...

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Where’s your Joy?

This year, I plan on wishing everyone a “Very Joyful Christmas.” I’m planning on it. I’ll probably forget every now and then and go with the old standard “Merry Christmas.” Some people like a good “Happy Christmas.” Or the new (relatively) “Happy Holidays,” to be more inclusive. Or even a...

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