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Life with the Black Swan
All of us find ourselves coping at the moment. We do so in different ways—walking, painting walls, reading books, binging
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Getting to the Heart of Real Praying
In P.T. Forsyth’s The Soul of Prayer, he writes, “Prayer is where our thought of God passes into action and
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Week Two in the Belly
There are two things getting me through this extraordinary season. And no, it’s not putting up lights and pretending it
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Learning How to Pray During a Pandemic
There are lots of ways to react to this pandemic. Become obsessed with it, watching the news 24/7 and keeping
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In the Belly of the Fish
In all of this strangeness–in truly uncharted territory–one cannot but wonder if God has suddenly imposed upon the world a
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One Way to Contain the Virus
I am reading Erik Larson’s new book, The Splendid and the Vile. Each chapter grows more ominous. It is June
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Facing Those Life Markers
A couple of nights ago, celebrating with others, someone asked me which birthday stands out above the rest. Turning 70,
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Time to Rethink How We Are Doing Church
Does personal presence really matter? Is physical proximity an issue? Is virtual enough to satisfy your soul?  Ministries are asking
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Becoming Lost in a Virtual World
I’m still thinking about the young woman I met in Beirut last Fall. She was taking my class in pastoral
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Rethinking Ambition
I’m guessing there is an ambitious streak that runs through you. Most of us have lived with our eyes on
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The Risks that Come with Staying Well
Yesterday, I caved. Hoisted the white flag.   It all started innocent enough. I decided Friday to contribute my part
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Leaving Prison
There are some moments in life that level you. Force you to slow down, look in the proverbial mirror and
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