of gentleness… and anvils

I’ve always wished I was one of those “soft” people. Not weak, of course. But tender. With no rough edges. The kind of person whose presence makes you feel calm. The kind of soft that responds carefully and with compassion, rather than jumping to judgement and self-righteousness and a “my way is right” way of […]

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this isn’t about me

I’ve never been a great multi-tasker. When I am deep in a project, like today when my head is completely immersed in James 5:7-9, the phone rings and it’s some salesman from a publishing company wanting my business, I get a little irritated. I’d prefer to just hole up, ignore the world, and finish my […]

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Remnants and Stories

One of the most interesting aspects of my job involves remnants. It’s amazing what you find when you are cleaning and sorting through a church cabinet or closet. Everything from old bandages from a first aid kit to curriculum from 1987 to pictures of kids in the nursery from 10 years ago to construction paper […]

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Commenting Policy

Sorry, everyone. Due to an unfortunate comment situation that happened yesterday, where some derogatory, inappropriate and very un-Christlike comments were made, I have now disabled anonymous comments, and enabled comment moderation. Not a big deal for most of you wonderful people who read this faithfully. For me, however… well, but I just never wanted to […]

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2007 – a look back

What I learned in 2007… HT to Barbara for the idea. I learned that God can change me, even when I least expect it. I learned that forgiveness isn’t about excusing the sin, it’s about saying the sin mattered, it hurt, and that I have to move on for my own mental health. I learned […]

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Elsewhere

Tony Myles over at don’t call me veronica has a great post today. He set aside the last 8 days in order to deepen his connection with God. And he had some surprising results. It’s rare for me to single out an individual blog post, especially from blogs I list on my sidebar, simply because […]

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Pick-a-little, talk-a-little

I was shopping at Target earlier and walking towards the check-out I spotted two women, probably in their earlier 40s. They were impeccably dressed and adorned with nice jewelry, both had the latest style of haircut; the epitome of a woman secure and happy with herself. They were standing in the children’s clothing division chatting. […]

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Hash Browns and the Gospel

I’m procrastinating everything lately, and it’s not pretty. Unless it’s directly in my sight, taunting “finish me!” or “do this!” I’m simply ignoring it. I don’t know why, but what I’m discovering is that if I would simply do it I would save the energy I’m expending by thinking about not doing it. And to […]

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Top Ten Myths About Christians – Part 2

Read Myths 10-6 here. Myth #5 You have to go to church to be a Christian. How does the old saying go? “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in the garage makes you a car.” So what does make a person a Christian? Our involvement with God’s revelation doesn’t […]

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Top 10 Myths About Christians – Part 1

The inspiration for this post came from the link attached to the title of this post. I enjoy reading churchhop.blogspot.com each week. It’s a chronicle of a brother and sister attending different churches each week and sharing their experiences. Although I’m not sure about Brandon, Erica considers herself an agnostic and a while back posted […]

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