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February 17, 2013

“So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders. He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey; and now I bring the first fruits of the soil that you, Lord, have given me. Place...

February 16, 2013

The men in my family have always been the unlucky ones. It’s a simple issue of math. We are outnumbered. And for me, the fact that all of my siblings are significantly older than I am has not helped. Add to this that my three sisters are the mature and disciplined ones in my family. Whenever I...

February 15, 2013

Peace. It is unwise. Peace does not get the popular vote. Peace is not a natural instinct. And further, peace takes work.

But peace is our gospel. Peace is our kingdom. And so we push against all odds toward it, even only knowing a glimpse of it.

Today’s text is set at the climax...

February 14, 2013

I came to explore the wreck. The words are purposes. The words are maps.I came to see the damage that was done and the treasures that prevail. (Adrienne Rich, “Diving Into the Wreck,” in The Fact of a Doorframe)

In “Diving Into the Wreck,” one of my favorite poems by the late Adrienne...

February 13, 2013

Self-denial is probably the most common practice associated with the six-week season of Lent that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Day. Giving up sweets and sodas are what many of my fellow youth-group members would challenge themselves with back in our high-school days. Commitments...

December 24, 2012

I’ve been pondering lately, just what does it mean to make a “life-giving” choice? Does it mean to nurture relationship with others rather than focus on my own ends, no matter how noble? To acknowledge the individual-ness of others, even if it tramples on my own? How does one discern that a...

December 24, 2012

It’s Christmas Eve! We’ve been waiting and preparing and hoping and wondering and longing for this night for weeks now.

Tonight we join in Mary’s last moments of waiting. Tonight we, the church, are like young Mary – very pregnant, stretched full with impossibility made possible, full of...

December 23, 2012

The summer after I graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, I was in the running for a grant that would have paid for most of my schooling at a Baptist seminary where I was enrolling in the fall. I was in the National Guard, and one of the state chaplains suggested that I...

December 22, 2012

When I was little, my brother and I had a cassette tape with a dramatic telling of Jesus’ birth story on it. I would listen to it night after night for months on end as I fell asleep, the rhythms of the story making their way into my dreams. Actors took each of the parts. The narration was...

December 21, 2012

We’re seven weeks deep into the Season of Red Cups, an eight-week celebration of secular Christmas that starts in early November, marked by the introduction of red Starbucks coffee cups, and seems to get bigger and bigger every year. It’s loud, distracting, and it can even be a little bit...

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