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Bitter (Better) Herbs

Last weekend, our home community celebrated the fulfilled Seder.  For you recent converts that would be the Passover meal that Jesus ate with His disciples the night before his trial and crucifixion. Ours was a modified version of the elaborate symbolic meal “enjoyed” by Jews which commemorates God leading the Hebrews out of their enslavement in Egypt.  For Christians however, through Christ’s death…

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Christmas- the Great Swap

Today Christ-followers celebrate the great swap.  The prophets and patriarchs looked forward to it.  Today we look back at it.  It was the mysterious moment when the living God took his first breath in a plan to rescue His children. The baby was the glorious exchange.  He forfeited heavenly attributes, a luxurious home, and the…

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Meekness vs. Weakness

A fellow blogger believes I am a coward. According to this name-calling, bomb-lobbing sister-in-Christ I am, as she so elegantly phrased it, “a coward for the Lord.”  Apparently because Jesus called the Jewish leadership ‘hypocrite’, ‘den of vipers’, ‘white washed sepulchers of death full of dead men’s bones’, ‘liars’, ‘completely evil’, ‘dunces’ etc, Christians conducting…

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Lost Things- and the God Who Loves Them

“Mom, are you still looking for Yuki?” I can’t help it.  Even though my cat of fifteen years has been gone for nearly a week I keep hoping that she will come home.   In every room of the house I find myself looking out the windows, pressing my face against the screen so I can…

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Hypocrisy- Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That

For all the jabs that get tossed at Millennials (text-junky-visually-addicted-short-attention-span-I’m-entitled-to-whatever-I-want-right-now), there is one thing that I can say with confidence.  They can smell a fake a mile away. My husband and I did youth ministry for ten years and we still get to wade in Millennial waters every now and then. (See adjacent photo of…

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Boy Scouts of America, Love, and Leadership

What, oh what, will the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) decide about allowing gay leaders?  Will they “cave” so as not to be considered hateful and homophobic?  Will they finally “be on the right side of history” and change their policy?  Even some Christian blogs and commenters are urging the BSA to lift the ban…