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The state of nature and the Kingdom of God

The worth and value of each life can’t be learned simply from observing how each living thing interacts with each other. Social, political, and economic equality between people cannot be learned from the state of nature. Justice and mercy and love cannot be learned from the state of nature. In other words, the Kingdom of God cannot be learned from the state of nature. Continue reading

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Love and sacrifice

Christ’s love was made known by freely giving his life away in teaching, healing, serving, and death: all without obligation or encumbrance. Acknowledging that means that freely striving to make the right sacrifices is part of my calling, and communicates love in a way that very little else does. Continue reading

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Extravagance

Simplicity as an expression of my love for God is good. But it’s good because that simplicity in my own life frees me to be an extravagant giver of all the good I have to God’s good world. Continue reading

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Change us into his likeness

Lent is about journeying into the miraculous freedom of Easter. Fasting and abstinence are not intended to be self improvement plans, like losing 10 pounds for summer swim wear, or to be rewarded for our heroic ascetic achievement. Continue reading

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Bible Study, a new awareness

This coming week, at Bible study, we’ll gather again – to study, to pray, to be aware of the cost to some people to undertake a similar activity. Continue reading

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Lying Little Pigs

My favorite nursery rhyme is “The Three Little Pigs.” It is a story about withstanding attack. Yet as beloved as the story is, it’s a lie isn’t it? I wonder, is the rampant desire to ‘become a celebrity’ about building brick houses and escaping blowing wolves? Continue reading

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June 30, 2013 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

This week, as Nelson Mandela lies gravely ill in hospital, the readings speak to me of the joy and the heavy price of freedom. Continue reading

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Run Like the Gate’s Been Left Open…

My dogs are not the brightest, but they’re (mostly) good dogs, and I love having them around. And so often they’re reminding me of some basic realities. Continue reading

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