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Growth

Connecting to God’s Grid

America experienced unprecedented economic growth in the years following World War II. Yet this increase in material resources did not translate into human flourishing. In those same years, there was an explosion of mental illness, particularly among young people. In response, the Commission on Children at Risk conducted a study. It published its finding in…

Are you shoehorning God?

My feet are not small. That is about the kindest way of saying they are big. Too big for most manufacturers, makers of basketball sneakers excepted. But in my mind, high tops, no matter what celebrity signed them, are not dress shoes. Often when trying to match footwear to more formal attire I have no…

Navigating Life

Our kids emotions were on a rolling boil. We were headed to an amusement park! They were excited for the obvious reasons; I was stressed because I didn’t know where I was going. My wife was stressed because if we got lost, it might be several meals off the tailgate before I would be ready…

Lesson from my first flat

Finally, my own place! No parents, no family, no dorm, just me and my basement flat. I was free! Hmm, just a minute here. Who is going to fill the fridge? Who is going to make the meals? Who is going to clean the bathroom? Me? And so I learned that I wasn’t free to…

‘Abba’ has you covered

I don’t know what kind of relationship you had with your dad. It may have been a good one, it may not. In varying degrees, all earthly dads come up short, but God our Father does not. He is always with us and forever for us. On the night that Jesus was anticipating becoming sin…

What is with the Mosaic Law?

As a kid I begrudgingly took piano lessons. My motivation was less than a turkey around Thanksgiving, but somehow I learned the basics of reading music. Sheet music is a great analogy for the purpose of the Mosaic Law. A musical score clearly indicates the notes required, if the tune is to be played rightly.…

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Who shrunk my calendar?

A recent Canadian poll reported that 90% of the respondents felt overwhelmed by the demands of their roll. Expectations, obligations and responsibilities created a bulging list of to-do’s that overran their calendars and stressed the fabric of their wellbeing. In his analysis of the hurried and harried, author Greg McKeown argues that their lives are…

New Identity Badge

When I visit someone in the hospital I have this identification badge that I wear that shows that I am “Clergy”. In our society there are various badges being worn. It might identify a person’s occupation, or politics, or ethnicity, or sexual orientation, or…well the list goes on. In a 1C letter to a group…

Finding your elemental waters

A swan is not the most becoming creature on land, but out on the water it is sleek and graceful. That is the place it is at home, that is the context for which it was designed. Discerning God’s unique call upon our lives, his vocational call, ┬áis very much discovering one’s elemental waters. Where…

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Cheap Grace is really no deal at all

The post-Christmas sales are coming to an end. One thing you don’t want to pick up on the cheap is grace. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45), a German pastor, theologian and writer, defined cheap grace as the acceptance of the general idea of grace. One assents to the notion of grace, that God loves them, but this…