Tag Archives: God

“I’m Not Sick — I’m Righteous”

Years ago, I was at a church family camp function when a person new to the congregation sidled gently to my side and began chit chatting. Abruptly, she then said, “I don’t find this church particularly friendly. Do you?” Initially I … Continue reading

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Your Name Matters to God

It’s embarrassing how many names I know, of people I’ve never met. As the product of my generation, I spent many hours after school watching an assortment of eminently forgettable TV shows, only they must not be that forgettable since … Continue reading

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If He’s Famous, and He Says It, Do We Believe It?

We are a culture saturated in celebrity worship. This isn’t surprising, given that mass media — through TV, movies, social media, newspapers, magazines, advertising, and incessant digital nagging from our “smart” phones — infects every moment of our lives. (We … Continue reading

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God Just Called Himself a Chicken!

When someone calls us a chicken, most of us don’t take it as a compliment. But when God describes Himself as a chicken, as He does in Luke 14:34-35, it’s worth pausing over the passage and meditating: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, … Continue reading

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Why It Feels So Good to Be Wrong

Anybody remember 2012? I know, it seems so three years ago, but at one time 2012 was all the rage because the world was supposed to end sometime that year — whether it was the sun blowing up or the … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Demented Cat: God’s Love

The great thing about having children is that, even when they leave home, they never really do, especially if they live in an apartment that doesn’t allow animals, and they insist upon getting a cat. Such is the saga at … Continue reading

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Worshiping the Wrong God

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: “I don’t want to pray for patience, because if I do, God will send all sorts of bad things my way to teach me!” It’s supposed to be a joke, a lighthearted look … Continue reading

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3 New Year’s Resolutions for Christians

The problem with New Year’s resolutions isn’t that they’re easy to make and difficult to keep — which is true on both counts — it’s that we feel like such failures when we fall, and give up, mid-February, on the … Continue reading

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God Is Never on the Evening News

Some unknown,  unnamed, presumably non-existent person, long ago, said that we should never talk about sex, religion, and politics. Aside from this eliminating pretty much everything interesting worth discussing — including the weather since, with the growing mantra of “Global … Continue reading

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Why Group Prayer Isn’t the Only, or Best Option

Although it’s been years since I’ve been in a regular church situation, I can still conjure up the feelings of dread I felt at “prayer time,” sitting around a circle (we’re told it’s “intimate”) and sharing details about our lives. The worst part was … Continue reading

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