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December 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on Grandfather

At a bible camp in 1978, I gave my heart to Jesus. It wasn’t because I learned how good he was or actually, anything about God. I just didn’t want to go to hell.  I was taught a hyper-Arminian view of God in those days. This view is summarized by this: if you sin and suddenly die, you will go straight to hell.  So my view of God

Red Threads and Invisible Women

December 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Red Threads and Invisible Women

One of the common things that I hear when people talk to me about women being preachers, particularly among those new to the idea, is the statement: “I’ve never seen it.” Sometimes this is a statement meant to express a simple lack of experience, often said with regret. Other times it is meant to

Kurelek’s Christmas Visions of the Incarnation

December 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Kurelek’s Christmas Visions of the Incarnation

For years, while my children were growing up, I had a tradition of sitting down, sometime over Christmas, and reading to them from William Kurelek’s, A Northern Nativity: Christmas Dreams of a Prairie Boy (1976). I didn’t grow up on the prairies but have lived there

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Second Wednesday of Advent

December 12th, 2018|Comments Off on Second Wednesday of Advent

Scripture reading for today: Isaiah 35:3-7, Psalms 126, Luke 7:18-30 Isaiah 35:3-7 3 Strengthen the feeble hands,     steady the knees that give way; 4 say to those with fearful hearts,     “Be strong, do not fear; your God

Second Tuesday of Advent

December 11th, 2018|Comments Off on Second Tuesday of Advent

Scripture reading for today: Isaiah 19:18-25, Psalm 126, 2 Peter 1:2-15 Isaiah 19:18-25 18 In that day five cities in Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord Almighty. One of them will be

Second Monday of Advent

December 10th, 2018|Comments Off on Second Monday of Advent

Years ago I attended a conference on the state of the environment. The consensus among the scientists who spoke there was damning. We’re all too far down the path to turn back, they said. The earth is done.