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Stop

Stop.

Give up. Let go. Cut it out. Go limp. All are valid translations of the Hebrew word raphah, which begins Psalm 46:10. It’s a well-known verse, but I think it’s been misunderstood. The ESV translates it, “Be still, and know that I am God.” If you wanted, you could translate it, “lose heart.”

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Storytelling

Everybody has a story.

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Practice

I found a neat book today. It was called How to Build a Fire: and Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew.

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Every Morning

One of my favorite Bible passages goes like this:

It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23, KJV)

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Peace

This may not make much sense, I’m sorry. My grandmother died this week. It wasn’t a shock, but it hasn’t been easy, and I can’t seem to marshal my thoughts very well.

eirene – Greek (noun): “peace”

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For the sake of

Back when I was taking Ethics in college, my professor laid before us various situations of various stickiness, things that had different opinions and perspectives interacting in them, and asked us to make judgments of right and wrong. I remember one of them concerned a man who was evangelizing aggressively at work, praying […]

Palm Sunday

You know, of all the Christian holidays, Palm Sunday strikes me as being a bit weird. I mean, yes, I know it’s the start of Holy Week, and the beginning of the end of Jesus’ pre-death ministry, but I don’t quite get why churches celebrate it with such enthusiasm. Yes, Jesus was riding […]

God is love

I’ve written my weekly philosophical essay. And it is offensive. I know this because I got offended while writing it. So I apologize to anyone who is upset by what I’ve written. I am deeply sorry if this week’s essay digs up terrible memories and pain.

However, I have gone over […]

Prophecy

Prophecy is an interesting thing.

It likes to show up in a lot of scripture and a lot of fiction. It catches our fancy. The idea that the future can be known tugs at our imagination, as we are caught in a life where only the past can be seen and understood – […]