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All who wander are not lost
All who wander are not lost

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Fred Rogers (aka Mr. Rogers), a man who inspired
millions of children through his PBS television program "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood", once said, “The space
between my mouth and a child’s ear is holy ground.” That certainly raises the bar on how adults speak ...

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Face to face is a loaded expression. It could be followed by details of a confrontation, or of deep intimacy, or a great deal in between those two. I was considering how many people I've been privileged to be face to face with in a way that never would happ...

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To speak ABOUT God is to aim a bottle rocket at the sun. It never comes close to leaving the earth's atmosphere, let alone gravity. Our words about God are weighted with the mass of misunderstanding and ego-centrism.  Besides, speaking about God is academic...

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"The
Church of Never Do That" The
members of "The Church of Never Do That" Never
speak in worship or allow idle chit chat We've
posted "The seven last words of church" on our door: "We've
never done it that way before" The
children who wiggle are thumped on...

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Advent, we are reminded, is about waiting. Faithful waiting. Keeping hearts and lives chaste in a world of instant gratification and hyper-impatience.  Oddly, it isn't surprising that we aren't good at waiting, but we are very good at being distracted.  Dis...

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When we step back from the fray of all responsibilities, obligations, distractions, activities, and busy-ness we discover beneath all these engagements there is something that binds our lives together and provides our lives with meaning. This binding agent ...

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We live in a terribly harsh world. Yes, there is beauty. Yes, there is good and there are people--perhaps most--who are kind and generous and helpful. Still, there is a lot of heartache and terror. There are times when I feel like my faith and beliefs have ...

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A tail-chasing life Most of us have seen and smirked at a dog chasing his (or her, to be entirely equitable) own tail.  Around and around and around.  The dog must be thinking "oh, I've almost caught it! Just a little closer and I'll have it.  I know! I'll ...

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The longer I stick with the idea that there is a God and that the God that is, is testified to in a good portion of what is called the Old Testament and New Testament, the more I become aware of how most of what I've believed about this God is so lacking an...

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Assumptions are necessary in life. Without them we would be testing and confirming everything and have little time to genuinely live and enjoy each moment. We assume and take for granted the air we breath, the ground upon which we walk, the physical laws th...
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