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Rock-Solid Identity

How does your identity – claimed or not – shape your worldview? How does your identity reflect what is important to you? To what, or whom, do you pledge allegiance?


You Can’t Carry Two Watermelons with One Hand

Sometimes we load too much onto our plates. We carry too many things at once. And then one of them drops. Or they all do. Or we drop ourselves, in exhaustion.


Lying Awake and Sitting Still

God, help me listen, love, listen, learn. Let myself be available. Let myself stay awake because there is a lot of Gethsemane out there, and let me listen.


Covid Conversations

My emotions have been all over the place these days. I’m happy one minute, frustrated and short-tempered the next. Fear and hope seem to take turns leading my emotions.


A Little Yeast

I am like my loaves of bread. The things I incorporate, the spiritual influences and personal contacts and media sources, have the power to leaven me, to transform me.


Not Going Back

We don’t need to go back. We need to go forward. Forward to justice, forward to green, and forward to sanity.


What You Are About to Suffer

Good news isn’t so good when it leaves us unequipped to deal with what’s at hand. We are much better served by people who see the depth of our dilemmas and give us candid notice.


For the Sake of Expediency

It’s a strategy of power that has been taught through the generations: pledge allegiance to many gods (wealth, nation, race, religion) to guard what you believe to be yours.


Children in the Wilderness

There are children in our time who, like Ishmael, have lived their entire lives in the wilderness – in desolate places with names like Poverty or Racism, Sickness or Hunger.


Direction and Division

Alas for us, to be alive at a time when direction has become so unmoored from truth that friends no longer trust each other and loved ones rise up against each other.