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Stop Scaring Bears

God’s 'peaceable kingdom' between humans and animals is not for our entertainment. These days, the peaceable kingdom often needs us to leave the animals alone to live in peace.


Silent God

'Silence is golden,' but following God isn’t about silencing. It’s about listening. It’s about considering Something More Important. It’s about honoring the roar of God’s voice.


It’s Not All Up to You

Sometimes our not doing allows something to be done for us and in us that is far more wonderful than we might accomplish on our own through our striving and worry.


Please Check Your Privilege, It’s Too Large to Carry On

As a white person, I carry privilege all the time.  Privilege of which I am not even aware. Privilege that just makes me want more privilege. It’s past time to check that baggage.


Free Range God

King David had misgivings about a “free-range God.” Quite often, so do we: preferring God to stay where we put Them as a mirror of our own values and biases.


Your Money or Your Love

“Good Jesus, money matters. We need it. But don’t let us damage relationships to get it. Don’t let our hearts fill with cash the space that is reserved for love.”


Just Checking

Spontaneity can be grossly overrated. Serendipitous moments are exciting but hardly sustaining. Sustained discipleship requires a lot of preparation and a lot of checks and balances.


Water

Bless a baptismal font filled with water, and you have before you: the stuff you’re made of, more important than food, stronger than stone. Not just a symbol of grace but the real thing.


God, Help Me Not to Mess This Up

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." - Psalm 19


Your Children are Not Your Children

We who parent are a tool in the hand of the Divine, working with the wood grain of children to help them become who God intends them to be. But God alone is the Carpenter.