God Is An Artist

I could draw you. Spend considerable time on the portrait. Study in great detail your face and expression, and make faithful lines and shadows to represent them. I might even manage to conjure something of your essence – but of course, I could never grasp you fully on paper.  You would...

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God’s Will and Our Decisions

I used to think of God’s will as a linear path of correct answers that I should be able to figure out if I was just a bit more holy. How this became my view of God’s will is unknown to me. Oddly enough, it seems to be how most...

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Long Time – No Hear!

Then he said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind...

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God’s Presence through It All

Most of us can say that there are moments in our lives that we can recall with precise clarity. There are the wonderful moments. I clearly recall that life-changing wedding kiss delivered with breath-taking tenderness and full of the promises only love can bring. And, when the college president handed...

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Lessons From A Smelly Chappa

Editor’s Note: Kari recently returned from Mozambique, where she was a Peace Corps Volunteer. Here is a part of her story. I’m journeying the 150 km to the city via chappa, Mozambique’s most common form of public transportation. Chappa rides are a time when I am “soaked in humanity” –...

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A Particularly Windy Day

Oftentimes I take walks during my lunch break. I enjoy these times for reflection, listening to uplifting or educational podcasts, and observing this gorgeous city we call home. During a walk last week, I took a detour around the Boardwalk. It was a particularly windy day. As I walked, I...

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Even the Little Daisy Becomes a Meadow

Several months ago I was given a book entitled “Walking by Faith” which is filled with biblical verses about faith and quotes from people such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Dickens, C. S. Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, and several others. There was one in particular, that for some unknown reason,...

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Luke’s Point

I was puzzling on a story in Luke. In chapter 16 of his gospel, Luke recounts something Jesus told him and the disciples. The story seemed a little strange to me and I was struggling to grasp its meaning. I scratched my head, and then I wondered if maybe Luke...

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Reflections on Writing a Blog Post

Writing these blogs sometimes feels like a kick in the head! (And here you thought you’d be reading some nicey-nice Christian piece!) I know my turn at writing the blog is coming sometimes a month or more in advance, so I spend that entire time fretting about it! It’s not...

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