Archive for the 'Faith' Category

Nov 17 2017

Final Lap of The Race

Acts 20:24 “I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me— the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” I’m not a runner. I may have gone through a short stint a couple years ago where I gave […]

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Oct 28 2017

The Printed Word

The five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation in Europe is kind of a big deal right now. As in, I feel like I have seen it pretty much everywhere online, I attended a conference themed on it, I know local churches with Reformation Day parties this year (even ones that wouldn’t normally have gone to the trouble), […]

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Oct 24 2017

Rest & Adventure

A couple weeks ago during communion, where the pastor prayed over my children, he included a phrase asking God to be their rest and be their adventure. I can not tell you how that has stuck with me. It has been repeated in my own prayers and in my discussions with my children, and it informs […]

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Aug 05 2017

Teach Them Diligently

This week, I participated in a conversation about how to keep a Bible routine with the children in your home. It seems both super simple and overwhelmingly complicated at the same time. God granted me four precious children to train for His Kingdom. What an immense responsibility! In some sense, I’ve only got one shot […]

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May 02 2017

Praying for Nate

This morning, we continue in our prayers for one of our Christian brothers. The son of the pastor who baptized me twenty years ago. A man who married a girl from Santa Cruz, whose family and mine intersected about thirty years ago through our churches under the California sun. A man who has broadly and […]

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Apr 22 2017

Walking in the Way

Come, sweetheart… come for a walk with your mama. It was not long ago that I carried you every time I went walking, but then you grew a bit and began to stretch your legs. Another little one came along then, and I carried him in my arms while holding your hand tightly in my […]

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Apr 17 2017

Because

I just put my one year old down for a nap. He went kicking and screaming, quite literally. He did not want to go down for his nap, very clearly. But he also had not wanted to color, had not wanted a snack (without feeding it to the dog), and had not wanted to nurse. […]

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Apr 14 2017

Christ Died

While we were yet sinners. Christ suffered for us. Died for me. He was stricken. Smitted. Afflicted. Forsaken. Dead in a completely gory trauma.   And there was darkness. Despair. Agony. Unknowns. Hell. Many Questions What about that tree– the one that would be sawn asunder, its limbs lashed to a T to brace his bruised body? […]

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Mar 20 2017

Dear Curmudgeonly Congregant…

Dear Curmudgeonly Congregant, I saw you cringe, I saw you glare, I saw your chest heave with a sigh. Each time, it coincided with little noises of little people. If I knew how to properly, appropriately address you with the grace and respect I feel you deserve, I would love to share my perspective with […]

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Mar 19 2017

Little Saints in Worship

There have been more than a few times in my life where I have been truly humbled by someone at church asking me how in the world I do it, getting my kids to “sit still and be quiet” for an entire worship service. I usually respond with it’s definitely God’s grace, and we work hard at […]

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