Monthly Archives: January 2019

Martin Luther King and Encouraging Dreams

A Belittling Dream Last night I dreamed of a little dog. Not mine. Someone else’s. They took offense when I called their dog little. “Don’t call him little,” they said. “Just say he’s a dog.” There was a lot of … Continue reading

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Is There Life in the Spirit and Death in the Ten Commandments?

Paul wrote: “Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, … Continue reading

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The Best Way to Share Writing on the Internet – a Lesson from Jane Austen on Plagiarism and Encouragement

Have you ever read someone’s blog or Facebook post, or perhaps even a short tweet, and thought it good enough to share? Please follow through on that thought. We appreciate it. But please do it in a way that encourages. … Continue reading

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Writing Like a Girl – one man’s aspiration

I’ve been told by more than one commenter over the years that I write like a girl – or words to that effect – and they’ve not intended it as a compliment. Too bad for them, because I took it … Continue reading

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Why Does Shoe Shopping Make Us So Happy?

I saw a gallery of old photos that included this happy boy: Shoe Happiness Look down at his feet and you see why he has that joyous smile on his face as he clutches his new shoes to his chest. … Continue reading

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The Simplicity of Radical Obedience to God

A recent Twitter post quoted a nationally-known pastor saying, “My biggest fear, even now, is that I will hear Jesus’ words and walk away, content to settle for less than radical obedience to Him.” Is that what believers in Jesus … Continue reading

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Ha-la-loo-wah! A Child’s Song of Praise

The young couple had a young child, a little girl barely past her infancy, wriggly and just learning her words. Her father held her as they stood with the rest of us, singing the songs led by the musicians, following … Continue reading

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8 Things God Knows About Me and You Don’t

Be careful who you friend on Facebook. Dana Tuttle dragged me into some Facebook frivolity. All I did was comment on her list of six things people might not know about her and – BAM! – I was tagged with … Continue reading

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Top Year End Lists and Faith by the Numbers

Long ago while still a callow youth I told a seminary student interning at the church I grew up in that I was thinking of reading through the Bible. “Don’t start at Genesis,” he said. “You’ll get bogged down in … Continue reading

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A Twist On A New Year’s Resolution

[Originally posted on New Year’s Eve 2012.] *** When you get up to run before dawn, it’s dark out. When you run in the dark, you take your chances. I know that, but I still run early because otherwise I … Continue reading

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