Author Archives: Tim

Getting Schooled by My Wife on Teacher Appreciation Day

Today is Teacher Appreciation Day, and since my wife’s a teacher I figured I’d tell you how she’s schooled me over the years. Here’s what I know about teachers: ***  

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Rachel Held Evans, Biblical Womanhood, and Diligent Interpretation of Scripture

Rachel Held Evans passed away May 4, 2019. This is my favorite photo from her blog, and the quote I pulled from that blog post to add to the photo reflects one of my favorite things about her: she challenged … Continue reading

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Taking My Dad to Concerts and the ER

Back in the 70s when I was still a teen, my Dad would take me to concerts. These weren’t concerts I wanted to go to and he’d drive. These were concerts he wanted to go to and – after I … Continue reading

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A Trial Court Judge Talks of Faith and Grace

What’s it like to be a trial court judge, exercise faith, and live in grace? Lauren Larkin and I talk about this and more on her podcast Sancta Colloquia today. Here’s an excerpt from her introduction. You can click through … Continue reading

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The Blessed Irony of Good Friday

A gruesome irony: God became a carpenter who worked with wood and nails, and was then nailed to two pieces of wood. Yet he knew this gruesome irony before time began and submitted to it just the same. And being found … Continue reading

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Hospice, Worry, and Faith: a Brief Look at Anxiety and Prayer

There’s a toll to feeling on edge every moment of every day. From first waking in the pre-dawn hours to that final moment before falling back to sleep in the evening darkness, every single moment feels like it is lived … Continue reading

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Bible Memes You Never See

I’m thinking of publishing a new Scripture translation. I’m going to call it The Meme Bible. Meme – a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users. Bible … Continue reading

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Listening To The Wrong God’s Voice

I thought I heard the voice of God. It wasn’t. No matter how much I wanted it to be, it wasn’t. It’s not that I didn’t ask. I did. It was in my prayers daily. “God, if this isn’t your … Continue reading

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Mega-Pastors Abandon Patriarchy, Promote Women Leaders

[An appropriate post each April 1.] In an abrupt about-face, a group of well-known mega-pastors have announced plans to welcome and promote women in all positions of church leadership. “There are so many passages of women leading men in the … Continue reading

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On Writing a Book About My Late Husband’s Dementia

[Carol Noren Johnson gives a glimpse of what it’s like to write and then publish a book on marriage, dementia, loss, grief, hope and prayer.] During the illness of my late husband, Herb Johnson, I kept a blog of what … Continue reading

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