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Fighting Spiritual Numbness

There was a moment last week where I just broke down. No more “holding it together,” no stoic single tear rolling down my cheek as I read the news—just a full-on, ugly cry. It all just feels like too much. … Continue reading

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A Voice on the Bare Heights Is Heard

Sunday, I sat in my living room, a late afternoon sunbeam warming me as I sat crossways in an overstuffed chair, my back leaning against one arm, my legs draped over the other; on the telephone. Again. This time my … Continue reading

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Lent Amidst the Toppled Trees

I love trees.  In my younger days, there wasn’t a tree I wouldn’t climb to explore and try to get its view of the world.  I stick to the ground these days, but I love learning about them, planting them, … Continue reading

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A Place on Earth

I love reading Wendell Berry.  So many times I have savored my way through a paragraph, reread it to make sure I took in as much as I could, and then just sat there in wonder at his ability to … Continue reading

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Christmas

“Of course it is trouble, it wouldn’t be Christmas if it were not a lot of trouble.”                                               … Continue reading

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A Week Ago…

A week ago a young man walked into a night club in Orlando and killed and wounded 100 plus women and men. Most of them, maybe all of them were gay or lesbian, bisexual or transgender, queer or maybe straight, … Continue reading

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Learning to be Distinct—Protestantism on the Secular Campus

In her marvelous post on this blog, my colleague Professor Shona Tucker pointedly describes our campus context as one where “talk about religiosity is a no-no.” Her rich portrait of college life includes an account of a young woman who … Continue reading

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What Are You Feeling This Season?

Recently I visited a worship service where the celebrant of communion talked about how he feels increasingly as thought the Advent season is trying to dictate to him how he should feel.  Advertisements and decorations, Christmas music and church services … Continue reading

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Santa

Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus.”                                                              -The New York … Continue reading

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Hope

One of our church members went to France with her family this summer, and upon her return, she swung by my office.  We hugged and chatted a bit, and then she pulled this symbol out of her purse, telling me … Continue reading

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