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Willing Humiliation

It has to be some kind of Lenten scam: when I sense myself finally submitting to a divine urging to lay down a treasured belief, I suddenly feel righteously proud about myself. I am present in the moment with God, I understand the need to relinquish control over that thing in the corner that has…

Look Up

Where do you look to for help? When real life demands to be lived, a chirpy Psalm might seem a bit shallow to turn to. What’s the use in saying God will keep us from all evil when death and evil clearly still impacts our daily lives? What is the Psalmist trying to say? What…

Will Real Hate Please Stand Up

“I hate peas.” “I hate this show.” “I hate winter.” “I hate summer.” “I hate internet trolls.” “I hate violence.” “I hate how you treated me.” “I hate haters.” Definition of hate (Merriam-Webster) 1a :  intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injuryb :  extreme dislike or disgust :  antipathy,  loathing <had a great hate of hard work> 2:  an object…

Strange Welcome

What expectations do I put on the stranger invited to my Christmas table? I don’t think I’ve really stopped to consider that. I know I’ve been raised in churches that preach and encourage me to welcome the stranger in at Christmastime (and during many other times throughout the year); I know that we are to…

Growing With “I’m Sorry”

“It is when we are angry at our own mistakes that we tend most of all to deny ourselves for love of ourselves. We want to shake off the hateful thing that has humbled us. In our rush to escape the humiliation of our own mistakes, we run head-first into the opposite error—seeking comfort and…