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stamps in our spiritual passports

We can do small things with great love. But can we do them for selfless reasons?

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Our granddaughter Sarina lights the candle of hope with her dad Christian on December 1, 2013.

an Advent(ure) of faith

Tonight there were four candles on our table, but only one was lit. It is the first week of Advent and, if you let it, every meal can be turned to worship.

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waiting for Elias to come

Your mom’s love will steady you and her spirit will encourage you and her faith will sustain you. Some young men have mothers who drain them, even scare them. You are not one of those men.

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the idolatry of food

Is modern agribusiness with its abuses of labor, animals, and health a form of idolatry? Perhaps. But pride in our food sources or esthetic can be idolatry too.

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older and wiser

So many things I can’t change, so many things I can’t do over, and yet He is Himself a quiet habitation, a sure foundation, a shelter in any storm.

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home for the holidays

Everyone is home for Christmas, our four adult children, their spouses and all the grandkids. It’s a houseful, with 16 of us counting Katie and me. We try to get everyone together every other year, and there are some things you learn. Like that you have to go to the store everyday. This year we […]

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a Saint Nicholas Day sermon

Remember to get your Saint Nicholas / Santa fix today. Christmas is about Someone Else.

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a Holy Ghost explosion?

There is a Holy Ghost Explosion in the Plaza with one of the summer music teams. I find this curious, since I have always assumed He came at a time and a place of His own choosing.

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Retrospective: 2003

The writer of Hebrews says faith is the evidence of things not seen. Based on such evidence, we do the uncomfortable thing in order to understand the unknowable thing and accomplish the unimaginable thing.

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happiness and hope

What accounts for the fact that conservatives are generally happier than liberals? Frankly, I don’t think it’s the politics.

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