Jesus put me back together

So, who is this Baby King, Jesus, who came into this world to save us? The baby whom God breathed into Mary’s womb, the One whose coming we prepared for, waited for throughout Advent? The One whose birth we celebrated on Christmas Eve? Today we hear of His baptism. As John brings Him up out […]

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What’s new in 2017?

January 1, 2017. I don’t know about you, but the first month or so, I can’t guarantee I’ll get the right year. Anyone make any New Year’s resolutions last night? I’ve given up. Every year it’s the same story: next day, tail between my legs. The resolutions of yesterday are the guilt trips of today. […]

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What to name the new son

I remember when our fourth son was born. We quickly arrived at the hospital without having picked out a name! Deb said, “if it’s another boy, what do we name him?” I said “Mark.” I had had a good friend from high school days named Mark, and I liked the name. So a very quick […]

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The Mystery of the Source

As Max Plank accepted the Nobel Prize in physics, he said, “As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you from my research, this much — there is no matter, as such. All matter originates, and exists, only by virtue […]

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Countdown to Christmas

Every night on my way home I drive past a billboard with a countdown of the days left before Christmas. For some, it’s a reminder that cards need to be mailed, baking needs to be done, and presents need to be wrapped. For others, it’s a reminder of what was — but won’t be ever […]

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A shoot growing out of a stump

Picture this: a tree gets chopped down to a stump, and a little shoot starts growing out of it. What a strange image for the coming Messiah. Most people view a little shoot growing out of a stump as an unwanted eyesore. They’re named suckers. The internet has all kinds of remedies — how to […]

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A fire-and-brimstone pastor was invited to preach at a neighboring church. His sermon started like this, “Everybody in this parish is going to die.” A man in the front pew had a huge grin on his face. “Why are you so amused?” the pastor asked. “I’m not from this parish, I’m just visiting my sister […]

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Sloth … “Nearer, My Couch, to Thee”

Sloth … of all the deadly sins, sloth is the one we don’t talk much about. I’m thinking we should be singing “Nearer, My Couch, to Thee.” Cute, furry, sleeping 15-18 hours a day. Bothered by nothing. Tuned in to nothing. Just lying around, taking naps. So, is laziness really a sin? Of all the […]

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A message of hope for those whose lives suck

The Beatitudes could have just as easily been called “A Message of Hope for Those Whose Lives Suck.” And Luke takes it one step further then Matthew by adding a whole section condemning those few in his audience who have it good in this life, but are indifferent to the plight of their neighbors. [So, […]

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Life is full of losses — and wins

I have to confess — I’m a Minnesota Twins fan — have been since I was 7. In ’87 and ’91 they won the World Series! But last year they had more losses than any team in baseball. It’s been a painful year for me. I actually just gave up on them. Life is filled […]

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