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Real Housewives of Mesopotamia – and what we can learn from them

The first words out of Abraham’s mouth that are recorded in the Bible are spoken to his wife, when he says, “See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman, and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, … Continue reading

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“For All People…” Why the Radical Inclusiveness of Christmas matters.

When the angel announced good news of great joy for all people, the angel opened the door for a feisty conversation about who’s in and who’s out of God’s family.  That conversation has been fueled by arrogance and fear, and … Continue reading

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When Life produces Too Much Life: The Value of Quitting

The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.  – Michael Porter There’s a forest in my backyard.  One day earlier this summer I was sitting in on the deck that overlooks that forest when my neighbor, a former … Continue reading

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Glory, tragedy, and lessons…from the final minute.

It’s been the kind of spring that’s made me grateful to be a sports fan.  My soccer team has come with a couple of outcome changing goals in the final minutes of what we insiders call “stoppage time.” I’ve been waiting, … Continue reading

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In secret: the value of humility and anonymity

Many of you have these words of Jesus:  Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.  Could it be that these words, like so many others of Jesus’ are truer, much truer, than we realize? In my readings … Continue reading

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And if the world ends on May 21?

“There is no doubt that the Antichrist has already been born. Firmly established already in his early years, he will, after reaching maturity, achieve supreme power.”  -Martin of Tours, 4th Century AD I’ve always had friends who are “into” Biblical … Continue reading

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Insanity antidote: simplicity

If you’re reading these words, you’re likely among the top 10% of wealthiest people in the world.  You’re probably not spending much time thinking about how you’ll get water to drink, or whether you’ll have a place of shelter tonight. … Continue reading

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Golden Calves come in many forms – What are today’s idols?

What if the story about the guy who builds extra towers for his grain is more literal than we take it to be? We can go to a morning Bible study and consider this story, and reinforce the principles that are in it by talking about Jesus’ exhortation to not worry about the future and then, after praying, we’re somehow able to stick around at Starbucks, sipping our $4.00 drinks and talking about our 401-k plans, sharing investment tips and how we’re building our portfolios. Continue reading

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Like snow melting…give it time

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater” – Isaiah 55 Sometimes it rains up … Continue reading

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Shaking…And What We’ve Failed to Learn

When I turned on the radio Saturday morning and heard about the earthquake, I only heard the second half of a sentence, “…it was one of the worst earthquakes in history,“ as if it was something that happened decades ago. … Continue reading

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