Month: November 2017

Marriage as a Spiritual Practice | Intro

Brandon and I had been married for about three seconds when we decided that we would be awesome at marriage ministry. Because we were clearly awesome at marriage. For those three seconds.   This past October, Brandon texted me while…

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My Defender | Afternoon Prayer

Mighty God, executor of justice for the oppressed, giver of food to the hungry, freer of the imprisoned, sight-giver to the blind, lifter of the bowed and broken, watcher over the immigrant, sustainer of the fatherless and the widow, frustrater…

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Storytelling and #metoo | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

As I type this, I am midway through a workshop in Massachusetts on writing for social change. In our small group of pastors and clergy (of which I am one of the only participants without a Master’s of Divinity), we…

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Trouble May Surround Me | Afternoon Prayer

Eternal God, you are a dwelling place where my soul can rest at all times and in all circumstances. Trouble may surround me on every side, there may be no end to the duties and travails of this life; but,…

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Before You Go

“Before you go, you must say hello to my mother. “   The man who is speaking has white in his hair already, his narrow frame topped with a shock of salt and pepper. I am seated on a darkly…

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Feeling Unloved | Afternoon Prayer

Lord, I’ve spent so much of my life feeling love-starved. Your children aren’t supposed to feel this way, are we? After all, we belong to you, we have a relationship with you. Why does this old feeling of being unloved…

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Fertile Crescent Blues | Hidden Gems of Streaming

Over the last few years I’ve taught a handful of Old Testament survey courses for college sophomores. It’s always challenging to draw students into the world (or worlds) of the Old Testament, particularly its earliest chapters. You can point to…

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The Sacred Ordinary | Afternoon Prayer

Father, there are times I wonder if anything I’m doing throughout the day matters at all. I hear stories of heroic deeds, faith-stretching feats, and people whose very life will impact the world for generations to come. When I stack…

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Depression and a Life of Faithfulness | Misguided Quests #6

  These chapters are the crux of several crises that Peterson has been hinting at: changes in plans, dashed hopes, a longing to be understood, and a crisis of faith. Where is God when bad things happen? These issues are a…

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Rest for My Burdens | Afternoon Prayer

Lord, I confess that this afternoon I’m utterly weary. I’m so busy with trying that my mind spins and my soul aches with longing for rest from the toil of this world. I recall you said that your “yoke fits…

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