Sabbath lately?

I’ve been thinking a lot about Sabbath keeping recently. Maybe because holy week is coming soon:  the busiest week of a pastor’s year, the time when bulletins after bulletins and services and services must be planned and planned some more.  Maybe because it is something that our household is trying to be better at after my husband ended
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A New Relationship

Lenten Series– Promises in the Night:  A New Relationship Jeremiah 31:32-34 with Mark 14: 66-72 Lent is a self-reflective time when we are asked to slow down and reconsider parts of our lives that we might just rush through at other times of the year. So, in the spirit of the season, I’d like to
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Book Review Week: Unorthodox

Though growing up in my sheltered Christian home, I thought my type of Christians were the only weird ones. But, it’s not true. Fundamentalists are found in every religious tradition. When asking a friend recently about what books she was reading and what she might recommend I pick up, she offered a work of a
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Book Review Week: In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

Are you sensing a theme? I love non-fiction. So, up today is another memoir that I recently stumbled upon when browsing a bookstore: Neil White’s tale of his prison experience alongside a leper colony in Carville, Louisiana. I’ve always been fascinated memoirs, letters or other writings made by folks in prison as it usually describes
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Book Review Week: Traveling with Pomegrantes

“I realize what a strange in-between place I am in. The Young Woman inside has turned to go, but the Old Woman has not shown up.” ― Sue Monk Kidd “I’ve tried to shield myself from life and inhabit my own small, safe corner; but there’s no immunity from life.” ― Ann Kidd Taylor “I
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Book Review Week: Bless Her Heart

I don’t know if it is my new addiction to the Kindle app on my IPad or just the season of spring, but I’ve been on a reading kick lately of some really wonderful titles that I think many of you, blog readers, might like too. So, I’ve decided to devote the next five days
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I am the Lord

Promise in the Night Lenten Series: I am the Lord Isaiah 43:1-7 with Mark 14:43-46, 53-62 This morning as we begin our conversation together about this week’s promise in the night– Jesus saying to us, “I am Lord.” I think it might be good if you are willing to work with me here for us
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Living in Lent

Lent is already half-way over and is anyone dragging like me? The days of self-reflection and self-discipline seem like too much at junctures like today when I’m ready to throw in the towel and just say, “What’s the point?” I haven’t been able to keep a Lenten discipline for several years now, but I’m hoping
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There’s More!

Promises in the Night Lent Series: There’s More! Genesis 17:1-17, 15-16 with Mark 14:22-26 Ever finish a meal and find yourself asking, “There’s got to be more; I’m still hungry.” Or, ever come to the end of a vacation and say to whoever you are traveling with, “There’s got to be more; I’m not ready
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