Category Archives: Quips and Quotes

Brief thoughts. Big ideas.

Peace With Justice: Inauguration Week 2021

Originally posted on gregoryjoel.com:
I finished my morning prayer and meditation on the porch this morning and headed for the desk. I found this gem from Chalice Press in my inbox and had to share it with you all.…

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Dr. King’s Legacy

Thought for the Week “In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We … Continue reading

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A Childlike Faith

Photo Credit: Santa Monica, United States – Lauren Lulu Taylor (unsplash.com) “A complete life is the life of a child. When I am fully conscious of my awareness of Christ, there is something wrong. It is the sick person who … Continue reading

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RIP, Old Christmas Tree

Our old Christmas tree came in a box. It was made in China from plastic and steel by people who may or may not have known what Christmas was. It was shiny and new–with 600 pre-lit lights! But it wasn’t … Continue reading

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The Day We Met

I had no idea the person I’d just met (38 years ago yesterday) would change my life forever, and almost entirely for good (the “almost” is purely subjective—those are the parts of each other we haven’t finished fixing yet). I’m … Continue reading

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Truth Is a Hard Path

Photo: David John Terry (pinterest.com) Thought for the Week Truth is not comforting. It’s a hard path to stay on. It’s rocky and unpredictable, refusing to show us what we wanted to see, taking us where it will, rather that … Continue reading

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Live Godly Lives

More and more, we find ourselves living in an environment we weren’t made for. We find that, as Peter says, we are ‘aliens and strangers’ in this world. The worship of God is not the norm, in fact, the worship of … Continue reading

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2021: So Far…

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Wage Peace!

Right now, my country and many others are in desperate need of peacemakers, people who can bridge the gaps that others cannot bridge. Peacemaking is the opposite of weakness, it is strength in its purest form. Yes, peacemakers use words, … Continue reading

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The Future of the Human Race–2021 Edition

Life as we know it is nearly over. Seriously. Not because of the in-progress worldwide pandemic or political upheaval, but because of what’s been happening in labs and human culture for the last several decades. I first published this prognosis … Continue reading

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