Tag Archives: God

Toby the Turtle

Two True Fables: Part Two (To read Part One, click here) Nearly every 60s family had a turtle. Some flushed theirs down the toilet (resulting in an outbreak of sewer-dwelling ninjas). But our neighbors the Cartingers couldn’t bear to part … Continue reading

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Intended for Good

Maddened by jealousy, Joseph’s half-brothers sold him into slavery. He was tempted to give in to despair. (Who wouldn’t be?) But he chose instead to trust in the God he knew would never abandon him. Ah, divine irony. Two decades later his brothers came to Egypt … Continue reading

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Forgiveness + Love = Freedom

Even the Romans feared them. For centuries they avoided the Irish Celts, whom Julius Caesar had called “more savage than any other race.” When the newly Christianized Roman monks finally arrived in the 5th century, they looked down on the … Continue reading

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Heaven?

Many say: Those who do this And steer clear of that Clearly have God Tucked under their hat And those who’ve insured Themselves against fire By naming the cross And defaming desire Know that their names Must appear on His … Continue reading

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What is Worship?

“The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God.” ~C. S. Lewis If you forget everything but God you have remembered everything that matters

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Profanity 101

(Rated R for language) No, I’m not going to teach you how to cuss. My guess is you already know how. When I was in my early 20s, I was proud of my liberal use of profanity. It was what … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Sailboat

Most of my dreams are “mad libs,” the organized part of my mind working to construct a narrative out of snippets: poodle, drone, bent fork, chimney, fireworks… “Jacques the poodle used a bent fork to fire up his personal drone, … Continue reading

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