A Hand-Me-Down Faith

One of the benefits of being an older sibling is that I was always on the giving side of the hand-me-down equation. My brother, who’s about three and a half years younger than I am, was the one who was always on the receiving end. And my mother, being the daughter of a farmer whose […]

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Location, Location and Location

As a fan of social media in general, I’ve also talked about how there is a problem with the way we often present idealized personas of ourselves, carefully avoiding the messy bits of our lives and making our lives look much more seamless and together than they really are. So I was struck the other […]

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That Can’t Be Right!

“Well, that’s not right.” That’s what one of my high school friends used to always say as an understated, deadpan response to anything that was clearly very wrong: a particularly gruesome death in an action movie; finding something in his food that shouldn’t be there; one time after swerving to go around a car that […]

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On Second Thought

One of the things I usually do in premarital counseling for couples is to give each person a personality inventory to complete, that is based on the classic Myers-Briggs system. If you’re not familiar with it, the Myers-Briggs inventory operates on the theory that there are four basic spectrums in everyone’s personality, and it examines […]

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Faith with Open Eyes

Recently, I was getting breakfast at a diner, and was sitting next to a table where a woman was flipping through the giant diner menu, ignoring suggestions from her daughter and granddaughter who were sitting with her. When the waitress swooped in to take her order, the woman looked up and said: “Okay, this is […]

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Family Feud

Based on Isaiah 5:1-7 and Luke 12:49-57 All of us have been given the gift of our five senses: touch, taste, hearing, sight and smell. We also are gifted with the sensing organs that are associated with each of these five senses and it is these organs that send information to the brain to help […]

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