MONDAY MEDITATION: “Where Did That Come From?” (January 24)

The Lord disciplines whomever he loves, and he punishes every son or daughter whom he accepts. – Hebrews 12:6 Throughout my years in ministry, there would be people who seemed to stand out because of their character, conviction, compassion, and courage—the 4 “c’s”. And occasionally one of these saints would say something, or forward something on …

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MONDAY MEDITATION: No Free Grace (January 10)

“His master called the first servant and said, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you appealed to me. Shouldn’t you also have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’”  — Matthew 18:32-33 How you receive a gift reveals your heart. It shows if you’re a taker or …

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MONDAY MEDITATION: Loving Poorly (January 3)

Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you, just as we also forgive those who have wronged us. – Matthew 6:12 Father Henri Nouwen wrote, “Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly.” (From his You Are the Beloved) How do we love poorly? …

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One Country, Two Views

In the quest to be broadminded, I’m reading two opposing books. One is Newt Gingrich’s Beyond Biden: Rebuilding the America We Love. The other is Jon Meacham’s The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels. I want to see the underlying assumptions of each writer, and why they write what they write. I …

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MONDAY MEDITATION: “Why Do You Bother With Us?” (December 13)

I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,    your handmade sky-jewelry,Moon and stars mounted in their settings.    Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,Why do you bother with us?    Why take a second look our way? – Psalm 8:3-4 (The Message) Why “take a second look our way,” indeed? We humans have a default setting of …

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Monday Meditation: Pharaoh’s Voice (November 29)

The Egyptians enslaved the Israelites.  They made their lives miserable with hard labor, making mortar and bricks, doing field work, and by forcing them to do all kinds of other cruel work. – Exodus 1:13-14 The late theologian Marcus Borg said in a lecture, “There’s a ‘mental Pharaoh’ that each of us hears.” “Mental Pharaoh.” How …

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