A non-anxious presence

Jewish Rabbi and family therapist Edwin Friedman coined the term “non-anxious presence” to describe a person who carries and imparts a calm, peaceful, and empowering presence to others. These “non-anxious” people are able to bring a sense of peace and security amid moments of fear, panic, or controversy, and our world today, with its ever-increasing […]

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The Happy Warrior

Are you a Happy Warrior? After all that you have experienced in your personal and professional life, and amid the fears and uncertainties of our present world, is there still music in your heart and fire in your bones as you engage in your calling and vocation? In John 14, Jesus modeled the heart and […]

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Sticks and Stones

“What is in your hand?” God loves this question. When He first appeared to Moses from a burning bush He asked him, “What is in your hand?” Moses replied, “A staff.” That was enough for God. For the rest of the story, Moses’ staff released plagues over Egypt, parted the Red Sea, scared water out […]

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Fear of bad news versus actual bad news

You have no doubt heard Mark Twain’s oft repeated quote: “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” There is profound truth inside Mr. Twain’s witty remark, and when you and I reach our own old age, we will undoubtedly say the same thing: we […]

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Meanwhile we groan

At Grace Church we just finished a church-wide 90-day reading campaign where we read all of the words of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. The unique thing about this reading plan was that we only read Jesus’ words—we ignored the entire surrounding context. I know. I know. We’re not supposed to read the Bible […]

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