Everything gets weird after forty days

If you have recently faced any prolonged seasons of testing, challenge, spiritual battle, or temptation, I want to encourage you (and maybe even help save you from doubting your sanity). In the synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, we are told that after Jesus’ baptism, He spent forty days in the wilderness fasting, praying, and […]

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Taken blessed broken given

During the Last Supper, in Matthew 26, the Scripture says that, “Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples” (Matthew 26:26, ESV). Traditionally in our Eucharist services the bread elements are broken. Although in larger groups the bread might be pre-cut or the participants might use small wafers […]

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Yet

Sometimes in life the best gifts come in small packages. Whether it is a tiny gift envelope stuffed with cash or the tiny bundle of a newborn baby, sometimes the greatest gifts are quite small. It is true with our English language, too. One of the most powerful words in the English dictionary is the […]

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The peak-to-peak principle

Have you ever watched people make one bad decision after another? Do you know anyone who seems to have an inherent knack for poor decision-making, always missing key moments or fumbling significant life transitions? Conversely, do you know anyone that always seems to get it right? Do you have people in your life who excel […]

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Comedy or tragedy–how should we now live?

In recent decades a popular, thought-provoking question has pierced our culture’s consciousness: “How now shall we live?” That question has been used as a title for multiple books and worldview documentaries, and it is fantastic. Any time we consider the circumstances in our world, it is good for us to ask the question: In light […]

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