Ignored, Dismissed, Insulted

Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all....

The Hard Words (Like Water on Stone)

I’m preaching on a difficult passage of scripture this Sunday, one I would not have chosen.  This rough poem arrived mid-week as I found myself wrestling the text.  Frustrated, I stopped to reflect on what I was doing and found myself invited to let...

Gumption (Initiative, Courage, Spunk)

(now THAT’S a moustache . . . ) (Lately, I’ve been having fun playing with words that strike me and writing a little about their definition and use.  I love words.  This post is an old one tweaked from the winter of 2012, back when I had three...

Love Leads (Let Us Follow)

(In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing a post on the topic of love each day this week.  Today’s post is from fall 2015 and looks at the way love can lead and open doors. When our own love is worn and lacking, we can always lean on the love of...

Love That Carries

He’s tall and burly, like someone who played football in high school.  Gray-haired, with some extra weight around the middle, he carries his daughter to school wrapped in a blanket every day through the long winter months. I saw him this morning, as I do...
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