‘Without embittering and embarrassing others’

After the World Vision dustup last week and personal and professional confrontations, it's good for me to return to a prayer I try to offer as often as I recall it."Teach me to act firmly and wisely," it goes, "without embittering and embarrassing others."That can be a tall order, especially these days when important controversies take place without the benefit of in-person conversation and connection.I've been praying that prayer with varying degrees of effectiveness since late … [Read more...]

Trusting God’s messy providence

Into the tangle

If your week hasn’t gone according to plan, this post is for you. Come to think of it, if your life hasn’t gone according to plan, this post is for you.St. Paul offers the Romans (and us) an extremely comforting thought when he tells them that God works all things for our good. Probably most of us believe that, cling to it in fact. We’re just mystified about how he goes about doing it.Look at Joseph’s story. God used him to save Egypt from famine and, by extension, the fledging nation of Is … [Read more...]


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