Beneath the Rising Jesus

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 Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5) It was Saturday and we were in church. A big city church sat back on one of Portland’s wooded corners. Imago Dei. Image of God. Two years of Latin and I still had to look that up, just [Read More...]

Practice the Old Art

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  He wore coveralls over his jeans and flannel shirt. The kind farmers wear when there is snow on the ground, which there was that day. Not a fresh covering, mind you, but the slick kind that can fool a fella, make them fall into the ditch, which somebody in the household had just a [Read More...]

Claire’s Gift

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    The last thing Claire did before heading out the door that Friday morning was drape pearls around her neck. They were the gift Claire bought herself upon completion of her graduate studies at George Fox University. There had been no family members at graduation to cheer her on, no one to hug her, [Read More...]

A World without God

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We hear it all the time. How we’ve moved into a post-Christian era. A time and place where children are growing up far removed from the faiths of generations before them.  Imagine, John Lennon said, there’s no hell below us, no heaven above, only sky. Imagine a world of no religion, all the people living [Read More...]

Lambs to Lanza’s Slaughter

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  “I haven’t been able to read a book  aloud since.” Jackie Barden was speaking about the shooting death of her son Daniel at Sandy Hook. Saturday marks the one year anniversary of the day Adam Lanza stormed into the elementary school and using a gun – not a knife – killed 20 students, and 6 adults. [Read More...]

Book Giveaway: Fiction

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Book Giveaway Signed Copy Tell me the name of your first love. How old were you?     [Read more...]

Why Being Vulnerable Doesn’t Frighten Me

People say it to me all the time and it is true: You are exactly the same in person as you are online, in your books, in your columns, etc.  It never occurs to me to be otherwise. Sometimes they tell me I even look like my photos. That makes me laugh. Perhaps I should [Read More...]

Seduced

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    Speaking of addictions, consider the following from the Vancouver Sun: Kendall, the B.C. chief medical health officer, found that gambling addiction more than doubled between 2001 and 2007 — the latest data available to him due to a lack of government monitoring, which in itself is damning — and that the province has [Read More...]

Rent-a-parent for the Holidays

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My mother loved Christmas. She made a big fuss over it every year. As daughter Shelby says: Giving gifts was grandma’s love language. Getting them was, too. Mama loved to give & get gifts.  When I got the call last year on Christmas Day telling me that Mama was dying, and that I needed to get [Read More...]

Agony of Advent

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“Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot…” Isaiah 11: 1 Advent. It can be hard, hard, hard. This waiting. You tell yourself that this thing you hope for, it will come. One. Day. Soon. All in due time. You only have to be patient. And good. You have to persevere. You [Read More...]

Elan Gale’s On-Flight Fake Fight

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Be sweet, Lewis, be sweet. Those were the words Mama Grizzard spoke to Lewis each morning as she sent him out the door into the big wide world of elementary school. That’s southern-speak for be kind, be patient, be forgiving, be compassionate, be slow to anger, be gracious. Sometimes I wonder if today’s parents aren’t [Read More...]

Outgrowing Gender Differences

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Miz Shelby had not been home in nearly a year. Not since Christmas last, when that awful phone call about grandmama dying interrupted the gift-giving. So she came home this weekend. Miz Shelby and her momma got facials, did a little shopping, made Rice Krispy treats and generally hung out, talking girl things. On Sunday, [Read More...]

I Know Who You Are – I Saw What You Did

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I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under… I can’t in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine [Read More...]

Book Giveaway: The Prayer Box

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Speaking of coming across the prayers of the dead, have you read Lisa Wingate’s latest treasure “The Prayer Box”? “Tangled in strands of salt grass, treasures waited – a rosary, a bit of sea glass, a tiny bottle found nearby the carcass of a shipwreck, a small starfish, a photo of Iola and Isabelle taken [Read More...]

God’s Downton Abbey: The Cheney Feud

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It takes a lot to get me to feel anything remotely empathetic for former Vice President Dick Cheney. But even my wicked heart winces over the public feuding between his daughters, Liz and Mary Cheney. Perhaps you have read the comments Cheney made about his daughters’ very public feud over same-sex marriage: “This is an issue we [Read More...]


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