Heading To College With A Bit Less Baggage

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As I shopped for school supplies for my soon-to-be sixth grade grandson at Target last week, I passed by a mom and her daughter doing what looked to be the "stocking the dorm room" shopping trip. The young woman was eagerly scanning the aisles for just the right towels. The mom was pushing the overflowing cart behind her, watching every move her daughter made as she readied for her big launch.There are lots of nostalgic articles and reflections at this time of year written by parents who are … [Read more...]

The Saddest Day Of The Year

The Western Wall, once part of the wall surrounding an outer courtyard of the Temple, is all that remains of the Second Temple, and is a place of longing and prayer today.

On this date in 587 B.C., the temple built by Solomon was destroyed by the Babylonians. On this very same date in 70 A.D., the temple rebuilt on that site was destroyed by the Romans. On our first visit to Israel in 2009, my husband and I dropped our bags at our Jerusalem hotel. We were exhausted from a long day of travel, but knew we needed to stay awake for a few more hours in order to combat jet lag. We started walking, no particular destination in mind, and soon found ourselves in … [Read more...]

If Only We Could Have A Discussion About Our If Only’s

Happy August, friend! As miserable as last winter was for those of us living in the area of the country caught in the clutches of the Polar Vortex, this summer's mild temperatures and abundant sunshine have almost erased the memory of mountains of snow andFrozen-like temperatures.(Well, almost.)Though we're in the second half of summer, many of us are shopping for school supplies and looking ahead to autumn's schedules.For those of you involved in planning upcoming Bible studies, … [Read more...]

Pop Goes The Blessing Bubble

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I've known a small handful of people who've had lives remarkably free from trial, reversal or loss. One woman I used to know had her entire life mapped out using the blueprint of the American Dream, Conservative Christian Version, from a very young age. Her life has gone pretty much the way she'd planned it: marriage, two kids, a dog, lovely suburban home, stable career, a bit of travel, a cozy group of friends. It was pretty amazing to witness over the years. If your life unfolds precisely as … [Read more...]

The Church Deserves Better Than Ugly Decorations

1987 called. It wants its tissue box cover back. You know the one, made by hand in colonial blue and dusty rose calico. Author David Murrow appears to have found the final resting place of this artifact in the churches he's visited. He excerpted a section from his book, How Women Help Men Find God, in a blog post entitled "Does Your Church Look Like A Beauty Parlor?", describing the country-folksy décor in some small and mid-sized church buildings:As I speak in churches, I notice the bea … [Read more...]

…On Earth As It Is In Heaven: A Prayer

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Like many of you, I am glued to the news coming out of the Middle East. An ocean of virtual ink has been spilled this summer in debate over the Israel-Gaza war, the Israel-West Bank conflict, and the hard shift caliphate-building ISIS has brought as its taken hold across war-ravaged Syria and Iraq. And the reality is that heart-breaking recent events in Somalia, South Sudan and Ukraine are not disconnected from what is happening in the Middle East.I am writing from a comfortable home in a C … [Read more...]

Interview: Immigration (The Skeptic’s Guide Series)

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Each Thursday, the mailman delivers a weekly shopper newspaper to us that includes a few local stories and a feature entitled "Sound Off". This space is devoted to printing the rants of commenters emboldened by the possibility of complete anonymity. (The paper instructs them to call their pearls of wisdom in to a phone number I suspect is connected to an answering machine in a broom closet.)As the numbers of unaccompanied minors from Central America who have made their way across this … [Read more...]


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