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On World Vision and Hasty Words

Hm, but you are hasty folk, I see. -Treebeard Long, long ago, before some uber-smart guys found out that the entire world could be connected through the power that would be known as the Internet, companies could change their policies without a gaggle of bloggers responding with venom. Perhaps within a 48-hour period, said companies may…

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On Springtime and Resurrection

As I look out the window into our backyard garden, my eye is immediately drawn to the groupings of brown shoots that once served as the bases for mighty sunflowers, if memory serves me right. At the moment, it is hard to tell what they once were, in all their springtime splendor, in all their…

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Thirst and Provision: A Reflection from Psalm 95

In the nineteen sixties and seventies some people with a ton of time on their hands lobbied to have pretty much any book that contained sex, drugs, or rock and roll in any of its various forms stricken from the record of humanity. Their idealogical descendants can currently be found denouncing flamboyant Telly Tubbies, or…

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Death Via Windmill: On Freedom and Possibilities

In Miguel de Cervantes’ classic compilation of the many adventures of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, the first noble and dangerous battle begins when the newly self-knighted Don Quixote spots a gang of evil giants. Without a moment’s hesitation, the fearless Quixote (and his hapless sidekick Sancho Panza) plunges into battle. And…

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You Came to Play.

Question: What is the chief end of man? This familiar question opens up the Westminster Catechism, a staple in the world of Presbyterian theology for over 350 years. In a way, they are so familiar that even those of us who grew up ignorant or otherwise oblivious to the concept of creeds and catechisms have…

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Freedom as…play?

What does freedom look like? For the past few years I have been at least poking around at this idea, and the other day I was finally able to put it into words. At first it sounds like there is a quick, easy answer to this question. Freedom looks like the ability to do what…

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Reflections on Ash Wednesday and a Nasty Habit of God

There is a nasty habit in the history of God that takes center stage on days like today. Ash Wednesday marks the official beginning of the season of Lent in the Christian calendar. Lent is the season when we collectively turn away from ourselves and toward the cross, confessing our sin and longing to be…