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We’re crazy if we think evil will be honest

I used to get really upset. I used to get really frustrated. I still do experience these things, but for different reasons now. I used to expect that evil would just be honest about itself. How naive of me. I used to get frustrated that evil would lie and...
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They aren’t serious…

“They” could be any number of people on any number of topics. They aren’t serious because what they say hasn’t been thought out. It’s just a reaction, a quick response. Maybe the words spoken are meant to sound like they care, or that they are seriously thinking about a...
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Prayer for June 8, 2022

Prayer for June 8, 2022: Please pray with me. God of grace, we have a lot of trouble with this aspect of who you are. We are so trained in the ways of the world that we believe we need to earn everything – including your love. We shudder...
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Guns are supposed to secure our freedom?

I’m told that guns are supposed to secure our freedom. But that is never actually explained. Freedom isn’t defined. It’s just thrown out there as if everyone has the same definition. But we don’t. The claim also doesn’t hold up to facts either. It’s just assumed to be true...
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Thoughts and prayers…

A mass shooting happens in a grocery store. “Thoughts and prayers” is the response. A mass shooting happens in a school. “Thoughts and prayers” is the response. A mass shooting happens anywhere. “Thoughts and prayers” is the response. What exactly are we praying? Seriously, what words are we praying...
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Which Jesus?

I’m writing to my fellow Christians here. Let me clarify that. I’m writing to all people who claim the label of Christian. We need to talk. Because I think there’s some confusion going on. Everyone is claiming to follow Jesus, but I’m not convinced that we all mean the...
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Toxic Cultures

I’ve been thinking about toxic cultures a lot lately. A culture can be defined as: “The customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group. Also: the characteristic features of everyday existence (such as diversions or a way of life) shared by people in...
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“How do we respond…” – Gospel and Sermon for Sunday, May 29, 2022

Here is the manuscript for today’s sermon: A plague killed somewhere between 5-40% of the population.  Imagine what that does to a society.   The Peasant’s Rebellion and the long-standing wars throughout the continent on a constant basis that ripped young men from families, caused death and great destruction throughout the...
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Prayer for May 26, 2022

Prayer for May 26, 2022: Please pray with me. What exactly do we say Lord? We are at a loss for words. “Thoughts and prayers?” That almost seems blasphemous though. As if we are waiting for you to do something because we aren’t willing. Almost like we are blaming...
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