Puritanism 2.0

Everyone is familiar with the Puritans. At least familiar with the popular story about the Puritans. You know the one. That these deeply religious people left England in pursuit of religious freedom and so they went to the “new world” and set up a colony and they experienced hardship...
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Breaking News: Old Hymn gets new words

Breaking News… Sources are telling us that the popular hymn “They will know we are Christians by our love” is set for an updated version. Chris T. Mas, spokesperson for the popular hymn publisher Sin(g) Boldly!, made the following statement: “The old hymn is really popular and we hate...
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Prayer for July 15, 2022

Prayer for July 15, 2022: Please pray with me. God of love, make yourself known to us in love. We live in a culture that doesn’t understand what love is. Love gets equated with sex. But love is so much more. And love comes in a variety of forms...
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Church is all about change

“Whoa there, Pr. Matthew! What you mean that the church is all about change? Churches don’t change, don’t you know – or at least they don’t change fast. There are certain ways that we do things. There is an order to maintain. Where do you get off claiming that...
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Avoidance

I was struck by yesterday’s reflection from Fr. Richard Rohr. Here’s the text of it: “There seem to be two typical ways to avoid conversion or transformation, two diversionary tactics that we use to avoid holding pain: fight and flight.   “Fight” is what I’ll call the way of Simon...
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Lessons learned from time off

The last 11 weeks have been…different. For about seven weeks I was dealing with COVID. I ended up with some long haul symptoms – migraines, fatigue, fuzzy head. I’m grateful those are gone now. COVID is nothing to mess with. Besides a long battle and recovery with what the...
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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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