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God of the Living

I approach Remembrance Sunday with some reservation. Those who have heard me speak about war as a colossal human failure will know that I wrestle with the idea that the my "freedom," whatever that may be, has come with the cost of someone's death. I think of Malalai Joya, a young woman who grew up in Afghanistan's... Read More  

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Relevance?

“Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven has come near” (Matthew 3:2). It’s been good to be silent on the blog for these past couple of weeks. It’s been said that silence is “God’s first language." I’ve been away to do some reading and reflecting; you can read about some of my... Read More  

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And Creation Sings

"... the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing"  (Isaiah 35:1-2). Throughout the season of Advent, we typically think about a child who will change the world, that human relationships will become peace-filled, and somehow balance will... Read More  

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A Christmas Reconstructed

Good morning, everyone. Well, I’ve offered three reflections on my understanding of the incarnation, the Christian doctrine that asserts God is revealed in all of creation – most perfectly revealed in Jesus Christ. And, unfortunately for some, I’ve completely deconstructed Christmas. On Sunday,... Read More  

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What's different?

Today is the day for looking ahead and looking backward. And it feels odd to be writing this given that I’ll be the first to say life will not be found in any story remembered (looking back) or in any future imagined (looking ahead). Life will be found in this moment and in every “this moment” as... Read More  

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Base camp - where is it?

“When Jesus turned and saw them, he asked, 'What do you want?' They answered, 'Rabbi, where do you live? The Hebrew word 'Rabbi' means 'Teacher''" (John 1:38). I’m about to head off for my annual vacation, and my wife and I are looking forward to the break. But before I do, I’m thinking about all... Read More  

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Blessings... I think...

Blair is away on vacation... but the work and wondering here at LVUC continues, so I thought I'd keep up the blog in his absence. I've been doing a lot of thinking about blessings this week, as we continue to read through Matthew's account of Jesus' emerging ministry and this week focus on the "Beatitudes." We all... Read More  

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What's it worth?

Funny thing about this time of year... I get kinda blue. There are many reasons for it, and most would say it's because I live north of the 49th parallel, in a rainforest. From November to March, it's dark most of the time, and when it's not dark, it's raining. And cold. And did I mention it was raining? It is... Read More  

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And the enemy is...

I just heard a new song about the love of God (thanks for introducing it to me, Wade!). The sun shines on everyone, it doesn't make choices; the rain falls on everyone, it doesn't make choices; the one Spirit lives in everyone, it doesn't make choices; when we pray, we pray for everyone, we don't make choices...... Read More  

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Right now - in this moment.

“But strive first for the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:33).  This passage is about the discipline of... Read More