Summer Reading

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Rest and Ratatouille

In summer, metaphors are as plentiful as buzzing bees. Here is one with its nose buried in a hollyhock. Here are half a dozen more darting among the clover. Summer is a gradual unspooling, and I see the picture of it everywhere: rosebuds unfurling, pea vines and morning glories curling and uncurling. Summer is for slowly, but surely, unclenching our fists, letting our hurried shoulders drop, and leaning in toward...

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The Power of a Friend Who Helps You Find Rest

I recently finished studying the book of Ruth with some women from my church.  We talked about all of those beautiful themes of salvation woven throughout Ruth. But as I studied these two lines from Naomi struck me: But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother's house. May the LORD deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with...

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 I didn't used to like poetry. I wrote abominable verse as a teenager (what literary teenage girl doesn't?), but poetry was something we studied in school, something teachers asked you hard questions about, questions like, "What is the symbolism of the bird in this poem?", questions you didn't dare to answer because you might be wrong. How were you supposed to know what the bird symbolized? You were only 15....

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Because It Could Be Me

My heart is saddened by the news, again. A pastor has resigned from his duties due to “moral failure.” I hurt for the families who are directly impacted. I’m sad for the life challenges and choices that led up to this. I also grieve for the way the enemy uses one person’s sin to make us feel better about our own. When I hear the news of yet another leader who...

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Who Is Greater?

I've wanted to achieve greatness for as long as I can remember. For years, the drive surged from the dark underbelly of pride that scratched and clawed to be let loose. It was an ugly desire--baring nothing good or wholesome about it.  I think the desire for greatness is not altogether bad. The desire to succeed has driven many a person to become world-changers in their own right. The conviction...

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Scandalous Meals & a Welcome Home

Have we grasped God's grace? How do we react when a promiscuous woman kisses the body of Jesus? Do we celebrate God's grace, or are we scandalized? The grace of God turns out to be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Jesus is socially disruptive; his radical grace disrupts social situations.  And we don't like church to be disrupted. We regard marginalized people in the church as "a problem" to be "handled."--Tim Chester,...

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Last Call [Join Us]

Judging by the looks of things, it seems many of you have already heard about (and signed up for) our upcoming Book Club kicking off June 1, but in case you missed it, we wanted to offer one last call to let you know that you can still join us. We are delighted and excited to be reading through Tim Chester's book, A Meal With Jesus. If you haven't signed up yet, we'd...

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