A Little Refresh for Persuasion Podcast

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For more than three years now, Hannah Anderson and I have been meeting on Persuasion to talk about everything from food preferences and movies, to political upheaval and relationships. This steady talking has shaped me in myriad ways. I am forced to think through issues beyond the hottest hot takes;…

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Lethargarians, Israelites, and Me

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Some days I feel quite productive, completing projects and meeting deadlines and even returning phone calls (ahem.). But many days, productivity eludes me. These are the days where I’ve touched all the projects, but haven’t pushed any of them forward any measurable distance. (On these days, I certainly did not…

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Drawing Near in 2018

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Just 14 days ago, the clock struck 12, and time starting tick, tick, ticking away the new year. That’s 12 months or 52 weeks or 365 days or 8,760 hours of life ahead, as God allows. The possibilities get me giddy, which is why I always sketch out some goals…

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True You 2017: The Year in Review

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For a few years now I’ve selected a theme for the new year, meant to give me some focus for goals and prayer and life in general. For 2017, I settled on True You, based on something the apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians: “You have heard…

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Coffee-a-Month Roundup for 2017

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For two years now, my new year’s resolutions have included trying a new coffee each month. In 2016, this was the only goal I achieved. (Priorities, right?) In 2017, life got away from me a few times; three months were barren, devoid of freshly roasted beans. Such a shame! I…

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Embodiment and the Divine

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All month I’ve been thinking about the ways our senses are meant to help us know God. And when our senses are off kilter, we’re missing out on connections with the Divine. God speaks—He is the Word, after all—so if I cannot hear Him, my spiritual ears must be a…

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How to Hug a Zombie

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At the start of this series, I did some searches for zombie information and immediately regretted the images that flooded my screen. Zombies are gross. Rotting flesh, gaping wounds, missing limbs, guts and gore spilling out—I don’t want to see that. What’s meant to be in the body is supposed…

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Diagnosis: Spiritual Leprosy

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We’re in the final days of the Write 31 Days challenge. While at first I was concerned I wouldn’t have enough to fill 31 entries, now I am scrambling to cover the topics I outlined. With four days remaining, it’s time to talk about the fifth and final of our…

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The Scent of Your Life

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Have you ever noticed that every home has a distinct odor? I notice our home’s scent after I’ve been away for a week or more—I open the door and the familiar scent of home greets me. It’s odd that I don’t notice it in my usual comings and goings. It’s…

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The Smell of My Grandpa’s Soup

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Thunk. Thunk. Thunk. The sun is peeking over the horizon, brightening the guestroom just enough for me to take in the familiar furniture at my grandparents’ house Stark Street in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. In this memory, I don’t know how old I am, because I’m lots of ages… this jarring…

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