faith

The Thirst That Drives Busy Living

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A writing life often keeps me cloistered, with my thoughts, my journal, my laptop. Earlier this week, after hours of seclusion in my cave (i.e., my windowless basement office), I needed food and water and a break. After cobbling together a lunch, I began eating as I stood in the…

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To Pray Is to Change

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For all the ways of communicating, writing comes easiest for me. It is much more natural for me to first work things out on paper or keyboard before speaking them aloud. I am the opposite of a verbal processor. This may be why prayer has always been difficult for me….

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Thinking God’s Thoughts

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Moments of quiet are rare, aren’t they? There are too many things to watch, listen to, read; there are beloved friends and family to enjoy; there is work to be done and community to build. Even if we can step away from the fellowship, information, and entertainment, our own thoughts…

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How Will You Tend Your Soul in 2016?

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With just about two weeks left in 2015, it’s time. I’m reviewing the past 12 months and thinking ahead to a new year. Which involves all sorts of pondering and praying and dreaming—everything I love to do. Details of my 2015 review and 2016 dreams are forthcoming, but one idea…

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If Linus Is Right, We’re Sharing Our Faith All Wrong

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“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people…religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.” —Linus, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown   Common etiquette from the mid-1800s advised savvy conversationalists to avoid religion and politics. These topics were not considered polite because of the strong emotions often…

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Faith Is a Work in Progress

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People who claim to have no qualms about their faith make me question how often their lives actually depend upon it. It is when faith is pulled off the shelf and put to use that you notice its quirks. You can’t see the oddities when faith is only for display…

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Four Questions That Changed My Day

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Reflection is one of my favorite activities. I could sit for hours with my Bible and journal, pondering life and what’s happening and what God might want me to do next. Because I’m such a sucker for reflective exercises, I was intrigued by something recommended by Trevor Hudson in his…

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