NINE ELEVEN – Today the danger comes from cynicism and lack of trust

Tribute in lights illuminate downtown in New York - Photo by Jin Lee  It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.Galatians 5:1 - writer Derek Maul Today I almost made the decision to avoid writing anything about the events …

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“Take heart! I have overcome the world!” #9-11

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. - John 16:33 I understand there's going to be a lot written today in response to the fifteenth anniversary of Nine-Eleven. So I don't want to …

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MLK, non-violence, and our baptism into the power of love

This morning I'd like to share the Martin Luther King Jr. quote that I learned in church this weekend. King's words still resonate, and his thoughts fit so well into our ongoing discussion of the nature of gospel-quality love, that I couldn't let it go unreferenced, especially as today is MLK-Day. "Do to us what you will and we …

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always learning, always listening, always open to the Spirit…

This morning's thoughts are all about perspective. First, Rebekah read an interesting news article before breakfast that discussed how the structure of the language we use influences the way our minds work. I've written about this before (The Unmaking of a Part-Time Christian) in terms of using the language of grace to literally transform the …

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The Gospel of Peace

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. Jesus - John 13:34-35 Yesterday was a rich day; complex, nuanced and deeply layered. The …

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9-11 and the Beauty of Hope

Today is already one of those thoughtful, rainy mornings. Scout and I got our walk in early and then the day suddenly shifted to tropical rains and gusty winds. Part of me wants to curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee, and part of me wants to process some of the …

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