another lovely spring weekend – but tempered by loss

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is …

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some thoughts about the abortion video that’s going viral

A couple of posts back I mentioned a reader's request that I comment on a particular issue that has her torn up. Here's the question, in her words: Derek, I have struggled with a story that I heard briefly... It is about a young woman videotaping her abortion. I will admit to being a conservative …

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change, surprise, life, tragedy, and the constant that is God’s faithful love

For the second time this week, I'm plugging in a couple of family photographs to go with my morning words. As I've watched the deep drama of so many events play out all week long, often extremely close to home, and as I've read scriptures in my morning devotional times, I can't get these images …

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anger, doubt, faith, & worship (Newtown, CT)

"Shake your fist at God all you want; complain about the injustice; tell anyone who is willing to listen how you don't have faith in your faith any more; scream at the darkness; knock yourself out. As for me, I'll be doing what I can for the cause of light." Saturday Morning was time for …

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new every morning: light in the face of darkness

Each Sunday morning, without fail, laughter, mirth, and the gentle warmth of several hundred people smiling lights up the sanctuary in our church. It's not that Rebekah and Tim tell jokes, so much as it is a genuine and ebullient spirit that illuminates our communion as a worshipping community. One recurring phrase from Rebekah that …

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