How High Is Your Horse?

How High Is Your Horse?

President Obama recently got a good deal of grief for suggesting that Christians should not get on their high horse in criticizing the current barbarism being displayed by some in the name of Islam forgetting our own history which has its own horrific acts of violence...
Light in the Darkwood

Light in the Darkwood

As we complete our journey following the wholly human and holy divine Jesus, we find ourselves on a mountaintop bathed in transfiguring light. Jesus led us there in a very human manner, one step at a time. A summit achieved through struggle adds more meaning to the...
Deep Breath

Deep Breath

In the first episode of Doctor Who this season, robots were capturing humans for their parts. Clara is able to avoid detection as long as she holds her breath, but she eventually exhales and is captured. During the ensuing interrogation, she is asked again and again...
Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Fake It ‘Til You Make It

There is a qigong gesture called “The Prayer Wheel Keeps Turning.” As a beginner, one usually starts by using the arms to move one fist over another. After a few hundred repetitions, one might get a few where the movement is connected through the torso, so the hips...
Ticket to Paradise

Ticket to Paradise

The Beatitudes as presented by Matthew are beautifully crafted prose, in fact, they come across as rather poetic. Apart from the aesthetic appeal, Matthew offers them as vitally important. Not only are they the first teaching of Jesus, he is placing Jesus in the...
Snipe Hunt

Snipe Hunt

Perhaps you were once the new kid at camp where the more experienced campers took you out at night on a snipe hunt. If so, equipped with a light (to attract the bird) and a bag (to catch it) you were left figuratively and literally holding the bag while the other kids...
Ring the Bells that Still Can Ring

Ring the Bells that Still Can Ring

 Ray had just poured a large glass of the best Riesling he had when the power went out. “Whatever,” he thought, “I was going to sit in just the glow of the Christmas tree anyway. Total darkness fits my mood better and I don’t need any light to get the rest of...
The Forgotten Father

The Forgotten Father

When asked how many children we have, my wife’s practiced response is “we raised seven.” That is because we have been parents in a variety of forms: two biological children, three adopted children, numerous foster children (two of whom we helped...
Called for Good Reason

Called for Good Reason

Scripture: Isaiah 42:1-9  “I, the Lord, have called you for a good reason… The things announced in the past–look–they’ve already happened, but I’m declaring new things. Before they even appear, I tell you about them.” – Isaiah 42: 1-9 All this year, my wife and...
Upside Down Christmas

Upside Down Christmas

Carol our Christmas, an upside-down Christmas: snow is not falling and trees are not bare. Carol the summer, and welcome the Christ Child, warm in our sunshine and sweetness of air. Those words of a hymn by New Zealander, Shirley Erena Murray, describe the holiday as...

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