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The Evidence for the Resurrection

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to share in a portion of our Easter celebration at the Altria theater. Part Ted talk, part visual storytelling–we combined graphics, music and text to present evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. It was a labor of love and great teamwork–here’s a picture from rehearsal. I’ll post video from the service when it’s available. At the end–some of us come to faith by feeling–but for others, we need the…

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Why Darkness Matters

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When it gets dark, light makes all the difference. Have you ever thought about your relationship with the dark? Darkness is interesting. On the one hand, the dark allows us to sleep, to quiet, to rest. On the other, the dark can be a lonely place. It can be a frightening place. Many things that might feel innocent in the light become ominous in the dark. Last week I was…

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When anxiety strikes, try this–A, B, C.

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It can happen anytime your brain shifts gears, and it happens to me a lot. You are just living your busy life when BAM!, out of the blue, you are struck by a fear. A concern. A worry. An anxious thought, first one, then two, then twenty. What-Ifs begin to pile up and What-Would-I-Do and then the fear begins to seep in, slowly and then faster, soaking you in this terrible,…

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Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?

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As part of the Explore God series, this Sunday I preached on one of the hardest and oldest questions of life: Why could a good God allow pain and suffering in the world? Entering into this question was challenging. My years on this earth don’t feel sufficient to answer this from my own experience, but God’s Word provides us a way forward.  spoiler alert: this is a long post–audio above if…

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The Cloud You Didn’t Know You Needed

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I’m a sucker for the Olympics. I love it ALL. I love the pageantry and the uniforms and the human interest stories. I love watching random events and I convinced a friend of mine that we absolutely could qualify for the modern Pentathlon if we trained hard enough. Note: the modern pentathlon involves fencing someone, and then jumping in a pool and swimming 200 meters, jumping on a horse that you…

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Telling the whole story

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I never wanted to be a counselor.  My younger self was drawn to “big things”, purposeful things, things that take strategy and action plans and big steps. But in the way life often happen, I ended up with a counseling degree and an office with a big couch and a fluffy chair and a soothing paint color, spending hours doing the work that was quiet, hidden away and almost never felt…

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Your One Thing

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Once upon a time, I was pregnant for what must have been decades. The first two were less than two years apart, and then we gave it a little time but still managed to spend a year with three kids under five. Three kids under five might not seem like a lot, but it’s enough to have people stare at you in the grocery store, to raise a ruckus in the fast…

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Disappointment

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dis·ap·point·ment ˌdisəˈpointmənt/ noun the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations. I hate disappointment. You may think, sure, everyone hates disappointment, but I hate it-hate it. I think “nonfulfillment of one’s hopes” might just be one of the worst realities of the human condition. I’ve struggled with disappointment my whole life. When I was in my twenties, I remember a poignant conversation with…

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When Wonder Finds You

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This is a story about finding wonder, and losing it, and finding it again. This story takes place in an unlikely place (a golf course) at an unlikely time (mid-morning on a Monday). It was early spring, and a neighbor had just tipped me off that the course is closed on Monday, and the grounds crew looks the other way if you decide to run on those beautiful cart paths, and so…

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They Say The World Is Round

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They say the world is round. But I think it has sharp edges. I walk out of my door and I see new life bursting forth in glorious array, dogwoods and birds, tulips and caterpillars. All of creation sings of his glory. But through another door in another part of the world is a baby girl in an airport terminal, bloodied, crying over her mama. (Video here; hard to watch…

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