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Gregory Love

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The White Stone

As Reformed Christians, we share a bedrock principle with the Lutherans for our following of Jesus: We are saved by grace through faith alone. Theology is a reflection on the faith we hold: It is faith seeking to understand itself.…
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Intimacy with Others

I grew up in a family that did not “do feelings.” I do not remember my parents grabbing one another in a passionate hug. I do not remember my parents fighting. Or at least, only rarely. When they did fight,…
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Prayer as Intimacy

The key to intimacy is authenticity. It is as true in our relationship with God as it is in our relationships with our fellow human beings. There is no genuine relationship with God unless we are authentic before God, unless…
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Changing

I am feeling my mortality. On the one hand, I look back at my life and see a thousand mistakes I have made. Ways I went down the wrong path and got myself lost. It is hard to look, because…
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Nudging

By Gregory Love God is our one true love. We were made out of God’s love, and for that love. But we don’t always know this. We wander. We drift. Sometimes for years, or decades. In Pilgrim’s Regress, C. S.…
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One True Love

By Gregory Love I am reading Under The Mercy, (1988), Sheldon Vanauken’s sequel to his 1977 award-winning book A Severe Mercy. In A Severe Mercy, Vanauken (1914-1996) described the love of his life, his relationship with Jean, whom everyone called “Davy”:…
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The Good Samaritan and the Resurrection

By Gregory Anderson Love In her book Short Stories By Jesus, New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine looks at the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). Jesus’ Jewish audience would not have heard this parable as being about helping strangers,…
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God in a Tomb

by Gregory Anderson Love God died. It is the most startling of statements, surpassing even the other startling statement in the Christian faith—that God was born. That God, Creator of all things, became one of the creatures, and cried out…
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Our Name Around God’s Wrist

by Gregory Anderson Love My daughter, Claire, was born almost twelve years ago. For the next several days as I went back and forth between the hospital and my home, the hospital and school, I had a bracelet the hospital…
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One Day on the Bridge

By Gregory Anderson Love On this one day, ten years ago, all the bad news in his life came to a moment. He stood on the railing’s edge of the bridge, and looked down. Kevin Berthia had never even been…