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Sunday is Quarantined. Now What?

Jesus said at his crucifixion, “For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?” (Luke 23:31). I wonder if the wood is dry, and we have no idea what to do or…
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Go and Do Likewise

That question, “what must I do,” has been weighing on me these last couple of weeks. Maybe it’s been weighing on you, too. The idol of personal safety and the reflex toward self-preservation has me, like the questioner asking his…
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Dear God

My granddaughter was, back then, just a little girl, third grade maybe, but one Sunday morning, I remember, she was already starting to wax nostalgic. Here's what she said. "You remember when we still lived in the old house, and…
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Small Shrines

So, March was 749 days long. I’m not sure if I’m ready for the month billed by T.S. Eliot as “the cruelest.” The picture painted by the news suggests that the month is horrifyingly likely to more than live up…
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Be Still

Be still, and know that I am God.   Psalm 46:10 As an ADHD sufferer, I confess that this verse has always given me the heebie jeebies. In high school, I was the girl sitting in the back row of class.…
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Why Hoard Toilet Paper During a Pandemic?

In the moments I’m not self-righteously clucking “tsk, tsk,” at the toilet-paper-hoarding masses, I’m doing mental math estimating how long our supply might last. We’re starting to run low, the stores are empty, and I am anxious. If something doesn’t…
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The God Who Tents Among Us

John 1:1-18 Every May I teach a Hope College course called Ecological Theology and Ethics. It runs for three weeks, with the middle two weeks spent in the Adirondacks of upstate New York. After a day of whitewater rafting on…