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A Taste of Compassion

  The “Golden Rule” is found in just about all faith traditions and in our secular ethics as well. It might be stated in a bunch of different ways, but it all gets down ...


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Understand People!

Seriously! Many of us don’t understand why someone does what they do. What’s their motivation? How can someone be so different than me? How can I understand, let alone ...


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Is There No Balm in Gilead?

"Terror let loose!" thunders the text of the prophet Jeremiah (650 - c. 570 BC), quoting Psalm 31.   Rereading this amazing Old Testament book from the sixth century BCE ...




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Kneeling at the Manger

A few years ago I attended an Advent Quiet Day retreat, taking time for reflection and preparing. During the opening we were asked what Advent practices had been ...


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Abwoon d'bwashmaya

What a difference a translation makes: A close translation of the Lord’s Prayer from Aramaic, the language that Jesus spoke, yields astonishingly fresh insights about the...


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Grief

When someone we love dies, we may feel as if we are suddenly in a starkly new territory, a place of deep sorrow, regret and longing.  We may wonder how we can go on ...




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Money and Mission

Sometimes I hear leaders talk about having enough resources for their mission projects or church ministry.  More often, leaders and parishioners worry about money and ...



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Just Be

Our minds are full, busy all the time thinking, thinking, thinking!  We are all thinking, doing, eating, shopping, rushing around like chickens with our heads cut off. ...





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Eco Adventure Comes to a close

The first Eco-Adventure at Rolling Ridge has come and gone, and was a tremendous success!  This three-day program invited children to connect with the Earth and to see ...



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Creating a Culture of Renewal

"Creating a Culture of Renewal is one of the best leadership experiences of my ministry – everyone can benefit from greater self-awareness and accountability!" – Steve ...


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Revive and Thrive

We have known for a very long time that lifestyle, such as diet, exercise, music and art, and spiritual practices, affect our health and well-being. But, did you know ...


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Pitch-Perfect!

Oh, those glorious days of perfect, balanced energy! You know them – they’re the days when it seems like you hit all the lights green as you drive along, the groceries ...


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You're in God's Wallet

I do a lot of driving and one day, passing a familiar church, I saw a great sign.  It said, “If God had a wallet, your picture would be in it.”  It gave me a good chuckle...