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October 10 2014

El Roi

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There is no story in the Bible I relate to more than that of pregnant Hagar and her downfall in the desert. I picture her heaving, on hands and knees, her swollen belly grazing against the hot sand. …

Culture

October 09 2014

You are whole.

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There are the clobber verses. My God, but there are the clobber verses. Mine enemies will prooftext me to death, but you, O LORD, will speak me to life. O Lord, how many are my foes! Many …

Saving My Daughter From the Single Story

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In my purse right now is a letter from my seven year old daughter to Ellen.  Her letter is written on unlined computer paper in four different marker colors with sentences all topsy-turvy crooked. The …

Church

October 08 2014

The Idol of Experience

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I didn’t realize how pregnant my heart was with expectation. Then I boarded the plane. The two and a half hours to Washington allowed unconscious longings and expectations to move front and center into my …

“Them Preachers Don’t Know Nothin'”

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It’s the last day of the fair and my dad is in the midway throwing rocks with my kids. The kids take turns, aiming for chalk squares, and their rocks skip and dance along the …

Forget Yourself and Rest

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I pushed my toes off of the clammy earth beneath the water, my body feeling weightless in the clear lake water. I bobbed slightly and touched the stones beneath me again. Trees covered us like …

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