Tag Archives: personal responsibility

My Mother’s Yankee Daughter

Here is a story that became a legend in our family: We were driving to church. My brother and I were kids. We were talking about the Civil War. Both of us knew it was fought to end slavery and … Continue reading

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Dead Petunias

It’s that time of year again. It’s been hot. The novelty has worn off. The sense of resolve (“This year it will be different. This year I will be different.”) has worn off, too. There has been a string of … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

[A sermon on Jonah 1, the Uniform Series text for the day.] What is going on in this little story of the prophet Jonah, son of Amittai, the worst prophet in the history of the world? Right? A prophet who … Continue reading

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Personal Knowledge

This seems so basic that it’s one of those things “everybody knows” – and yet, sometimes I’m taken by surprise by things “everybody knows.” When we know someone, or are getting to know someone, presumably there are things we can … Continue reading

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A Brief, Wry Comment on Incarnation

It’s great, but it has its down side. Here’s an example. Nevertheless, as a hermeneutical principle, “the positives exceed the negatives.”

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Over the River and Through the Woods

Psalms 120-134 are each labeled “a song of ascents.” I learned, somewhere, that the “ascent” in question was the trip from anywhere to Jerusalem, which is up in the hill country, during the pilgrimage festivals (Tabernacles, Passover, and Pentecost). But … Continue reading

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