GOD’S DARING PLAN
God saw the mess the world was in and decided to do something about it. As He drew up the plan, he noticed that babies were the one exception to the mess the world had made of itself. “Babies did not got to war,” Barbara Brown Taylor dreamily writes. “They [...]
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PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD WILL TOWARD ALL
Can we talk for a moment about the relationships of different faiths? If we do it right, it will be an exchange of views done with respect, awe, wonder, patience, expectation, curiosity, and joy.  As Will Willmon describes, a widespread misperception is afoot that religious differences are the worst sort [...]
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THE TANTRUMS OF GROWN-UPS
This Sunday we light the Second Advent candle, that of peace. And peace is always contextual, isn’t it? The stolid German household of my youth contrasted with my friend’s effusive Italian home. “Why do you all shout at each other?” I once asked him. “What? We are not shouting.”
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GUIDING YOUR ADVENT JOURNEY
Everyone knows what Christmas is, or we used to know before layers of mass commercialism and nebulous celebration emerged to replace it. Few know what Advent is about, even those of us in the church, who attend these Sundays, and see the four candles lit each of the Sundays. Hope, [...]
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LOVING THE LEFTOVERS
Many know by now my deep love for the holidays that occur in October, November, and December. I proudly wore my Halloween costume to church this year, and I have spoken openly about my love for pumpkins. I celebrated the first snow with some sparkly snowflake earrings from my mother-in-law, [...]
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GIVING AND GROWING, Part Two
Not everything I write in this Flash is meant for everyone. For example, last week I wrote about giving and growing for young families, many of whom want to give to the church, but find themselves strapped for cash, what with the ample costs of raising a family. This week [...]
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GROWING AND GIVING
A few weeks ago I enjoyed breakfast with a young family from our congregation. After covering an item on our agenda, and visiting together a bit, I could feel them hinting meekly around the edge of another question. It was about giving to the church. They hesitated, but I always [...]
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TIME IS NOT SO LONG
Anthropologist Margaret Mead once declared Americans to be neophiles. That is, we swoon over anything young and new. No wonder “new and improved” is stamped on everything from panty hose to vise grips. In New England less so, but we tend to deprecate tradition and history and readily respond to [...]
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Breathe Deeply, You’re at Home
Did you ever ascend to grandma’s attic or kneel down into your garden’s freshly turned earth to whiff an aroma that transported you beyond place and time? The scent reported a connection unique and personal in all of the world. It is both ordinary and thrilling how smell triggers timeless [...]
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An Ongoing In-between
Many of my friends and peers are all about social media. Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Goodreads, and any of the other dozens of platforms out there. There is a feeling of connection, of community, of being entertained, and of being informed. They love discussing what someone, somewhere, said about [...]
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