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We are Drowning

I just returned from 2 weeks in Ethiopia and Kenya. The next several blog entries are observations, learning and Holy Spirit moments from my time there.      Every day in Kenya brought an hour-and-a half drive to and from Matongo where we were teaching. ...


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Go Back to Wearing Leather Helmets

Sunday’s two NFL playoff games provided several ESPN Sports Center-worthy big hits resulting in players getting carted off the field.   The most popular sport in America is becoming its most dangerous as well. Not surprisingly, the TV ratings are surging. The NFL now tops ...


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The Gravity of Success

    Legend has it that an English physicist and mathematician named Isaac Newton was sitting under an apple tree when an apple fell on his head. He began wondering why the apple was attracted to the ground in the first place, and as a ...


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Quiet Love

  Thousands came to Washington DC yesterday to celebrate the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. Bernice King, daughter of the slain civil rights leader, reminded the assembled throng that neither a hurricane nor an earthquake could stop the dedication. It had simply ...


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The Parade Was Over

    Downtown Minneapolis was unusually packed yesterday. Streets were closed. Sidewalks were jammed. The skyways were an ant farm of activity.   The excitement was for the Minnesota Lynx parade celebrating their league championship. People were standing five deep on the sidewalks and completely ...


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Delighting in Being Found

    It was a glorious evening at The Upper Room Community Sunday night.   Katie preached her first sermon since being licensed as a minister. She has the gift of revealing God’s wisdom through her own life and faith journey in a powerful way. ...


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Let the Word speak for itself

      Joe’s prayer before he began speaking last Sunday night at our church was to “Let the Word speak for itself.”   What a great request and realization—to believe that the Word stands on its own and humbly ask that he simply speak ...


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Preserving the Ambiguity

    Eugene Peterson is one of my favorite writers. He has been a poet, professor and spiritual director. Perhaps his biggest influence on my life and faith journey is his paraphrase of scripture, The Message, which makes the Word come alive in earthy, muscular ...


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A Little More on Trust in Parenting

  Parenting   Trusting your kids is different than trusting your teammates.   Ronald Reagan famously quipped, “Trust—but verify”, referring to U.S – Soviet nuclear relations. The same is true of raising healthy teenagers! Now that may sound to some like it’s not trust at ...


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A Little More on TRUST in Teams

      I often continue to reflect after I post up about various subjects on the blog. Some of this is prompted by your comments. Keep them coming. I’m learning from all of you in this process as well.   In last Friday’s blog ...


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