Category Archives: faith

People & History & Statues & Statues of History – #Charlottesville #racism

Today my oldest daughter started third grade.  I’m so proud of who this girl is becoming.  I have such high hopes for how she can make a difference in this world, and how this year in school will get her … Continue reading

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Freedom Hangover

America is currently sleeping off a hangover. From 1776. Yesterday I was running through a neighborhood when I passed a family of a different ethnic background than me.  I was in a great mood and thinking about Independence Day celebrations.  Suddenly, I … Continue reading

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Flash Gordon – #1Word5voices #HolySaturday #Lent #Easter

My wife gave my dad a nickname pretty early into our marriage. Whenever I would be on the phone with Mom and Dad, it was usually Mom who spoke unless I directly asked Dad a question. He would talk but … Continue reading

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Stick Figure Doubting – #1Word5voices

“Doubt is Faith’s ugly stepsister.” Have you ever doubted God’s existence? What about doubting whether or not God even cares about us insignificant, violent speck of a species down here? Me, too. I would love to start coining the phrase … Continue reading

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The comfort zones of diapers – #40days #Lent #1Word5voices

If you haven’t ever met Rosie G, our almost-three year old, you’re in for a treat once you do. I mean, look at this girl! You cannot deny how cute she is! MY HEART EXPLODES WITH SO MUCH JOY from … Continue reading

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Ignorance is bliss: a lament — #1word5voices #40days @useyouratlas

“Ignorance is bliss.” I wish I didn’t know many of the things that I know now.  Lately, I have been overwhelmed with the burden of so many different things happening in this world.  It’s not unique to me and it’s … Continue reading

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My cross to bear — #1word5voices #40days

One of the phrases that bugs me that people use is when they refer to “my cross to bear.”  I’m guilty of using this phrase, but one day it struck me how flippantly we say it. Jesus calls us to … Continue reading

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I like turtles. — #1word5voices #40days

Did you know that the average turtle swims at a pace of 10-12 mph, but walks at 3-4 mph?  That’s a pretty big discrepancy!  I wonder if turtles would rather find water to travel through instead of by land, if … Continue reading

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The prophetic imagination of Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church – #loveconquershate

When I’m trying to talk to my wife or oldest daughter and they’re watching TV, I usually have to say their full name boldly…sometimes kind of forcefully, even.  (When they’re in the zone, they’re in the zone.*)  If I have … Continue reading

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How to feel like a big, fat, giant spiritual failure

Compare your present self with your past self, especially if you thought you got things “right” in the past. Bind yourself to legalism.  Expect near perfect results. Think that your past will always define you NO MATTER WHAT. Equate God’s … Continue reading

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