Category Archives: Thought Challenge

Clarifying: Thoughts on Science

Yesterday I wrote my mother an email asking about some ideas she’d mentioned to me about a science course for elementary school. I wrote: “I think that the science that is available is either too focused on “Evolution is bad” … Continue reading

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A Way of Life

Yesterday’s Epistle reading was from Ephesians Chapter 2, a familiar passage about being saved by faith and not by works. I noticed something though that I had read but not really noticed before… I’m used to the King James Version … Continue reading

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Chaos and Refining

Last Sunday the Old Testament reading was the story of Noah. The reading ended with the rainbow and I noticed something I had never noticed before. Earth is created from Chaos and the Flood destroys is by restoring chaos everywhere … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud

Last night while I was falling asleep my mind was drifting to the comments I sometimes get when people realize that we will soon have four preschoolers. “Better you than me.” “You must be so busy.” “How do you do … Continue reading

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Love Not the World?

Sunday we sang this hymn by Laurence Houseman (a brother of the famous poet A.E. Houseman). The beginning of the fifth verse jumped out at me: How shall we love thee, holy hidden Being? If we love not the world … Continue reading

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Naming the Year:Encouragement

I ran across this idea while reading Ann Voskamp’s blog and was intrigued by it. Naming things helps to bring them into focus and keep them in focus. I’ve been reflecting in the back of my mind about this for … Continue reading

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I Was a Stranger

Yesterday the Gospel text was that well known passage from Matthew 25 about the sheep and the goats and the Lord saying to the sheep (among other things)” I was a stranger and you took me in.” My mind jumped … Continue reading

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Even the Dogs?

  The Gospel Reading today was the story of Christ and the Syro-Phoenician Woman. The passage is preceded by Jesus teaching that it is the things of the heart that defile not the things we put into our bodies in … Continue reading

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Turning

“To everything turn, turn, turn There is a season, turn, turn, turn And a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to be born, A time to die…” A time to raise children, A time for them to be … Continue reading

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Creating: Joy

It seems to me that at least in part the ability to create and live creatively flows out of joy. Happiness certainly helps but happiness tends to be somewhat transitory (as an emotion) while joy (which encompasses happiness, enjoyment, and … Continue reading

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