Category Archives: Thought Challenge

The Beauty of Love

Just a few little thoughts from the preaching today: When we act are we acting to pass on the full measure of the mercy we have received? Are we obeying out of a sense of duty or out of the … Continue reading

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Good And Pleasant

Lately I’ve been thinking about the promise that “all things work together for good to those who love God.” I’ve known that verse nearly all my life, but I’ve never really understood it. After all many, many things have happened … Continue reading

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An Absence of Charity

I really should be napping but I can’t settle my mind for sleep… This past week a conservative blog written by a woman and her daughters that I read every day or so got into a fight with a liberal … Continue reading

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With Intention

Yesterday on my way out of church I stopped to talk with an acquaintance. Just a quick “Hello, how’s your summer going?” kind of thing. She’s middle-aged and single, so we don’t have a whole lot in common but we … Continue reading

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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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