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Making Space for God

Very early this morning as I began to write, long before the comfort of daylight, I received a notice from my laptop, a MacBook Air, that my start-up drive was nearly full and that I needed to delete some files to create additional space. At that hour of the morning I am unaccustomed to hearing ...

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Hope and Horror Live Side by Side

Yesterday a good friend, actually one of the most sensitive, loving people I know, told me that he had watched the clip of the beheading of Steven Sotloff, the second of two journalists to be murdered by ISIS this month. Instead of rushing off the phone in horror, I pushed for details. In the ...

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Fitbits and Jesus: A Match Made in Heaven

I have become a step-counter, which is for me a new obsessive activity, sadly one that is more intellectual than active. I thinkabout how many steps I should be taking. A dear friend with the best of intentions recently gave me a Fitbit, the hippest of the wristbands that wirelessly monitor more ...

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When Lightening Up Gets Heavy

I am not always happy to see August arrive, a reaction likely due in part to a throwback to my childhood when it signaled that school was about to begin again. But this year the ending of summer seems like a really good idea. The passage of some time at this point may be the only solution ...

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Why We Should Border on Compassion

Shortly after I arrived at St. Bart’s almost seven years ago, I made a passing reference in a sermon to what I imagined Jesus’ position on immigration would be. I honestly don’t remember exactly what I said, though I am clear that it was not the point of the sermon and was far ...

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