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Originally published July 2016 No one ever told you that the promise to love, honor, and cherish would be so much work. The adrenaline rush of new love makes love seem easy. Over time, though, paying the bills, negotiating the household, and general life stresses wear you down and leave you impatient with the one you promised to stay committed to until one of you dies. I know you promised for better or worse. But on that happiest of days,... Read More
I hate screens. I love screens.
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One of the most noticeable changes in church furnishings in the last 20 years is the rapid growth in the presence of projection screens. You’d expect to see them in new church plants, places that intentionally look like warehouses or theaters or hotel ballrooms. But they have popped up (or been lowered) also in more traditional sanctuaries with altars, pulpits, fonts, and lecterns.  I will confess that I am conflicted about this new technology. I love screens 1. You can... Read More
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An Islamic council of clerics and scholars in Pakistan has proposed a bill that will make it legal to lightly beat your wife. The chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology, Muhammad Kahn Sherani, said, “If you want her to mend her ways, you should first advise her. . . . If she refuses, stop talking to her . . . stop sharing a bed with her, and if things do not change, get a bit strict.” Things that justify... Read More
No greater love
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The Memorial Day weekend can just slide right past you, can’t it? It’s a nice long weekend. The highways in my state are clogged northbound starting Thursday night already and clogged southbound on Monday evening. The lake people put out their piers, and the gardeners can finally trust their annuals to be planted. The reason for this legal holiday is worth a pause. The weekend commemorates American war dead, especially those who died in combat. There have been a lot... Read More
I love Pentecost
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I hope you found an appropriate way to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost on Sunday. (I’m a pastor, so obviously I hope you were in church!) Did you wear a piece of red clothing? Not many prayers get addressed to the Spirit, but I hope that some of yours did. Pentecost is a big deal because the work of the Holy Spirit is a big deal. Like Rodney Dangerfield, the Spirit gets no respect, and I think that’s because it’s... Read More