Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness


Surprise is at the heart of punchlines, ironies, new discoveries, and Christmas gifts. Life without surprise would be like a world without sunshine, a world without lightning, and a world without taste. In fact, one of the many surprises of this life is that food actually tastes good. It was not a requirement of the…

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The Dreamers

What kind of dreamer leaves his home in Ur near the Euphrates River and travels 1500 km by foot and donkey to Bethel where God says he will one day live and raise many children? Of course, that is Abraham, the father of the Jewish people. What kind of dreamer tells his older brothers and…

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The Good Place

The popular TV series, The Good Place, is certainly not the place to look for a systematic theology of Christianity, nor even a place for the consideration of what is good and bad. Perhaps it does however point to the problems faced by the average person when it comes to altruism, selfishness, and justice. The…

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Waiting Again

Psalm 13 (NLT) For the choir director: A psalm of David. 1 O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever?    How long will you look the other way?2 How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,    with sorrow in my heart every day?    How long will my enemy have the upper hand? 3 Turn and answer me, O Lord my God!    Restore…

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Stones That Hold Us Back

This morning I read again Mark 10:17-34. These verses spoke powerfully to me today and I began to imagine myself as the man who encountered Jesus on that day on the way to Jerusalem. I realized that I am very much like that man. I stride confidently to Jesus assured that I have just the…

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