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This Little Light of Mine – Part 4

During the Vietnam War, peace activist A.J. Muste (1885-1967), stood in front of the White House night after night with a candle – sometimes alone. A reporter interviewed him one evening as he stood there in the rain. “Mr. Muste,” the reporter … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Silence

This blog hosts nearly 700 posts.  Once in a while I re-blog a post that followers who are new to the blog may not have read.  This post on silence first appeared on June 19, 2014. I had a discussion with … Continue reading

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From My Reading

“Until people have had some mystical, inner spiritual experience, there is no point in asking them to follow the ethical ideals of Jesus or to really understand religious beliefs beyond the level of formula. At most, such moral ideals and doctrinal affirmations are … Continue reading

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On Turning 75

Five years I wrote a brief post about turning 70 years old.  Yesterday, I became 75. One of my friends in my writer’s group is also celebrating her 75th birthday in a few months.  She is planning to write personal reflections about … Continue reading

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Going Deeper – Zechariah 7: 8-14

In Eat this Book, Eugene Peterson teaches us to chew on a passage of scripture, digest it, and put it to use in practical ways. Our Christian fathers and mothers called this process Lectio Divina. In this passage,  Zechariah, an Old Testament prophet … Continue reading

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Take What You Like and Leave the Rest

I was sharing some problems I see in the American Church with a group of people.  Several people agreed. One definitely did not. He said “Why be so negative?  Just take what you like and leave the rest.” I’ve been … Continue reading

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Search and Rescue

His bright helmet stands out against the gray rubble left by the Mexican earthquake. He bends over, peering intensely into a small cave in the collapsed building. Reaching through the broken rebar, he croons, “Come my love, come my love, … Continue reading

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Dealing with our Demons

This blog holds nearly 700 posts.  I frequently republish (and sometimes update) blogs from the past for those of you who are newer readers.  This one first appeared on June 3, 2015. One of the most moving stories about St. … Continue reading

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