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Interpreting the Bible Can Be Difficult

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These days the word ‘interpret’ is a red flag to some people, who fear it is a license to distort the ‘plain reading’ of scripture down some slippery slope toward heresy.

But I’m trying to use it in a much less threatening way. We each have to interpret and apply this collection of writings we call the Bible personally, so our lives might be changed for the better. So we are (first of all) happier, and our words and actions will reach out to, and bless, others.

Embodied Blessing

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Chubby legs encased in tights, (how I hated those itchy things, sagging unbearably at the crotch), I waddled down the gravel road. My equally chubby hands clutched a pretend nurse’s bag, and my blonde Dutch haircut bouncing over my blue eyes.

Journaling GC: Part Two

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Sabbath at the Georgia Dome was a big deal last week. I could barely move through the crush of people on the sidewalks outside. But over at FUSION Church, the tone was more intimate.

Journaling GC: Part One

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I arrived in Atlanta late Wednesday night, ready for my first ever General Conference session experience.

Not Just a Carpenter

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It’s easy to forget that Jesus spent the vast majority of his earthly life in a backwoods village of Galilee called Nazareth. It was such an insignificant little settlement that when one claimed Nazareth as one’s hometown, even Galileans wondered if anything good could come from there (John 1:46; 21:2). Yet, these were the people whom Jesus rubbed shoulders with on a day-to-day basis. The Nazarenes were everyday folk and they were Jesus’ friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family.

Experimenting with Conversational Prayer

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Conversational prayer is one of the most enjoyable ways to experience fellowship with God and friends. Christians who are hesitant about praying in a group find conversational prayer meaningful – it is an easy, natural way to pray with those who have never experienced prayer.

The Sound of Silence

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Spiritual disciplines such as scripture reading and prayer are familiar to most Christians. However, but the disciplines of silence and solitude are not. Living in a media-saturated, technologically inter-connected world, the idea of self-imposed silence and solitude is foreign and uncomfortable to most of us.

Claiming Celtic Christianity

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First, there is prayer.

God, kindle Thou in my heart within
A flame of love to my neighbor,
To my foe, to my friend, to my kindred all,
To the brave, to the knave, to the thrall,
O Son of the loveliest Mary,
From the lowliest thing that liveth,
To the Name that is highest of all.
O Son of the loveliest Mary,
From the lowliest thing that liveth,
To the Name that is highest of all.

In My Father's House

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In the forlorn and rocky sweeps of the Sinai wilderness Moses prepared a tabernacle, overshadowed with a pillar of cloud by day and lit by a pillar of fire by night, a locus for the presence of a Holy God with a motley crowd of people. It was both comforting and terrifying, a place filled with the stench of burning flesh and flowing blood and with the fragrance of bread and incense, a space ominous with sin and luminous with atonement.

A Heavy, Golden Silence

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For theists, to believe in God is to believe in a God who actively participates in human history. God's involvement can be assumed.

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