The Moments Before Sunrise

One of my absolute, very favorite moments of the year during my time in Murfreesboro happened every Easter Sunday at about 5:30 in the morning.  Throughout Lent, a large cross stood on the lawn in front of the church, similar to the one we have...

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Listening for a Change

O Master, let me not seek as much ... to be understood as to understand.From the “Prayer of St. Francis”   Just about everyone these days agrees that our collective ability to talk constructively and civilly with one another...

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Journey Through the Wild

There was a popular book called “The Things They Carried” about a bunch of soldiers in Vietnam and what they carried. Bibles, letters, snacks, things that might come in handy. Things that reminded them that they were loved. Things...

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The Desert

Did you know that Lent parallels the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness without food, while being tempted by the devil? For Christians, Lent is 40 days we spend in a metaphorical wilderness, or a desert as the Bible often explains it, with dry...

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Self Evident Truths

Racism is sin and black lives matter. Neither one of these convictions should be hard to grasp for people of faith who read the Bible and take Jesus seriously. If we believe, as the book of Genesis tells us, that God created all people in God’s...

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We All Need Resurrection

The word “lent” isn’t in the Bible, but the concept is. The word itself comes from the Old English and German words for “spring” and “long.” During the 40 or so days from Ash Wednesday to Easter, the days grow longer as we enter into spring. We...

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