God With Skin On: Finding God's Love in Human Relationships

God With Skin On: Finding God's Love in Human Relationships

You may be the only Jesus some people ever meet.  

You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

Christianity isn't about abstract hope; it is about embodied hope. 

Which Torch Will You Carry?

Which Torch Will You Carry?

Will we carry the torches of hate or the torch of Lady Liberty?

On Rites and Symbols

On Rites and Symbols

A divorced, Scottish Protestant Clergywoman anoints an Irish Catholic Cardinal.

Blowing the Lid Off the God-Box: Opening Up to a Limitless Faith

Blowing the Lid Off the God-Box: Opening Up to a Limitless Faith

God is bigger than your box...don't close it!

I'd Like an Ugly, Violent Bible Story, Please

I'd Like an Ugly, Violent Bible Story, Please

The ugly, violent, and unjust stories can serve as an stepping stool to the throne of Grace when your own honest emotions and experience are reflected there.

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woman with an open wallet giving money

Matthew 25 is comprised of three judgment scenes, all of which deal with the proper use of resources.  The first (the parable of the wise and foolish virgins) instructs us to anticipate the resources we will need, the second (the parable of the talents) tempers the first by reminding us that being prepared doesn't mean hoarding, and the third (the sheep and the goats), reminds us that God's ultimate goal for our resource-gathering is to be sure that even "the least of these" have what they need in both provision and compassion.

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woman looking through dirty glass
Through a glass, darkly

Romans 14:13 "Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way."

Here's my soap box message of the day:  Quit getting in the way of people's faith.
 

 

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Sunrise over the Sea of Galilee
Sunrise over the Sea of Galilee

Luke 15:32  "But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found."

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Living Water
Living Water

As many of you know, when news of the Rev. Terry Jones' plans to burn Qurans on Sept.

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Map of Ground Zero area with Mosque location highlighted.
Map of Ground Zero area with Mosque location highlighted.

Luke 23:33 "When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left."
 

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Dia eating the sunroom carpet.

Gen. 2:16-17  "And the Lord God commanded the man, 'You may freely eat of every tree in the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.'"
 

This is a picture of my new puppy, Dia.  She is an eight-week-old Chinook, and I got her two days ago. 
 

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Anne and Dia in the back yard

My best friend of 38 years, Celeste, came up from RI to pick up Dia with me.  She brought a small crate from one her small dogs, we put a blanket and a toy in it and set out. 
 

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Champlain/Dia being evaluated by a judge

At long last today I heard which pup would be mine.  It is one of the five females in the litter of nine and was previously named Champlain.  As I explained a couple of posts ago, her new name will be Dia and this is her picture as she was being evaluated by the breed judge.
 

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New crate/den in the study

It's Tuesday before I pick up the puppy on Friday, and I still don't know which pup will be mine.  You can view the options here.  An e-mail from the breeder last week said that she would be matching pups to owners over the weekend, but I've still heard nothing.
 

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Gatsby with a Teddy Bear after Ruckus died

The week before the pups were born, Gatsby was killed.  Maybe he was upset about the new puppy and committed suicide, but it seems that he got in a tangle with some stronger creature and lost.  I found his body down behind an empty house in the neighborhood, brought him home, and buried him in the back yard.  I was devastated.
 

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