Rooted Vulnerability

Psychiatrist and author Curt Thompson writes in Anatomy of the Soul that there is something we crave “even more than the air we breathe.” “Connection. There is nothing more crucial to our long-term welfare. In fact, virtually every action we take is part of the deeper attempt to connect with other humans.” We are made…

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Knee Deep in the Hoopla

We like to think we’re different than the religious leaders who judged Jesus and his disciples for eating with tax collectors, or dragged the woman caught in adultery into the streets to stone her, or became indignant when Jesus healed the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath. We are not. When we’re more…

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To Number Our Days

The Easter season is upon us and for some Christians this is known as the Lenten season. It begins with Ash Wednesday, where we remember that we are dust, and to dust we shall return. However you observe Lent or not, this season can be a deeply formational one when we take to heart the…

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God Is Not a Bully

This Monday School comes from a recent real school assignment. We were asked to give an example of how God’s character matches the tone and quality of his voice. This assignment came after a series of classes in which we learned how we image God, how he speaks to and transforms us; we dove deep…

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The Roots

But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13b-14 ESV “It is necessary to let our roots bless us,” writes Ronald Rolheiser in his book The Holy Longing. He continues with this,…

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It’s An Inside Job

If you try to become Christ-like in your external behavior you will simply turn into a devoted legalist, and people will run from you. Dallas Willard, interviewed by Luci Shaw/published in radix Unfortunately, that’s exactly what a lot of us try to do. We manage our behavior and learn how to fake it. In Paul’s…

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The Thinks We Can Think

You can think up some birds. That’s what you can do. You can think about yellow or think about blue. You can think about red. You can think about pink. You can think up a horse. Oh, the thinks you can think! Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss was on to something. We all know the thinks…

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They Are Promises

This Monday School is different. I was so encouraged this week that I wanted to pass it on. I hope you are encouraged as well. The words of Jesus and the story I refer to are found in Mark 12:28-34 and Numbers 13 and 14. How Do I Do That? Ten or so years ago,…

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Come and See

I asked Jesus into my heart when I was seven years old in the Baptist church my family and I attended every now and then. With the faith of a little girl, I knew Jesus loved me and I loved him. I’ve grown in my knowledge, faith, and love, but the same childlike trust that…

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They Can’t Rejoice

We find a lot of angry religious leaders in the New Testament. This installment of Monday School is brought to you by the indignant synagogue ruler in Luke 13. Jesus was teaching in the synagogue on the Sabbath when he noticed a disabled woman. The woman was bent over and unable to straighten herself. Every…

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