Tag Archives: God

Jonah!

Jonah – a prophet who defied God.  The Prodigal Son’s elder brother – a man who refused to forgive.  What if they met? Read an excerpt from my short story, “Jonah,” here:  http://www.tuscanypress.com/blog/jonah-short-story-submission.php. Comments welcome!

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Being the Image of God

Each of us is a reflection of God.  Isn’t that stunning, when you really think about it?   How far I feel from the dignity and honor of simply, in myself, reflecting Him! But of course, no one reflects Him completely.  … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve

Christmas comes in many layers.  On the far outside are the stores with their decorations, the crowds, the gift-buying, the Salvation Army bells.  This begins to set the mood and draw us toward the center.  Closer to home, in our … Continue reading

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Being Creative

Oddly, I seldom listen to recorded music, but I love live performance, of all kinds.  Recorded music, no matter how fine the quality, seems to me dead, because it does not give me the synergistic connection with the performer that makes … Continue reading

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A Theology of Oreo Cookies

Forrest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates.”  But I think life is like an Oreo cookie.  The bottom cookie is the world as we know it.  The top cookie is heaven.  They do not exist apart, but … Continue reading

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Grace

God’s grace is one of the greatest of mysteries.  I think a fitting Advent preparation for Christmas would be to try to comprehend more of this great gift than we ever have before.  Paul Tillich described it this way: “Grace … Continue reading

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September 11

September 11, 2011: Ten years, and I find myself grieving all over again – the sorrow, the bewilderment, the disbelief that such a monstrous thing could happen, the anger.  Today, just as in the personal traumas of my life, it is … Continue reading

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Resurrection

Resurrection.  Have you ever tried to imagine it?  What does it look like?  What actually happened to Jesus’ body?  Do you imagine the color beginning to flow back into his flesh, then his eyes opening, then his arms and legs … Continue reading

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Pre-Easter Ponderings

Holy Saturday.  Thursday was Maundy Thursday, with an evening church service to celebrate the institution of the Eucharist.  It ended with the stripping of the altar, in which every ornament is removed.  At the end, the altar is completely bare, … Continue reading

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Happiness, etc.

Are you happy?  How do you pursue happiness?  I recently received a “forward” whose gist was that the secret of happiness is to depend entirely on God.  I sent it to a friend serving a life term in prison who … Continue reading

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