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On Laughter and More

“The devil laughs because God’s world seems senseless to him; the angels laugh with joy because everything in God’s world has its meaning.” When I first read those words, I was struck by their hard-won wisdom. Milan Kundera, one of … more »

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Havens of Grace: Hospitality in a Busy World

It’s my privilege to speak to you this morning about hospitality, a very large and wide-ranging topic that I’ve been learning about since my husband, Charlie, and I became followers of Jesus in 1982.  We lived in Sacramento at the … more »

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Missio on Gen. 11 : How Does It Exalt Me? Is It Safe and Secure?: The Haunting Questions Born of Babel

What was the expected result of life post-Fall without redemption yet accomplished and applied? The strange story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9 answers this question according to Old Testament scholar W. J. Dumbrell who writes, “Of the … more »

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Missio on Gen. 3: I’m Teaching, But Is Anybody Listening?

Last week I posted about Charlotte Mason’s approach to children, “born persons” in relationship to creation, completed images of God, albeit “weak and ignorant” images in need of support and instruction.  Boy are they in need. Apparently, fifth graders have … more »

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The Clockwork and Grace of Learning

A recent Atlantic article, “There’s No Such Thing as Free Will,” reports on a growing expectation that neuroscience will explain “all human behavior… through the clockwork laws of cause and effect.” Some of the most brilliant people in the world … more »

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Stumbling Along, Longing for Grace

Stumbling along, longing for grace. I don’t think we do better than that… in any part of life. Last week we spent Sunday morning with the people who call themselves Grace Vancouver, and I found myself reflecting on its name, … more »

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Missio on Industry: A Heart to Have (Not an Ideal to Crush Us)

A few years ago, after the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, a social media movement among young Christian women and men exploded. Protesting unrealistic body standards and the usage of raw sex appeal to market swimwear, one Baylor college student … more »

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Missio on Grumbling: Reframing the Mundane

Walk into the office, ask my supervisor how I can help today, get a long list of tasks ranging from papers to file, emails to return, excel spreadsheets to create, and then after a few minutes of small talk, go … more »

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Missio on Grumbling: Noticing the Manna God Provides

Numbers 11 recounts a terrible yet far too familiar story of discontentment, ingratitude, and the resulting anger of God being administered. The sobering conclusion of the passage begins to put into perspective how seriously the Lord takes these things. While … more »

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Redemption Where We Least Expect It

A basic tenet of Biblical Christianity is that sin deserves punishment, more specifically the eternal punishment of Hell.  Such a view may be unpopular in today’s world and society, but there is no sense in denying that the Bible teaches … more »

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