On Rites and Symbols

On Rites and Symbols

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

"Re-membering" Faith

"Re-membering" Faith

"Do this in remembrance of me."     --Luke 22:19

Decision Time

Decision Time

You will get 525,600 minutes in 2015.  What will you do with your time?

The Responsibility of Freedom

The Responsibility of Freedom

Can we just create havoc for a bit of fun without cheapening the freedoms that gave us that right?

On Pests, Predators, and Stewardship

On Pests, Predators, and Stewardship

Did God give us permission to simply obliterate whatever annoys us?

Good Times

Good Times

It's not just that you do something, but when you do it that often determines its success.

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Worn Bible

Go ahead.  Make a lunch date with a good friend and for half an hour speak only what you literally mean to say.  You can't say you have a million things to do unless you can actually tally that many.  You may not refer to a suit costing and arm and a leg unless there is a surgeon at the checkout.  You can't order "the usual," unless that's the name of a sandwich on the menu.  You get the idea.
 

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Gun crosshairs

Matt. 5:21-22  "You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, 'You shall not murder'; and 'whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.' But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister you will be liable to the council; and if you say, 'You fool,' you will be liable to the hell of fire."

Those who did not see something like the violent events of yesterday coming need to step out of their bubbles and look around. 

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Golden Retriever sitting in lawn nativity scene
My brother's dog, Red Dog, getting in the Christmas spirit

I just got back in from walking Dia, who is now six months old and who manages to stir up every dog in the neighborhood when we walk by.  A little way down the street, a little terrier discovered us from his perch in the picture window of his home.  I'm sure his owners were delighted as he barked and clawed at the window, trying to get to us.
 

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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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