This article was first published by the Christian Citizen November 6, 2020. Used with permission. Fall in the Midwest is a season of long hours, hard work, and celebration. Dust clouds form in fields as perpetually running combine harvester tractors scoop crops from the earth. Kernels of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and wheat grains are … Continue reading Celebration is Complete when Shared with Others
This article first was published in Word and Way October 21, 2020. Luke 8.26-39 tells the encounter between Jesus and a Garasene community. Among their citizenry was a man overwhelmed by the constant presence of a Legion of demons. For as long as he had been under demonic control, his community stood in solidarity beside … Continue reading Living with Redemption
Enough! That was the simple tweet shared by many players and fans last Wednesday (Aug. 26) as NBA MLB, WNBA, and MLS athletes and teams chose to sit out games in recognition of ongoing racial, social, political, and economic injustices in America. Of course, we know not playing a game, no matter if it is … Continue reading Our Reward We Have Not Earned
As seen in Word&Way July 1, 2020 https://wordandway.org/2020/07/01/it-goes-without-saying/ “It goes without saying” is a curious phrase. Whenever someone says, “it goes without saying,” it is usually followed by them saying something so self-apparent it need not be said. I will take that bait and say the thing that is so obvious it might not need … Continue reading It Goes without Saying
The reality is “we are all living according to a specific regimen of habits, and those habits shape most of our lives … This wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the fact that habits form more than our schedules: they form our hearts.” (Earley, p. 7.)
We are all deeply shaped and molded by the habits we keep.