Tag Archives: courage

The Great War

I do not come from a military family. My grandfather served with distinction in the Second World War, so much so that he was invited back for Korea. My stepfather also served, but in a position of peace. (His stories … Continue reading

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Unbelievable (12): Certainty

This occasional series explores what we don’t believe — and why — in order to help us understand what we do believe, and why we do. The church does not teach that we get to enjoy certainty in this life. … Continue reading

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Annunciation

When I was in high school, my family friends, whom I’ll call the Stephensons, learned that they were going to have a child. The pregnancy was not only unexpected, but late: their other two children were almost finished with high school. … Continue reading

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Kayla’s letter

This morning, I went to a Bible study in which the discussion kept turning, over and over, to a letter that was written by Kayla Mueller, the young American woman who died recently in the custody of Isis. It is … Continue reading

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Shelter

When I was in seminary, one of the campus music groups was an a cappella group called The Sacramental Whiners. One of their favorite songs began like this: Would you harbor me? Would I harbor you? Would you harbor a Christian, a Muslim, … Continue reading

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The cost of discipleship

My friend Marc has a talent for writing tongue-in-cheek lyrics for hymns. He has used this, at times, to great effect, but the nadir of his accomplishments came one day when he was still in seminary. One of his classmates … Continue reading

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One Saint (Courage)

Last weekend was a time of remembrance, wrapped around the twin feasts of All Saints and All Souls. At my church, we gathered in the darkness of Saturday night to name our dead, to lay them one more time into … Continue reading

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