baptizing children

they put her in a white robe. it was her birthday. eight years old. it was easter and she had decided to get baptized. i don’t know what to think about baptizing an eight year old.  can a child really understand the decision that they are making?  the commitment that they are proclaiming with the

when lent gets in the way

lent is a little tough for me. it can seem like a further cementing of the basic misunderstanding of god’s heart for relationship. that misunderstanding goes like this: if you give up the things you really like and settle for a life where you’re always wishing you were doing other things, denying yourself and being bored

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the day you’re reborn

i’m telling you something against my better judgement. i confess.  i admit.  i finally tell the truth.  i say what i do not want to say. a life of faith is simply this – a new life.  new isn’t always simple though. new is frightening.  the old is safe and predictable and wraps around like

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sunday morning

after jesus came back to life – rose – wasn’t dead anymore, he went to the beach to find his friends. and we go there, too. we head to where the land stops and the water begins.  where man reaches the end and the spirit steps in. we took this ann idea and ran with

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wear forgiveness like a crown

she’s running down the shore with her brother.  at some point she takes off the two small circles of glass before her eyes and tosses them without a thought back into the sand they came from. she lost the last pair up north.  she slipped away from us then and we searched the fields. when

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beyond blood

it’s my own personal conviction that god isn’t interested in small talk.  he is in the soul business and if you look at the activities of the soul, you soon see that the soul is a raging tempest inside our mortal frames. this is where god is seeking to talk to us – at the

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the lord is truly risen

the sun is risen; seek the son of man no more among the dead.  he has broken the bonds of death. alleluia. i will pray to jesus, the giver of life, whom god raised from the dead and who will raise us with his own power. this family makes its way to the beach on

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