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Until Your Pride Melts

Five seconds into the fifty-minute flight from Austin to Dallas, I was in a lively conversation with the woman sitting next to me. Warm and good-natured, she laughed easily, and was looking forward to connecting with long-time friends for a weekend in the French Quarter. I couldn’t have liked her one bit more. After a string of spirited…

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Please Don’t Make That Face

Clearly, she thought some animal had crawled under one of our seats and died there. One hard swallow away from gagging, she walked the aisle, eyes watering from the incredibly noxious smell she knew was coming from somewhere back in this area over here. I couldn’t smell anything. I looked around, and no one else appeared as if they…

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The Best Kind of Feminist

“It would appear to most people that I am the complete opposite of you…” the letter began. Well. “…I am a non-religious, lesbian, university professor living in the Pacific Northwest, and I’m not at all athletic…” Fair enough. “I feel compelled to sit down and write to you today…” Here we go. “…and thank you and…

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Is There Anything Too Hard?

Is there anything too hard for Me? With a single question, God challenges his children  – dares us –  to find anything that can thwart him. Is there anything too difficult for Me? The God of angel armies defies all heaven and hell to pose a difficulty that perplexes him. Think of your most draining conundrum, today. Where are…

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He Always Goes First

This week I was asked (again) to explain my views, as a Christian, on same-sex unions and the church. It’s notable that I’ve not been asked quite so many times my thoughts on consumerism and the church, or grumbling and the church, or making idols out of our kids and the church – but, whatever. In regards to…

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Temptation: The Ways and Means of An Enemy

One of the ways Satan tempts God’s children, is by tempting us to despair. He sees us in our suffering and whispers, “See, this is what you get. It’s not what you hoped for, is it? Now whose fault is that, do you think?” But Satan can only tempt us to question God’s goodness and power, he…

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A Remedy for Muddy Thoughts

Anyone who knows me even a little, knows I can’t do two things at once. For all the good Samaritans who pull over to make sure I’m OK on the side of the road — thank you! All is well, I just can’t talk on the phone and drive at the same time. I won’t take…