Category Archives: Personal Musings

Adapt, resist, or transform?

I once participated in a webinar of church leaders discussing the need for adaptive change in the organized church.  It was proposed that the only way for the church to thrive in modern culture is to adapt to it. Although … Continue reading

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The terrible, beautiful responsibility of motherhood

Whoever you are, wherever you live, you began your life’s journey nestled within the body of your mother.  From the spark of your conception, your mother’s life was changed, irrevocably. The first changes were merely the invisible effects of her … Continue reading

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Touchy-feely

Everyone is aware of the obesity epidemic in this country, a problem composed of many factors beyond our easily available food and sedentary lifestyles. A common culprit undermining weight-loss efforts is emotional eating.  As a life-long veteran of the battle … Continue reading

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Snug in salvation or smugly self-righteous?

While out on an early morning walk one Sunday, I passed a church just as some cars were pulling into the parking lot for a worship service.  I wondered if the people in those cars might think I was an … Continue reading

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Render Unto Caesar

In the U.S., April 15 means Tax Day. We frequently hear sermons in churches around this date reminding us of Christ’s admonition to give the things of this world to the rulers of this world and the things that are  … Continue reading

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The Season of our discontent

One day, after a particularly whiny session of pleading with the Lord, I was inspired to ask forgiveness for my discontent. I was reminded of Paul’s words in Philippians 4,  that he had found “the secret of being content in … Continue reading

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Surely Goodness and Mercy Shall Follow Me

The beloved Twenty-third Psalm has been set to various tunes since Bible times, but my favorite version is “The Lord Is My Shepherd” by Jimmy Owens.  I learned this arrangement at a choir conference many years ago and, even today, … Continue reading

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No foolin’!

History is under attack these days as a mere social construct subject to political manipulation. However, there still exist physical artifacts and historically proven writings to which those seeking the truth of the past may refer. Until all the museums … Continue reading

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Child sacrifice in modern times

Child sacrifice is the ritualistic killing of children in order to please or appease a god or supernatural beings in order to achieve a desired result. (emphasis mine) In Old Testament times, it was a common, albeit heinous, practice for … Continue reading

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Good intentions

You may have read the book or seen the popular movie, The Help, a story of women’s lives in Mississippi during the very beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s. This story is told through the eyes of … Continue reading

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