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From Dust to Easter Dawn

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In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made...

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Tags: death, easter, grace, hope, joy, love, new life, transformation

Rooted and Established in Love

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My childhood pastor died a few months ago. I hadn’t thought of him much recently, except in    passing, when my mother would say, “I guess Norm Huff isn’t doing so well.” I would joke, “boy, when he passes away, it will be the biggest funeral Tyrone...

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Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?

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Recently on this blog, I confessed my love for all things Hamilton. And a month later, I’m still listening to the cast recording of the Broadway musical Hamilton. I’ve moved on from listening to it exclusively—after all, Crowder just released a new album—but I still find...

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Tags: faith, life, missional living, sharing christ, telling your story

Best Seat in the House

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One of the unexpected blessings of singing in the choir is getting to see the whole congregation. The Prince of Peace choir loft is to the side of the sanctuary and slightly elevated (think wide, shallow steps, with each step deep enough for a chair). From my perch in the second row, alto...

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What’s Your Theme Song?

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How precious to me are your thoughts, God!  How vast is the sum of them!... Psalm 139:17 A few months ago, I downloaded the cast recording of the popular Broadway musical Hamilton. Now I’m a wee bit obsessed with it. On the surface, the concept sounds ridiculous: a musical about a...

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Everything is Meaningless

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A Jim Carrey tweet is working its way through the Internet. “I wish everyone could get rich and famous and have everything they ever dreamed of so they would know that’s not the answer.” A few months ago, a young social media star posted a nearly 20-minute You Tube video...

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Tags: identity, life work balance, living slow, meaning, serving

Candy Crushed

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Last Christmas, I started playing the game Candy Crush on my phone. I know, I know, all you tech-savvy people are rolling your eyes. Candy Crush is so 2012. But, hey, I’ve never followed—or let’s be honest, even known about—the latest and coolest fads, and at 45 years...

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Tags: life work balance, living slow, missional, nothern virginia, peace

The Recital

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I went to my first violin recital in May. My daughter has been playing the violin for five years and taking private lessons for three years, but this is the first time she’s been interested in participating in her teacher’s annual recital. If you’ve been to any kind of...

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Tags: calling, character, gifts, god, mission, sharing, skills

Dear Mom at the Orthodontist

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Dear Mom at the Orthodontist, I didn’t notice you at first, or only peripherally. Your son said something, and his voice was just a little too loud for the setting. Something about him made me think he might be on the spectrum or have some other developmental challenge. He was maybe 9 or...

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Tags: grace, missional living, parenting

Hugging Sisters

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When I arrive with dinner for the sisters, the pastor is already there. “Pastor Tim came to give us Communion!” the caretaking sister says brightly. The two elderly sisters live together, and have been mainstays of the Sunday late service for years. They’re proud to be known as...

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