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Mirror, mirror

When a baby looks in a mirror It sees an ever-deepening mystery, An ever-changing reversal of the familiar, Something known and unknown, Knowable, yet essentially unknowable. A mirror is a fascinating glimp...
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No Bullies – No Victims

I and the public know What all schoolchildren learn, Those to whom evil is done Do evil in return. -W. H. Auden Sometimes an issue emerges in a culture that takes us by surprise – not because it is so new, b...
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Screw Your Neighbor

Have your ever noticed how we so easily invert traditional – even Biblical sayings and values? We might call ourselves Christians, but our language, if not our behavior, will betray us every day. As Paul p...
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Greater Love?

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:12-14 That was the inscription under the stained-glass window in a military chapel of a paratrooper in full battle gear on h...
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The Gospel Shell Game

Photo: FlickR/Still Burning Have you ever known anyone imprisoned by a cell of their own making? Perhaps we all do it to some degree, but some do it to the extent that their lives are an ever-shrinking, impl...
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Jesus, the Ham of God

How did we go from the Passover Lamb to the Easter Ham? It’s a complicated, not very pretty story, central to modern religious identity and, for those reasons, tucked away from public view. A truly “new” ...
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Bullies R Us

Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your d...
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I Know Your Works

I live in what is known as earthquake country. It’s a fairly common sight to see an exposed cliff-side with a diagonal line exposing an ancient earth fracture, where one surface has been split into two pieces ...