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Kick-Back to Reality: 5 Questions that Celebrate Your Place in Life

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Kick-Back to Reality: 5 Questions that Celebrate Your Place in Life

Imagine you are leisurely enjoying life, taking it one moment at a time. You’re minding your own business. Not really bothering anybody. Just serenely living, moment to moment. You’re caught up in the beauty of it all, putting one foot in front of the other on this relaxed path meandering before you.   You think, Isn’t this great? You can’t really put your finger on it, but everything is just so cool and easy.  You think, I wish all my friends could be with me right now.  And then it comes to you. Hey, I know! I’ll take a selfie and share it with everybody!...

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Splitting the Baby

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Splitting the Baby

We know the story well, where scripture exhibits Solomon’s remarkable wisdom, despite his youth and inexperience. At first, we have no idea how the young king is going to settle this dispute between two mothers: 16 Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. 17 One of them said, “Pardon me, my lord. This woman and I live in the same house, and I had a baby while she was there with me. 18 The third day after my child was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one in the house but the two of us. 19 “During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on...

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Unconditional Hospitality in a Bloodthirsty World

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Unconditional Hospitality in a Bloodthirsty World

So John and I finally got a chance to see Lone Survivor. Since we were probably the world’s last couple to do so, you no doubt already know how amazing it was. Amazingly shocking. Amazingly brutal. Amazingly raw. The word that struck me most was given just before the credits: “Pashtunwali.” Named for the Pashtun peoples, it’s basically an unwritten code of conduct or a “code of life.” One of the ten principles of Pashtunwali speaks to “Melmastia” meaning “hospitality.” These peoples go to much greater lengths than we would typically think necessary in extending hospitality. In this culture,...

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In Defense of a Mother’s Temporary Insanity

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In Defense of a Mother’s Temporary Insanity

We were sitting in McDonalds, my daughter and I, while yet another Blizzard of 2014 howled outside the vast plate-glass windows. We had set this time aside to talk about something serious, but serious only goes so far on a Saturday morning. Hopped up on varied vices of free-flowing caffeine, we both seemed ready to break out of this subject that we had talked to death. We had another hour to kill before Amber needed to report for her part-time job, so we watched the snow come down in beautiful yet treacherous tufts. A young mother herself – a single mother now – Amber had spent considerable...

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Respect the Snow

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Respect the Snow

Anyone who has lived a single day here can’t help but think of Michigan when snow falls, no matter where they are today. Being a resident most of my life, I’ve stored a bounty of memories, most of them fond beyond reckoning. I have stepped lively over the slush, as the grey matter threatens to carve a river through an otherwise ice-crusted path. I have stood in silent awe, marveling over the hush of the new-fallen snow that blankets out the crud and the noise of our otherwise harried lives. With upturned collar and head down low, I have trudged into its wind-driven rage while it pelts tiny,...

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The Transformation Project

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The Transformation Project

Transformation. It can occur slowly, as in an evolution or a migration of change. Yet, you experience it in split fragments, in the smallest measurable flashes of time. In the big picture, you see the mass of micro-changes as a whole. You convince yourself that the transformation occurred in one mighty avalanche, now that the end result is within view. You stand back. You scan the mountain range. You marvel at its beauty, its grandeur, its foreboding strength, giving little thought to how it came to be. But when you’re in it, actually a part of the transformation, you see all the intricate...

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