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All Creatures Large and Small—and Us

“The world is a great stage,” exclaimed the venerable St. Francis of Assisi, “on which God displays his many wonders.”

So true! And I’m struck yet again that some of God’s most beautiful wonders are on full display as…

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Thanksgiving: Caught by Surprise

I seem to be having a hard time catching the calendar’s train this year. I caught myself almost writing the wrong year on a check a few days ago. Then I almost wrote the wrong month. All of that is…

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United by the Blood of the Lamb

One of the most unsatisfying (at least, to me) sermons I have ever preached was delivered during one of the highest points of my life. I was preaching at a church in Mbale, Uganda.

If it was a weak…

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Court Sense and Life Sense

The picture is a little fuzzy. It was an action shot and so seriously zoomed in that it’s probably amazing that it’s as clear as it is. But it’s plenty clear enough, and I smile every time I look…

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A Kazoo Player Interrupts the Orchestra

I wish I knew more about the scene. The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 12, begins with Jesus teaching a crowd, a very large crowd. He teaches like no one else, warning them about hypocritical religious teachers, assuring them that God…

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A Very Old Picture of a Very Old House

I’m looking at a picture of an old house. A very old picture. A very old house.

It’s the house my mother, Wilma Jean Key, was born in on August 15, 1915. I assume the picture of the house…

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“More Than All We Ask or Imagine”

We’d not often put it this way, but I’m afraid that most of us live way too much of our lives afraid.

When you boil down what bothers us—reduce it to its essence—at the bottom is almost aways fear…

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Some Thoughts About Martyrs and Martyrdom

According to Merriam-Webster.com, “martyr” most commonly refers to “a person who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a religion.”

I recently read an article which asserts that as many as 160,000…

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Being Still Can Be a Real Accomplishment

If you’re perusing my column today for some sort of deep spiritual lesson, I warn you up front that I’ll be surprised if you find much. Wisdom and I may not, I’m afraid, sit on the same couch as…

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An Inconvenience or an Adventure?

“An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered,” writes G. K. Chesterton. I suppose, then, that I must be in the midst of an adventure.

I’m writing on a Sunday evening. On Friday afternoon, my wife discovered that the air…

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“Do Not Worry About Tomorrow”

I’m sitting at a table this morning breathing mountain air and relishing delicious silence. Until ten minutes ago, I’d been spending the morning out on the deck of the cabin, bestirring myself only to move my chair to chase…

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