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separate, silent, polite and smoldering

Despair. We all face it from time to time but it is the big secret. We all carry it around with us like loose change, aware it is making a slight noise when we walk, but not really having the energy to pull it out

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Faith Reels: ‘Allegiant’ … finally, the truth

This week’s film review is the next chapter in the divergent series. There’s not much hope in films like these, yet young people are repeatedly drawn to them. Maybe that should tell people of faith that the Gospel message of hope and the unlikely power of love over death should be shared more widely.

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“Even our compassion has been colonized”

The Anglican Communion will break your heart if you let it. And it seems these days that you have to let it or leave it, and I choose the former. I love belonging to a global communion of faithful people whose perspectives broaden and deepen my own, whose faith inspires and challenges me, and with whom I can work to make our world a little bit more like God wants it to be.

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Who even likes the word “rule” anyway?!

And so I have a Rule of Life. If Rules are not my thing, perhaps we change the name…to…”daily thoughts for life,” or … “letters of encouragement to myself,” or … “I keep making poor choices because I want to live my own way but I hate the real results of my poor choices so I wish I had a reminder of how I want to live my life on some key topics.” But that last one seems long.

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Freedom and subjection



by George Clifford


We humans value freedom for at least two reasons. First, the idea of freedom is integral to our self-image, i.e., we generally think of ourselves as being free and widely identify freedom as a primary good. The central narratives of the Old and New Testaments, the Exodus and the resurrection, both have liberation as their defining theme. Second, because we humans believe that we are free, we hold one another morally accountable for our actions. Conversely, we […]

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in the garden of our spiritual lives

The mist was only a few feet high. I sat down so as to be engulfed in the mist – it was like entering a moist, foggy world where vision was nearly impossible – and mysterious. Then I stood up and my head pushed back up into the clarity above the mist, and I could see shapes and colors and beauty again at a long distance.

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