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A Prayer of Lament (Alton Sterling)

  For the times we have been too distracted to feel deeply and respond fully to injustice. O LORD, FORGIVE US   For the times our own hearts fill with hatred and malice for those who inflict pain. O LORD, FORGIVE US   For the times we have failed to feel fully the breaking of … Continue reading

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From Yellow Barn to Yellow Box

It was 10 years ago that I received a call from a church – a church I had never even applied to – offering me a job. It was a season of my life I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to be a part of a church let alone work at one, but that … Continue reading

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Easter : What Now?

It’s Monday.   – The eggs have been successfully hunted down with precision and valor. – The pastel dresses and nicely pressed suits have been hung/thrown back into the closet. – The bunny ears are tucked away neatly to frighten small children again next year. – The sugar highs have slowly turned into sugar crashes. … Continue reading

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The Weight of Holy Saturday

Today is Holy Saturday. On this day there is great silence, great stillness. On this day – we tread water   This, to me, is one of the most important moments in the Holy Week. The Bible tells us nothing about disciples between the cross and resurrection. We do know they didn’t anticipate the resurrection, … Continue reading

Good Friday

Is Good Friday Good?

Crucifixion. Invented by the Persians. Adapted by Alexander the Great. Passed on to the Carthaginians. Perfected by the Romans. Jewish historian Josephus called crucifixion – “the most wretched of deaths.” Roman philosopher Cicero forbade even the thought of it by stating, “Far be the very name of the cross, not only from the body, but … Continue reading

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St. Patrick: The Marshmallow Loving, Beer-Drinking, Snake-Charming Leprechaun

You’ve all probably seen a post or two setting the record straight regarding the origins of St. Patrick’s Day. If you missed the onslaught of facts these last couple of days and are still sober enough to read them (here’s hoping) – I’ll highlight some of my favorites here:

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Valentine’s Day

The day is almost here. You know it, I know it. In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know it. The beginning of President’s Day weekend is almost upon us! But if you’re not as gubernatorial – you probably also know that it’s almost Valentine’s Day too – a day that … Continue reading

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[Clickbait New Year’s Title Slash Image]

“11 Simple Ways To Not Be a Terrible Person in 2016” “Have a Mind-Meltingly Good Year By Following This One Weird (Possibly Illegal) Trick” “Achieve Total Global Domination In The Next 52 Weeks!“ “Click On This Horrifically Misleading Image to Learn 17 Mediocre Hacks That We’ve Impulsively Labeled as ‘Genius’” Well, interwebs – it’s happening … Continue reading

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Danza-tastic! 6 Saucy Ideas for Leaders to Consider (Or Not. It’s your life.)

So you’re in charge…or so you’ve been told. Whether you consider yourself a “leader” or not, there are a few characteristics I’ve found to be true of exceptional women and men of influence – compiled here in saucy, bite-sized pieces for your consumption: My eyes are up here. We know you’re busy running the universe, but … Continue reading

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Quotes ‘n Such

Hi There! I’ve been having fun writing down my thoughts and turning them into images the last couple of weeks and a few of you asked that I put them all in one spot. Feel free to share or post as you like. I hope these encourage you in some small way! – Ian

A WORD

In the last few weeks I’ve found myself wrestling through a sea of arduous thoughts and questions – many revolving around the issue of racial discord and ethnic prejudice. Perhaps you know the feeling. Though I honestly feel like I have more questions than answers at times, I feel compelled to offer a few propositions … Continue reading

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Why I’m Not Color-Blind

All is not well. In light of the recent Confederate Flag conversation, there seems to be a lot volatile discussion in the media regarding the issue of race and discrimination. Not surprisingly – the Christian voice is certainly among the chorus of responses I’ve seen – and I think that’s a good thing. But now … Continue reading

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(WWSVS) What Would St. Valentine Say?

    Today is the day. You know it, I know it. In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know it. The beginning of President’s Day weekend is finally here!   But if you’re not as gubernatorial – you probably also know that today is Valentine’s Day – a day that … Continue reading

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Learn How To Stop Making New Year’s Resolutions By Resolving To Follow These 38 Annual Steps

    “11 Simple Ways To Not Be a Terrible Person in 2015”   “Have a Mind-Meltingly Good Year By Following This One Weird (Possibly Illegal) Trick”   “Achieve Total Global Domination In The Next 52 Weeks!“   “Click On This Horrifically Misleading Image to Learn 17 Mediocre Hacks That We’ve Impulsively Labeled as ‘Genius’” … Continue reading

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Gold, Frankincense… But Wait – There’s Myrrh!

We made it! It’s here! It’s Christmas!   Have you received a gift that, after unwrapping it, you thought, hopefully to yourself, “not even close…”? Or how about a present that was just downright rib-tickling? You might even get one today!   I remember when I was eight years old – the year was 1980-something … Continue reading

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