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The gift of attention

Yesterday, I logged into Instagram and read some of my old posts. It’s been almost a year since I signed off and truly, I don’t regret that. It’s been better for my mental health, my motivations, my ability to be present in my actual life. I do miss that style of writing. Substack lets me […]

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Seminary Notes 13: what’s next?

Over the past week, several people have asked me what my plans are after graduation. I finish my apprenticeship in September and then seminary next June and people are curious. I usually answer “I honestly don’t know” because I honestly don’t know. I’m not very stressed about it though. A year ago, I never would […]

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Finishing big works

This week I finished The Pentateuch as Narrative, a 479 page (minus appendices) biblical-theological commentary on the first five books of the Bible. I don’t remember exactly when I started reading it but it was well over a year ago (Does anyone else remember when they start things? I never write stuff like that down, […]

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I love…

Our community has endured a series of strange tragedies over the past couple of weeks. Today’s the day that Micah had a metabolic crisis and went to the hospital 13 years ago. The world is a dark and heavy place; we all know it. But that’s only part of the story. Looking for the wonder, […]

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Saturday night we went to a dance at a country club with friends. It’s quite outside our usual venue and activities. (We are members of the Y, not the country club.)The median age of the attendees was 65, if not older, and everyone was very happy about this table of “young people.” And the table […]

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Cultural (or not) references

A few weeks ago, I spent the weekend with a friend and we started laughing at how often we said, “That reminds me of a Bluey episode…” If you want to riff on a scene, four things always work: A Hamilton lyric An old hymn A Disney song A Bluey episode Those older hymns do […]

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Not My Job

It’s not my job to change anyone’s mind.  It’s my job to listen to understand. To ask questions. To provoke conversation. To consider different viewpoints and ideas.To remain steadfast. To remember that my goal is growth in love.  But I don’t have to convince anyone.  As much as I want to be persuasive. As much as I believe in the […]

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