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Archive for February 2018

Learning to Say No

At first glance, the word no appears to have a somewhat negative connotation, as if the person saying it is stubborn, hard-nosed, inflexible, or close-minded. Yet there is nothing inherently wrong with saying no and the same point can be made about saying yes for that matter. Paradoxically, whenever we say no to something, we are simultaneously saying yes to something else. This is the…

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Voices on the Mountain

For many Christians around the world, the second Sunday of February was Transfiguration Sunday. (Read Mark 9:2-9) This is a very startling and provocative text about Jesus, his friends and a Voice from the clouds. If I was trying to tell first graders about this story, I would ask them some questions. “Where did Jesus take…

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