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Originally posted on B is for Blessed!:
He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you…

If we are Christians, aren’t we obliged to follow Christ? I think American Christians have become indurated to violence, to irrational killing, to injustice, to a lack of integrity, to a concrete refusal of mercy. We have become Americans first and Christians second, third or fourth after our loyalty to a political party, ideology, sports […]

Walter Scott received five deadly shots in the back from Officer Michael Slager as Scott ran away from him after a traffic stop. After Mr. Scott lay dead, face down, Officer Slager tossed his taser at Mr. Scott’s side, bent down and handcuffed him. Unaware he was being filmed, Officer Slager said he shot Mr. […]

When you suffer from bipolar or depression, holidays can be lonely. Even if you have family and friends, it can be isolating. Somehow, the joy others feel, the whimsy of decorations and the business of gift buying and wrapping can make us feel separate, off balance and uncertain about our place in it all. I […]

  The daily struggles that we feel To keep our faith with Jesus real To honor God, obey His call Means we must offer love to all so all will heal.   When speaking to our God in prayer We often talk of what is fair We sense a daily push and pull Yet His […]

I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. (John 15:5, The Message) In the U.S., the Thanksgiving holiday is over. Yet my thankfulness exceeds a five-day weekend feast. […]

How can I hope to bridge the gap and promote meaningful conversation in regard to race? What pre-conceived notions do I need to leave behind in order to bridge the gap? How far across the bridge do I need to walk? What conversations are pertinent and necessary right now to bring unity to a hurting […]

Settling into my own skin, God has given me the ability to smile at the person in the mirror, loving and accepting exactly who I am.   As I look back at who I’ve been and reflect on how and what I used to see, my perspective was skewed, dark; I ignored the signs: the […]

Originally posted on Pete Gardner's Blog:
He is obvious.  He walks in the room with an air of confidence that can be seen with each step he takes.  Everyone turns and acknowledges him, and he just smiles.  He walks up to some people in a group talking and immediately takes over the conversation.  Several…

The Lord was drinking some water out of a glass. There was nothing wrong with the glass, but the water tasted terrible. This was in a white building on a vast wasteland. The engineers within wore white uniforms and bootees on their shoes and gloves on their hands. The water had traveled many hundreds of […]