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“FORGIVENESS” FOR FERGUSON

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I would humbly assert that Ferguson, Mo., as well as the nation to which it belongs, needs “forgiveness.”   Yes, the only thing that could make a lasting and redemptive difference that all of us can live with would be “forgiveness.” I am referring, of course, to the latest episode in the tragic and seemingly never-ending saga […]

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A Lament for Friends

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Yesterday we learned that our good friends and partners in ministry Ron Balzer, along with his wife Tammy and 4 year old granddaughter Hayleigh, were killed in an auto accident as they were on their way to enjoy a family vacation.  The Balzers leave behind four children and a wider circle of beloved family members as […]

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Jesus the Immigrant

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I wonder if we might think differently about immigration matters if Jesus were an immigrant.  Often our settled ways of thinking about issues, and therefore our responses to them, suffer disruption when we learn that the “issue” has happened to a loved one.  No one I know champions divorce because everyone knows how devastating a […]

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Trinity of Tears

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On the fourth day at the tomb of a dear friend Jesus wept (John 11:35).  On the first day of the week, as the crowds hailed him as king, Jesus wept (Luke 19:41).  On the night he was betrayed, Jesus wept (Luke 22:39-45, Heb. 5:7). In the face of death, at the place of death, […]

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