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The Vision After the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel), Paul Gaugin, 1888

Name What You’re Wrestling With

Seasons of wrestling in our work and life are often opportunities to make meaning and be transformed by God.

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The foot of a newborn baby being held by its parents

The Bible and Your Body: Part 1

Our bodies are part of God’s “very good” creation.

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dark night sky full of stars

Count the Stars

I am not hopeless because I count the stars.

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A branch of a flowering pear

God of Seeds, Part 2

The God of literal seeds in Genesis is the God of metaphorical seeds in the Gospel of Mark.

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Bluebonnets in a field

God of Seeds, Part 1

If ever there was even the slightest question about whether or not God enjoys beauty, bluebonnets ought to settle the argument in favor of divine delight.

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A sunrise over rolling hills

Seeing the Glory

We must be shown God’s glory again: we must encounter it anew and afresh in the face of Jesus Christ; we must repent of our sin and turn and follow him.

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Orange, grapefruit, and lemon slices

Fruitfulness is in Your DNA

You were created to make a difference in this world.

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A smiling barista behind a counter

Labor Day in a Pandemic, Part 2

On this Labor Day weekend, we have an opportunity to value the work of all people, especially those whose work is deemed “essential.” By offering a simple “thank you for working,” we can acknowledge their labor and affirm the difference they are making, both in the world and our own lives. Why not say to those who serve you this weekend, “Thank you for your work”?

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Construction workers working on a building

Labor Day in a Pandemic, Part 1

On this Labor Day weekend, the global pandemic makes us especially aware of ways in which our world, including our work, is broken and, therefore, workers are suffering. But, as God’s people, we acknowledge the fundamental goodness of work and we seek God’s justice and peace for all workers. We yearn for the day when God will re-establish the created goodness of work for all.

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Rainbow stained glass at the Waterloo Region Museum, Kitchener, Canada

God’s Redeemed People #1: All Those Things You Saw in Your Pajamas

God can redeem anything and anybody, and God can use anything and anybody that he has redeemed.

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My Parents at their Wedding in 1941 © The Chi Family

Truth and Institutional Evil – Part I

One of the foundational assertions of Scripture is that all human beings are created in God’s image. There are no privileged races or individuals in God’s eyes. That declaration was a radical challenge to the power of Pharaoh in Egypt during Israel’s enslavement, as it was to the Nazi regime in my parents’ day, and as it is to the power of structural racism in our generation. What will we do with that truth now?

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A beautiful red flower against green leaves.

And God Saw That It Was Good

All humans are made in the image of God—a God who exists in perfect community. No human can deny that the image of God exists in anyone else. No human can exclude another from God’s beloved community.

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highway road sign that says stay home

Life in Lockdown: Created for Community

The people I talk to these days express a variety of emotions when it comes to the lockdown. Those who live alone often feel isolated and lonely, cut off from the human interaction they love and need. They are wishing desperately for the chance to hang out with other folks or exchange a hug or two. The people who are sheltering with family or roommates, in addition to longing for diverse human interaction, may also be feeling trapped with people who are driving them a bit crazy.

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Vocational Gratitude: Fall

We’ve all done it. Someone does something that offends us and they come to apologize. And, we say something like, “Oh, never mind. It’s ok.” We’re trying to make the other person feel better by saying that what he or she did didn’t really matter. But of course, that’s not really the case. It did matter. At least, it did to us. And, when we take that tack, we’ve missed something important.

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Graffitti art of a person silenced and unseeing.

Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

Cain’s response to God’s question regarding Abel’s whereabouts was troubling for so many reasons. Obviously the murder of one brother by another was a violation of God’s order (as he would later outline through the law). Yet there was another subtle and destructive concept that was played out here… selfishness. After committing a transgression against his brother, Cain essentially declares, “What do I have to do with my brother’s well-being?” or put in another way “Not my problem”. What a bold assertion from a person who had taken the life of another person, even his own brother.

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