All His Own

“Here is a Torah teacher who says in his own name what the Torah says in God’s name… I am troubled not so much by the message, though I might take exception to this or that, as I am by the messenger.” — Jacob Neusnar, Jewish Rabbi and Scholar “I am the good shepherd” (John […]

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1 in 5 Churches Will Close

“They’re recognizing that the relationships they thought were much deeper with people were actually not as deep as they expected,” Kinnaman of the Barna Group — NPR Interview. The pandemic shutdown emptied church buildings and propelled ministers into Technology 101. I learned how to stream and develop new ways to connect beyond in-person. As a […]

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Trust

Yesterday was Columbus Day. But really it was a reminder that our nation is in constant argument. The earliest history lesson I remember on Columbus portrayed him as a bumbling explorer. He did not realize where the ship landed, and so he called the indigenous people “Indians” — assuming he was in the East Indies. […]

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Gatekeeper

We were the first to Zoom into Darcy’s church class. I am an admin for the church account, so we got the meeting started. I left Darcy at the computer to text her teachers — one had an emergency, another was racing home (safely using voice to text… so I only partially understood the messages!). […]

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Merchant or Canaanite?

“there will no longer be a Canaanite or merchant in the house of the Lord.” — Zechariah 14:21 The final verse of Zechariah leaves the translator with an interpretive dilemma. The act of translating is never an exact science. Words have multiple meanings in every language. So the translator becomes the reader’s first step of […]

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