Author Archives: Steve Bilynskyj

Recompense

“My luck is bound to change.” “His luck is sure to run out.” “Things just have to get better.” “I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop.” All those phrases express in some form the “Gambler’s Fallacy,” sometimes also known … Continue reading

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Comfort

This year, we were going to encourage our congregation to fast in some way during Advent. As things turned out, I think I got in all my fasting before Advent even began. Two weeks of diarrhea because of a C. … Continue reading

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Trusted with Talents

Though it is often unrecognized in these times, the Bible has deeply influenced our culture and language, including even what our words mean. This Sunday’s text from Matthew 25:14-30 is a prime example. The parable’s use of the Greek word … Continue reading

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In or Out?

Exclusion is not a very popular topic, at least in the Christian circles in which I typically go round. Exclusiveness, so we imagine, characterizes those nasty fake Christians of the alt-right or at Westboro Baptist Church, but not us gentle, … Continue reading

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Pure Hope

There’s nothing like pregnancy to make a woman want to get in shape. At least as far as I understand it, the news that there is a new precious little life inside one’s body transforms your priorities. Ideally, all other … Continue reading

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In His Hand

A day’s wages for an ordinary laborer in Jesus’ time was a single coin, a Roman coin called a denarius. It was small, about the size of a dime, but thicker and heavier and made of silver. The common word … Continue reading

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In the World

A novel I was recently reading began with the account of a twelve-year-old boy’s birthday party. He had invited several “friends” from school, but none of them showed up. He wept bitterly on his mother’s lap wondering why they had … Continue reading

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In the Valley

Our Willamette Valley here in Oregon has long been the scene of agriculture. It’s the heartland of grass seed culture. Driving along I-5 yesterday, my wife and I enjoyed looking at the sheep grazing on green fields. And as everyone … Continue reading

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Seeking the Kingdom

Yesterday the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that women will soon be allowed to drive there. Their authoritarian government is relenting on one of its long-time restrictions on the freedom of women, although other restrictions will remain in place. Female … Continue reading

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Walking with Jesus

I’ve been backpacking for fifty years. My first trip was with the Scouts to Kings Canyon National Park in 1967. The most recent trip, shown in the picture, was last month as a few of us from our church did … Continue reading

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