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Mothers

Poor Leah. She’s pathetic. This 17th century painting depicts Jacob (on the right with Leah) hauling her before Laban her father in indignation after Jacob discovered he had just spent the night with her instead of his preferred bride, her … Continue reading

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Brothers

I generally like to post images with these blog posts, either some contemporary image that connects with the Scripture text at hand or some classical painting or icon of the biblical story. As I looked for images of the first … Continue reading

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Glowing

Happy new year to everyone! This past Saturday, while I was home on a little vacation, we took our Christmas tree down to make room for the Epiphany open house we host each year. But our lights outside are still … Continue reading

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At Home

Beth and I have owned three houses over our marriage. Our first was in Nebraska and we had it for about 6 years. Our second was in Springfield when we came to Oregon and is where our daughters grew up. … Continue reading

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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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