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The Visible Community: Bonhoeffer

7 February 2021

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In his book The Cost of Discipleship, Bonhoeffer puts forth an intriguing proposition. He suggests that the one of the fundamental characteristics of the Body of Christ (the Church) is that it is a visible community. I think in the midst of government-forced COVID restrictions against the church, his words have great implications for the […]

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Another Word for the Church…

21 January 2021

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This time, from AlfonZo Rachel: (I’ll eventually fix the resolution…in the meantime, you have to click into the post to view.)  

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The Shepherd’s Tools

12 January 2021

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Sheep aren’t nearly as dumb as we’ve made them out to be in stories and political comparisons. But they are a herd animal, to a fault. And they are utterly defenseless. They were, and to some extent still are in some areas of the world, relied on for food and clothing. Because of their importance […]

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Evaluate Advice: Not All is Equal

5 January 2021

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Lots of people are willing to give advice, even when not asked for. Sometimes it’s not what you want to hear, sometimes it’s exactly what you need to hear, and sometimes it really makes you wonder about the person giving it. I wouldn’t be so bold as to assume what advice may or may not […]

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Life Center Tacoma/Dean Curry Dismissal…

25 August 2018

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I’d previously began a series about the scandal and my perspective from my time there in the 90s. I have since decided to not only not continue the series, but to delete what I had written. Part of the reason is that I just don’t have the time to put into it right now. I […]

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Joy and Pain…

6 June 2017

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For the past couple of weeks since Evanna’s gotten home from Seattle Children’s I’ve been thinking of this topic (Pain vs Hope) and how to express it. Today this picture popped up on Instagram as I was scrolling through…and there it was. So often it seems that we think that if there’s pain, there’s not […]

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Quality of Life: A Little Rant

3 May 2017

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This video is of our baby girl Evanna. For those who aren’t yet following her story (her Facebook Community Page is here and her website will be up soon and linked here once published), she was born with spina bifida, hydrocephalus, chiari II malformation, and clubbed feet. Here in the United States, only 36% of […]

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Has the Culture Shifted That Much?

7 March 2017

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I was recently paid a compliment on social media about how we’re handling our little girl’s issues and how we parent. (For those that don’t know, you can follow her journey on Evanna’s Facebook Community Page). I understood the intent–it was a very nice and sincere compliment, but I kind of brushed it aside. To us, […]

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It’s Not About Us…

6 February 2017

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For months I’ve been somewhat unsettled with the praise we’ve received with Evanna and her care, and haven’t been at ease in accepting (or heck, sometimes even believing) the compliments we’re received. Because here are my more internal thoughts: It’s not, and hasn’t been, easy. We’ve shed our share of tears in fear, worry, frustration, […]

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Not Enough Thanks to Give…

18 November 2016

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  (The first pic is Evanna on September 30th, the day after she was born. At that point, two surgeries down already. The second pic is her on November 8th, after having been home two days.) We’ve been home now for just shy of two weeks. And not a day goes by that I am […]

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