Category Archives: Relationships

God Smack Fear with Hope

Before seminary, I worked for American Express. There was an occasion where I ran across some software that would make what we do more productive. I presented it to my boss and he said go ahead and order it.   … Continue reading

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The Friends Called Faith and Trust

The first summer after Suzanne and I married, we went on a vacation visiting the five national parks in southern Utah. Out first stop was Moab. Back then we just looked for motels with vacancies. Today we don’t go anywhere … Continue reading

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No One Is Really Free

A year or two ago there was a clergy wellness focus at the annual diocesan clergy conference. We were encouraged to have our spouses also be part of the Mayo Clinic wellness system. Suzie did this. But in order for … Continue reading

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We Are Family

The last book in C. S. Lewis’ fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia is called The Last Battle. If you are not familiar with The Chronicles of Narnia, Aslan is a lion who is Christ. Tash is an evil being. … Continue reading

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Christ Calls Us to Use More Than a Hammer and Nails

Did you know that Batman lives in Michigan? Mark Williams was arrested when he was found leaning off of a hardware store building, wearing a batman costume. Maybe he was a hammer and nails kind a guy. As part of … Continue reading

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Do as I say, not what I do!

“For the last few weeks we’ve all been subjected to reruns of every scary movie ever made: zombies, vampires, guys in hockey masks, spooks with really long fingernails. Monsters in all shapes and forms are the flavor of the month … Continue reading

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Getting on Jesus’ Case

What were the odds? That some Canaanite woman could ever get Jesus’ attention and then to have Jesus fulfill her request? What were the odds? If this woman can receive God’s grace, how easy is it for us? Certainly she … Continue reading

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Save us from the time of trial

This morning we have the bizarre story of the sacrifice of Isaac. The childless Abraham and Sarah, in their old age, have a son, Isaac. At the time of this strange story, we don’t know how old Isaac is, but … Continue reading

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Love in Action

Michelle Feldstein collects unwanted and out of place animals. She does this with her husband on 300 acres north of Yellowstone National Park. Deer Haven is the name of their ranch for unwanted animals. They have flightless ducks, clawless cats, … Continue reading

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Generational Shift in Relationships

I will be sharing with you in various formats, including this blog, some of the things I learned from this year’s Smart Marriages Conference. For this blog, I will tell you what I learned from the latest research in relationships, … Continue reading

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