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in spite of the ache

Three weeks ago, I broke my ankle when the strap of my shoe got caught in the moving sidewalk at the airport.  At first I assumed it was just sprained, so I preached, flew back to San Francisco, and went to work seeing patients in clinic.  Five days later, common sense (and pain) prevailed, and […]

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tough as nails

Last week, two men on a MAX train in Portland stepped in to defend two Muslim girls from a man who was verbally attacking them.  It’s the same train where I met the Somali girls and their mom in 2010. My encounter with Muslim refugees on the MAX led to a beautiful relationship and a […]

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the truth that saves us all

For God so loved the world. Maybe the most well-known words from the sacred book I’ve been reading all my life. For God so loved the world.  Six simple, monosyllabic words — but words that matter more than anything else that can be said about God. To borrow from the poet Christian Wyman, in this grain […]

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Easter Isn’t Over.

My dad had shoulder surgery a few days before Easter, and I flew to Illinois to take care of him.  On Easter Sunday, I woke up around dawn and peeked out my bedroom window to see pastel streaks appearing on the horizon, announcing the soon-to-be-rising sun. My brother and sister-in-law were visiting with their three children.  So […]

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saturday: the space between surrender and surprise

Every Easter weekend, people repeat that saying, “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming,” as if to say that your dreams or desires or hopes are dead, but just hold still in the nothingness of Friday night and all day Saturday, and then at dawn on Sunday everything wakes up and you’re suddenly alive again. I don’t […]

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friday nights and sunday mornings

Good Friday reminds me of what I learned in Togo, when I contracted malaria and wondered why I couldn’t get out of bed if I was loved by the God who raised Jesus from the dead.  I wrote about it in my upcoming book WELL, and I wanted to share it with you this morning […]