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Afraid to Post on Facebook

posted by Carolyn Henderson

I have a cat named Xena the Warrior Princess, which is a diverting misnomer because she is one of the timidest animals alive. Admittedly, as far as staying alive, running away from trouble is a successful stratagem for Xena, who spends her days concealed in the bushes, wide-eyed and paranoid. When she does venture out, she […]

5 “Sins” That Aren’t Sins

posted by Carolyn Henderson

Christians frequently talk about grace, love, acceptance, and freedom, and indeed, these attributes are abundantly available to the person who follows Christ. Unfortunately, however, within Christian group settings (“community” is the latest buzzword), rules abound, all the more insidious because they […]

Lessons from the Easter Bunny

posted by Carolyn Henderson

Full disclosure: we do Easter egg hunts. But then again, we also do Halloween and Santa, and have been remarkably able to separate these particular family traditions from our theological viewpoints. As Christians, it’s important to not only talk, and talk, and talk […]

Shutting up the Voices in Our Heads

posted by Carolyn Henderson

I just returned from posting letters in our mailbox, 3oo feet from our house. It’s a cold, foggy day, and over the crunch of gravel under my feet I heard the sibilant song of a little bird. Five little notes. […]

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Where Does All the Tithe Money Go?
"All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had." (Acts 4:32) If you attend conventional church for any time at all, you will be unable to escape the annual, or semi-annual, sermon upon tithing, which encou

posted 11:37:02am Jan. 28, 2015 | read full post »

Walking in the Dark
Recently, a friend sent me this Bible verse from Isaiah 50:10: "Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? "Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God." [caption id="attachment_1446" align="alignleft" width="351"]

posted 11:24:40am Jan. 21, 2015 | read full post »

Four Important Men You’ve Never Heard of
Depending upon our interests, those of us who live in the world of mass media can rattle off names of note in the sports arena, TV land, cinematic Fantasia, network "news," political affront, musical medley, or the religious circus, er, circuit. [caption id="attachment_1080" align="alignleft" w

posted 3:10:09pm Jan. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Family and Friends Are Not Dysfunctional
People matter. "Of course they do," we all nod our heads emphatically.  A ridiculously easy way to bring people to tears is to show them a clip of a politician, movie celebrity, or extraordinarily rich and famous businessperson wiping their eyes and stumblingly uttering how much their spouse,

posted 9:40:00am Jan. 16, 2015 | read full post »

When Powerful People Repent -- Is It Real?
The other day, I read an intriguing post by a Famous Face. Like many Famous Faces, when he speaks, hordes of people -- far too many of the Christian persuasion, incidentally -- listen. [caption id="attachment_1431" align="alignleft" width="351"] As humans, it's easy to elevate our idea of our

posted 10:05:42am Jan. 14, 2015 | read full post »


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