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  • Wade in the Water

    Wade in the Water

    It was Easter Sunday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, NY. The tiny urban neighborhood church was crowded with saints singing “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” at the top of their...

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  • The Real Enemy Feeding Racism in America

    The Real Enemy Feeding Racism in America

    Tonto and the Lone Ranger were riding through a canyon together when all of a sudden both sides were filled with Indian warriors on horses, dressed for battle. The Lone Ranger turned to...

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  • Jesus Gives You the Perfect Prayer

    Jesus Gives You the Perfect Prayer

    I am far from an expert on prayer.   I’m not the person to go to for tips on how to be consistent in prayer. I can remind you of the assurance we have in prayer because of Christ....

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  • How to Be a Good (Adult) Child to Your Parents

    How to Be a Good (Adult) Child to Your Parents

    As a child and teenager, I was always reminded of the Fourth Commandment: Honor your father and your mother. Obviously, I should have been doing that anyway … but I was too busy...

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  • Four Bible Verses for Rejoicing Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

    Four Bible Verses for Rejoicing Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

    During hard times, it can be difficult to find the energy to rejoice. It feels easier to focus on how bad everything is and to dig in your feet and say, “Nope, nothing to be joyful...

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  • Kneeling for Justice

    Kneeling for Justice

    In my office, I have a kneeler that I got off of Craigslist from a Lutheran church that had closed many years ago. It was the first piece of furniture I dropped down into my empty,...

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  • Faith and Politics | Lutheran Life Summer 2020

    Faith and Politics | Lutheran Life Summer 2020

    Balancing faith, politics and society can be a challenging task. This summer, Lutheran Life takes a deeper look at politics and faith, and how God calls His people to listen and speak to others.

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  • Think Before You Post to Social Media

    Think Before You Post to Social Media

    Search “social media vitriol” and Google gives a return of about 2,240,000 results. You’ve probably muted at least one person or conversation on Facebook or Twitter, maybe even going so...

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  • Planning Your Ideal Devotional Time

    Planning Your Ideal Devotional Time

    When planning time for daily devotions, ideally, what does that look like to you? If my ideal devotional time was fulfilled, I would find myself at my favorite lakeside coffee shop each...

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  • What is God Calling You to Do?

    What is God Calling You to Do?

    Life wakes up slowly—one-eye-at-a-time, rollover, and pull the covers back up over your head slowly—on a Sunday morning in a college town. Life wakes up very slowly on a summer Sunday...

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  • How to Build Virtual Community

    How to Build Virtual Community

    As some states are beginning to open back up, many states are still either under stay-at-home orders, require reduced capacity for public gatherings, or mandate social distancing...

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  • How Being Creative Makes Us Appreciate God

    How Being Creative Makes Us Appreciate God

    During quarantine, a lot of people I know have been taking up creative hobbies. I’ve seen tons of Instagram posts of people sharing their sourdough bread recipes, knitting projects, and...

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  • Racial Healing Begins with Recognizing Our Neighbor

    Racial Healing Begins with Recognizing Our Neighbor

    I ran across a fantastic quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’...

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  • The Nation's Cry for Peace and Justice

    The Nation's Cry for Peace and Justice

    This article appeared on The Light Breaks Through and has been published here with permission. As you try to process all that is going on in our country, here are some thoughts. Do not...

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  • Things I Love About My Dad

    Things I Love About My Dad

    Daughters have two fathers: their heavenly Father and their human father. Both care for them immensely, but it is human fathers that have the joyful vocation of raising their daughters...

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  • We’re All in the Fishbowl Now

    We’re All in the Fishbowl Now

    It’s a common question among the wives of pastors: Should you be Facebook friends with congregation members? How much of your social media presence should you share with them, if any?...

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  • What Songs Are Stuck in Your Head?

    What Songs Are Stuck in Your Head?

    I was leaning into the fridge and looking for a snack when the blasphemous lyrics popped into my head from out of nowhere. It was a line from a song by a band my husband and I had...

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  • Five Reasons to Start Reading with CPH Reads

    Five Reasons to Start Reading with CPH Reads

    When I was younger, I loved being part of reading programs. I would stay up all night under the covers with a flashlight, reading some of my favorite books until my parents would come...

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  • How God Changes Hearts

    How God Changes Hearts

    A few weeks ago, someone told me I was kind and gentle. I literally just stared at the person, unable to believe what I had just been called—but probably not for the reason you expect....

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  • National Day of Prayer Activities

    National Day of Prayer Activities

    It’s the National Day of Prayer. Today, people all over the country are going to be bowing their heads in prayer for the nation. We should always pray, but this year, our need for a...

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