Religion

What happens when we read too quickly?

January 18, 2019 at 3:00 am

Recently, I downloaded an app for my iPhone. It is called Blinkist. I decided to try their service for a seven-day free trial. Blinkist provides 15-minute summaries of books in an audio format.After accepting the trial offer, I quickly skim...

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I admit, I have a terrible hangover

January 11, 2019 at 3:00 am

I am not much for alcohol. I grew up in a household that simply didn’t have any of it around. It was because of religious beliefs (I did not grow up as a Lutheran). Also, I suspect, there might have been another reason. My maternal grandmot...

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Yes, Jesus is the answer – so now what?

January 04, 2019 at 3:00 am

When I was growing up, I had quite a few Christian friends. We were all followers of Jesus’ teachings. However, I found it strange that there were differences in how we expressed our faith. One sounded very “religious.” This friend had what...

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Finding just the right words for the season

December 28, 2018 at 3:00 am

Around this time of year, many people express good wishes to those they encounter – family, close friends, acquaintances, even to strangers they meet on the street.At a tender young age, I only knew two such greetings. They were “Merry Chri...

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Yes, I do hear voices and they’re worth listening to

December 21, 2018 at 3:00 am

Recently Jeanne and I decided to go shopping in Spokane at the River Park Square. We took her car.Before heading out, there was a voice within that said, “take your car this time.” In the end, however, I didn’t listen to that voice.It was i...

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Erasing history for political correctness

December 14, 2018 at 3:00 am

Jeanne and I recently watched a movie on television. It was an Irving Berlin musical from 1942 called “Holiday Inn,” starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby. One of the featured songs from that movie is the iconic “White Christmas.”I think it...

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Light bulbs are not always reliable

December 07, 2018 at 3:00 am

Yes, it is that time of year again. A short while ago, I went into the basement and unboxed our artificial Christmas tree. We purchased it back in December of 2016. The tree originally came with the lights attached. I thought it was a great...

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Repeatedly losing and finding Nemo

November 30, 2018 at 3:00 am

Do you still have a Christmas gift that was given to you years ago? I have one that I’ve hung onto since 2003. That was the year that the movie “Finding Nemo” was shown in theaters. The central character in this animated feature film is a s...

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Understanding the disciples and self-awareness

November 23, 2018 at 3:00 am

It is easy to look back at Jesus’ disciples and judge them harshly. Save one (Judas), they seem to be well-meaning. However, they still usually end up missing the mark. Chief among them was Peter. To his credit, Peter appears to have been m...

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The surprising gift of multiplicity

November 16, 2018 at 3:00 am

Cynthia G. Lindner is part of the faculty of the University of Chicago Divinity School. Rev. Lindner is also a pastoral psychotherapist at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy. In addition, she has written a book entitled “Varieties of...

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