God and Country

When I was in Boy Scouts I worked to earn a medal called “God and Country.” Most of the things we achieved in Scouting were either merit badges to wear on a sash or a step up in rank, where the highest rank was Eagle (I stopped at Life, just below Eagle). The fact that “God and Country” was a medal, and not just another cloth badge, suggests that encouraging devotion to both was a high priority for the…

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How to sound Christian for fun and profit (Cassandra Millis)

“Not mine, but thine.” I remember using this phrase in one of the most nervous conditions of my life. I was interviewing at my dream college and desperately wanted to make not only a good impression, but a godly impression. (Seeing as it was an Evangelical Liberal Arts school. That advice might not work everywhere else.) When asked what book I had read most recently I quipped, “Is it nerdy to sa…

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Vulnerable Hearts

Writing about reading the scripture, Benedictine Sister, Macrina Wiederkehr said: “Read with a vulnerable heart. Expect to be blessed in the reading. Read as one awake, one waiting for the beloved. Read with reverence.” When you open the bible and begin to read, what do you expect to happen? Do you expect to be blessed by the words? Do you expect to hear God’s voice guiding you, comforting you, chall…

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Friday Poll

Greetings friends! I don't know about you, but I'm a little ticked off at a certain rodent! So I'm trying to channel my outrage in a positive direction, so I need you all to help set me straight: How do you best enjoy God's creation during the winter months? Leave a comment below, and hopefully we'll all work through this together! Have a great weekend everyone! J

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Make Like a Tree: Timber

This is the fifth post in a 5-post series entitled, “Make Like a Tree.” Feel free to check out each of the posts! The word legacy shows up with some frequency in our world, though I’m not sure that it gets the respect that it should. In my experience, legacy is something of a concern for many of us; what we are going to leave behind when we are gone is on the forefront of many of our minds. This is, i…

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