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  • Simply 3 Words For Every Day

    On Wednesday, May 15 th, 2013
    He’d set the alarm for 1 AM on a Monday morning because sometimes a man has to do what he has to do. He’d slept the rest of a Farmer on the Lord’s Day. Then hauled to the fields in the pitch dark just as soon as Monday feebly birthed. Before that sun finally dragged
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  • The 1 Command that Could Resurrect the Church, Our Hurting Places & the Sisterhood of Women

    On Wednesday, March 13 th, 2013
    There’s a reason He called us His Body and not His Estate.” That’s what Tib Pearson told me. Tib with his Red Wing workboots and worn John Deere hat and hands weathered and etched like a greying cedar rail. “A Body is connected with sinew and vein —  and an estate is divided with fences
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  • What Everyone Who Feels Like a Loser Really Needs

    On Wednesday, March 06 th, 2013
    It’s half way through Lent and forget that sign of of dust they brush on the center of your forehead. I’m bowed over the sink after a teenage daughter’s slammed out the backdoor. Slammed out of my ugly diatribe. And I’m thinking I need something more direct, right there on the middle of brow. Like
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  • When Lent & Valentines Collide: 40 Days of ThanksLoving

    On Wednesday, February 13 th, 2013
    It wasn’t 2 weeks before those 40 days of Lent that he’d turned 40. I’d kissed the old man in the kitchen and his 4 days growth had rubbed me like a matted burr and he’d laughed like a free man and said he’d never expected 40 to feel so young. I had thought we’d
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  • Why Weak is the New Strong: Radical Right Where You Are {Pt4}

    On Wednesday, February 06 th, 2013
    So I fell extremely anemic in the fall. Could hardly drag out of bed, felt like jello, looked like a gaunt ghost, and got winded walking from the sink to the stove. I’d draped arms around the Farmer’s neck and told him I was sure I was right broke. So the nurse at the doctor’s
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  • What Radical Christianity Looks Like Right Where You Are {Pt. 3}

    On Wednesday, January 30 th, 2013
    You can beat your hard chest over the slaves in night streets. And over women beaten down for her one beautifully snapping mind, and over oppression that crushes the gasping lungs of whole nations. And all your chest banging can sound clang hollow, and I think this over a sink full of crusted pots. The
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  • When You are Weary of Vanilla Christianity

    On Wednesday, January 16 th, 2013
    For some ridiculous reason, I keep carrying around green sparkly earrings in my purse. Like  I’m hoping someday that I’ll get to wear them — and there just ain’t no Dave Brown way that’s going to happen this side of the great divide and I’m the best with this. Big Mama, she’d wrapped them up
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  • When You’re Feeling a bit Lost: How to Find Your Way back to Joy?

    On Wednesday, October 03 rd, 2012
    ‘You look a bit lost, girl.” I sink down beside her on the kitchen floor and I know sinking. The cork floor’s cool. “You feeling lost, Shalom?” She’s got her arms wrapped around her knees, pulling everything right under her chin, those curls of hers spiralling down everywhere, everywhere spiralling. Shalom, her name means wholeness,
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  • Because We All Have These Days: When We’re Just Hanging on by a String

    On Wednesday, September 26 th, 2012
    I crack the eggs and the pan sizzles and there’s a kid hanging upside down off the couch, trying to knit a scarf. “Remember to use the plastic spatula and not the steel one, Mama? Remember what Dad said?” And her curls are all hanging down touching the floor and she’s doing a row of
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  • Dear You… a letter for the hard days

    On Wednesday, September 19 th, 2012
    Dear you, Dear Self and me and you and us, Really, it’s all going to be okay. You’re going to be okay. Promise. Remember when you were 16 with that ridiculous hair? And how you’d thought that by the time you got to here, to now, it was going to be good? That by now
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  • How to Cultivate the Habit of Focus . . . . . in an Age of Distraction

    On Wednesday, September 05 th, 2012
    The rest of us cracked open books here. A certain little someone walked around with posies of pink erasers on the end of slim yellow stems. We read about maple trees and conifers and the Canadian Shield and made the ivories sort of sound of mostly like Ode to Joy. When I turned a page
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  • What in the World Should Christians Wear?

    On Tuesday, June 12 th, 2012
    He does a double take. It’s got to be my ridiculous bed head. I step back from the luggage carousel, run my fingers through tired hair. It’s mid June and I’m flying home from speaking, only to find my flight home to Canada canceled. It had been after 2 in the morning when I finally
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