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Category Archives: 2013


I like the notion of citizenship. There is something comforting about the concept of belonging. Citizenship makes us part of a much bigger family, and there’s a safety in being part of a group-a sense of security in knowing that we’re not alone in this world. God likes the idea of citizenship, too. In fact, […]

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Be Mine, Valentine

When I entered the grocery store several weeks ago, a huge display of Valentine’s Day goodies greeted me just inside the entrance. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m always glad to discover chocolate at any time of year-but it seems like I just cleared away the Christmas decorations, so I wasn’t quite ready for another […]

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Will Peace on Earth Ever Be Possible?

As I write this newsletter to you, all signs around me point to the possibility of peace. The Christmas tree still glows in the background while strains of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear stream to me via Pandora. Everyone in the house has gone to bed, and our neighborhood has fallen into a quiet […]

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Baby Jesus is Missing!

The headline was unmistakable, but Nick Thompson read it again. “Baby Jesus is Missing!” This was followed by a short article and then a photo of the empty manger at the front of St. Luke’s Church. “I can’t believe it!” Nick exclaimed, causing his wife, Jackie, to look up from her laptop across the kitchen […]

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