The problem with Christmas when I was a child was the “Thank You” notes. Mom was clear: people who gave me gifts had to be thanked. Mom was also firm: there would be a session at the kitchen table, however long it took, and I would write notes to them all. Writing those thank you […]
Taking Things Personally
“Hey, don’t take it personally!” they say, when they do something that causes us pain. “Hey, it’s not about you!” they say, when we take it personally anyway. For the Heidelberg Catechism, the Christian faith is all personal. In a sense, Heidelberg says “Yes, it really is all about you.” Not in a self-centered way. […]
So What’s All This About The Heidelberg Catechism?
. If you’ve been reading this blog recently you know a lot of my posts have included reflections on the Heidelberg Catechism. Part of my motivation is to honor a document that has formed generations of Christians in the Reformed tradition as it celebrates its 450th anniversary. Another part is that I’ve been very involved […]
Meat and Potatoes for the Soul?
“Do I really need to pray?” I’ve heard the question often enough. It is easy to get stuck in puzzles and paradoxes on the topic, even if we know in our hearts and our guts that we need to pray: If God knows what I need, and loves me too, why do I need to […]
Providence at O’Hare
This week I found myself with first-world problems: a Monday evening flight was cancelled on account of snow. All the Tuesday flights were cancelled as well. The mercy of a gate agent led to a discount voucher for two nights at a hotel. Two nights and one full day cooped up in a hotel. Did I […]
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