Making Numbers Relevant to the 21st Century

The book of Numbers can be a challenging read - but it still has insight for today!

Have you ever read through the Bible? Perhaps chronologically, or straight through, or a mishmash? I’m taking my second chronological turn through the Bible, and recently finished the Pentateuch (the first 5 books of the Bible). Thank you, Lord. Numbers nearly did me in, and I expect I’m not alone in that! I routinely struggle reading […]

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Ash Wednesday

Of the liturgical church calendar, I miss the Lenten services (most notably Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday) the most. I attended a Presbyterian church for many years, both as a child and as a young adult, and only grew to appreciate the liturgy during my later years of attendance. The solemnity of these services reminds […]

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Shrove Tuesday: Beginnings

And so it begins: Shrove Tuesday. Shrove is the past tense of shrive; per Dictionary.com, (to) shrive is defined as: impose penance on (a sinner). grant absolution to (a penitent). hear the confession of (a person). The French interpret this as Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday” – a day of celebration before the extended period of fasting. Many traditions […]

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Lent 2017: In Preparation

Lent 2017: In Preparation Lent 2017 begins next week! I can’t believe the season is already upon us. Fat Tuesday, aka Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras, is typically a feast day made even more celebratory by its successor, Ash Wednesday. The latter marks the day many begin 40 days (excluding Sundays) of penance. Ideally, the penitent […]

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“Facing Darkness”: Samaritan’s Purse + Ebola {Upcoming Movie}

Have you heard about the new movie “Facing Darkness”? The movie examines the Ebola crisis that struck 2 American aid workers and comes to theaters in March. It won “Best U.S. Debut, Documentary Feature” and “Award of Excellence, Special Mention” at Heartland Film Festival in Indiana. Samaritan’s Purse does amazing work worldwide, including Operation Christmas […]

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Advent in Pictures: Christmas Day

Advent in Pictures: Christmas Day

Merry Christmas!!! We made it! Thank you for joining me in the journey toward Christmas Day, seeing Advent come to life in pictures and readings. Today marks the official celebration of Christ’s birth (though the date itself sparks many an online debate, with which I won’t dilute today’s significance and celebration). Today we light the […]

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Advent in Pictures: Christmas Eve

Advent In Pictures: Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas Eve, my friends! We light the Christ (white) candle in the middle of the Advent wreath either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day; it varies based on the day of the week that Christmas Day falls. While I save the final candle lighting for tomorrow, in keeping with a Sunday routine, let us still partake of […]

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Advent in Pictures: Fourth Sunday in Advent

Fourth Sunday in Advent

Today, the fourth Sunday in Advent, we light the corresponding fourth candle in the Advent wreath. This purple candle is often known as the “angel candle” or “candle of love”, as the day’s readings focus on the annunciation of the birth of Christ. Today’s theme is purity, or love – depending on which website you ask […]

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Advent in Pictures: Third Sunday in Advent

Advent In Pictures: Third Sunday in Advent

Today marks the third Sunday of Advent, also known as Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete comes from the Latin for Rejoice, the first word in today’s Catholic mass from Philippians 4:4-6 and Psalm 85:1: Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete. Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus enim prope est. Nihil solliciti sitis: sed in omni oratione et obsecratione cum gratiarum […]

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