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The Beat of a Mother’s Heart

In the aftermath of my mother’s death last week, I came across this tender thought:  “Remember, you’re the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside.”  In the case of my mother, I’m not “the only … Continue reading

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When Politics and Christmas Collide

A careful reading of the Gospels reveals that the birth of Jesus takes place amid dark political machinations. Despite generations of Christian efforts to make the story suitable for children in cheerful Christmas pageants, Christmas has a menacing subtext of  poverty, marginalization, … Continue reading

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The Men of Troy

Nothing pleases me more than seeing Ruth’s name in lights—especially when I know it is the ezer-warrior version of Ruth (rather than the Cinderella version) who is getting the attention. Ruth was in the spotlight again last week at Kensington … Continue reading

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Heading to Troy, Michigan

No one has to twist my arm to get me to talk about the Old Testament book of Ruth. It has been a total game-changer for me. I live in the book of Ruth. Hardly a day goes by when … Continue reading

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Called and Courageous Girls!

The brave little climber in this photo is my four-year-old grand-ezer. She’s the same little ezer who, this past summer at a pool here in Philly, stood in line with kids twice her size and—armed with her floaties—jumped off the diving board … Continue reading

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Coming to the City of Sisterly Love

4word: Philadelphia September Gathering with Carolyn Custis James “Minding Your Own Business as a Jesus Follower” Anyone seeking biblical guidance for how to follow Jesus into the workplace would probably never consider the Old Testament book of Ruth as a … Continue reading

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Something to Ponder on Labor Day . . .

“At the beginning God didn’t deliver a finished product; rather, God provided a setting in which human beings, working with and enabled by God, could cause the created order to flourish. . . . As Martin Luther once said, as we … Continue reading

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