Monthly Archives: September 2020

Beatitudes: What You Want, part 1

Bill Mounce says that the emphatic third person pronoun in the Beatitudes, αυτος (pronounced ow-tahss) means they alone. The nuance of αυτος is that they alone will receive the blessing… Jesus is not saying that those who mourn, among others, … Continue reading

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Called to, part 5

One of the brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, an Episcopal order, had a dream at the time of the first vows, or maybe life profession, of another man. He wrote about his dream in Cowley, the … Continue reading

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Called to, part 4

Balky software. A vendor that doesn’t accept the only credit card I have. An incomprehensible website that controls access to work I must perform. I want to throw something. So. How are you doing? If I lived in community, the … Continue reading

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Called to, part 3

If, in your bones, you believe in God — always have because it’s wired into you, always will for the same reason — then you’re in relationship with God, whether you want to be or not. If you and God … Continue reading

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Called to, part 2

The other live-in and I were well matched: both in our mid-twenties, both single, both intent on God. As the week progressed, we spent time apart, and we spent time together, often taking long walks and talking. We were both … Continue reading

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Called to, part 1

I spent a week with the sisters at what they called a live-in. That used to be a popular style of naming: back in the day we had sit-ins, teach-ins, live-ins, and even die-ins. I spent the entire week at … Continue reading

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Endings

There’s abandoned farm equipment in the woods near me. Rusted, curving blade-plates menace behind axles half sunk in the mud, a trailer lists on flat tires, a tractor cab, door-off-hinges, reveals a still-gleaming steering wheel and torn upholstery. I always … Continue reading

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Career Planning, part 4

At my newish job, I’m still learning systems and processes. I always record the Teams meeting when someone shares their screen and shows me the Box location, the Sharepoint site, the Development server, the transfer directory, the template, the form, … Continue reading

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Career planning, part 3

What is your moral state if you have a regular job? Meaning, you’re not clergy, you don’t work for a social justice organization, you’re not in a helping profession. You keep the lights on, maybe, or the supermarket supplied with … Continue reading

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