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Grief

Light.

I woke up and it was light. Friday was a dark, underwater day, but I was forced to rejoin the human race at Trader Joe’s, where a dear friend who happens to work there refused to leave my side, and helped me fill my cart with carbs and ready-made comfort …

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Grief

High Contrast

You know, the day after the funeral is nothing like the day after putting on a conference. When I worked for the church and the conference was over, I knew I still had Christmas service to plan and Easter service to work out and the marriage conference for next year …

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Grief

He does this on purpose.

It feels so inappropriate that the world just keeps turning. Surely an hour must have more time in it than this. Ridiculous, right? This is where grief feels so self-indulgent. Because of course it must. I have a loving husband, and children, two beautiful children, alive with need, and joy, …

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Grief

Eulogy for my father.

A few people have asked if I would post this; thank you genuinely for caring. Here are my departing words for my father, Joseph Charles Landolt (10/11/50 – 11/7/19). Hi everyone. Thank you for coming and supporting me and my family, and honoring my father’s life.  I wanted to share …

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Grief

Mercy.

From my readings this morning: “They forgot what He had done, the wondrous works He had shown them. He worked wonders in the sight of their fathers. …He split rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink as abundant as the depths. But they continued to sin against Him, rebelling …

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Thoughts from the Pews

The Fallow Year.

Once upon a time, I had a change to make. I was doing one thing, and I felt in my belly that it was time to do another thing, and in a move that surprised precisely no one except myself, I didn’t do it. I like to fancy that I’m …

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Doctrine and Dead Writers

Loving mercy.

“He has shown you, O man, what is good;And what does the Lord require of youBut to do justly,To love mercy,And to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8 NKJV I know that I need mercy. I know that the people I love need mercy. I know that the people that drive me nuts need mercy. Pick …

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Doctrine and Dead Writers

Forgiveness + The Kettle

I heard someone say recently that “the best way to pause your spiritual maturity is to not forgive someone.” If you asked me what I believe about spiritual maturity, I would tell you forgiveness is the foundation of our faith. We, sinners undeserving, found forgiveness in Christ; we are therefore …

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Doctor Who and Sci-Fi

You’re My Favorite – a Companion Compendium.

Welcome to Fluffy Sci-Fi Fridays. On Fridays (not every Friday, okay?), we’re gonna get a little nerdy here. Still love doctrine. Still love pews. But I love some Doctor Who. So we’re gonna talk Who. We’re gonna talk some Star Trek TNG (because Picard 2020 can you even!). We might even tiptoe …

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Doctrine and Dead Writers

He sets the lonely in families.

“God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.” Psalm 68:6   I don’t remember the moment when I first read Psalm 68:6, but it was some time within my first year of surrendering my life to …

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