Reflections

God’s Tender Words (Advent 2017)

  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.  He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. –  John 1:6-8   Guest post by Brent McDougal When John the Baptizer…

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He Carries Us Close to His Heart (Advent 2017)

One of the Advent passages for this week contains one of my favorite verses of all time (Isa. 40:11): He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. I’m not sure there’s a more gentle, tender image…

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The Smile of God (Advent 2017)

Over Thanksgiving, I had the pleasure of playing with Deborah’s niece and nephews.  While I’m sure the parents were happy for the help, I was in it for purely selfish reasons.  A smile. In playing with toddlers, I go all in: getting down on the floor, being imaginative and goofy, readying myself for endless games…

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Presence & Longing (Advent 2017)

  All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene. (1 Cor. 1:7)     Thanksgiving was a really hard day for me this year. People always say that the holidays can be hard, but I’d never felt it as acutely as…

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We are All the Work of Your Hand! (2017 Advent Reflections)

…We are all the work of your hand.  –  Isaiah 64:8b The work of formation is central to the mission of Body Oak Cliff.  It’s our belief that empowering people to more fully experience and embody the love of God is the best way to bring about change in the places we live, work, and…

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My New Community Adventure

  An Update on Big Blue (June-Oct 2017) I love connecting and developing people! Over the years, this passion has led me to help catalyze multiple communities among a diversity of people: adults with mental illness, clergy and church leaders, addicts and the HIV-positive, young families and youth, and everyone in between. Over the summer,…

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Making Space for the Unknown

[This is Part 2 of a 3 part series. If you missed Part 1 – “What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know” – find it here.] Have you ever had a brilliant idea in the shower? Or while sitting on the toilet? For me, my moment of insight comes every Wednesday evening when I go…

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Why I Celebrate Halloween

  I love Halloween!   And so does my neighborhood – Oak Cliff does Halloween big.  And so Laura and I made a decision a number of years ago to make the holiday our primary party of the year.  Since Grace was 3 or 4 years old, we’ve filled our home with friends and handed out…

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What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know

Quick: think of 3 things that you know. Here’s mine, off the top of my head: I know that my name is Deborah. I know that 2+2=4. I know how to drive a car. Now think of 3 things that you don’t know. Again, off the top of my head: I don’t know how to…

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Hear the Message of the Birds

In the trees nearby, the birds make their nests and sing. – Psalm 104:12 (GNT) This past Sunday, I started the day with a cup of coffee and a porch sit. Of the many things for which I am grateful in the new house on Burlington, one is that it has a great front yard…

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