GraceFinder Blog

November 30, 2015
How Long...

I have more and more lately seen my life as the title of book - The Story We Find Ourselves In. Especially with the times of loss it has seemed like a script I could never have written myself and I wonder how could I even still be here with so much brokenness. Sam says […]

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August 25, 2015
A Mark That No Longer Stains...

In the song Grace by U2, Bono sings: What left a mark no longer stains... This thought broke into my summer slumber. The marks sting yes, chafe yes, bring weariness true but not STAIN. Not permanent, not forever, even though the journey can feel so long. Jesus let's us see life through a different lens […]

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May 26, 2015
Gratitude – Seeing Life as a Broken Gift 2 Corinthians 4:6-15

I have a confession to make: I found it very difficult to sing this thanksgiving. I battled the thought: It might be easy to be thankful when things around us seem to be going well, but how does one approach life in gratitude when brokenness surrounds us… Our text today has given me some clues. […]

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October 15, 2014
Stains of Life

Grace - covers the shame and removes the stain... What better summary of a biblical trajectory and narrative can we read than with these words from the songwriter? Cover and remove in this story are powerful signifiers of truth that can break through in surprising ways in a world that holds tightly to achievement at […]

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September 15, 2014
Grace Takes the Blame...

New semesters, new beginnings take us careening down a path of excitement mixed with potential and busyness. Potential for new friendships, for new career possibilities, for new ways to make a difference, to care for our campus and world. Yet also there is the push of busyness that can increase fragmentation, loneliness, and isolation. I […]

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August 22, 2014
Is It Well With My Soul?

Is It Well with my Soul? Horatio Spafford’s hymn, It is Well with my Soul has resonated with people over the years since he wrote in light of the brutal tragedy of losing so much, including his children. From a very young age I can remember singing and appreciating this song at various levels of […]

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August 22, 2014
Ordinary Bulldog Love

“When we honestly ask ourselves which persons in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us […]

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April 18, 2014
Astonished by Jesus – #2 Reflection for Palm Sunday

Along with Will Willimon from his book Why Jesus? I have been personally asking myself the same question in light of the events of my life. We embark upon some reflections about this question from a variety of angles. No Ordinary ClaimsPalm Sunday has just passed and has reminded me again of why Jesus continues […]

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March 12, 2014
Perplexed/Challenged/Astonished by Jesus

We start a new blog series, looking at the person of Jesus who is never far out of the media and away from conversation, even with so many centuries having passed since he was here. He has been called magician, sage, preacher, miracle worker, teacher, and so many other descriptors are attributed to him. So […]

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January 21, 2014

A quote sent to me by my colleague Bert, really spoke to me today: “The sorrows and wounds God’s people receive from their losses are not miraculously healed after a short time of emotional catharsis. And sometimes in the church there is such an impatience with grief. Why isn’t Allan “over” Carol’s death or Connie […]

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