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Grief, gratitude, and grace

Letters

You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy. — John 16:20. In the month of November, around Thanksgiving, I preached a sermon on the topic of gratitude. Knowing that my father was going to be among ...

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On confident footing

When my father-in-law was in his final days, before he was moved from the hospital back home under hospice care, the nurses asked the family if they wanted a priest to visit with him. My father-in-law was a Protestant evangelical ...

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The assurance of Easter

Resurrection

If you have ever lost someone you love unexpectedly, then you have an idea of how the disciples felt when Jesus was crucified. Without warning, someone they had just spoken with, someone they were so close to, was gone. It ...

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The Shack movie: God and your tragedy

The Shack

When your personal tragedy strikes – and it will – is God good? Millions wrestle with that question. The Shack, a bestselling novel and now a movie, uses fanciful fiction to help people process age-old intellectual and emotional struggles about ...

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