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Because I love my neighbor, I oppose school voucher programs

As 2021 began, 14 states were considering school voucher programs. The state where I was born and raised recently passed one of the broadest school voucher programs, giving public funds to anyone wanting to withdraw their children from public school — regardless of income level — or to anyone with rising kindergarten children who haveContinue reading “Because I love my neighbor, I oppose school voucher programs”

Hear His Voice

A Post for the Ones Who Aren’t Feeling the Joy John 20:11-18  Here we are at the end of Easter Sunday. Maybe today has been a joyful day of celebration for you. Maybe you sang “Because He Lives” and “He Arose” and “Glorious Day,” and you felt true joy and hope. You felt each wordContinue reading “Hear His Voice”

Resurrection Day

He Is Risen Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20 “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but he has risen.”  Often, my children and I sit around and tell the stories of our family. One child starts the story and another interrupts to fill in aContinue reading “Resurrection Day”

Holy Week – Friday

Black Friday Mark 15; Matthew 27 Recently, one of my children heard someone mistakenly call “Good Friday,” “Black Friday.” And you know, that seems appropriate enough.  It was a dark day. Jesus – betrayed and denied by those who were close to him – was arrested and unfairly tried, brutally beaten, mercilessly mocked, spat upon.Continue reading “Holy Week – Friday”

Holy Week – Thursday

Upside-Down Kingdom Luke 22:24-30; John 13:1-20 Normally when I think of the Last Supper, I think of the bread and the wine. I think of Jesus’ predicting Judas’ betrayal. I think of the symbolism of the soon-coming crucifixion, of Jesus offering his body and blood for us, even for the ones like Judas.  But atContinue reading “Holy Week – Thursday”

Holy Week – Tuesday

Jesus Sees Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, JesusContinue reading “Holy Week – Tuesday”

Holy Week – Monday

Turning Over Some Tables I’ve heard about Jesus knocking over the tables in the temple at least once a year for my entire life, but it’s only been in recent years that I’ve begun to understand what was going on in this passage of scripture (Mark 11:15-20).  The lower and outward court of the templeContinue reading “Holy Week – Monday”

Faith & Fear

With permed hair, fringed scarves draped around bulky sweaters, and high-waisted, stone-washed jeans, we were closing out the 1980s in high style as we entered our senior year of high school. At 17, I was a people-pleasing performer with a competitive spirit who worked hard to excel in school. Tests were sometimes fun for me.Continue reading “Faith & Fear”

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