Life on Court Square

Category Archives: What I’m Thinking

  1. Jesus Is Risen. Now Let’s Fish?

    Because I love fishing I’ve been thinking about John 21 recently. This great chapter, which takes place a week or more after Jesus’ resurrection, recounts Jesus’ restoration of Peter. But the whole scene is set in the context of Peter and several disciples having gone fishing.

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  2. Easter Expectations

    I’m keenly aware that this is a season of the unexpected. Despite the fact that Jesus repeatedly told His disciples what would happen, they never expected His crucifixion or his resurrection. Are we any different? 

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  3. Slow to speak, quick to listen

    I’ve been reflecting on James 1:19, which in part reads: “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”  I believe this verse tells us how we can improve communication.

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  4. Knowing Who We Are in the Midst of Change

    I’ve been reading a fantastic book, which was referenced in the National Gathering, titled Tempered Resilience by Tod Bolsinger. The book lays out that leaders in the face of rapid change need to develop the strength and flexibility of tempered steel.

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  5. Our Time or God’s Time?

    In Greek there are two words for “time.” One is “chronos” which refers to chronological time and is the root of the word chronology. The other is “kairos” and this refers to the right or opportune moment. I like to think of kairos as God’s time.

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  6. God Works in the Rise and Fall of Nations

    I’m thinking someone needs to write a version of St. Augustine’s “City of God” for today.

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  7. What are you doing with the right now?

    The start of a new year always tugs our thinking both backwards and forwards. We reflect on 2020 with its hardships and blessings, and we look forward to 2021 hoping for an easier year and perhaps setting some goals. This is both natural and healthy, but what I’m thinking about and want you to think about is right now. 

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  8. What were you expecting?

    I’m thinking about expectations today. Did you get what you expected for Christmas? 2020 was certainly not what we expected. Yet perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by the unexpected.

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  9. The Silence of Advent, the Hallelujah of Christmas

    I stumbled on a quote today that fits so perfectly with some of what we unpacked last week looking at the carol “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.”  The quote comes from Miles Davis who said, “In music, silence is more important than sound.”

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  10. The Weary World Rejoices

    The combination of anticipating lighting the “joy” candle in our advent wreath on Sunday and reading an excellent reflection titled “The Weary World Rejoices” has me thinking a lot about how to cultivate joy in the midst of our weary, waiting world.

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