Category Archives : A Culture of Listening

For the Love of Pickled Limes

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Two years ago our family spent a month in Jerusalem. It was the longest stretch I’d spent there since my infancy, the fulfillment of a life-long dream, and a tragic disappointment. We arrived just as a new wave of violence erupted. We heard the sirens when a nearby synagogue was attacked. The door of our […]

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My Father’s Well

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Come with me to the Negev desert to visit a relative of mine. Issac has just inherited all of his father’s wealth. He’s heir to a blessing that extends across continents and across generations. Still, it’s a tenuous inheritance, and all the promises hang by a thread. That thread is water. If there’s no water, […]

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I Cried (Happy Tears) When I Saw This:

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By now, your new year’s resolutions or word for the year have probably lost their luster. Maybe you’ve forgotten them. Do you ever wish you could have a do over? Wouldn’t it feel great to start fresh? One of the things I love about our God is the way everything He does spiritually is in […]

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Does God Ovulate?

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It’s safe for me to talk about this here, right? Look, I know it’s a bizarre question, and it may sound irreverent. But let me try to explain what I’m getting at this way: Imagine a bride and groom, very much in love. She wants their love to multiply, to impact as many lives as […]

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This is Dedicated to the One I Love

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There’s a faint buzz of excitement in our household.  I have yet to buy, bake, wrap, or decorate anything, but our preparations are well underway for eight nights of celebration.  We’re preparing for חֲנֻכָּה (Hanukkah,  Chanukah, Chanukkah, or Hanukah) Most people think of it as a consolation prize for people who don’t celebrate Christmas.  But […]

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