The Respectable Sin of Racism

Preface: Whether we are “Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free,” we do not study the Scriptures only for ourselves. We study the Scriptures, to paraphrase Paul, so that the “word of Christ [may] dwell in you richly as we teach and admonish one another with all wisdom.” When we realize […]

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The Respectable Sin of Materialism

I’ve often said that as we look back and question our ancestors’ racism within the Church of Jesus, our kids and grand-kids will possibly look back and question our materialism. Years ago the Christian culture, especially Southern Christian culture, allowed racism to exist without nearly enough response, remorse, and repentance. I’ve wondered through the years […]

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Starting Off Summer with a BANG

The official start of summer is June 21, but my summer reading plan is in full swing. And boy am I starting it with a bang! The book I’m be reading and will be sharing is a great way to set the tone for the rest of my summer reading. Since I almost always read […]

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Signing up for Summer School

Well, my goodness! May is now over.Since the month has been designated as Foster Care Awareness Month, as an advocate for orphan care, I really intended to blog more about being a part of foster care. (If you’re interested in our journey, check out these posts. http://www.sodakotagal.blogspot.com/2014_05_01_archive.html and http://www.sodakotagal.blogspot.com/2015/05/once-you-know-their-names-everything.html Darn those good intentions.[Sigh]. We began […]

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His Ability Trumps our Disability

The apostle Paul said about his friend: “May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me …” The young women in our Tuesday morning small group often refresh me, as does my friend Marcy, who helps me facilitate this group of wonderful friends. Today, we walked together through some […]

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The Hope: Seeing the Light of Day

Recently I saw a picture in which someone referred to our “brutiful” world. I love that word. It says perfectly what I think about this place we Christians call our temporary home. We sometimes tend to think that the world is worse than it’s ever been. But it’s not. It’s always been brutal and lovely at the very […]

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