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Isaiah 60: Lighthouses

Every year, at approximately this time, I begin to wonder why it is that I live in Michigan. Winter in Michigan seems to hit us like a ton of icy-cold bricks. In January, in Michigan, you have to get motivated to go outside to take out the trash, let alone brave going to the grocery […]

Hebrews 12–Entertaining Angels

In my previous congregation, we had a kitchen installed shortly after I came. It was a beautiful kitchen, with new countertops, a high-speed dishwasher that cleaned the coffee cups in five minutes, and an amazing industrial coffee maker that never needed to be filled with water. But when it was installed, there was great resistance […]

2 Timothy 2–Busy-ness

Many people come to me in a day with, “now I know you’re busy.” Busy-ness, I would like to contend, is a problem for Christians; I’d even go so far as to call it a sin. Ebeneezer Scrooge, for example, is the epitome of busy-ness: “At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge,” said […]

Malachi 3: Company’s Coming

Marianne Grano·Monday, October 2, 2017 A few years ago, a friend of mine came by unannounced. She seemed disappointed when she came through the door. We were good enough friends that she could tell me: “I was hoping to catch you with your house dirty.” This was before I had three kids, a dog, and […]

Hosea 11: Brokenhearted God

If you’re wondering how the transition of Charlie’s arrival has been for me, I will be honest with you and tell you it’s a challenge going from two to three. J.P. is particularly upset with the change, and he’s acting out—throwing food, hitting his sister, etc. We’re doing a lot of time outs at the […]