Parsonage Parables

House of Cards

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Between my junior and senior year of high school, I went to Ghana as a foreign exchange student. I lived with a family for three months in a fairly remote part of the country. Every day we walked to get water for cooking, cleaning, and bathing. It was a bit of a hike and water […]

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Puzzling Doubt

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I had someone close to me say that they didn’t believe in God. My reaction was not surprise or disappointment or sadness. It was understanding. I understand why people don’t believe. Faith doesn’t make much sense. In addition, God has granted me the spiritual gift of doubt. I was a science teacher and have always […]

Oct Nov Dec 2014

Do You Believe or Not?

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God has granted me the spiritual gift of doubt.  Closely followed by the spiritual gifts of suspicion and disbelief.  These gifts served me well as a science teacher, a school principal, and a parent, but not as well as a Christian.  I’ve always wanted to know how things work and the details behind the details.  […]

Jan 2014

Questions About Our Faith

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I was too young to remember all the details, but dad invited an atheist to speak at the church. Pretty gutsy move as this was in a small town in the Dakotas in the late 1960’s.  It attracted newspaper coverage and pretty sure it attracted some harsh criticism.  Again, I don’t know remember many specifics but […]