Rwanda Mission Day 1

Our team is as diverse as they come: a lawyer, a retired teacher, a musician, a project manager, audio tech/custodian, and outreach director/realtor with a plethora of talents. We were limited on time for our preparations and our first attempt at Lenten supper series...

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Fast Forty, Feast Fifty

Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! This is the traditional greeting of Christians all over the world for the season of Easter. Our season of preparation has come to a close, and a season of rejoicing is upon us. The alleluias have been...

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Week 6: Fast Food

Scripture is clear that God delights to give us food. God carefully planted a garden for the first humans to feast on and enjoy (Genesis 2:8). Heaven is a place of feasting, where there is more than enough food (Isaiah 25:6). At the same time, Scripture is clear that...

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Week 5: Fast Yelling

Do you yell or do you stew? Do you let it out or hold it in? Whether we yell out loud or swallow it, all of us experience the same emotions of anger and frustration. One of my favorite priests growing up was the sweetest kindest man. I could never imagine him getting...

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Week 4: Fast News

I consume news every day, often multiple times a day. I grew up reading the newspaper every morning. Now I mostly get my news on the radio, on my phone, or on my laptop. Over the past few years, I have very intentionally tried to engage diverse news sites, from very...

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Week 3: Fast Complaining

Photo Credit: vestidetalno Flickr via Compfight cc Do you grumble? As I have been preparing for this week of fasting from complaining, I have been noticing how often I complain and grumble. I grumble to my wife in the morning about the cat waking me up in the night. I...

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Week 2: Fast Alcohol

Americans like to drink. When ranked against all the other countries in the world, we consume more alcohol per capita than 75% of the world. This works out to about 9 liters of alcohol consumed per American each year. For some Americans, alcohol is a major problem. 24...

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Week 1: Fast Social Media

According to the Pew Research Center, about 80% of internet users in America are on Facebook alone. This doesn’t account for all the other social media platforms: Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc. On average, Americans spend almost two hours a day on social...

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A Different Kind of Fast for Lent

As Lent approaches, many of us are deciding what we are going to give up for Lent. I love this tradition shared by many different church traditions during Lent. But sometimes it seems like Lent is treated as a second stab at a New Year's resolution. Fasting for Lent...

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The Constancy of Change

The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said that you can’t step into the same river twice. Rivers are constantly changing. The water you step in once immediately rushes away downstream. A cornerstone of his philosophy was that the only constant is change. As...

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