Category Archives: forgiveness

The rainbow and the saguaro

Chandler and I are making our way home today from Tucson, Arizona where we have been visiting this weekend with one of our Vanguard members, Mike High. Mike is a career Air Force fighter pilot and instructor, and Chandler has … Continue reading

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Dirty feet

[When the Catch comes out late, it’s usually because the subject matter has been giving me trouble. It also means the version you are about to read has gone through many revisions, usually indicating earlier versions were rejected by my … Continue reading

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The indignity of indiscriminate acceptance

Lord, please restore to us the comfort of merit and demerit. Show us that there is at least something we can do. Tell us that at the end of the day there will at least be one redeeming card of … Continue reading

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The ‘Grace Turned Outward’ test

We’ve been forgiven, so we forgive. We’ve been loved, so we love. We’ve been freely accepted, so we accept others freely. We’ve been given mercy, so we are merciful. We have escaped judgment, so we do not judge. We’ve been … Continue reading

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Who are we all in this together with?

And suddenly there was with me An ocean of humanity A sea of many faces In waves of warm embraces And while I questioned how to judge them all Who would rise and who would fall I found myself among … Continue reading

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Marti’s Thanksgiving Day message

On this side of eternity, we have been asking each other, “When is the church really a church?” Is it a church when it is gathering on Sunday morning, or is it still a church when it is scattered out in … Continue reading

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Where is Nelson Mandela when we need him?

In our interview with Os Guinness this week, he spoke of his admiration for America even though he is not himself an American, because of the revolution of 1776 and the great experiment of democracy which formed a vision for … Continue reading

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Evangelicalism broken down

EVANGEL: the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ for you and for the sake of the world. ICALISM: other stuff; might be good, might be bad, but it’s not the evangel. I received the quote above from a … Continue reading

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