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From The Branches Blog

Explore the Basics with N.T. Wright

Simply-Christian-BannerThis is the time of the year where we move back into the discipline of school, whether we actually attend classes or teach students or not. The fall is where we typically put away the vacations and trade in the ‘chilling out’ days of summer for routines, studies, and back to the basics of life. That’s what I like about getting back into a daily discipline of personal Bible study and reading.

As I think about getting back to normal life, I am ready to have a season of reflection and contemplation. …

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Knowing God, Understanding Self, and Sensing Call

AcademyBlogImageI finally found it! That faith-deepening experience that I probably couldn’t have told you I was looking for as a high school or college student, but from which I would have greatly benefitted.

You see, I was that Church girl (and I still am)—serious about life, committed to faith (even though I don’t always know what that means), ravenous for divine purpose, and never quite satisfied with the depth and intentionality of Church . Please don’t misunderstand me—Church has been a positive, life-long experience for me. I’m grateful for the youth group …

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Snowcones, Transition, and Laying Down our Idols

Snowballs-10_(6261306181)There’s just something about transition. The city pool closed this week, and when I promised my son a snowcone after his first day back at preschool, we pulled up to discover that they had shut down for the season, as well. But it’s still hot outside. Some splashing in the water and a cool sweet treat still sound really good. But the transition has begun from summer to fall. It seems to get earlier each year, but that’s a discussion for another day.

Transitions automatically send us into states of evaluation, planning, …

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Discernment: God’s Yearning for Us

Doorway cropDiscernment is a way of sifting priorities and defining a basis for choice.

The questions we ask in the midst of the issues that arise in our lives usually center on us and our particular challenges. Personal spiritual discernment shifts the base of our questions. This way of being seeks to listen to God’s yearning for us first. This particular process of discernment then places our issues into a larger perspective than just our own lives.

Many people ask us, “How do I know what God wants me to do?” and “How …

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Unpacking: Memories as Spiritual Markers

EmiliaCameroonFor the first time in my life the roof over my head is in my name. I am paying taxes and utility bills. I am choosing carpet and other flooring, remodeling a bathroom, dealing with a water heater that blew up (not really, but started spewing live steam and water all over said new floors and had to be replaced).

And I am unpacking…and unpacking…and unpacking…

My husband retired a month ago, so we had to move from our last parsonage into the small home we bought for the next 20 years of …

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