Northern Light

Judging vs. Discerning

This column first appeared in the Cook County News-Herald, June 24, 2017. I did not know at the time that Grand Marais' first ever gay pride march was to be held at 2:00 in the afternoon on the day the column was published. It seems to me God loves irony. Here are some thoughts regarding…
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Lesson from the Garden

The sky is darkening outside the window as the storm closes in from the west. A gorgeous, sunny day has taken on a new tone, darker, edgier, threatening. The peepers in the pond by the road have grown silent but the leaves on the Russian olive trees have not turned. They usually turn before a…
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Sometimes, You Just Have to Push Through

Sometimes, you just have to focus on the goal and push through the distractions. It was few minutes before the wedding was due to start. The pastor had talked with the groom earlier. All the groomsmen were present and accounted for and ready for the big event. It was a beautiful day. Clear skies. Bright…
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Choose Life

I woke up this morning with this title phrase on my mind. It comes directly from the lips and pen of Moses as he closes his final sermon to the people he has led from Egypt through forty years of wandering in the wilderness to the very brink of the Promised Land. "I call heaven…
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