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Pediatric Theology

During RSV season earlier this year, I accompanied by best friend and her two little boys to the doctor’s office. The 2-month-old was going in for a regular checkup, the 2-year-old for what we thought was a severe cold, but which we discovered was RSV.

Having two babies and three adults in a room the size of a walk-in closet was a recipe for chaos. Add in immunizations, and unforeseen nasal swabs and chest x-rays, and the chaos only intensified…

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Spiritual Molting

My husband loves all critters in the Animal Kingdom, so a couple of months ago, he purchased two baby tarantulas.

Part of a tarantula’s maturation involves molting (aka, moulting). Molting is the process by which an animal sheds feathers, skin, hair, and/or its outer shell at distinct times throughout its lifespan in order to make room for new growth…

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Trust You with Our Sorrows

Several months ago in church, we sang a song with the following lyric: “We cast away our shadows, trust you with our sorrows.”

I’ve since learned the song is called “Joy” by Rend Collective. It’s quickly become a song of obsession.

Shortly after hearing this song, I read the following verse during one of my morning devotionals, “The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’” (Jeremiah 2.8, NRSV)…

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τάχα

For one of my Bible classes, students are required to write their final paper on the letter to Philemon in the New Testament.

The paper asks students to trace Paul’s argument, or rather, petition, for a runaway slave named Onesimus, with a specific emphasis on several verses.  One of which is verse 15 (NRSV), “Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him back forever.” The word I have students focus on is perhaps.

It’s a small word, which is used only one other time in the New Testament (Romans 5:7). It comes from the Greek word, τάχα, an adverb meaning “possibly” or “peradventure.”

However, it packs a big theological punch.

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