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Life is Full

James Rissler

“Life is full.” I’ve used this phrase, rather than “I’m busy,” for the past couple years.

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Pray in this Way

David Rensberger

The Lord’s Prayer is familiar to most people, even many who are not Christians. But what did these petitions mean for Jesus and his disciples; and what do they mean in today’s context?

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The Future of Religion

James Rissler

“I wonder if it is becoming more clearly the case that religions can only be acceptable so long as they honor basic human rights that increasingly are viewed as undergirding global society."

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Living in Different Worlds

James Rissler

Dad and Grant are outside butchering one of the deer they got yesterday. In some ways, this is a very different world from my urban life in Atlanta.

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Election Day Hope

James Rissler

It’s election day. How are you spending it? I’m spending this part of it processing some of my thoughts and feelings about the election. You’re welcome to join in.

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My Prior Life as a Philosopher

James Rissler

Some quick thoughts on atonement and the possibility of universal salvation. Heady stuff. Just remember, that while some of us enjoy reflecting on such questions as an expression of our wonder for God, the Gospel is a lot simpler. Love God, love neighbor. Amen.

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Season of Creation

James Rissler

The Season of Creation is a lectionary and liturgy developed in Australia to celebrate God’s role as creator, and our role as stewards and partners within creation.

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Observations while Hiking

James Rissler

Hiking invites presence. My mind tends to wander over whatever I’m thinking about at the time.

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Our Halcyon Days

James Rissler

I remember with joy and appreciation times that I have practiced prayer and meditation more diligently, and seen how they made me a better pastor, parent, and spouse.

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Golf and Coping Skills

James Rissler

I think keeping things in perspective so that I can hold things lightly is important. And finding the humor in a situation often helps me do that.

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Donald Trump and Speaking the Truth in Love

James Rissler

My optimism doesn’t extend to thinking that our political discourse in the next twelve weeks will be particularly edifying. Its concern for truth, much less love, may often be tenuous. But I believe that we as Christians are called to do better.

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What's in a Name?

James Rissler

I’ll post some thoughts on my mind, and hope they find their way into your reflections. If you’re ever moved to engage them with me, by comment or in person, that will be lovely.

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