Sharon Mindy

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Faith & Spirituality

Of Faith and Falterings

Overall, I think I took the news rather well. But I will admit to feeling some slight uneasiness when my accountant informed me that there would be no tax refund this year. Thanks to a slight bookkeeping oddity in my company’s payroll department, I actually owed taxes for a change — to the tune of about $1,200. There’s never a good time for news like that, but especially not after a downturn at work and an unexpected transmission failure in my gently-used, low-mileage car.  ...

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Faith & Spirituality

A Tradition That Needs to Die

For those of you out there with blood pressure that’s in a low enough range that you wouldn’t mind bringing it up a few notches, I have just the thing: the disingenuous idioms Christians have latched onto in order to avoid speaking words associated with death and dying. Death is the “doorway to the new life.” Funerals are “home-going celebrations.” Dying is “going home to be with the Lord” or “being ushered into His presence” or  ...

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Things People Say: Small Group Edition

1. “Let’s do life together!” “Do” life? What does that mean? Psst, I think “live” is the verb you’re looking for there. But we’ll forgive you this time. After all, do life may rank pretty high on the Christian-Cheesy Scale, but at least it doesn’t have the squicky sexual undertones of love on (as in, “God, would You just help us love on all these youth group kids tonight”). Doing life in the context of church small  ...

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Not All Respect Is Created Equal

Here’s the burning question of the day: Should respect be given unconditionally, or must it be earned? The correct answer is: Yes. Both. The answers you’re likely to hear may vary, though. Preachers, teachers, and seminar speakers hold forth on the importance of respect and we’re still not sure exactly what our obligations are, based on what they’re saying. Or we have a sneaking suspicion that those supposed obligations don’t actually make sense. Or, the  ...

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