Posts By: N. Graham Standish

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Is faith about integration or competition? When culture conflicts with faith  by N. Graham Standish    A Thought: Christianity is an integrating faith forced to live in a competing culture. Our competitive culture leads to compartmentalization and conflict. An integrating faith leads to compassion and creativity. The question for us is one of culture or… Read more »

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The significance of the insignificant Finding God in the mundane by N. Graham Standish  God is found most often in the mundane, not the miraculous. But we’re constantly searching for God in signs rather than in subtleties. Wisdom grows as we embrace the significance of the insignificant. In the fifth century, when St. Patrick shared… Read more »

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Does  belief lead to faith? The difference between belief and experience By N. Graham Standish   A Thought: Our beliefs about God can shape our faith, but it’s the EXPERIENCE of God that gives us faith. When belief is devoid of experience, it becomes dogma. When experiences of God lead to deeper beliefs, they give… Read more »

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A Declaration of God-Dependence How are rights and love different? By N. Graham Standish   A Thought: We live in a nation of inalienable rights, but God calls us to live lives of inalienable love. Rights lead to rules, but love leads to life. Choose life! A Reflection: The Fourth of July fireworks are over,… Read more »

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Living in the now Resurrecting our spirituality By N. Graham Standish   Christians often crucify their faith by focusing so much on the cross that their faith becomes all about sin, judgment, and the past. True spirituality focuses on the resurrection, which immerses us in love, grace, and possibility. The cross was then. The resurrection… Read more »

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Analyze this! The loss of transcendence By N. Graham Standish   We are transcendent people trapped in an analytical world. We love to analyze, looking for what’s wrong, what’s broken, what needs to be fixed. Yet we are called to transcendence, looking for what’s right, what’s good, what’s filled with God’s presence and grace.   When people struggle… Read more »

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If God is good, then why…? Confirmands play stump the pastor By Graham Standish   Too often we blame God for things we do to ourselves, for things others do to us, or for what others do to others. Then we credit ourselves for blessings that come from God, and others for the blessings that… Read more »

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God’s grace Do we grab it or wait for it? By N. Graham Standish How God’s grace works is always a paradox. It’s a gift freely given that we have to go and get. And it’s a gift that we often have to sit and wait for. We have to passionately strive for it and… Read more »

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Is today really that bad? Was yesterday really that good? By N. Graham Standish We tend to look at the past wistfully, the present critically, and the future fearfully. But as Christians we are called to look at life through a different lens. We are called to look at the past realistically, the present faithfully,… Read more »

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Short speech. Short temper? Texts and tweets are better for expressing contempt, not compassion By N. Graham Standish Efficient conversation often elicits conflict. Compassionate conversation often compels companionship and cooperation. The question is whether we have the patience for compassion.   We are increasingly communicating in efficient ways. That seems to be the thrust of… Read more »