Good Sam Staff Blog

God is Near

The most meaningful Bible stories for me are the ones where I can identify with someone in the text. Sadly, I often can relate to the self-righteous religious leaders in the stories of Jesus’ miracles. Sometimes, I identify with the disciples, but usually when they are confused and doubting. Finding connections in the Hebrew Scriptures […]

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Abraham and Isaac – Not a Great Parenting Model

The Bible isn’t always what you think it is… I was visiting one of our members in the hospital one day when her daughter stopped me to ask a question. “I’ve tried to read the Bible to my Mom. I’m not familiar with it and I am shocked at some of the stories I read. […]

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The Lord’s Prayer

I recently received an email with an “inspired” poem about prayer in public schools. I’ve included it in its entirety at the bottom of this post. It claims to be written by a 15 year old in Minnesota. I looked on a few fact checking websites and it is not clear if a teenager wrote […]

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This is complicated…

I was excited when we decided as a staff to talk about the issues around Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter. I wasn’t sure how we were going to approach it, but I knew we had to talk about it. A few people warned me that it wasn’t an appropriate conversation for Church because […]

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