Some excerpts from my favorite blog posts of the last week:

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“What a relief it is to hear someone say, you can do better.”

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“…and some days, it’s hard for me to know how building a retreat space for writers and musicians will really make a difference to people living in poverty, to children being trafficked as slaves, to women forced into prostitution, to the homeless.  Sometimes, I feel like my dream is so selfish.

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“It’s true, sometimes God says no. And we may not like it or agree. But we trust that even in his no, there is a yes, waiting to be revealed.”

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“I come home from a third world country and I keep it moving.  We had a hard year last year that in many unstoppable ways keeps bleeding into the present.  It’s simply too much to process except in bits and pieces, over time, in-between snuggles and arguments and houseguests and memories.”

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“I’ve brought you here today to send you away. Normally I want a lot of readers and a lot of traffic, but I don’t want you here today. I want you to go elsewhere.

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“Obama is getting my vote. I think he’s the better choice. But I do wish that he would talk about assassinations and drone strikes in a way that shows these killings are somewhat troubling to his conscience as a Christian. Because everyone I talk to — liberals and conservatives — think that we should go for a few years with no new wars.”

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“It does not seem unreasonable to me that as a Christian I both affirm the truth of Christ and also maintain the very real possibility that I’m wrong. To be sure, that is a difficult tension to maintain, but not impossible. And that is not a weakness of faith, or a lack of faith, but a realistic faith that entertains the possibility that I am mistaken.