Author: Renée Antrosio

consent

When I handed Brian Mustain the scripture readings for Sunday’s service, he glanced at the teaching title and said, “You should have called it The Cascading Consequences of Consent. Alliteration.” “Yes!” I agreed, “The Holy Spirit got consent first.”  I imagined health teachers everywhere instructing youth that the Holy Spirit received consent from the teenage Mary, and

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baby Jesus in a drawer

“Where is Jesus?” Good question; I search the container of jumbled ornaments and nativity pieces. Also my mind and heart. The books from the library with their own answers. Do I feel Jesus? Or see him? Where do I expect to find him? Today’s gospel reading gives one answer. After the Lord Jesus spoke to them, he

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Gifts of Exquisite Beauty

A few weeks back, Lee Ann Kelly shared the article A Home for Holy Odds and Ends, which resonated with us both. May these excerpts and her reflections inspire you to pause, notice, and give thanks. -Renée The writer mother explains their “family altar” of found objects, “I told the boys that God placed special things in their paths —

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Lost & Found

The basket of misplaced items at church overflows. Excellent travel mugs, scarves, reading glasses, an extra large jacket. Do people not miss what they have lost? Or not know where to search?  A friend recounted finding their favorite shorts. The perfect fit, and the shoes to match, had been missing for months. They thought them

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Anxiety and Hope

We sometimes wonder what Interfaith activities do- for our own walk with Jesus, and for our relationships with those around us. Valerie Hoffman shares her experience of The CU Campus/Community Interfaith Exploration: Cultivating Hope in Anxious Times. May her reflection invite your to enter more deeply into your relationship with the Lord. -Renée Since May 2018, I

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Invitations & Expectations

Homemade chicken pot pie. A dinner invitation I can’t refuse. I rearrange my schedule. Anticipation carries me through the day. I text my family members, “Hope you can make it!” Comfort food. All we have to do is respond. Show up. “Happy are those who will feast in God’s kingdom.” Luke 14:15b (CEB) Jesus didn’t say this.

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Resting in the Now and Not Yet

As we journey together, I increasingly appreciate hearing insights from various members of our community. May these thoughts and reflections from Paige Weston bless you as well.  -Renée On Sunday morning I heard Kevin Hamilton say, “The recovery of rest, the rediscovery of home, is not a project. It is a response to a call,

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Becoming Ourselves

Transparency. Vulnerability. Authenticity. Biblical leadership tenets long before they were business principles. The psalmist David, that king from whom the Messiah descended, embraced them wholeheartedly. But it feels more complicated, or maybe just riskier, in our own lives.  Teachers, business leaders, university employees, social workers. People with jobs and responsibilities and reputations to uphold. Each

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and so light appeared

Mornings are dark; the days get shorter. The local chickens lay fewer eggs. I just ordered a sunrise simulation alarm clock. Reading the reviews, I am reminded of the many effects of light- and darkness. On mood, health, and motivation. “People don’t light a lamp and then put it in a closet or under a

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Persistent Love

God’s recruiting and hiring practices do not match standard HR procedures. Jonah did not apply for the job of doomsday preacher. Then again, I get the feeling there were no applicants. That’s the rub; some jobs are more popular than others. The Lord’s word came to Jonah, Amittai’s son: “Get up and go to Nineveh,

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