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http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/adam-eve-and-the-unexplained-boundaries/Right on the heels of the Beautiful Song we turn in Genesis 2-3 to the story of Adam and Eve. As with any good story, it is rich and many layered, best understood not by dissection, but by telling and listening. The setting is quite different...
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February 27, 2014 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/order-from-chaos-new-years-cleaning-and-genesis-one/Each New Year I crave organization. Something powerful overtakes me and I find myself overhauling rooms and cupboards, cleaning out and clearing away. Corners and pockets of my house - previously rendered useless due to clutter or wear and...
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February 20, 2014 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/my-neighbor-as-myself-2/I originally wrote and posted this a few years back after moving into my community, but am re-posting today after reading Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement. What we want out of life has a lot to do with what we expect from...
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February 18, 2014 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/the-beautiful-song-genesis-1/In many creation stories of the ancient near east, the capricious, self-absorbed, quarreling bands of gods and goddesses make our world and humankind almost as an afterthought - a byproduct of the tricks they are up to, or as slaves to do the work...
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February 13, 2014 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/what-this-story-is-all-about-a-pattern-of-grace-in-genesis-1-11/These days, the book of Genesis is locked in a full blown identity crisis. The one thing debaters on both sides agree on is that it is either a modern scientific document, or it has no value whatsoever. However, if you read Genesis as the...
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February 6, 2014 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/the-well-tempered-heart-2/"Intuition can be misleading." He shook his head. "You should never doubt intuition." I had to laugh. "Unless you're me. My intuition is not very reliable. It's always letting me down." "I don't believe it. Intuition is the incorruptible...
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February 3, 2014 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/reading-the-hebrew-scriptures-as-a-christian-2/Earlier this year I was accosted on the street by a group of folks holding signs with offensive religious slogans and handing out pamphlets. The literature claimed to be a summary of “the real truth in the Bible.” A quick glance showed me...
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January 30, 2014 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/at-the-beginning-introducing-a-series-on-the-hebrew-scriptures-2/Several years ago, before my children took so much of my time, energy, and brain cells, I studied different religions and wrote about them on my blog. Oh, I had fun. The things I read! The people I met!  Then I went from one child to three, and...
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January 23, 2014 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/the-courage-to-know-the-difference-2/In her book Happier At Home, Gretchen Rubin says "Happiness is not having less; happiness is not having more; happiness is wanting what I have."  Though she is speaking specifically about possessions, the underlying idea is true to the...
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January 6, 2014 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/good-news-of-great-joy-2/I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18 The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Luke 2:10 From the very first moment, the message of...
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December 24, 2013 by Catherine

My aim is to awaken myself and others to the creative, redemptive work of God in this present moment. I am striving to see beauty, learning to expand my perspective, praying to keep my eyes and heart open.

Connect with Catherine at www.catherinemcniel.com.

 


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