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http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/springtime-girl/This morning after everyone else had left, S and I finished getting ready for preschool. We found matching socks, and braided her hair. With her backpack on, I saw my big girl off. At lunch time, she jumped out of the neighbor's car and ran to...
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March 10, 2016 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/making-things-new/Today I spent some quality time with the Creator. I know! Audacious thought. Ridiculous, pompous notion. True none the less. We sat silently on my front porch, drinking tea, listening to the unmistakable sound of gentle wind rustling through dried...
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November 4, 2015 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/towers-geneologies-and-a-plan-genesis-9-11-2/There is a tremendous amount to unpack in Genesis 1-11. Each individual story is rich in ancient theological meaning and nuance, obscured by our modern day perspective but there none the less. The stories taken together form a stunning cycle -...
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May 29, 2014 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/noahs-flood-god-changes-his-mind/(Continuing my series on the Hebrew Scriptures) The story of the Great Flood has had an incredibly long run. It was a wildly popular story in several ancient cultures well before the dawn of recorded history, and it clearly remains a...
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May 13, 2014 by Catherine

http://catherinemcniel.com/blog/cain-abel-and-the-crouching-predator-2/After Adam and Eve are expelled from the Garden, their story continues into the next generation. Two sons are born to the couple, first Cain and then Abel. Abel becomes a shepherd, while Cain farms the ground. Each brings an offering of their...
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March 4, 2014 by Catherine

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/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/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

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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