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A New Ally in Moderating Screen Time – OurPact

If you’re like me you’ve read enough articles about the detrimental effects of screen time on kids to give you a sufficient amount of guilt and anxiety to last a lifetime. No fear, this is not one of those articles. Read more

My #sabbatical reflections

DSC_0271Last week I returned to work after my first ever ministry sabbatical. It was three wonderful, life-giving months, and I am thankful for every moment. When I returned, I sat down and started to write this post and quickly realized I had more to say than was appropriate for a blog post. Read more

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The practice of being fully present. #sabbatical

I realized that today is day 37 of my sabbatical, the beginning of week six – almost at the half-way point. Upon that realization, I took a few moments and thought back about these last five weeks – what I’ve experienced and what, if anything, I’ve been learning. Read more

Fifth annual neighborhood Christmas cookie delivery day

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Andrew (7) and Ethan (10) did most of the work this year. Such a great family tradition!

Back to school!

First day of fourth and second grade for Ethan and Andrew!

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The Thread of Grace

PopThe last week of my life is a blur. It began about a week ago with a text message from my mom. I was preparing to officiate the wedding of a couple from our church, and my phone buzzed, reminding me I hadn’t turned it off yet. “The doctor was just here and said dad has ‘maybe’ 24 hours left. Maybe less.” My heart froze, and I lost my breath for a moment. I managed to pull it together to finish the wedding and immediately after began scrambling to make arrangements to get from CO to TN. As I did, I reminded myself that God was in control, and that in him every step of this journey belonged precisely where it was located. Read more

Honor Your Father and Mother

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My view for much of the last week

One of the great advantages of the technology-driven world we live in is that it has expanded our capacity to initiate and sustain relationships regardless of physical distance. Much has been written about the good and the bad of this, and there is definitely plenty of both. But this is our reality. There’s no getting the toothpaste back in the tube at this point. In this past week I faced a tension and a question I hadn’t wrestled with before related to this new power – how do you communicate really important personal news in a personal and appropriate way when your social and relational network has exceeded your capacity to do so well? Read more

Redden Family Year-End Update

2012 was another great year for the Redden family. Lots has happened since our family update last spring and the updates about Ethan and Stephen’s trip to Guatemala. It’s not until you sit down with a friend you haven’t seen in a while or write an update like this that you realize how much happens in everyday life! Here are some of the highlights from our lives over the last few months. Read more