Paul Olsen

on the way…not there yet


Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve

Loving Weeds & Neighbors

It is permissible to hate very few things in this world,but weeds must be one of them. I hate weeds; I admit it.I used to have weeds, lots of weeds in my garden, choke weeds.I’d pull them out, but they’d just come back worse than ever. And grass—weeds in the grass, and grass in the …

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Failing with Jesus

Jesus was such a failure. Read the Gospels, if you don’t believe me; he preaches and teaches and heals and astounds, and people love him at first, but the more they listen to him, the more they realize Jesus just isn’t what they expected. And in the end, miracles not withstanding, most of them seem …

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Welcoming Jesus

Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth… Will you pray with me please?God, grant me the serenityto accept the things I cannot change;courage to change the things I can;and the wisdom to know the difference…. Amen. A lot of you probably know that little prayer, often called The Serenity …

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Remember Whose Beloved

Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven. I have been a Christian all my life.I grew up going to church and Sunday school,went through confirmation,attended bible camp.I am well-trained in theology,thoroughly …

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The Incredulity of St Thomas

I Am Thomas!

Last Sunday,Easter Sunday,Day of the Resurrection Sunday,you could almost get away with a fluffy Easter. Something soft and cuddly,all milk chocolate, no nuts;a go down easy   Easter. Yeah, there was that bit about an earthquake,some hint there that resurrection might just bethe most earth-shattering,destructive, disruptive, catastrophic eventyou’ll ever know;angels that hit you like lightning,leaving the …

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