Author: Mary Michener

Opposing Views

Confirmation bias is the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories. We latch onto information that supports what we already believe. We ignore or deny information to the contrary. We ignore or deny opposing

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Well Run Dry

A well is a source of refreshment. It brings nourishment and energy to the soul. But, a well run dry leaves us parched, tired and cranky. A couple of decades ago a close friend said, “I would always be going Mach

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Burned but Not Consumed

I love a good fire. They are relaxing, calming and a great way to end a day. The logs, however, are always consumed. I was reading a book called Falling Upward when I read this quote. It left me eyes wide

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Not a Sinner

”A sinner saved by grace” is a common declaration made by Christians. To be honest, I have always struggled with this phrase. I have decided it’s a phrase that doesn’t reflect me. I am not a sinner saved by grace.

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The Pharisee in Me

I like to be right. I will argue my point. I will stand my ground. In my house, all of us like to be right, and take great pleasure in proving someone else wrong. The family banter is fun, but

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Why I Believe

It’s supposed to be spring in Minnesota, but nine inches of new snow has given me reason to doubt. I believe, if we are honest with ourselves, we all have times of doubt. We all have questions. I grew up

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Change Me

We all have those days when the best parts of us are hidden from those we love. We say things we don’t intend. We are harsh and unkind. There may have been such an incident in our house, recently. I

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Resurrection

Volkswagen vans are an icon of the 1960s, When I see them on the road today, they are generally full of rust and barely running. They look run down, and ready to retire.  Once in awhile, I see one that

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Searching

Searching for answers is part of the human condition. We all have different questions, but want the right answer. Is that the right approach? I had a random, yet inspiring conversation after church this week. The conversation was mostly about

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Enslaved

I learned a new word, mizriam (mitsrayim). It’s the Hebrew word for Egypt, the promise land, of a territory and people, and it’s also a name. So what? Well, it is a reference to a place, but as I was

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