Author Archives: Troy Tysdal

I Need a Sign

I was raised in a Christian home, but somewhere along the way I left the Christian faith. I wanted proof of God’s existence. I can remember asking him for a sign. I wanted him to rip open the sky, or at least give me a burning bush. Moses got a burning bush. He was in

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Rebuild It

My oldest son loves playing with Lego blocks. He likes to build airplanes, cars, castles, and homes. He constructs small cities and develops complex story lines in which each Lego character plays an important role. It seems there is no end to his creativity. My youngest son also enjoys Legos. But instead of building cities,

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Not That!

A few years back, I was called to the local hospital to visit a parishioner before surgery. As I entered the building, I stopped at the front desk to pick up my identification badge and check in with hospital staff. They informed me of the room number I was looking for and I quickly made

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Deep Water

Mark Twain said, “Faith is believing what one knows is not true.” He was wrong—at least as it pertains to Christian faith. Faith is not believing in something we know is not true. That definition ignores and denies the experience of Christ’s apostles, whose faith was rooted in their eyewitness accounts of the risen Lord

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God’s Testimony

As Vikki watched, I struggled to load the old reclining chair into my Nissan Murano. My wife had placed the chair on the side of the road with a sign that read, “For Sale, $15.” Vikki had chewed me down to $10, and now wanted free delivery. She didn’t live far away, so I agreed

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No Turning Back

I had just finished lunch and it was time to return to work. As I left the restaurant, I looked down the street and saw an old acquaintance standing on the sidewalk about a block away. It had been almost twenty years since our paths had crossed and I was anxious to say hello. As

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Delayed?

As the plane I was on descended toward O’Hare International Airport, I looked down upon one of Chicago’s many large cemeteries and thought to myself, “That’s life—or at least that is the inevitable outcome of life—death.” The thought triggered memories of loved ones lost, consoling grieving family members, repressing grief of my own—only to deal

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Here I Stand: A Beautiful Swan

On July 6, 1415 the Bohemian priest Jan Hus was unceremoniously stripped of his vestments and condemned to die for heresy against the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. Hus had advocated for morality amongst clergy, that the Scriptures be translated and taught in the common tongue, and that peace of mind could not be

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A Gift Denied?

It had been a difficult year. A year of independence, rebellion and deceit. The relationship between father, mother, and child had been broken. But oh, how they hoped he would come home for Christmas. It would not be the same without him. They had gone to great lengths to invite him, to let him know

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