Author: Karen Spears Zacharias

  • Just One of the Dreamers

    Just One of the Dreamers

    [caption id="attachment_3813" align="aligncenter" width="940"] Photo by Julie Juris Utterback[/caption] A black woman preached in the church I'm attending. Her message stirred me to thinking, as it did many others. It wasn't that her message was that different from a hundred others I've heard over my[..]
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  • Not a White Person’s Christian

    Not a White Person’s Christian

    All I am is a vessel, doing God's work. If you watched the National Championship game between Georgia and Alabama, you likely heard words similar to that. Surely, you heard Alabama freshman quarterback Tua stand before the microphone and cameras and declare that the very[..]
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  • A Trip to Sisters

    A Trip to Sisters

    [caption id="attachment_3805" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Photo by Julie Utterback[/caption] We went to Sisters for a cup of coffee. They make the best vanilla lattes at Sisters Coffee House. I drive out once a week to sit there by the massive stone fireplace, drinking one of those[..]
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  • God Drop-Outs

    God Drop-Outs

    Morning Devotion: Isaiah 1 Go home and wash up.     Clean up your act. Sweep your lives clean of your evildoings     so I don’t have to look at them any longer. Say no to wrong.     Learn to do good. Work for justice.     Help the down-and-out. Stand[..]
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  • Twirling in a New Year: 2018

    Twirling in a New Year: 2018

        I love new things, don't you? New socks. New mascara. New sheets. New towels. New shoes. New books. New friends. I mean I love old things, too. Old jeans. Old boots. Old photos. Old jewelry. Old books. Old friends. There's just something comforting[..]
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  • Finding God in Unexpected Places

    Finding God in Unexpected Places

      If 2017 taught me anything, it taught me to be thankful that life's journey brought me to Oregon. My relationship with Oregon has been awkward at times, leaving me feeling mostly like an outsider, the immigrant in a land of immigrants. Oregon has changed[..]
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  • Restoring the Stolen Jesus

    Restoring the Stolen Jesus

      Several years ago I visited a community in North Carolina that had two churches of the same denomination directly across an alley from one another. The exact same denomination. Two different churches. In a very small community. I don't know the history of what[..]
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  • A Hero’s Journey

    A Hero’s Journey

      They call it the Hero's Journey, this theory of storytelling taught in high-dollar workshops for writers and those longing to become one. It's the notion that every story follows the same general pattern: Person confronted with a quest/challenge. Person accepts challenge, faces overwhelming odds,[..]
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  • Don’t call me a Christian anymore

    Don’t call me a Christian anymore

    I made a run out to the landfill this morning. I’ve made the trip at least half-a-dozen times over the past couple of weeks as I’ve unpacked. This city doesn’t do cardboard recycle bins like our former city does. That’s because every home has its[..]
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