July to Dec 2016

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We were sitting around one night on our trip to Haiti and one of the team members shared they had taken pictures of kids on their cell phone and then showed the pictures to the kids. Some of the children weren’t sure which one of the pictures was them – they’d never seen their own […]

July to Dec 2016

Moving Beyond Story to Parable

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Parsonage Parables began as a way to connect with my siblings of my recollections about growing up in a pastor’s family. I would send some stories to my family and then began posting a few writings on Facebook.  A couple people encouraged me to begin this blog. My original idea was to post every week […]

July to Dec 2016

For Another Year

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It’s quiet here in my box, I can’t even come out on a Midnight Clear. The days and the Nights are Silent. But I can tell when it’s becoming the Bleak Midwinter. O’ the Faithful will Come And I’ll be out of this box and I’ll be on the O’ Christmas Tree, O’ Christmas tree. […]

July to Dec 2016

Naughty or Nice

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My son’s neighborhood had a gathering of all the children to meet with Santa. Our son told our granddaughter that she needed to tell Santa that she’d been naughty but that she’d be nice from now until Christmas. Thought this was an interesting statement from the kid who didn’t sleep an entire night until he […]

July to Dec 2016

Being Anonymous

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 I’ve always been an anonymous guy. That gifts, whenever possible, should be given without personal recognition. When you give to others, they should not know the giver. If I’m completely honest, I’ve probably been a little self-righteous about it all. I serve on the board for The Community Outreach, an organization that provides financial assistance, […]

July to Dec 2016

The Many Signs of Advent

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Driving in Dallas this week, they have an astounding complex of elevated roads, express roads, and road roads.  It’s incredible to think of the planning (and the expense) of putting this matrix of highways into place.  Along with the matrix comes an abundance of signs. At the beginning, it was a little overwhelming to figure […]

July to Dec 2016

What The Future Holds for Churches

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Traveled into Mississippi for the first time.  It’s a lot like South Dakota where I live, except they have trees and hills and funny accents. What surprised me more than anything was the number of churches. It’s not only the Bible belt, it’s the church belt.  Wow,  there are really a lot of churches.  And […]

July to Dec 2016

There’s Change Brewin’ Ahead

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Have you noticed how much we talk about the weather?  After the hello’s, it’s usually the first thing we talk about. “Can you believe this beautiful fall weather?” “Got enough snow for you?” “Really need a rain.” (Said like we’ve been a farmer all our life and just returned from a soil moisture test) If […]

July to Dec 2016

Skitter Ahead of the Waves

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I am a product of the plains. Lived in the tree-less, ocean-less, mountain-less parts of the world my entire life. So it seems like we head for treed or mountained or oceaned parts of the world when we can. This past week I’ve traveled to Maine and Florida. Definitely treed and oceaned places, and incredibly […]

July to Dec 2016

Weary and Burdened

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Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” This morning I received information that friends in Haiti are receiving torrential rains again. A student’s bed and clothes were soaked and roads were difficult to pass.  Dr. William is on his way with a medical team […]