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Easter Symbols and Loss

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Most holidays are predictable. July 4, December 25, February 14 – we automatically know the holiday connected to these dates. But Easter changes. Easter is the first Sunday after the full moon (called the Paschal Moon) after March 21, which is the spring equinox. Easter is tied to solar and lunar cycles, not the calendar, […]

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Leadership through Chaplaincy

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Many of you know that I began a Chaplaincy gig several months ago at a local hospital. It was an experience full of adjectives – fulfilling, tough, holy, dynamic, tiring, energizing, deep, fun and the list goes on. Recently, I was asked to help with starting up a new Doctorate in Leadership program at a […]

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Flashpoints

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The word flashpoint is “a place, event, or time at which trouble, such as violence or anger, flares up.” This past week was a flashpoint – a group of right-winged rioters tried to overtake our Capitol and theoretically overthrow an election. This group was encouraged by party officials, including a sitting President. We haven’t given […]

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When I Think of Christmas

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It’s family, food, fellowship and fun, Tinsel, bright lights, people on the run. Travel to see grandparents, bringing suitcases, Sleeping in strange houses, beds, and weird places. It’s shepherds in bathrobes and children as sheep, Waiting through church without saying a peep. Deciding if the presents will be opened this Eve, Or if Christmas morning […]

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I Had a Dream

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I had a dream. Almost exactly ten years ago. Followed by another dream and another. That we would get a young orphan man, who also had a dream, through medical school so he could be a doctor. Then to send some money to Haiti to help kids go to school, feed some elderly people and […]

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Sell the Combine

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I have been thinking about the word community. We all live within different communities, and not just talking about where we physically live. That’s one community, but we have the community of our family, our work community, church community, social media community, and you can think of others. Starting as a Chaplain, the medical community […]

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Broken China

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I have an older brother by thirteen months, so we are really close to being “Irish Twins.” As a parent and now grandparent, I can’t imagine having two boys this close in age and I am sure we were a handful. One day mom went to the basement to do laundry and my brother and […]

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The Meaning of Fire

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I like fires. Not the raging forest fires like we’re seeing in Colorado, California and other places. Not the structure fires that cause so much destruction and heartache, just the plain ‘ole fireplace-type fires. At one of the homes we lived, we had a chiminea. They are pot-bellied ovens, that have a bulbous bowl with […]

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What is the Holy Spirit?

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I’ve been working on a book about the Holy Spirit, because I think the Holy Spirit is the least understood aspect of God. In the Trinity, we’re pretty familiar with God as God or the Father, we’re pretty familiar with Jesus, God as the Son. But the Holy Spirit? Simon Ponsonby, author of And the […]

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This Chaplain Gig

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Friends have been asking how my new gig as a Chaplain Intern is going. I’m not sure there are enough adjectives – hard, interesting, holy, emotional, affirming – just to begin. My colleagues have also been very generous with their time, perspective, insight, and their care for me. It was probably better for me to […]