Parsonage Parables

Things I Miss

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My granddaughter and I are pretty good buddies. In church on Sunday, she wanted me to hold her while we were standing and singing songs. It made me realize that this was coming to an end. Not next Sunday, but it’s coming to an end. She is going to reach the height and weight where […]

July to Dec 2016

Gave It All Away

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Edited version published in Upper Room – Nov 14, 2007 http://devotional.upperroom.org/devotionals/2007-11-14 A few years ago I was traveling and decided to attend a minor league baseball game.  Paging through the program I noticed one of the ads was signed by a ball player.  In the third inning it was announced that signature made me the […]

July to December 2015

Reminders and the #TourdeRob

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My brother cut down a cedar tree and sent pictures because the smell reminded him of our grandparents. Years ago they had cedar trees that needed to be taken down. Dad had the trees cut into boards and those were made into clocks, boxes, and other items. Cedar reminds me of my grandparent’s farm. Flower […]

July to December 2015

Baseball Reflects Life

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People have said I tend to over-think things.  OK, it was my wife. Have also been asked why I like baseball so much.  Ok, that was my wife too. So to confirm I over-think things, here is why I think baseball reflects life: Even the best hitters in baseball are average.  Hall of Fame player […]

Jan Feb March 2015

Baseball and Church

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In February I begin thinking about spring training and baseball.  I’m a big baseball fan and have been for a long time.  A few months ago I was switching back and forth between a professional baseball and professional football game.  Even though I love baseball, the game of football is much more engaging.  Experts say […]

Oct Nov Dec 2014

Showing Up

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We watched the movie Hardball, with Keanu Reeves, the other night.  It’s a fairly predictable baseball movie where he works with a ragtag group of kids in the projects of Chicago that comes together to be a team. But two random reflections from the movie.  First, it was filmed in Cabrini Green, which was a […]

Oct Nov Dec 2014

Oops!

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The last few years it has been hard to admit, but I am a Minnesota Twins fan. Have been since I was a kid sitting on the back steps and listening to them on a transistor radio.  A few years ago we went to the Twins Fest. It is a big event to get autographs, […]