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Anointed

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Over the summer, I have been on a preaching and book tour. It’s been fun to be in a number of churches, to talk about my book Simply Grace and, because I donate all the funds from preaching and the book, to be able to financially help our ministry in Haiti. This past Sunday, I […]

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Imposter

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My first teaching job was in a small, rural school district. In addition to my elementary teaching assignment, they wanted to know if I’d be the varsity wrestling coach. Umm, sure, I wrestled in 6th grade. Actually took fourth at regions. Never mind that there were four in my weight class and I got pinned […]

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Camp Memories

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When I was a kid, my dad was connected to a church camp near a local lake. It was a rustic camp experience. Originally, there was a Quonset that housed the kitchen and supplies. Campers slept on cots in teepees, mostly cooked outdoors, and experienced nature up close and personal. Like the time a skunk […]

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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 December 2018

Navigating Our Worlds

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For the past several years, I’ve worked with church-affiliated organizations. I’m now working with a non-profit that is not religiously or church affiliated. It is a great non-profit that has multi-faceted programming and empowerment activities for girls, but simply not a religious-based organization. In my new world, we have gone to lunch a couple times […]

July to Dec 2017

A Home

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The house I grew up in was a parsonage. Which means the church provides a home to their pastor and is where the family lives. Today there are size standards and other requirements. Our house would fit in the garage of most other parsonages today. This house is the cover photo on my book Parsonage […]

Jan to June 2017

Be a Bridge

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Human sexuality and the church isn’t something I really thought I’d write about or frankly even want to write about. I spent a few days in San Francisco for a seminar, a city that sort of makes you deal with the issue. On Sunday, I attended worship at Glide Memorial Church. They have a long […]

Jan to June 2017

Face-to-Face

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I attended a meeting in Chicago and we had an evening meal with a local church that has seen its neighborhood change.  Like many congregations, the choices are adapt or fail.  This small congregation has decided to embrace refugee and immigrant families and reformat its future. After sharing a meal together, families from different continents […]

Jan to June 2017

We are Chosen for Joy

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John 15: 11 NRSV – I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. I have often wondered if we should post this over every entrance to every church building – This is a place of joy, so change your frown or […]

Jan to June 2017

Weeds or Wheat?

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As I have begun to read parables and read about parables, I have a couple observations.  First, that Jesus guy was one smart dude.  He made the stories simple enough to be understood by children and profound enough that they’ve been studied for centuries. Second, my understanding of parables is more at the children end […]