Parsonage Parables

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 […]

Parsonage Parables

Sugar Cookie Solutions

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I’ve always loved sugar cookies. Simple sugar cookies. I like black coffee. Don’t need sugar or mocha or words that include frappe or chino. My clothes aren’t flashy. Just ask my daughters-in-law and kids. Prefer my windows down instead of air conditioning. Don’t believe in car starters. I can watch waves roll in or enjoy […]

July to Dec 2017

Reset Values

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It’s Eclipse Week and it has been described as a “once in a lifetime” experience for some, especially here in the United States. Certainly, it is an event that comes along rarely and is a day that is marked as a day to remember. I was holding down a button in my car and it […]

July to Dec 2016

The Values We Should Value

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We often value the wrong things. The superstar who gives a large donation that gains press and outshines the widow who makes truly sacrificial gifts. Putting value in time on the job over time with family. Buying more and more and more things. Who should we value, who should we respect?  Many are people that […]

April May June 2015

It’s Tough Being Three

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There are a couple phrases I’ve used.  The first is what I’ve been telling my three year old granddaughter – “It’s tough being three.”  For those that think it’s the “Terrible Two’s” haven’t had a three year old.  They are much more independent, have better language skills, know exactly what they want and don’t want, […]