What’s in Your Toolbox?

As busy pastors with young children, we sometimes needed help with light home repairs.   My Dad was the kind of guy who showed up with a toolbox. He would…

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The Mystery of Mercy

Which came first?  The chicken or the egg? I want to say a chicken because a chicken, at least hens, have to be there to lay an egg and then…

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The Gift Giving Scandal

It made the headlines: “Peleton holiday commercial sparks social media uproar”.  A woman expresses surprise at the gift she finds in her home on Christmas morning: A Peleton exercise bike.…

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Catching the Breeze

A pastor shared that one of the first lessons they learned after first arriving in Africa was where to sit. They would come out the front door to enjoy the…

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What Charlie and His Friends Missed

Several years ago we had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful country of Thailand.  Dianne, Doug’s sister, was a GM executive stationed in Singapore and invited us to come and…

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Laughing on Easter

Walking through Holy Week evokes many feelings:  The thrill of the Palm Sunday parade in Jerusalem…The growing feeling of worry as ominous clouds gather as we walk further into Holy…

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Walking in Moses’ Shoes

In December 1992 our son Blake was two and a half years old. My brother David was visiting from California as we gathered to celebrate Christmas.  At one point, David…

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Shepherds:  Our Spiritual Ancestors
Flock of sheep being herded into a pen by a farmer and his sheepdog.

Shepherds: Our Spiritual Ancestors

David, an Israeli guide, greeted us on the bus as we began our journey.  He handed us some freshly baked bread, a traditional sign of hospitality, and simply said, “Welcome…

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Growing through the Perfect Storm

There are many historical examples of a “perfect storm,” including the tragic fate of “The Andrea Gail” that was lost in the fall of 1991.  Several factors contributed to their…

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RX: The Balm in Gilead

Bishop Michael Curry, of the Episcopal Church, presided over the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, an American actress.  His message spoke of the dynamic transforming power of love…

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