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Sometimes I need to be reminded that God loves me, just as I am. That he’s not waiting for me to do something spectacular to deserve his love, but rather that right here, right now, with all my flaws and shortcomings, God loves me. I got that reminder this week […]

God’s love and ‘Downward Dog’

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“I guess real religion is about knowing we’re not perfect, but trying to be better… together!” Kimmy Schmidt The above definition of church might not pass muster in a seminary class, but it’s not bad, especially coming from one of my favorite Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  In episode 9 […]

Church defined by Kimmy Schmidt

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I wrote this post a couple of years ago on the Monday after Easter, but never posted it.  The day after Easter I commuted to work taking the usual route, passing two cemeteries. As I traveled by the second one I noticed a canopy and chairs set up next to a freshly […]

Resurrection: Triumph over death

Come on up for the rising Come on up lay your hands in mine Come on up for the rising Come on up for the rising tonight Bruce Springsteen “The Rising” 2002 Easter is all about the rising. He is risen! He is risen, indeed! Years ago, I arranged a […]

The Rising: Celebrating resurrection

Cubs 2017 World Series parade.
It is amusing that in an age of high-tech sports that include instant replay, jumbotrons, and on-field communication devices, the celebration for winning a championship is still a parade. A parade! Players ride by in convertibles and flatbed trucks, speeches are barely heard because of terrible acoustics, and the fans stand […]

Palm Sunday: A victory parade without the win… yet

This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again. Oh…people will come Ray. People will most definitely come. –Terence Mann played by James Earl Jones, Field of Dreams There is something beautiful about Opening […]

Hope, renewal, and Opening Day

My grandmother’s funeral was on Saturday, and I had the privilege of sharing my memories of her at a memorial. To learn more about my grandmother, see the beautiful obituary my mother wrote for her.  There are two things in my life today for which I give at least partial […]

Memories of my grandmother

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this. (Galatians 5:22-23 CEB) There is a lot of hand wringing in part of the Christian community right now. With a new president who doesn’t seem to […]

What’s a Christian to do now? Love

I spent part of Saturday morning putting away our Christmas decorations. Friday was Epiphany, the last day of the Christmas season, so it was time. Putting the decorations back in their boxes and the boxes back in the basement or garage, I hear “Heirlooms” an old Amy Grant song, every […]

The work of Christmas