Monthly Archives: April 2011

A Day of Juxtaposition

There can be, without doubt in any breath, no day that more reflects life’s juxtaposition than today. Tears of joy…from Westminster Cathedral for the Royal Wedding.  I happen to be one who appreciates high liturgy, the prayers, the responses and … Continue reading

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We All Stammer

Saturday, known for almost 45 years in my clergy world as Holy Saturday, was generally spent making sure the Easter Sunday sermon was both brief and deep, like the ever-flowing stream. But, no more for this retired preacher. Not in … Continue reading

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A Warring World…now…tomorrow, too?

Many of you are aware that the real learnings in my ministry began a week after my ordination, circa 1966, when I walked into Fred Trost’s office at St. Pauls Church, Fullerton and Geneva Terrace, Lincoln Park, north side of … Continue reading

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River of Dreams

Can you want something too much?  Is a schedule too-star-marked for, to be personal, a fishing trip?  The answer to each is affirmative. Of all the fishing options—second to fly-fishing with Diane on any Colorado or Montana river—is back-bouncing eggs … Continue reading

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Writing–more than words on a page–so much more

The learning curve is less steep when the teachers are sharp.  I have learned from many—make sure commas are few and exclamation points next to non-existent; avoid participles at all costs; fiction needs to be believable; don’t write about what … Continue reading

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Joy from Unexpected Places

I’d like to take five minutes of your day…well, accuracy: 4 minutes 57 seconds.  Below is a link…it was sent to me by a clergy colleague, Dale Staggemeier, pastor at St. John’s UCC in Rosenberg, Texas.  He sent it last … Continue reading

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Impact less important than Effort

The devastating story goes like this: Handsome and friendly, Clay Hunt so epitomized a vibrant Iraq veteran that he was chosen for a public service announcement reminding veterans that they aren’t alone. The 28-year-old former Marine corporal earned a Purple … Continue reading

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