Monthly Archives: December 2011

Buzzards and Tragedy–Oh My.

I was touched by this article this morning, December 23, 2011 about the death of a Texas A&M football player in a car accident, from Yahoo: COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M senior offensive lineman Joseph Villavisencio has been … Continue reading

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Eating liver and a new name for Mary

In the I wish I had known department:  Read that 2012 U.S. Olympic contestants are told if there is one food they should NOT eat it’s liver.  Because it can accelerate the vulnerability to drug testing.  Had I known that … Continue reading

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Any good at dancing?

I don’t remember it clearly—other than the white gloves.  Had to be 8th grade, maybe a year before.  Believe it was the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Portland, Oregon.  The dance class was about even gender-wise, no real dating attachments, so … Continue reading

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What prevails in our lives?

Have often said—prayed—preached—counseled:  faith is not for protection.  Faith is for endurance. That leads to today, the count-down week to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, when candles are lighted and the darkness does not win; rather, it’s shattered, as the … Continue reading

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Been indifferent lately?

It’s hard to look at life indifferently.  Sometimes, at least wistfully, I wish that weren’t true.  Yet.  To scan the headlines, to be aware of this and that, and not have a “feeling connection,” means perhaps indifference wins.  It shouldn’t. … Continue reading

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A choice in leadership: democracy or effectiveness?

It was meant as humor.  It was more.  Some years ago—but who’s counting these days when each day is a gifted blessing, no matter what—one of the ministers in the conference where I was the Conference Minister, in answer to … Continue reading

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When Religion Fractures

I can remember.  It came back to me.  Two experiences that warned me about the arrogance of Christianity. Even led to a few sermons. Have related this before, when in the 8th grade I went with my friend to a … Continue reading

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The Tim Tebow Project

My sons and I have been, almost to the point of unrepentant and uncompromising, ardent fans of the Denver Broncos.  To wit:  when Green Bay was defeated by the Broncos for the first Bronco Super Bowl Victory, one son called … Continue reading

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Trapped in Life

The scene comes from “The Graduate.”  Benjamin [played by Dustin Hoffman], a recent college graduate, is told his future is “in plastics.”  He contemplates more than a little.  In two scenes—both compelling, even more, riveting, he realizes he is trapped.  … Continue reading

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Life on other planets? Does it really matter?

Do you remember what you were doing on July 19, 1969?  Perhaps without an additional note the date is empty if not meaningless. Clue: Sea of Tranquility. I bet you got it!  Our landing on the moon.  Remember where you … Continue reading

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