Monthly Archives: April 2013

Taking On Fear

Hard to say.  Probably somewhere between difficult and targeted badly comes any answer to the question, What do we fear? I don’t mean a plethora of items…which no doubt could come to mind.  I mean, what do we really fear…when … Continue reading

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Added to my Bucket List

Something for my bucket list that was added this morning:  For our society to move from “You’ve got to be kidding!” to “So what?” The narrative spans more than two decades.  Here’s the Cliff-Notes version. Laron Hall was a high … Continue reading

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When Religion Fires Away

I begin with a sordid experience.  In one of the last congregations I served I received a phone call from a new church member.  Linda and her husband moved to our city, were looking for a “liberal/progressive” church.  Certainly the … Continue reading

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Room for Improvement ain’t full…hopefully never will be.

I have mentioned my valued friend Art Johnson.  He’s a VP for McCoy Building Materials, his office in San Marcos, Texas.  Each Friday he sends a message to each of their more than 10 stores in Texas.  He gives the … Continue reading

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An Inspirational Moment of Music

Church music has inspired me since I can remember.  It began at Zion Congregational Church in Portland, Oregon.  Immigrated Germans [in the 30’s and 40’s and 50’s if you weren’t a Schnell, Deines, Krieger, Miller, Spady, Schmidt or Klein you … Continue reading

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When Life Explodes

I’m still on an athlete-focused moment, flavored with some fantasy.  That doesn’t mean no mention or at worst, indifference [read that, apathy] for what happened yesterday, 4/15/13, in the Boston Marathon. In fact, let me start with that: hopefully investigators … Continue reading

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How to spell wine? Or is it whine? Your call.

Not sure how to write this…and from one view…not anything a minister should offer.  But, I will anyway.  Goes like this:  Some people are always jerks. My primary frame of reference is professional sports.  Well, narrower.  The San Antonio Spurs … Continue reading

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From a clergy friend: the pain of being ignored

No one asked, but the question arose from a note I received from a dear clergy buddy.  What is the worst characteristic of an ordained minister?  Now certainly as this flows, you can put in any profession, maybe even your … Continue reading

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More than sipping beer in a Chicago bar

Think of people you respect, maybe even admire.  This thought was triggered by the death this week of Roger Ebert.  My son, Matthew, is more than an expert on films—their value and the ways in which they are created.  [I’d … Continue reading

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Looking at the “What If’s” in a good way…

Not sure the prompter for this…perhaps it’s simply because I had this thought.  Perhaps there’s something deeper that won’t give up a steady plunge into my subconscious.  Maybe it’s the ever-present Whatever! The thought goes like this:  how many, myself … Continue reading

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