Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Worst Standing Ovation

86-year-old Hall of Famer Vin Scully announced he intends to return for a 66th season broadcasting the Los Angeles Dodgers. Not old enough or wise enough to know better, Ray Rice, showed up this week for the Baltimore Ravens football … Continue reading

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Showing Doubt The Door

This morning, July 30, 2014, in meditating, reflecting and marinating upon the Gospel lesson for next Sunday, Matthew 14:13-21, I came upon this poem from Andrew King. If you will, before reading and reflecting upon this poem, look at the … Continue reading

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Whoever Said Life Is Fair?

Times when life moves quicker than sound. Not just fast. A blur. “What? July is pushing to August? What happened to June?” Other times when life’s pace is slower than a glacial flow…step. By step. By step. No pace. And … Continue reading

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The Sky Is Dark

A week ago there were 17 million people in the Netherlands. Some people have died. Some have been born. Today, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, there are at least more than a hundred less. Have just seen the CNN breaking news … Continue reading

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Piping A Pitch

This isn’t about cheating. This isn’t about a pitcher on a team—I was also a pitcher on that staff—who would scatter dirt over the pitcher’s mound, then pitch at least one foot short of the 60 feet six inches legal … Continue reading

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Ode To Roger Ebert

I need to see “Life Itself,” a documentary about the life of the more than noted film critic, Roger Ebert. Far aside from the plaudits it has received in early reviews, I want to see it because of an incident … Continue reading

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Church Accepts Sinful Money Part 2

It wasn’t a promise; it was a threat. “You don’t send that money back to sleazy Playboy, then you’re in for it. We will stop our pledge; we will not help with the Day Camp; we will resign our church … Continue reading

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Church Accepts Sinful Money

This judgment will never be a blur. Triggered by the Bible passage this morning, Matthew 7:1-5, on “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.” Here’s what happened: My primary responsibility as the new Assistant Pastor at St. … Continue reading

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He Got The Echo Right

A different twist for today, July 4. Absolutely a day to celebrate the birth of our nation. Absolutely a day to be with family and friends. A day to make sure the BBQ is working…and when you are in Seattle, … Continue reading

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July 4th: More Than Whistles and Blasts, More Than Bombs Bursting In Air

Whistle and blast, whistle and blast. The sounds of July 4…a day early. But no one clocks it. July 4th. Independence. Freedom. And without pause, responsibility. Honestly believe you cannot have one without the other. This afternoon, a day before … Continue reading

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