Monthly Archives: October 2017

Learning more about Auctions…and Life

I had no idea…earthly or spiritual…how “triggering” my note about the cattle auction was. Yesterday morning at our 10 a.m. solve all the world’s problems, I shared my joy [and personal frustration] at being at the Lexington Cattle Auction [capitalized, … Continue reading

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The Day The City Slicker Joined Rural America

Have mentioned my enthusiasm, even mystery and intrigue, in how a City Slicker can serve a rural parish. But, it’s true. Such dear, genuine people. Long time since after church, with no reflection upon that particular worship service, people have … Continue reading

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The Moment When Pride Smothered Humility

This morning Art Johnson [My Saturday morning preacher] talked about how pride often mutes humility. His reference was a full head of hair that clumped [my word] in his hand upon more than one occasion. That wasn’t welcomed. I’m sure … Continue reading

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When Bad Doesn’t Win The Day…Or Our Lives

Friday morning dawns. Declarations by politicians ramp up, truth appears to be uncertain at best, given the reference. It’s like two people standing on each side of a 9…one sees it as a 9…the other as a 6. They both … Continue reading

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Catfish and Crawfish–New Takes

Words make for growth. That is, when used for more than slang. Words also morph and take on new life. Not always good. The trigger? I just read about “catfishing.” When you’d ask me if I ever catfished, I’d give … Continue reading

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Making A Case For Deception

Paul Holmer, God rest his soul, was a very special professor at my divinity school. He taught courses on how theology and philosophy could be brought together in ministry. He maintained the heart was the most important “voice” in sharing … Continue reading

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One Is A Lonely Number

Understood. Always. In special religious events [my focus for today] the center light, the main focus, is either one or two. For a Baptism it’s the one being baptized. For the wedding it’s the couple. Today, though, I read of … Continue reading

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Ever Pray For Victory?

I’m sure the request was genuine, heartfelt and urgent. On the eve of game 5 between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals, no ambiguity, “Mark, I’m praying for the Cubs to win; will you do the same?” Turns out … Continue reading

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Words Matter

Some people, probably more generous than factual, say I am a wordsmith. For whatever truth held there, the cause of such is Miss Agnes Carter, my 8th grade teacher at Vernon Grade School, Portland, Oregon, 2nd floor corner room overlooking … Continue reading

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Ever Play The Blame Game?

My father, God bless and grace his soul in eternal peace, had some trouble. As his son, that DNA has not escaped me. It is in the decision of what to retain and what to jettison? And, too often, when … Continue reading

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