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11 Jan The Gift of Presence

I sit in my office this morning, fingers poised over the computer keyboard, awaiting words and inspiration and more words.  Because nothing is coming, at least not yet, I am suddenly aware of the loud cacophony outside my window:  horns honking, a man yelling, something...

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03 Jan God on Caller I.D.

Isn’t Caller ID one of the great inventions of contemporary life?  I absolutely love it.  Despite the fact that my home and cell phone numbers are registered with the national “Do Not Call” list, I still get an annoying number of unsolicited and unwanted calls...

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30 Nov In Each Heart a Bethlehem

I woke up on Monday in a near-total panic. The voice in my head was screeching at triple-fortissimo, “Oh my heavens, it’s December and I have no idea what I’m preaching on Sunday, much less what my theme for Advent is.” [Editor’s note: some people...

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21 Nov Gratitude: Astounded by Wonder

Happy Thanksgiving!   Gratitude is a deeply spiritual discipline, one that people of faith all around the world are encouraged to practice regularly.  But I am still glad we have a special day devoted to gratitude in the United States.  Yes, it is also a day...

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08 Nov More Than Thoughts & Prayers

As many people have noted this week, only 35 days elapsed between the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the events of this past Sunday in Sutherland Springs, Texas.  Once again our lives have been abruptly, horribly disrupted by an incident of gun violence that...

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28 Sep Seasons of the Spirit

I love autumn.  It is my favorite season.  I love the changing leaves, the crispness in the air, savoring the first pot of chili, SEC football, mums on the porch, and all things pumpkin.  I love the return to routine, the feel of soft, well-worn...

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