You could have a good day.

Some of my friends work with people who don’t have many days of breathing left. They sometimes ask a simple question: “What would be a good day for you?” For someone who has machines and drugs and pain and a failing body, it’s a way to find the things that matter. “A good day is […]

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How to think about what is right.

( First published April 11, 2016) In one of his letters, Paul tells the readers to think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. It’s a nice list. But many of us struggle with application. I want to suggest that when Paul talks about focusing on what is right, […]

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A muddle in the middle.

(First published November 17, 2010.) I love stories about people praying and then having answers. It’s exciting. I mean, think about this story: Paul writes a letter to some people in Rome. He talks about his travel schedule and his desire to visit them. And he asks them to pray for him. Pray that I may be […]

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My Grandfather’s Bible

(First published November 30, 2010) Over the weekend, I was given a Bible. It’s worn. There is a handwritten date inside: 1914. This was one of my great-grandfather’s Bibles. It was given to my grandfather at some point, and now it’s been passed to me. There are a couple things between the pages, as often […]

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Cleaning out the attic.

First published December 10, 2010. Still true today.  I spent some time in the attic last weekend. It was time. Stuff accumulates. Empty boxes saved in case something breaks. A broken string trimmer saved in case someday I know how to fix it. Mugs saved because someone gave them to me . . . from […]

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