Getting ready to get ready for Christmas

It’s two months to Christmas and we are more confused than ever. How will we celebrate? How will we grieve? What will it mean? If you’ve been here for very long, you know that I’ve talked about Advent as a season of preparation before Christmas. In the Northern Hemisphere where this description of the season […]

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Would you do whatever we ask?

When they made their special request to Jesus, James and John weren’t in any kind of crisis. In fact, things were looking up. They were heading toward Jerusalem with Jesus. The crowds were getting bigger. They were getting close to Jesus. Never mind that he was talking about dying before entering into his kingdom. They […]

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The space between

A challenge from Rich Dixon: +++ My friend “Michael” was born in the DRC in Central Africa. I often learn something about Jesus when he speaks. He’s thoughtful and introspective. He leads a team of computer system architects, so he’s really smart. He’s also a strong cyclist. Michael spent a few years in Jackson, Mississippi, […]

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Applying the education.

I’m not sure exactly which sermon we were talking about. It may have been mine. Nancy said, “that was more about education than application.” And then we both wrote down that phrase. It was a good word. There is a place for education, for learning ideas, concepts, principles. For learning facts and figures. Where did […]

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A eulogy for the living

Often at the hospital, I’m with families in the time before a loved one dies. I encourage them to talk to their loved ones. The family members start talking about how much they love the person. They talk about the moments that mattered. They talked about how much they will miss the person. They start […]

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