Who you hang out with can change you.

Peter and John stood in front of the leaders of their tribe. Imagine a random Catholic talking to the Pope and cardinals, an ordinary citizen in front of the Supreme Court or the President’s cabinet, a student in front of the university president and faculty, you in front of the people you grew up being […]

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On egos

Going through a stack of paper at work revealed a proposal from a possible vendor. I remembered meeting the guy. He was nice – but his attitude turned me off a bit. He seemed fairly proud and may not have been a good listener. He didn’t really come across as understanding that I might know as […]

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The dog whispers.

We’re dog-sitting for a few days while Andrew and Allie are on vacation. Chevrolet BeyoncĂ© is small and blackish-grey. I’m not a dog person, though we’ve had a dog in our house for fourteen of the last 21 years. Shiloh was with us for thirteen years. A couple years after he was gone, Jude lived […]

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Jesus needed a break.

He had been teaching, thoughtfully, skillfully. He had been taking on the powers of darkness. He was preparing his followers for his death, getting them ready for what they were going to watch. And for Jesus each day was full of resistance. There was the intentional resistance from those in power. There was the spiritual […]

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Fifteen seconds of reading isn’t fifteen seconds of life.

Jesus and Peter and James and John had climbed up a mountain (or hill). 1,500 feet or 9,000 feet (there are some disagreements about which mountain it was, exactly.) John, James, and Peter saw Jesus with robes whiter than any laundry person could bleach them. They saw Elijah and Moses standing with Jesus, chatting. Moses […]

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