Sharing our legacy

Sharing our legacy One Christmas in a moment of inspiration, Steve and I decided that the legacy we really wanted to leave to our kids could summed up in a few phrases. With that in mind, our gift to them that year was a piece of calligraphy with those nuggets of wisdom. I’m pretty sure […]

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Searching for answers

We’re always searching for answers. When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens wouldn’t work in zero gravity. NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below […]

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Waiting vs. I-want-it-now

Waiting. Have you heard of the American prayer? “Lord, give me patience, and I want it right now.” We want things easy. And we want them now. That reminds me of a story. Little Johnnie desperately wanted a bright red wagon for Christmas. His friends were writing letters to Santa Claus, but Johnnie decided to […]

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John, the baptizer, calls us to repent

Repent Maybe it’s just me, but when I hear somebody shouting “repent,” what I really hear is, “Stop being bad, and start being good — turn or burn.” We’ve heard it all before. It’s the same old, same old. We screw up, make a mess of things — we’re punished. We say we’re sorry, and, […]

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It’s all a matter of perspective!

A man is talking to God “God, how long is a million years to you?” God answers, “To me, it’s about a minute.” “God, how much is a million dollars to you?” asked the man “To me, it’s about a penny.” God replied. “God, may I have a penny?” said the man “Just wait one […]

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The 95 Theses: Luther nailed it!

No one could have known that nailing those points of debate, basically 95 things the Catholic church was doing wrong, would open up a can of Worms! It would be the straw that broke the camel’s back, radically challenging and reforming basic doctrines of the church. Let’s face it, on October 31, 1517, Luther nailed […]

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Getting what’s fair

The pay was fine, until the all-day workers found out that everyone else was paid the same, when they didn’t work as long. Jesus is offending the scorekeeper in us all. We want to get what’s fair. With whom do you identify in this parable? I’m going to go out on a limb, and bet […]

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Redefine discipleship

I want to start by asking everyone a question: How many of you are completely comfortable with calling yourselves a disciple, like the ones Jesus sent out in our Gospel lesson — tenderly caring for bruised and hurt lives, going to the lost and confused, living generously. Raise your hands! The truth is, most of […]

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The good, the bad and the ugly

Do we have this impression that God is only interested in loving and saving an already cleaned-up version of ourselves? As if we believe God can only love us when we are our very best selves and that, everything else needs to be swept under the carpet. Lucas Cranach As we continue to lift up […]

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