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More Than You Prayed For

Once in a lifetime. We say it often, but Zechariah experienced it for real. By tradition and because there were so many Levitical priests, many priests never had a chance to go into the Temple to serve. If they did get the chance…it was the chance of a lifetime. Such a great honor and rare privilege. (Luke […]

From Bombs To Beauty

We built bombs there. Big ones. Torpedoes, actually. The Mark XIV big green was assembled there. At the end of WWI the US Naval Torpedo Factory on the waterfront in Arlington, Virginia was built and put into service. The idea was to prepare in case of future world conflicts. The powerful and terrifying weapons built […]

Beneath The Surface

It’s our new routine…and our happy place. Sitting on the back porch watching the sun rise across the small lake on which we live. Absolutely calm and still, absent of the afternoon breeze, our lake is a polished mirror with perfect reflections of the large oaks, beautiful houses and thick summer clouds that create its frame. […]

The Intellectual Laziness Of The Easy Answer

A political season for me is on par with buying a used car or getting a root canal. They are all unavoidable necessary evils. And each is a genuine pain in the…well, you know. In politics, the way extremes emerge, agendas are touted and leaders are lampooned grates on my nerves like a classroom of first graders simultaneously […]

The Dignity of Humilty

Arrogance seldom has as good a platform to strut its obnoxious nature as during political seasons. The current one might well take the cake. A mind-numbing glut of information has simply made it worse. Social media allows politicians to parade pride like an anorexic super-model posturing on a catwalk. It does seem hunger for power […]

I Thirst

We had just left the opening night of our church’s passion play. The scene that unfolded in the restaurant is still a source of laughter around our house. I was worship and arts pastor at a substantial church bent on authentically reproducing the Crucifixion every year. (That year we nearly killed Jesus by dropping him off the […]

Singing In The Reign

It was his signature scene. The inimitable Gene Kelly, a wide smile on his face, dancing with his umbrella in a downpour. Singing In The Rain. It is the signature I see each time my spiritual mentor sends an email or letter. Singing In The Reign. This 80-plus year old giant of faith, Jack Taylor, […]

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