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This Is Us

This Is Us is the runaway NBC hit about a family of fairly messed-up people and how the complexity of their lives are woven together into one tapestry of imperfect love. There is an intricate plot of time hops from what made them to what they became and plenty of drama and dysfunction to go around. […]

Black Sabbath

Homes of hope. That is what travelers facing terminal illness found in the Middle Ages in places called hospes–inviting places where they could experience rest and comfort as they awaited death. In these homes, they were allowed to rest in peace. That is the idea behind the modern Hospice movement. Palliative care for those near […]

The Full Extent of His Love

Endings say a lot about what went before. I saw this personally and painfully as I conducted the memorial service of my 36-year-old nephew this week. A brave fire-fighter, a loving husband, a dedicated father, a real friend. David died as he had lived, spending his life-currency on others. The real stuff—the core of what […]

The Re- asons I Do Lent

I grew up in a “low-church” world. We sang gospel music out of “camp-meeting” songbooks, had “testimony” services, “prayed through” at the altar and didn’t mind a bit of jitterbuggin’ for Jesus. So clearly, I never celebrated Lent. Truth be told, I didn’t even know what it was until I was in seminary. Church calendars were high-brow stuff […]

A Burning Heart

The breathtaking beauty of passion expended on a worthy love is the stuff of heroic myths and poignant love stories. The blatant misery of passion emptied on an unworthy love is the substance of epic tragedies and sagas of loss. Mary of Magdala lived both narratives. We don’t really know her backstory. We have no […]

The Last Laugh

Sometimes life laughs in your face. Sometimes people do too. Take a risk, attempt something unusual, break from the status quo, express something out of the ordinary and you will inevitably become the butt of scorning laughter. Jesus did. Resurrection Sunday causes us to realize the power He held over death. But He had clearly […]

All The Difference In The World

He’s here…I mean flesh and blood here! Risen. Alive. It’s so good to have Him back. Oh, he is definitely wearing scars–unpleasant reminders of the epic battle with unseen powers we all saw Him wage just a few days ago. But those scars seem to carry a message now–undeniable evidence of what we realize He has secured. Ultimate […]

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