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Month: November 2017

A wonderful, beautiful, minor key.

At noon and then again this evening at our midweek Advent worship services, I realized that all the hymns I picked out were in a minor key. Songs in a […]

Trust, old marinara and wet dog.

As I reflect on last night’s confirmation class, I can’t get a couple of the student’s comments out of my mind. The first came in the context of discussing the […]

Christmas ‘ites

My grandson Elijah was spending the day with me while his mom was out shopping with my wife. One of our projects that day was putting up the Christmas tree. […]

Just be there.

It’s early. Really early. It’s dark. Really dark. It’s quiet. Really quiet. It’s about 6:20 am on a Sunday morning as I pull into the church parking lot to open […]

The snowmen are back.

When Eli and I were decorating the tree yesterday, I noticed that my collection of ornaments included eight snowmen. We haven’t bought any ornaments for ourselves, so all of these […]

Thanksgiving memories

I’m surprised that I really don’t have a lot of Thanksgiving memories. I really like the holiday, especially preparing and consuming the food. I had to really work to come […]

Must. Not. Smile.

One of the people you will always find in church on a Sunday morning or for a midweek service is that man or woman who is unwaveringly expressionless. I can […]

Keep your stuff. Please.

It must have been the creaking sound that got my attention. What is that noise? It seemed to be coming from the freezer in the church kitchen. Freezers don’t usually […]

White or wheat?

Fourth year of seminary education. Married. One in the oven. Time to get a job to make ends meet. Subway is taking applications. Why not? I was hired at a […]

Snack mix

There is a lot I have forgotten from my years at the seminary, but one memory that continually resurfaces is one of the jobs I had to pay the bills […]


I just started reading the Old Testament book of Jeremiah, and I think I had forgotten how harsh that prophetic message is. By the end of the second chapter God […]