Category Archives: grace

People & History & Statues & Statues of History – #Charlottesville #racism

Today my oldest daughter started third grade.  I’m so proud of who this girl is becoming.  I have such high hopes for how she can make a difference in this world, and how this year in school will get her … Continue reading

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Chaco-crazed, grimy love – Maundy Thursday thoughts – #40days #Lent #1Word5voices #MaundyThursday

Do you know anyone who is obsessed with their Chacos?  Twenty years ago, Tevas were the thing.  I wore my pair until they disintegrated.  I was a camp counselor at Camp Lakewood in Potosi, MO.  My Tevas were on my … Continue reading

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The prophetic imagination of Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church – #loveconquershate

When I’m trying to talk to my wife or oldest daughter and they’re watching TV, I usually have to say their full name boldly…sometimes kind of forcefully, even.  (When they’re in the zone, they’re in the zone.*)  If I have … Continue reading

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People are worth investing in, even when the world writes them off.

People are worth investing in, even when the world writes them off. My list of people I have initially wrote off is huge.  It even includes my wife!  (To be fair, she wore a scarf in her hair just like … Continue reading

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The Boston Marathon, Jesus, bombs, and ice cream

Three killed.  One hundred and seventy-six injured.  Nine of the injured are children.  All because they were together to challenge themselves or celebrate others in their time of triumph.  All because a person or group of people have some sick … Continue reading

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Fill my cup to the brim – Lent day 44

Have you ever sat through a meal filled with social awkwardness?  What about eating with people who you have major conflict?  I remember sitting down at a table with a large group of people from a church I was new to attending.  … Continue reading

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Rejoice – Lent day 41

“I’m ready to kill him!” I heard these words come out of a haggard mother’s mouth in the grocery store today.  The little boy’s eyes filled up his face like a pair of pancakes with a chocolate chip in their … Continue reading

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SCANDAL! BREAKING NEWS! – Lent day 13

BREAKING NEWS! This just in: Jesus the Christ of Nazareth, Israel, offers forgiveness to anyone who decides to follow him. Yes, that’s right.  In an oft-cited Scriptural passage from The Bible, Jesus, age 33∞, is quoted as saying, “love will … Continue reading

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REAL Grace

This past weekend, Dallas Cowboy linebacker Jerry Brown was killed in a car accident.  His teammate, Cowboy defensive lineman Josh Brent, was charged with intoxication manslaughter charges.  Brent was the driver.  The two had been close friends since playing college … Continue reading

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