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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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MY %$@@*&* COFFEE CUP!!! — @Starbucks #Christmas #RedCups

Another shot has been fired in the never-ending stupidity that is the Christian vs. secular culture war.  Starbucks has taken Jesus out of their stores–as in they aren’t selling cups that say “Merry Christmas” on them. GASP! OUTRAGE! HULK SMASH! … 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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Kim Jong-un is dead!

In his sins, that is.  Kim Jong-un is dead in his sins, just like all of us are until renewed by the Holy Spirit and washed in the blood of Christ.  He is a sinner in need of the same … Continue reading

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I’m not Catholic, but…. – Lent day 42 (light)

So, I’m not Catholic, but…. I’m becoming a pretty major fan of this Pope Francis guy. Look, I’m far from Catholic.  We are brothers and sisters in Christ, but I don’t dig many of their beliefs (maybe I undig some of … Continue reading

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new – Lent day 33

My daughter, as of late, has taken to only wanting to watch new episodes of her favorite shows, or new movies.  She gets disappointed if we don’t have anything taped or rented that fits this criteria.  My reaction to this is … Continue reading

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Holy temper tantrums, Batman! – Lent day 31

Back before Jesus destroyed me and put back the pieces, I had a pretty bad temper.  Just ask my younger sister, who unfortunately found herself at the receiving end of my temper from time to time all the time.  My … Continue reading

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If it makes you happy… – Lent day 27

When I was away at college, I was on the phone with my mom and dad.  We were talking about things going on back in my hometown and conversation drifted towards our church.  My mom told me that the pastor had … Continue reading

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“50%, Swanson. 50%.” – Lent day 15

“50%, Swanson.  50%.” I hear this spoken to me at least 5-6 times a week.  It originates from my wife, who frequently complains that I don’t really hear what she’s saying. It’s not that I don’t hear her; it’s because … Continue reading

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The Spirit and the fire-breathing cow – Lent day 10

There’s a pretty intense metaphor for God’s Spirit in Scripture.  Fire.  (Yeah, it would be amazeballs if it was a COW breathing fire.  Right?) (Wait, on second thought, that’s probably too close to the old school fertility gods, so let’s scrap … Continue reading

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