The Royal Treatment

When I was a kid, sometimes when I was meeting grown-ups for the first time, they would sing my name to me. I thought it was pretty odd, myself. I mean, even at 7 or 8 years old, I had met my fair share of people, and not once was I tempted to sing their […]

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A Lingering Scent

A couple of years ago, my wife Tammy was out of town for the weekend, and I had been traveling a lot for my job in theological education at the time, so while she had gotten a lot of one-on-one time with our son Liam, I had not. So Liam and I were both looking […]

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Far From Home

Our New Testament lesson this morning is one of the most familiar stories in the Bible. Through much of church history, it’s been referred to as “The Parable of the Prodigal Son,” and it’s another one of those teachings by Jesus that people know even if they have very little exposure to Christianity as a […]

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Comfort Food

One of the enduring issues in American culture is what we should and should not be eating in order to live healthy lives. The problem is, the answer to those questions not only changes constantly, the same foods literally go back and forth between the categories; what was considered healthy becomes dangerous, and vice versa, […]

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A Hen in the Foxhouse

One of the most tiresome things about being a pastor is how we are portrayed in the movies or on television. I know it seems petty, but it’s real. I don’t if we have the worst stereotype of an occupation onscreen, but it’s certainly up there. Lawyers, of course, are a popular punching bag, but […]

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The Greatest Temptations

Every year, different groups collate the most popular things that people give up during Lent, based on surveys or social media mentions. The whole tradition of giving something up for Lent, as you may know, comes from our New Testament story this morning, where Jesus fasted for forty days in the wilderness. And while individual […]

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Get Your Shine On

Are you a beach person or a mountain person? That’s one of the great divisions in our society today; perhaps not quite as bitter or deep a division as cat people vs. dog people, but real all the same. But I’m going to take a bold stand here today and declare that I think you […]

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For Good Measure

“What religion are you?” the driver asked. Even in the best of circumstances, that’s a pretty loaded question, and usually means something unpleasant is coming behind it. But this time, it was being asked of my wife, Tammy, by the driver of the bush taxi she was sitting next to as we sped along the […]

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Those Little Stories

The summer after my freshman year in college, I had the summer job that all my friends coveted – I was a lifeguard at our town pool. The Riverside Swim Club was a very safe environment with two lifeguards on duty at all times in the big pool, and children were not even allowed into […]

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Amazing Grace

If you had told me six weeks ago that one of the biggest television shows of 2019 was going to be about people cleaning their houses, I would have laughed at you. Not a home makeover show, where people have an old or rundown or just painfully unstylish home and a team of experts comes […]

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