In the Meantime

Occasionally, I get asked what my biggest wedding disaster was as an officiant. The truth is, I haven’t had what I would consider a disaster, but there were a couple that caused an awful lot of anxiety. One was when I was a pastor in New York City. The couple getting married had met when […]

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Fit for a King

It seems fitting that, in the month leading up to Christ the King Sunday today, Jesus has been king of the music charts. Literally: Kanye West, one of the most famous hip-hop artists on the planet, dropped an album about a month ago that was entitled, simply, Jesus is King, and it ruled the charts […]

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Where You Comin’ From?    

Based on Ruth 1: 14-22 and Hebrews 11:13-16 We live in unsettled and unsettling times. Does anyone doubt it? Although exact numbers are hard to determine, the United Nations High Commission on Refugees says that “70.8 million individuals have been forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations. We […]

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Not Too Far

What does your name mean? I don’t mean what is the significance of your name, I mean what does your name, in itself, mean? Do you know? Probably most of us do not, because the inherent meaning of a name is usually not why we use it. We often name our children for someone: a […]

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Salvation al Fresco

There are certain phrases in dining in other languages that we use for aspects of dining here in the United States in ways that are very different from their literal meaning. Pie “à la mode,” for example, means pie with ice cream here. But “à la mode” in French really means “in the fashion,” so […]

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“Yes, And…”

“Yes, and…” Those two words are the summary of the acting method in improvisational theatre. Saying “yes, and…” to someone else’s idea in the scene, no matter what it is, keeps the scene alive and growing. If another actor says, “Watch out, there’s a dragon!” and you say, “no, there isn’t,” you kill the scene. […]

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More Than We Can Imagine

One of my favorite movie lines of the last ten years doesn’t get nearly enough recognition. I think it’s because it doesn’t come at a particularly crucial moment in the film, the way many famous lines do: “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” or “You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” or […]

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After the End

I have a number of friends who have decided to take on the challenge of running in a marathon as a means of personal growth, self-discipline, and achievement. I’ve watched them training via social media for months ahead of the race, then finally on race day, anxious and excited before it starts, and exhausted and […]

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A Hand-Me-Down Faith

One of the benefits of being an older sibling is that I was always on the giving side of the hand-me-down equation. My brother, who’s about three and a half years younger than I am, was the one who was always on the receiving end. And my mother, being the daughter of a farmer whose […]

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Location, Location and Location

As a fan of social media in general, I’ve also talked about how there is a problem with the way we often present idealized personas of ourselves, carefully avoiding the messy bits of our lives and making our lives look much more seamless and together than they really are. So I was struck the other […]

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