Are you afraid?

We’ve been out at the lake near here the last couple of weeks. It’s beautiful there and there’s a nice little community, some summer residents and a few all season. Right where you drive in there’s signs in both directions, those yellow diamond shape caution signs. They say “BEWARE OF...

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What are you wearing?

When my grandchildren were little – well, little-er – they loved Bob the Builder. I hope they still do. Bob, originally, was a stop-action cartoon character from Britain who lived with his friends in a nice little town along with a gang of friendly work vehicles like front-end loaders, diggers...

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Eat it, it’s good for you.

The very idea of literalism bothers me. It seems to me that there really is no such thing. After all, the moment you read something, hear something or see something, the moment you experience it, you – yourself – are interpreting it, aren’t you? I’m distinguishing from “factual,” by the...

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Try checking your image

Lori and I have a breakfast ritual. She lets the dogs out and feeds them, I make the breakfast, we sit down and, while we eat, we like to read the news online from a few reputable media sources. Well, I say “like” but sometimes we don’t “like” it at...

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Jesus at the potluck

I wrote about church potlucks last week. I connected them, loosely, to the miracle story of Jesus feeding the multitude (John 6:1-21), a miracle, I think, of sharing and community. I talk about food a lot and encourage it at church. Whether it’s a potluck meal, a pancake breakfast, a...

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There’s Always Leftovers

I don’t think I’ve ever been to a church potluck that ran out of food. Maybe it happens, but I can’t imagine that it does very often. They’re a beautiful thing, potluck meals, especially church ones. They’re a culinary adventure that could include a variety of things, things you may...

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The story thus far

Are you busy? That’s maybe not a fair question. It’s summertime, you might be on vacation. You might work shifts and be off right now. Or on. Or you might be retired. Sometimes people find themselves busier then. Maybe you work at something that’s busier at certain times of the...

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Who are the really powerful?

The story of the death of John the Baptist is like something out of Game of Thrones: a senseless death, the result of manipulation and revenge with a little lust thrown in. The gospel of Mark tells how John had been arrested by King Herod because he spoke out against...

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Something less than a miracle.

I sometimes think that my job ought to be a lot easier. Part of it, anyway. Not the pastoral care, perhaps. Life’s complex and full of challenges, there’s much grief and sadness in the world. There’s also joy and happiness, challenges and opportunities and everyone’s life is, of course, uniquely...

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A law of love and compassion.

Of course it’s more complicated than it appears. Like everyone else, I’ve been reading the stories of what’s happening with our neighbours to the south. I know, there’s so much, I should be more specific. Just this moment, I’m thinking of families crossing into the US illegally being separated at...

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