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05
Dec

Looking back

It has finally gotten really cold outside.  This is good in terms of the concern some of us had that global warming had taken away the winter cold for good.  Nonetheless, the body has a hard time adjusting to the cold after so much mild weather, and for me at least the warmth is missed. […]

04
Dec

One more day

Once upon a time there was a woman who was having some strange symptoms so she went to see her doctor. The doctor gave her this startling verdict: I’m very sorry to have to tell you this, but you have a terminal illness. You are dying. There isn’t really anything we can do to forestall […]

30
Nov

My dog, by Al Booth

(The following was written for one of our church’s writing groups.)  When it became time to begin putting down on paper those thoughts that had been occupying my mind ever since I heard about this writing group, I found myself suddenly stumped. Then I looked down and saw two sad eyes staring back at me. […]

30
Nov

A subtle shift

The last day of November. A subtle shift has been taking place inside me this Fall. I have taken to heart the words I wrote on the “Try Again” post a while back. I have spent a great deal of my life worrying about having people like me, and it has been exhausting and crippling. […]

28
Nov

Between fundamentalism and atheism

A follow up on this past Sunday’s sermon: Our text came from the end of the 18th chapter of the Gospel of John, where Jesus stands as a prisoner before Pilate. In the background are the religous leaders who have arrested Jesus and seek now for Pilate, the Roman, to condemn Jesus to death. Pilate […]

24
Nov

It’s Black Friday, and I’m feeling okay

It is Black Friday and I am feeling pretty good. The particular significance of this for me is that traditionally this coming month has been my worst season of the year. I know that there are many people who share this sentiment, but I also know there are lots of people who love this time […]

22
Nov

Carlton Pearson, and What I Believe about Who Gets Saved

One new entry into my pantheon of heroes is a preacher I recently heard about named Rev. Carlton Pearson. (You can hear his story told on the radio program, This American Life  (www.thislife.org) Carlton was the rising star of the American Pentecostal movement, an African American dear to the heart of Oral Roberts who a […]

17
Nov

Delight in the bones

There is this license that comes with one’s birthday to be a bit more out there in terms of demanding some affirmation and attention. I made it a point yesterday to tell people, “Hey, it’s my birthday; wish me a ‘happy birthday.’” I did my monthly preaching at the nursing home with the old women, […]

16
Nov

Winning us over — Written on my 51st birthday

Today is my birthday. 51 years ago I was born on a blustery day in Jackson, Mississippi. What a long, strange trip it’s been. It’s good to be here. Good to be alive. Very good. Now I can see if anybody is reading this. I expect to read a few “happy birthdays” in the comment […]

13
Nov

Practicing fidelity

We live in a culture that doesn’t put much value in fidelity, whether it be fidelity to marriage partners or to other relationships that make up our communal life. These days there is so much transience. People frequently change the community they live in, the jobs they work at, and generally speaking, the ultimate criteria […]

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