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This Is Deep!

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Deep calls to deep at the thunder of your cataracts. (Psalm 42:7) The whole of Psalm 42 is deep, describing feelings much too heavy for words. It begins with an expression of profound spiritual yearning: As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, […]

How to Focus on the Most Important Things

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Most Christians who are at all familiar with the Bible know that Jesus did a lot of his teaching through using parables, small stories that unveil big truths.¬†Eleven of his parables are recorded in the first three Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke. Of these eleven, seven are found in one chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, chapter […]

What Do You See?

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A grumpy old man or a beautiful young woman? I’ve had three separate conversations in the past week in which another person and I had very different impressions of someone we were talking about. We saw what they did or what they said in almost opposite ways because of earlier impressions they had left on […]

ABC’s Community Memorial Garden

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So much loss. So many holes where loved ones used to be. We’ve wondered how we can acknowledge all the grieving that people in our ABC congregation are going through because of the COVID disease among us. Some of us have had to settle for a last conversation by phone or FaceTime with someone we’ve […]

Flea Evolution

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What’s the shortest poem in the English language? The generally accepted answer is “Fleas,” by Strickland Gillian (early 20th century). Here it is: Adam Had ’em. You’d think that fleas would not be particularly inspiring to poets, but you’d be wrong. In 1633, John Donne wrote a love poem, entitled The Flea (Click here for […]

Outgrowing God

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I think I was in my sophomore year of college when I took a course in Sociology. This was during a crucial time in my faith journey, when I was having to let go of some of the narrower beliefs I grew up with, as I was seeing things through new eyes of secular reason […]

Trading Comics

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Can you imagine growing up as a child without TV cartoons and video games? Can you imagine going through your early teens without cell phones that can access texting, social media and game apps? Can you imagine being me? Yup, that’s how deprived I was in my formative years. There was radio, of course, and […]

Bubble Disease?

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A couple of common English words, pod and bubble, have developed new meanings for us during the months of social limitation due to our concerns about COVID transmission. We’ve been told that we should think about the people we live with as our pod, a term used to describe a family group of whales. If […]

Writing My Own Eulogy

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I rediscovered a small book someone gave me awhile ago, entitled Live Your Best Life by Writing Your Own Eulogy.* I was browsing through it when my old friend Fran called. She had been my barber before she retired, and years earlier, she was a friend of our son Steve back in the 1980s. Once […]

How Do We Communicate?

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When I started as a young (26-year-old) pastor, I realized I was not trained or experienced enough to counsel the people who came to me with their problems. One thing that helped me was discovering Transactional Analysis, then a popular new theory of understanding how humans interact with each other. I experimented with it in […]