Monthly Archives: December 2011

a year of gratitude… new heart habits

For a few short hours, I am still pondering in the 12th month of the year 2011. By any measure, 2011 was a remarkable year. Commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we witnessed the Arab Spring, the end of the … Continue reading

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christmas crazy quilt… the value of context, and not

As I print the storied Christmas Eve texts from Luke and Isaiah, I again pause with the realization that I am taking the precious verses out of their contexts and culling from them the depth of their challenge. The text … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Communion Prayer

Communion Prayer (sung response 756 NCH) Gathering around the table as we celebrate new life borning,
 we remember so many stories shared around tables; tables where bread is broken and cup is poured out, where families gather and generations share, … Continue reading

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with or without gps

Recently I had the luxury of working in my pajamas all morning, which made the awaiting hot water all the more tantalizing. Except that when I turned the faucet on, the forthcoming water was tepid. Unbelievable. I ran it for … Continue reading

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a shameless appeal for outreach (aka: hospitality)

As a product of the evangelical Sunday School movement, I hold an interesting bag of paradoxes and passions. On the one hand, I have zero tolerance for proselytizing efforts that presume a deficiency and purport to offer the cure. I … Continue reading

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impermanence: revising the revisionist

Even before Occupy’s urging, our days as Bank America customers were numbered. In the heat of the summer we sat in a branch office navigating the name-change gauntlet with a disapproving clerk and a haunting mural. Although the mural was … Continue reading

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