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10 01, 2017

The Invisible Mom

January 10th, 2017|Parenting|0 Comments

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women.

9 01, 2017

Spurgeon on success

January 9th, 2017|Character, The Christian Life|0 Comments

I just ran across this quote by Spurgeon that is spot on. Success exposes a man to the pressures of people and thus tempts him to hold on to his gains by means of fleshly methods and practices, and to let himself be ruled wholly by the dictatorial demands of incessant expansion. Success can go to my head and will unless I remember that it is God who accomplishes the work, that he can continue to do so without my help, and that he will [...]

5 01, 2017

Out of Solitude by Henri Nouwen

January 5th, 2017|Community, Resources, Spiritual Disciplines, The Christian Life|0 Comments

I ran across this book review by my dear friend, Wyman Richardson. This book affected me profoundly when I first read it years ago. I still pick it up and read through it once or twice a year. Out of Solitude by Henri Nouwen Ave Maria PressReviewed by Wyman Richardson - 2/22/2001 One could make the argument that the most powerful things in life are simple and brief - a passing word of encouragement from a friend, a glance from one's spouse, a child's laugh, [...]

3 01, 2017

Legacy of A Father

January 3rd, 2017|Parenting, Relationships|0 Comments

I ran across this letter I wrote for my dad's retirement "memory book" in November of 2004. I will occasionally post old items that I think fit the purpose of this blog. This one definitely does. You have been my father for a little over 36 years now. And as I consider this major life-transition you find yourself in the midst of, two stories come to mind. Each one reveals a little of the love, wisdom and character you have shown me over the years. In each instance, I, too, was in transition – first from child to youth; then from young adult to man.

13 12, 2016

Journey to Christmas

December 13th, 2016|Christmas|0 Comments

The following entry is the outline/notes for a sermon my dad gave in 2002. I tried to clean up the formatting some, but bear in mind that it's notes so it will not read like prose.

10 11, 2016

Thoughts on 2016 election

November 10th, 2016|Government|0 Comments

This was a tough campaign to say the least. I’m no Trump apologist, nor am I a Clinton advocate. But what i’m hearing is that this is the worst day in US history, that the country has never been so divided, and I’m seeing headlines concerning how bad it’s going to be. Then I see things like the demonstrations that occurred in about 7 major cities on wed, 11/9/16. I read articles about how distraught these folks are. And it made me wonder, what was [...]

16 05, 2010

Order your private world …. or else

May 16th, 2010|Character, Spiritual Disciplines, The Christian Life|0 Comments

Recently, I was encouraged to read "Ordering Your Private World" by Gordon MacDonald. As much as I read these types of book, I can't believe that I had never heard of it, since it's been around for years. But as I got into it, I was at first gripped by the subject-matter; then blown away as it tracked so much with my own journey and perspectives. For me, this book not only affirmed many of my long-held beliefs, but it also rekindled the importance of [...]

7 07, 2009

Life lessons from … Wayne’s World?

July 7th, 2009|Planning, Relationships, Spiritual Disciplines|0 Comments

This weekend I caught bits of Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2. It's been so long since I've seen these that I really didn't recall the story line. Anyway, in the second one, Wayne is transported several times to a desert where he receives guidance from Jim Morrison. One of the last scenes in the movie has Wayne and Jim discussing the meaning of what transpired. For some reason, I was struck by Jim's perspective. Here's the exchange. Wayne: Jim, why was I supposed to [...]

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