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CHRISTMAS ACCEPTANCE

The very familiar Luke 2 Christmas story, the one told every year, the one re-enacted live in many places, the scene depicted in a make-shift lean-to across the country; is, for the most part, burned into our memories like our

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Defending Christmas

This is an article I wrote recently for the local paper. There has been a great deal of conversation, articles, and BLOG posts referencing the “war on Christmas” as if there was an all-out effort to do away the holiday

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Renewal Time

When I began at Hope United Church of Christ five years ago it was with the eagerness of discovery that I came to each meeting, each gathering of people, and each worship. I could imagine no place I would rather

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Interpreters and Interpretations

Once I had the great privilege of meeting a woman who was an interpreter at the United Nations building in New York. She fluently spoke more than seven languages and was contracted to be able to simultaneously translate at least

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Resurrection, Yes It Is Real

Resurrection is real, absolutely. And we, as Christians, are a resurrection people as are many others. It is not metaphorical and it is not a bodily, living, breathing resurrection, but it is real. It is made real every day by

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AN EASTER SONG

It is not always easy for me to think and write about Easter. This Holy Day comes with a great deal of emotion attached for me. Someone I loved a great deal died one Easter morning a long time ago

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SCULPTOR OR SCULPTEE?

In college I took a number of sculpture classes. I imagined myself a professional artist one day sculpting away making a handsome amount of money, or at least enough to live comfortably on. Then I realized how few sculptors actually

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Know your own strength

Growing up I was always a little bit bigger than most of the kids my age. I have said before that I was born overweight and so I have a good excuse for always being overweight. I was one of

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Church Thoughts

I ran across this quote from Richard Rohr about today’s church, “We worshiped Jesus instead of following him on the same path. We made Jesus into a mere religion instead of a journey toward union with God and everything else.

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 The Joy of Serving  

What an awesome surprise it was last Sunday to be honored with a gift and cake for my fifth anniversary at Hope Church. I was given a beautiful fountain pen; leather bound journal and gasoline gift cards for my upcoming

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