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a simple life
NOVEMBER 23, 2011 3:48PM

Things for Which I Am Thankful

I am thankful for the simple things in my life.  For instance, I give thanks:

  • when the puppy does her business outside and not on the living room floor. 
  • that my recently spayed cat no longer "sprays" on the kitchen floor or countertops.
  • for good sharp cheddar cheese from Ireland.
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NOVEMBER 3, 2011 9:44AM

Why "In God We Trust" Is a Lie

Ashley F. Miller has written a great article detailing "Why 'In God We Trust' Is a Problem."  I couldn't have made a better argument than she already has even if I wanted to, so I encourage you to read her post if you haven't done so already.

The point I want to make,… Read full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2011 12:48PM

Wishful Thinking

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At the risk of being accused of being a Bible thumper, I open with a few verses of scripture.

"Do not rejoice when your enemies fall, and do not let your heart be glad when they stumble." - Proverbs 24:17

 "Do I take any pleasure in the death of… Read full post »
APRIL 30, 2011 5:22PM

Doubting Thomas

In honor of the scripture reading from John for tomorrow, here are the lyrics and video for Nickel Creek's "Doubting Thomas."
What will be left when I've drawn my last breath,
Besides the folks I've met and the folks who know me,
Will I discover a soul saving love,
Or just the dirt
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APRIL 24, 2011 12:13AM

Easter Morning

The fourth and final installment of my quartet of poems for Holy Week.
Easter Morning 
Now on the first day of the week 
Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, 
while it was still dark, 
and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 
(John 20:1)
APRIL 23, 2011 12:05PM

Holy Saturday

This is the third of my quartet of poems for Holy Week.
Holy Saturday

it’s quiet now
silent as any tomb
the pain is over
for him

too early though
for others’ hearts to mend
or for their tears to dry up
he is gone
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APRIL 22, 2011 1:53PM

Good Friday

This is the second of my quartet of poems for Holy Week.  The first "Maundy Thursday" can be found here.
Good Friday 
The darkness is not complete

A small flame burns
even as the wind blows fiercely
and rain flows freely from the sky

APRIL 21, 2011 9:43PM

maundy thursday

together they eat and drink
though merry they are not
this is my body he had said
broken for you 
this is my blood 
shed for you
remember me . . .

and then he took a towel
and a basin of water
he washed their dirty grimy feet
and told them to do this
for each other when he… Read full post »

MARCH 11, 2011 2:56PM


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I was born in 1961.  I love movies.  These two facts have caused me to go through the lists of every movie in wide release since the year of my birth and pick out my favorites.  It is a pointless exercise in a way, but a fun one for me.  The… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 22, 2011 7:50PM

Jesus Wept

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FEBRUARY 21, 2011 1:10PM

Catching the Kids at Play

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Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 16, 2011 10:32PM

Why I Broke My Pledge to Never Become a Pastor

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FEBRUARY 15, 2011 5:20PM

Why I Am Not Married

Why am I not married?  Hmm . . . let me list a few reasons.

1.  Been there, done that, and frankly, it was not pretty.  In fact, the divorce drug out almost as long as the marriage did, and both of these times were pretty much a living hell.  I… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2011 3:03PM

I Have Nothing to Say

The truth hurts, and the truth for me at this moment is that I simply have nothing to say.  

In the past, this was not a problem.  Though I had nada of consequence to add to the blogosphere, I would  throw in my two cents anyway.  Sometimes what I wrote… Read full post »

I am very tired of winter.

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A Baby Changes Everything
(Special Thanks to Kathy Donley for her sermon, which inspired this one)
A baby changes everything.
On December 4, 1992, a little girl was born in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the heart of coal country.  
Her mom did not know who the father was.
If I speak with great eloquence and conviction, but do so without love, my words are little more than bombastic bellowing and grating noise.

And though I have the power to speak for God and understand every mystery and comprehend all knowledge, and if I have the kind of faith… Read full post »
DECEMBER 6, 2010 9:03AM


today i baptized a baby
three months old and sixteen pounds
an infant-sized linebacker
he was dressed in a now dingy white outfit
passed down through the generations
and complete with a cap
the baby slept contentedly
while parents and sponsors
affirmed their belief in god
their commitment to christ
and their r… Read full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2010 2:48AM

2:16 am

2:16 am
still awake
though not knowing why
i think of you
your smile breaking open
into laughter
your eyes glistening
as tears begin to fall
your voice telling me for the last time
i love you

our first kiss i stole from your lips
in the basement of your home
my heart racing i promptly turned
and hit my head on a… Read full post »

DECEMBER 4, 2010 4:55PM

Preparation for Love

"For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation." - Rainer Maria Rilke

On December 4, 1992, a little girl was born in Northeastern… Read full post »

This afternoon I was treated to an update in my facebook feed from a member of my church which decried the continuing "war on Christmas."  The update is below, though the names and icon have been blurred to protect the guilty.War on Christmas

It is hard to know where to… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2010 12:42AM


"Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments,… Read full post »
OCTOBER 19, 2010 12:28AM

Death Thou Shalt Die

As a pastor for 0ver 25 years, I have become familiar with death.  By my calculations, I figure that I have conducted at least 300 funerals.  I have prayed with the dying, counseled the dying to let go and allow death to come, sat with people who were drawing their final… Read full post »