the cross and death

Every year as I step into Holy Week I try to have a fresh perspective. What can the week of Jesus’ passion say to me that enriches Easter and my faith once again? I think about the creeds. From The Apostle’s Creed we confess, “He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;…

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infected

I am not even sure why I feel the need to blog/write today. I don’t really feel like doing much of anything. Truth be told I have had an infection in my hand for almost a week now and it is hard to get motivated to do much of anything. It is crazy how much…

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asleep at the wheel

Over two-thousand years ago the fabric of time and space was torn open on the outskirts of a small village in ancient Palestine. All of a sudden a celestial voice announced to a group of rag-tag outcasts and ultimately to the world, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy for…

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but seek first

If you’re anything like my wife and I, then you just love talking about money. In fact, I am sure you absolutely love talking about it when it seems like there isn’t enough. If I could rank this in my favorite conversations to have, it would definitely top out the list. Now that your daily…

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all by myself

Lent has begun. And for me it has been a very strange time so far. I gave up social media. I know for many of you reading this that may not seem like that big of a deal, but for me it has been so weird. I don’t think I’ve given up social media for…

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left his mark

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. Now I know for many of us, particularly those of us who grew up in Southern  evangelical churches, we’ve struggled with Ash Wednesday. Isn’t that the Catholic’s thing? I remember having these thoughts growing up and even the first time I was introduced to the practice of Lent and Ash Wednesday….

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highway to the comfort zone

I’m not sure how you process winter, but if you’re anything like me, it is always an inspired quest to see what level of coziness (read laziness) can be achieved. It’s often a combination of flannel pajama pants, warm socks or blankets, hot coffee or cocoa, oversized hoodie, comfort foods and streaming television or movies….

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happy valley

I’ve been told that most of us do some of our most effective thinking in the shower…well at least that’s what I’ve been told. For me, it’s usually some of my most bizarre thinking. For instance, this last week, all of a sudden I found myself singing my elementary school’s Alma Mater. What…your elementary school…

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the Oscars and our inability to move on

The Oscars are a little less than two weeks away. And I know for many of you that may not be a huge deal, but I’m always curious to see which pictures take home the big prize and how many of my predictions come true. Of course this year is particularly unique as the Academy…

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vulnerable

On Friday I had surgery. The reason I say that so flippantly is because it wasn’t supposed to be a big deal. And truthfully it wasn’t. It was an outpatient procedure that had me home before lunchtime. I had a double umbilical hernia repair and other than the soreness and feeling like I’m doing 25…

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