black lives matter

My son is black. This is a reality that I live with everyday. Yes, those of you who know him see him in much more complex ways. You may see his amazing smile and his joy for life. You will often see the way he loves deeply and cares for everyone he meets. You may…

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separation and good friday

Every year as I walk through Holy Week I try to have a fresh perspective. This year it has been thrust upon us all. And yet, there are still those determined to recreate the norm, defy scientific advice and endanger their own and those they come into contact with. I’m honestly at a loss for…

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holiness today…?

I grew up with a lot of certainty. I knew exactly what was wrong and what was right. I knew exactly who was in and who was out. I knew who I was supposed to associate with and who I was supposed to avoid. After all, this is the legacy that my church, The Church…

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law and love

There’s a lot of talk these days about authority and the law. We see around us everyday people questioning those in rule over us and how we should respond to decisions being made on our behalf or on behalf of our fellow human beings. We have observed people being discriminated against, people unfairly imprisoned or…

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of no reputation

I think part of the natural human condition is concern with appearance. It doesn’t always manifest the same way, but we all to some degree or another are concerned with how we are perceived. Each day I go to a gym where hundreds of people will gather because they have some concern with how other…

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clogged toilets and restorative grace

Yesterday morning I received the text that every spouse loves to receive from their significant other, “There is water coming out of the bottom of the basement toilet”. It’s one of those texts that just brightens your day and doesn’t make the rest of the day stressful at all. Flash forward to the end of…

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she preaches

I often wonder why I engage on social media at all. At one time I remember it being about sharing pictures of your family or telling funny stories about your day or simply a way to reconnect with folks you don’t get to see all too often. But it seems like more and more that…

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the transformation of adoption

Those of you who have read my blog before know that I often find a way to talk about my kids. I mean, how could I not?!? They have transformed my life in so many ways. The crazy thing is, after being on the journey of becoming an adoptive and foster family for the last…

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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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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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