endgame

PSA: This is a spoiler free blog post. Endgame: Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know what this lovely little contraction means. And if you’re anything like me and my family, you’ve already been to the theater at least once. In fact, if you’ve ever read my blog at all or listened to…

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death’s sting

In the last few months my wife and I have experienced the death of people we were incredibly close to. And just one of these occasions could leave you without words…but the passing of multiple people you thought of as family can leave you floored. And I know, as a pastor, I’m supposed to have…

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almost heaven

“Almost heaven, West Virginia, Blue ridge mountains, Shenandoah river…” And now most of you will have John Denver stuck in your head for the rest of the day. My apologies to my West Virginian friends, but I’ve never really thought of West Virginia as being “almost heaven”. For that matter, I have never thought about…

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anticipation

PSA: This may be the nerdiest blog post I’ve ever written. I’ve been waiting for today for what seems like forever. For those of you who have read my blog at all or listened to a sermon, you know I am a fan of comic books. And not just any comic books, but Marvel comics;…

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the most wonderful

I don’t know about you, but I love Christmas music. And I’m definitely not a purist when it comes to when one is allowed to listen. I’ve been known to listen to Christmas music all during the season of Advent. I’ve been known to even begin listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving (I just told…

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a mystery

Come closer…just for a second. I want to tell you something.. God loves you. That may not seem like the most earth shattering thing you will hear today, but I want to contend that perhaps it should be. God. The infinite source of all life. The space in which space takes shape. The ever expanding…

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no pain

Yesterday #3 in the ever changing Arp gaggle of children had oral surgery to correct some of the issues he came into our home with. This amounted to four extractions and ten crowns. And for any and all of us who have ever had dental work done, we all just grimaced a bit. But that…

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overcome

Yesterday on the drive into school my kids and I ended up on the subject of death. Now granted, this isn’t a subject that often enters our realm of family discussion, but for some reason it came up yesterday. And in my fatherly wisdom I found myself saying these encouraging words, “Well, we all die…

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