This past weekend, we had some time with our eleven-year-old granddaugther, making Christmas decorations, writing Christmas cards, and discussing the stories of Advent.   She is pleasantly curious, saying at one point as we discussed the doctrine of the Trinity (not in those terms, of course) “I have thought about that alot…how there could be God […]

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I knew, as soon as I committed to taking a Sabbatical, that I was in over my head. It was my first sabbatical in 45 years of working full-time.  It was my first ministry sabbatical in 33 years.  I thought that fact was rather curious.  Nevertheless, I made the decision, got my ducks in a […]

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Bigger Than Me

Yes. Goliath would qualify.  Goliath is bigger than me.  In fact, I am not even as big as David.  Sometimes I wish I could have been just a bit bigger than I am.  But I usually come to my senses and know that I could never measure up to a giant, and I would prefer […]

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To Sell, or Not to Sell

I watched a YouTube video this morning where the presenter argued against spending time blogging UNLESS you are a naturally gifted writer or a leader of a very large organization where your blogging can be a part of your leadership. He was advising business owners not to spend valuable time blogging with the expectation that […]

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Summit !

What brand of beer were they drinking?  Or was it iced tea? Those were the questions I heard being discussed on the news channel this morning, as they reviewed photos of key leaders from North Korea dining with the US Secretary of State.  Needless to say, the story which was developing did not get my […]

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Smartphone Fingerprint Security

I continue to set up additional “security by fingerprint” on various applications on my smartphone.  It is easy.  It simply requires that I use the security function of the selected app, then run my selected finger across the lens several times until the phone is “certain” of my biological identity. Come to think of it:  […]

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Bits and Pieces of Denominations

Why do churches split?  What happens to a congregation when it reaches the point of “enough is enough” or “this is no longer for us” or “we are not sending ‘them’ any more money”? Denominations dwindle.  If we look, we see it everywhere.  And while denominational executives and drum-majors like to say that “churches are […]

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Teacher on the Road

I can learn a lot simply by walking along the road with someone else.  Only the sound of our footsteps below, the sounds of the birds in the trees on either side, the sound of the wind in the sky above — the sounds of our breathing, and here and there a few words. My […]

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We are on schedule for February — the first day of our “Seeker Education Course” was February 8, and we are now into our second week.  Students from across the country have confirmed that what we offer is what is needed; and what is needed is a basic education in Christian beliefs and Bible study. […]