Afraid of the Crowds

Some people enjoy being in a crowd: the more the merrier. Some people feel a little anxious when they find themselves in a crowd, on a busy city street or in a sports arena or theater, in the airport line for security checks, etc., etc. Crowds in general can just overwhelm some people. Then there […]

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Coaching The Bench

I coach others. I do not coach winners, in the sense of those who win trophies and championships. I do not coach stars, in the sense of those who advance through the stages of competition in order to be the best on stage. I do not coach elites , in the sense of those who […]

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St. Joseph and May Day

I can remember reading about May Day celebrations in the fourth grade. There were pictures of children dancing around a Maypole, each with the end of a beautifully colored strand or strip of cloth, or maybe crepe paper. As they danced, the pole would become wrapped in the blended, woven colors, and the children would […]

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Honor Roll

As I was growing up, one of the Bible verses “drilled” into my mind and heart was II Timothy 2:15: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that neededth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” To type such a verse drives the “spellcheck” crazy. It does not recognize Old […]

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Duration of a Crucifixion

We don’t really know how long it takes to be crucified. We do know that there are still those who practice this form of execution. But there are many, many variables. The method of crucifixion. Weather. The condition of the criminal or victim (when it comes to crucifixion, the distinction is almost irrelevant) at the […]

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New Year. New People. New Relationships. New Opportunities. New Challenges. New Adventures. New Possibilities. No Resolutions, this year; but we do have some changes on the horizon. The Disciples College has enjoyed almost seventy years of ministry and service, and our place in the hearts of Christians across the USA and around the world is […]

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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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