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March 18, 2020

 “The church is to be a living exegesis of the gospel.” — Michael J. Gorman


We were made for times like this. This is where we, as the Church, get a chance to truly live out what we confess in times of ease and comfort, practice what we declare as true. This is...

February 14, 2019

When we read about abuse that happens to someone else, somewhere else, we can be empathetic. We can be moved to action by the plights of others; we can become more aware, make more thoughtful choices.

But when abuse hits home, it’s something else. Our reaction is viscer...

October 26, 2018

It’s cold here in the Ozarks. The streets are damp, and the leaves are changing. I woke up on this crisp autumn morning to the news that Eugene Peterson is entering his final days of this life. For those of you not familiar with Peterson, his best-known work is a parap...

September 13, 2018

I just couldn’t wait.

As soon as I clicked over to my 18th birthday, I was out of my house like a bullet from a gun. It’s not that I had it bad at home; quite the contrary. I lived in the same house I’d grown up in. My mom pretty much gave me free reign and cleaned up a...

August 31, 2018

Americans love the Lone Ranger.

Now, many of you may never have actually seen the Lone Ranger of TV lore like I did as a kid (yeah, I know I’m old), but believe me: You’ve seen the the Lone Ranger. Whether it’s Rambo, Jessica Jones or Deadpool, the myth of the lone en...

August 22, 2018

Dobre Otra! Hola! Hei! That’s “howdy” in Russian, Spanish and Finnish, in case you’re wondering. Pretty impressive, huh?

Not really.

Few things have been more frustrating for me than my failed attempts at learning different languages. While I can spout a few memorized ph...

January 18, 2018

Every year, somewhere around the middle of July, downtown San Diego undergoes a metamorphosis. Fifty-story high banners unfurl down the walls of skyscrapers, every  bus and trolley is cocooned in elaborate advertising wraps, hotels and restaurants are closed to regular...

December 23, 2017

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I watched as the last minute ticked on the clock, then hit the off button just as the alarm sounded. I’d already been awake at least half an hour, even though I had crawled beneath the...

December 8, 2017

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Ravn Alaska is a regional airline that flies into the little-known, wild and not-easily accessible areas of the state; places with names like Chuathbaluk, Deadhorse, Nunapitchuk, Russia...

September 28, 2017

Dad is pushing 90 and has dementia. As one friend recently said, “He's way out of warranty.”

But other than the brain-wasting disease, and the general feebleness that comes with having torn so many pages off the calendar, he’s in remarkably good health. It’s just the de...

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