Reflections Blog

Spring Fever

Spring Fever

Every spring I catch this virus. I hear others get it too. It’s called ‘spring fever.’ As the flowers begin to bud and the days grow longer, my energy seems to build like the crescendo of a symphony. I begin to wake before sunrise and then...

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The Divine Mystery of Forgiveness

The Divine Mystery of Forgiveness

Photo by Jason Stephenson Happy Eastertide! Soon after his resurrection, Jesus appears to the disciples in a locked room and says, “Peace be with you.” When their excitement has died down, he resumes. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with...

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Love Springs Up

Love Springs Up

One of my best friends is a Texan. I love the way he says, ‘ohl’ and ‘fohl,’ which are spelled ‘oil’ and ‘foil.’ So, when you read this, I wish you could hear his voice, his Texas twang. The Meaning of Easter One day we got in a conversation...

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Becoming Velcro for Good News

Becoming Velcro for Good News

“I thank my God every time I remember you…” (Philippians 1:3) This afternoon, I have just come home from a congregational meeting to dissolve a pastoral relationship. It was not an easy meeting. It concluded over three weeks of difficult...

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God Loves You. No Kidding!

God Loves You. No Kidding!

It’s easy for me to forget what life was like before I gave my life to Jesus. After all, I was a teenager and that chapter of my life seems like a long time ago. My memory is made hazier because I don’t remember a time when I was not surrounded...

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“Re-Wilding” in Every Generation

“Re-Wilding” in Every Generation

I don’t know if you’ve seen it before, but I’ve used it a few times at leadership retreats. It gets people thinking about “church as an ecosystem” rather than as something people can mechanistically control or manage. It starts off with wolves...

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How Very Good and Pleasant It Is

How Very Good and Pleasant It Is

My column this month is less a reflective essay than a series of news and notes on the Presbytery’s life. 50th Anniversary Celebration Last summer I asked for help planning a party to celebrate the Presbytery’s fiftieth anniversary. Several of...

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The Gift

The Gift

Early in November, my wife Jan and I took a vacation to a remote part of Mexico. At least, we tried to. The truck we were using and were depending upon to cross the desert needed new tires, so we stopped at a Costco to purchase new ones. While...

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The Right Person for the Job

The Right Person for the Job

In November my family took a two-week vacation to New Zealand. The Alpine valleys and snow-capped mountains quenched my spirit. But without question, the highlight of the trip was attending the semi-finals of the Rugby League World Cup in...

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Airplane Seats and a Cross-Shaped Life

Airplane Seats and a Cross-Shaped Life

By the time you read this, I will be in St. Louis for the annual meeting of Presbyterian bureaucrats. Officers and staff of General Assembly, synods, and presbyteries will gather to talk about everything from the future of ministry to child...

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What I Learned at the Pig’s Trough

What I Learned at the Pig’s Trough

I grew up in a large family. At least I thought I did until the Goodbody family came to dinner. They had eleven children and we only had seven. But four brothers and two sisters still seemed like a lot to me. The Wooden Table When you came into...

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Recharging Our Deep Wells

Recharging Our Deep Wells

Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female slave, or your ox or your donkey, or any of your...

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