See You at the Pool: Part One

This fall semester I’ve been teaching a course with my colleague Dr. Mark Stamm, Professor of Worship at Perkins School of Theology on preaching and worship in life’s transitions. We’ve talked about major transitions like weddings and funerals. Our latest unit is on times in life when people are stuck and need the healing touch [Read More...]

October’s Promise

October’s Promise When I was younger, say in my teens and early twenties, May was my favorite month. I grew up in Pennsylvania and springtime was green shoots and chirpy birds and people who were naturally more cheerful because they didn’t have to shovel snow anymore. I liked October, but mainly for the candy corn [Read More...]

The Undead: Vampires, Zombies and Christians?

On September 30 I posted a brief comment on how much I love October on my face book page. “Tomorrow is the first day of this Pennsylvania native’s all time favorite month. I speak of course of October, in case you have not been keeping track of the passage of time lately. October 3 is [Read More...]

You are not to be trusted!

  “There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death.” (Proverbs 14:12) Does this proverb have any traction in your life? Or does it just seem like a negative generalization? It helps to remember that proverbs are not one size fits all truths. They are ethical [Read More...]

Turnaround

I heard on the news yesterday about a man in Irving, Texas killed on his way to work. They found him several feet off the road, bruised and battered from having been thrown some distance. His injuries indicated that he had been hit from behind by a pickup. The driver didn’t stop. That story stuck [Read More...]

Planes, Trains, and Hospital Beds: Lessons in Vulnerability

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“Why are we here, Randy?” the older man asked the younger man. I wasn’t eavesdropping on their conversation. They were sitting in the next row of chairs in the surgical center waiting room where I sat early this morning filling out my pre surgery consent forms. I couldn’t help but overhear. “Why are we here, [Read More...]

Never Too Late – Making the Right Connections

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I sat looking out the window of the train traveling from Wittenberg to Naumburg last week. I knew I had only 5 minutes to make a connection to a second train to Frankfurt once we arrived in Naumburg and we were already late. Just as I began to feel anxious, the comforting voice of the [Read More...]

Screenwriters Heaven! Learning How to Tell the Story

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I spent the weekend at a screenwriter’s workshop at the Taos Summer Writers Conference in Taos, New Mexico. I am not a screenwriter. And I don’t think I plan to be one, at least not in the near future. I wanted to take the workshop because I’m planning a course next spring on Preaching as [Read More...]

The Mic is On! Recovering from Public Gaffes

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Those who guard their mouths preserve their lives;those who open wide their lips come to ruin. (Proverbs 13:3) Have you noticed that sometimes public figures say the wrong things? Sometime it’s a profanity into a live mic they didn’t realize was live. Other times it’s just a poorly worded, off the cuff remark. On any given [Read More...]

Foreign Language Crash Course:”He is the fat one in the Corner. Do you sell Peanut M and M’s?”

French for Dummies

Later this summer, my husband Murry and I are going to Europe. Half the time we’ll spend in France and the other half in Germany.That means, summer language brush up. I  have the I Speak French and the I Speak German Apps on my  iPhone. Plus, I have been working my way through both French for [Read More...]


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