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...]

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...]

Stuck

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Monday, May 28, 2012 at 11:30 am, Lee Dell Thomas, Jr. climbed up into a construction crane on the campus of Southern Methodist University where he held out in the sweltering heat for over 15 hours in a standoff with police. Bystanders stood with binoculars observing his every move. I heard them say things on [Read More...]

What is Your Expiration Date?

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“Throw away everything from before May 2012.” These were the instructions from Dave, our team leader. Sunday afternoon I joined a group of 15 or so volunteers from my local church in a clean up day at the temporary residence facility in a neighboring community called Samaritan Inn. The Inn houses 100 people in transition [Read More...]

“Where are You Supposed to be Right Now?”

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It was a sunny Monday morning in June and I was sitting at my home computer wearing t-shirt and shorts making a list of details to take care of for a conference on preaching I was organizing. The phone rang. It was Herbert Coleman, Director of Recruitment and Admissions at Perkins School of Theology where [Read More...]

My Route Guidance is Finished??

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Last Saturday I was invited to be the retreat leader for a Sunday School class from a large church in Dallas. One of the members has a lovely vacation home in the wilds of east Texas near Chandler. I was to arrive by 9 am, have breakfast with the group, and lead a daylong session on the parables of [Read More...]


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