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?”

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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...]

Wedding Crisis Averted – Rising to the Occasion

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I admire problem solvers, situation handlers, risers to the occasion. These are the people you call on to change a tire in record time, figure out exactly why your computer isn’t running like it should, sync any of your devices to any other, pinpoint the reason water is dripping through the ceiling of your garage, [Read More...]

A Father’s Day Meditation: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

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We got the news Friday May 18, 2012, that our choir director Rusty King’s daughter Ann Michele had entered into Hospice care. The family has graciously given me permission to share this meditation. Ann Michele, a beautiful, vibrant twenty five year old woman, was nearing the end of her valiant eight year battle with cancer.  Rusty, [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...]

“He Ascended into Heaven…”

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“He Ascended into Heaven…” Thoughts on Ascension Day 2012 Ascension Day is rapidly approaching. What are we to think about this mystery? What are we to teach and preach, if our task is to communicate its meaning to others this Sunday? I  like to break mysteries down into what, why, where, when, and who. At least [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...]

What You Focus on Grows

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My yoga teacher says the same thing at the end of every class every Monday night at 9 pm. After we’ve all lay prone in the dark with our hands at our sides for several minutes, she has us sit up in the lotus position and she reminds us “Take yoga with you this week, don’t [Read More...]


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