“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...]

No Time for Saplings

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It’s almost graduation weekend at the University where I teach. A high value is always placed on quality landscaping and a pleasing aesthetic for the campus, but especially so when parents and alumni gather. Then the campus needs to be in prime condition, pleasing to the eye. And I am not against this by any [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday Closet Cleaning

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We like to present a tidy appearance to the world, but we all have closets. Matthew’s Jesus would have us clean our closets, not have an inner “safe room” that is filled with selfish motives and shallow goals.

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It’s Go Time! Mark 1:16-20

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One of my students, trained as an attorney, told me of an article she recently read in a journal for Alabama lawyers. It was written by a judge and dealt with the top ten things attorneys should never say to judges. The first is “With all due respect, your honor.” Because it is a prelude to disagreeing or objecting, not respect. The second is “I’m not prepared today because…..” I don’t know what the other 8 are. Two is enough.

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Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh: Get Them While Supplies Last!

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They stride into Jerusalem like a person wandering bare footed into a snake pit, asking “Where’s the baby king?” Like someone strolling into a public park looking for the guy they’re going to buy a bike from on Craig’s list, stumbling into a drug deal.

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First Things First

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One night this past week I had a very vivid dream. I was running- where I didn’t know, I just knew that I had to get there fast. I was running down a long stretch of road, and I was clutching a golden nugget in my hand. It slipped from my grasp as I ran. [Read more...]

Grocery Store Checkout

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Thirty years ago when my husband and I got married in York, Pennsylvania, I asked a friend from seminary to read Scripture. She and I had both just graduated from Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C. I remember that she drove all the way from Texas to the wedding and read l Corinthians 13 like [Read More...]

Walkabout

Walkabout As a recovering workaholic I’m trying to schedule more spontaneous, leisure activities into my week. I know irony. Scheduled spontaneity. Anyway, a friend and I had talked about walking a couple times a week now that the relentlessly oppressive summer heat in Texas has given way to October coolness. She, by her own admission, [Read More...]

“Beware of The Bears”

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As I stood there looking at the black bear warning sign, I pictured me being confronted by a black bear. I wondered- what would I do? I would smile at the bear, gesture for it to hold off on making its next move for just a moment, pull out my I phone and look up “What to do when confronted by a black bear.” Maybe it would have been better to look that up before I started the hike. [Read more...]


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