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The Autumn Leaves Have Much to Teach Us

Seasons are good, and I’m glad I live in a place where we get a distinct taste of each of them.

“For everything there is a season,” writes the wise man in Ecclesiastes 3, “and a time for every…

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“We’re All TV Preachers Now!”

“We’re all TV preachers now!”

I was laughing with some of my colleagues. Whether or not you were virus-screened regularly as 2020 and COVID-19 hit us hard, most churches were thrust into a love/hate relationship with video screens of…

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Knowing When the Time Is Right

“When the time had fully come, God sent his Son” (Galatians 4:4).

Ten words in English. Thirteen in Greek. Packed full of enough wonder to fill the universe. I’m baffled by even the first phrase, and that’s the easier…

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In General, Americans Don’t Take Enough Time Off

Americans, in general, are rotten at taking time off. For decades, the statistics have been pretty clear about that.

Factor in the “Great Resignation” of the last couple of years, stupid (and ultimately cruel) government programs that pay folks…

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“Let Us Also Go That We May Die with Him”

It was in winter, the Apostle John writes (John 10), “at the time of Hanukkah,” when Jesus was at Jerusalem and in the Temple.

“Surrounded” by some really religious folks who demanded that he tell them “plainly” whether or…

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Some Words About Computers and Copyists

At our church, we recently replaced two old computers. It was time, and it needed to be done, but, as much as I enjoy playing with new technology and was looking forward to being able to boot up a…

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“In the Year That Queen Elizabeth II Died . . .”

Tomorrow, as I’m writing, the funeral for Queen Elizabeth II will be held at Westminster Abbey. (My invitation seems to have been lost in the mail.)

Seventy years and 214 days. According to Wikipedia, her reign is “the longest…

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“Attitudes Are More Important Than Facts”

Knowing right from wrong is important; knowing when we’re right but wrong is a fruit of deeper wisdom.

It is, you see, frighteningly easy to be “correct” on an issue but to be very wrong indeed in attitude and…

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Why Are These Water-logged Disciples Afraid?

The Son of God. Utterly exhausted.

Mind-boggling. And directly tied to the most amazing truth in the universe. God is not an impersonal “force.” He is not a Creator who creates, sets in motion, and backs away.

In the…

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Proper Dish-washing as Hypocrisy Deterrent

Be not deceived! Proper dish-washing matters. At least, Jesus seemed to think so.

In Matthew 23, he scalds the “religious leaders and Pharisees” for their hypocrisy: “You are frauds who scrupulously clean the outside of your cups and make…

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It’s Raining Where It Never Rains

Where I live, it never rains. In the past it did, at least, a little bit. As the old joke used to go, “Our annual rainfall is about 17 inches. You should be here on the day we get…

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