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Bumper Bowling Faith

We were sitting around the table after a great dinner of homemade fajitas, cheese dip and guacamole.  I loved talking with my nine-year-old nephew.  I loved how engaged he was in conversation, how quickly his mind responded to new ideas, how deep a thinker he was already, how articulate he…

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10 Things the Church Can Learn from Community Theater

Dwayne’s brother played Snoopy in the Warren Players’ production of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.”  It was his first musical theater experience since High School.  So, of course, being community theater geeks, they couldn’t keep Dwayne and me from making the drive to northwestern Pennsylvania to see the show this past weekend….

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Why I’m Presbyterian

I was born asking the question, “Why?”  My father tells the story of driving the three-year-old-me miles to the local electrical sub-station all the while tracing the wires from our house, because I asked “how come?” every time I turned the light switch on and off.  As a preschooler, I drove my…

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Monmouth Presbytery — Keep It 100 or Weak Tea?

Using the illustration of Larry Wilmore again, I gave a variation of this talk to the Presbytery of Monmouth at the February 24th meeting: Larry Wilmore began his late night comedy program by introducing the concept of “Keeping it 100.”  Keeping it Real, Keeping it Authentic, Keeping it Honest.  He…

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The Marriage Question

Dwayne and I have been married for over thirty-five years now.  When we were married, we were kids.  Really.  We were the age of legal majority, but we were not old enough to drink alcohol in some states … or in any state today.  Why did we get married as…

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Living the Rural Delusion

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with “the city” since I was a child growing up in a small town at what was essentially the end of the Long Island Railroad.  My grandparents acquired our “homestead” in the mid 1930’s when it was undoubtedly rural.  They built and worked a chicken…

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Spiritual Health Club

What if new member orientation in a church was more like an initial meeting with a personal trainer at a health club?  This is the question Reggie McNeal asks in his book, The Present Future (2003). Instead of dumping a packet of church club member stuff on them, why not interview…

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