transformation

Last Tuesday night, Dwayne and I wanted a pizza.  We have “pizza” on speed dial and called to order a pepperoni pie.  There was no answer.  I called again, and the ringing went on and on and on.  Why?  Why wouldn’t the pizzeria pick up?  We thought, maybe they’re very…

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It’s OK to Feel Guilty

I don’t imagine anybody likes to feel guilty.  Owning up to our shortcomings is painful.  That’s why we get defensive when criticized, or blame others when we’re accused.  I can’t sleep for days when I know I’ve hurt someone.  I cry.  Taking responsibility for our faults is not only emotionally difficult,…

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Praise God for Liminal Times!

Throwback Thursday … another way for me not to lose some older writing I did and to share what’s still relevant.  This post was first published in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Connections, a publication of the Presbytery of New Covenant. I attended a workshop on Spirituality at the Congregational Transformation Conference…

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What about a Biker Missionary?

Throwback Thursday a day late.  This is an article I wrote in September 2009 and was published in the October issue of “Connections,” the newsletter of New Covenant Presbytery.   I share it here, because this story will be featured in the fourth chapter of the book I’m currently working on, “Twenty-eight…

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Have I Lost my Liberal “Cred”?

I would love to be one of those people who needs to take the Facebook quizzes to know which candidate I side with on political issues.  That would indicate I was somewhere in the middle of the liberal/conservative spectrum.  I’m not.  In fact, I’ve never met someone more liberal than me.  I’ve met people…

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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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Blue Christmas

In the midst of dark “blue” headlines of school children killed by the Taliban in Pakistan, of the two-year anniversary of the shooting in Newtown CT, of the release of the report describing the torture the CIA engaged in, of the unarmed black men killed by white police officers, of…

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Will There Be Poor Always?

As I was doing my MOOC study this week, I kept hearing the following lyrics and melody of the song “Everything’s Alright” (from the musical, Jesus Christ Superstar) ringing through my head.  It’s Jesus’ answer to Judas as Mary anoints him with fragrant perfume.” Surely you’re not saying we have the resources To save the poor…

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