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    lenten journal: on the road

    by  • April 12, 2014 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    I have spent the day traveling from Durham to Fort Worth where I am speaking at First United Methodist Church tomorrow. They read my book during Lent and asked me to come and share Communion in worship and dinner tomorrow night. I have spent the evening eating and talking with new friends from the...

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    epiphany: camel-less

    by  • January 6, 2014 • Uncategorized • 8 Comments

    The Christmas tide is going out . . . the waves of wonder which crashed against the sea wall of my heart are sliding away reminding me that the tides come and go, neap and spring: this is the rhythm of redemption.   Along the now silent sands in my mind’s eye I still...

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    advent journal: a faraway christmas

    by  • December 23, 2013 • Uncategorized • 7 Comments

    My offering tonight is a story I wrote several years ago. Three Christmases ago, my friend Terry helped me turn it into an audio file. This past year has helped me read it a bit differently. I share it again. A Faraway Christmas   As we gather together on this Silent Night, To sing...

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    pie-a-palooza

    by  • November 13, 2013 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    Several years ago, Thanksgiving became synonymous with pie at our house. The week before I go on a pie baking frenzy and the results are shared throughout the neighborhood, as well as around our table. Here are a few of the recipes that have become keepers over the years. I’ll start with my mother’s...

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    faith like a row boat

    by  • August 29, 2013 • faith, grief, music, Uncategorized • 13 Comments

    One of the traditions in church I don’t take easily is that of changing the lyrics of hymns — for whatever reasons. Down the years, however, those who have served on the committees who have collected and compiled the hymns have felt free to alter the texts (as they call them) and move on...

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    down with the ship

    by  • August 28, 2013 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments

    Many years ago, my friend Billy Crockett and I read an article about a ship captain who, with his crew, abandoned ship when it began to sink, leaving the passengers on board. The story led us to the song title, “Down With the Ship,” which ended up being a song about Martin Luther King....

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    just another moral monday . . .

    by  • July 2, 2013 • Uncategorized • 8 Comments

    I spent another Monday in Raleigh this week — my third one. The North Carolina Chapter of the NAACP has sponsored the events, which have become known as Moral Mondays, as a response to the damaging laws being passed down by our state legislature during this session which include cutting unemployment benefits to 170,000...

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