• no enemies, only neighbors

    by  • July 16, 2007 • 10 Comments

    I took my trip on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho today, as did many of you who are in churches that follow the lectionary, and listened again to the parable we have come to call The Good Samaritan. Many of Jesus’ parables have gotten misnamed over the years — the three in Luke...

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    hunting and gathering

    by  • July 15, 2007 • 7 Comments

    Since I had to work yesterday, I didn’t get to go to our Friday Farmers’ Market in Marshfield, so I set out today to find a couple of farm stands and buy vegetables and fruit for the week ahead. As I was driving down Route 123, I saw a sign that said, “Blueberries Next...

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    working my way home

    by  • July 13, 2007 • 7 Comments

    I sat down to write tonight and began by first by checking in at Pandora, which is a really cool music site that lets you set up your own “radio station” where you designate the artists you want to hear and then they surprise you with some others based on your music genome. I’ve...

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    free fall

    by  • July 12, 2007 • 12 Comments

    in the moment betweenthe orchestra tuning andthe curtain going uplies a space big enoughto hold our expectations in the last moment beforethe wheels touchdownand grab the runwayas we catch our breathand let go of our fear in that one moment beforebeginning — when we knowwhat’s coming but not hereyet – that one momentfull of...

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    a boy named sous

    by  • July 11, 2007 • 24 Comments

    I got the gig! It’s no Holy Grail, but there was much rejoicing. Yay! In between the opening and closing sessions of our Avalanche Ranch VBS, I drove down to Plymouth to talk to the Chef and came back with a job as his sous chef. I’m pumped. I call back tomorrow to find...

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    enough

    by  • July 10, 2007 • 12 Comments

    I have a job interview tomorrow. Last Saturday I made a cold call on a restaurant that happens to be across the parking lot from the Unemployment Office (excuse me – the Career Center). It’s a funky little place with a really cool menu that runs ads on cable from time to time. As...

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    q and a

    by  • July 9, 2007 • 3 Comments

    Ginger and I had a conversation with our friend Jay over coffee Saturday afternoon as we talked about the questions that shape our faith. Often, when people talk theology, the vocabulary centers on issues, which is ultimately polarizing, I think, because they end up doing things like taking a stand and defending a position....

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    stacking up stones

    by  • July 7, 2007 • 6 Comments

    One of my favorite stories in the Bible is Joshua telling the people to stack up twelve stones from the Jordan River for an altar after they had crossed through the river on dry ground. And then he told the People of Israel, “In the days to come, when your children ask, ‘What are...

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    tonight

    by  • July 6, 2007 • 5 Comments

    we walked the beach in the dark.I feel like I’ve walked all day in lightthat’s been retreating like the endof a silent movie, shrinking to a pin spotand then disappearing into the certaindefeat of the black screen. Sometimes I imagine a hand reaching outof the shrinking circle, halting the darkness.Then a second hand, and...

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    what’s cookin’

    by  • July 4, 2007 • 7 Comments

    I went looking for a job today. I’ve made only a marginal effort since I was fired from The Inn because I knew I was going on mission trip and had a couple of other things on the calendar and I couldn’t see starting a new gig by saying, “Oh – and I need...

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