• rag tag army

    by  • January 23, 2007 • 3 Comments

    My musings on church a couple of days ago led me to look up an old friend. When I was in seminary, someone gave me a copy of The Way of the Wolf by Martin Bell, who was described as an Episcopal priest and a private detective. The book is a series of short...

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    these are my peeps

    by  • January 22, 2007 • 3 Comments

    Friday and Saturday were two of the best days I’ve ever had working at the Inn. We worked hard, we worked well, and we had fun. Part of the reason things went as well as they did was we were appropriately staffed – finally. Part of it was Chef made some minor adjustments to...

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    tired, new eyes

    by  • January 18, 2007 • 5 Comments

    I’ve worked two days at the Inn since I decided to go back and have quickly realized the two weeks away lessened my capacity to work ten and eleven hour shifts. In short, I’ve come home tired, which is one of the reasons I didn’t write last night. My fortnight of forced freedom also...

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    to whom it may concern

    by  • January 16, 2007 • 3 Comments

    One of the things I’ve learned in a little over a year of blogging is how short the life expectancy of a post really is. Once it moves far enough down the page that people have to scroll to find it, it is truly an archive. So, when I woke up this morning to...

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    breathing lessons

    by  • January 15, 2007 • 5 Comments

    For a mostly white congregation in the suburbs, we do a pretty good job celebrating Martin Luther King Day. It starts with a breakfast (we had fifty people this year) where we hear excerpts from King’s speeches and writings, and then a worship centered around issues of peace and social justice. Paul Nickerson, the...

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    to believe in this living

    by  • January 13, 2007 • 5 Comments

    Several years ago, I was singing for a church banquet and came to the point in my set where I was going to sing “Angel From Montgomery,” my favorite song. I prefaced the song very simply — “I relate to this song more than any song I know” — then I started to sing:...

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    can’t wait

    by  • January 11, 2007 • 2 Comments

    This morning on the TODAY show, they told of an American Airlines flight from hell over New Year’s Weekend. The flight was supposed to go from San Francisco to Dallas: three and a half hours. Because of severe storms in Dallas, the flight was rerouted to Austin, where it was told to land and...

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    alternate tuning

    by  • January 11, 2007 • 5 Comments

    Something in the day lead me to a poem rather than an essay. I’m less confident in my poetry, but it is what I have to offer. Alternate TuningI’m confused.I don’t understand.I’ve played guitar a long time.But tonight, I’m trying something new.I press the string against the neck for aG, but the note that...

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    the next voice you hear

    by  • January 9, 2007 • 7 Comments

    God called again, “Samuel!”—the third time! Yet again Samuel got up and went to Eli, “Yes? I heard you call me. Here I am.” That’s when it dawned on Eli that God was calling the boy. So Eli directed Samuel, “Go back and lie down. If the voice calls again, say, ‘Speak, God. I’m...

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    stand up and sing

    by  • January 8, 2007 • 2 Comments

    Naomi Shihab Nye is one of my favorite poets and one of my heroes because of the way she wages peace with words. When I found a book of her poetry I did not have, You & Yours, I whipped out one of my Christmas gift cards and gave it to myself. This was...

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