• lenten journal: more songs in the key of lent

    by  • March 19, 2014 • 6 Comments

    As I was walking into work this morning, I found myself singing this song: many’s the time I’ve been mistaken and many times confused yes, and I’ve often felt forsaken and certainly misused oh, but I’m all right, I’m all right I’m just weary to my bones still, you don’t expect to be bright...

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    lenten journal: life together

    by  • March 18, 2014 • 1 Comment

    I was a history major in college. I love the stories. And the history department at Baylor had some great story tellers. Robert Reid told of the rise and fall of the Greeks and Romans, Pat Ward appropriately skeptical insight on American foreign policy, and Wallace Daniel knew both Russian folktales as well as...

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    lenten journal: true grit

    by  • March 17, 2014 • 4 Comments

    I’m excited the NCAA basketball tournaments begin this week because that means baseball is not far behind. I do love watching baseball. When my book came out, one reviewer commented that I must have included the chapter titled “Striking Out” just because I loved baseball and wanted to write about it. As I reflected...

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    lenten journal: digging in the dirt

    by  • March 16, 2014 • 9 Comments

    I spent some time in the yard today. Weeding. We were promised more rain this afternoon, so I tried to get out ahead of it to weed the side of the front yard around the dogwood we planted a little over two years ago in memory of Reuben, my father-in-law. I learned the hard...

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    lenten journal: paint me a picture

    by  • March 15, 2014 • 7 Comments

    These two quotes crossed my path today. A person is a kind of sacrament: something made of molecules by which we become aware of something else which is not made of molecules. — Sydney Carter Christianity is art and not money. — William Blake Here is where they took me. paint me a picture...

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    lenten journal: pi(e) day

    by  • March 14, 2014 • 1 Comment

    Tonight marked the Second Annual Pi(e) Night here at our house. Last year 3.14 fell on a Thursday, so the inaugural event (please remember there is no such thing as a “first annual”) fell on our regular dinner night and we had a blast. Eleven of us gathered this evening — some veterans, some...

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    lenten journal: songs in the key of lent

    by  • March 13, 2014 • 4 Comments

    This has been one of those days when I have had music running through my head. It has also been a day of doing — of carrying out quotidian tasks — rather than reading or contemplating. So I offer songs tonight — a Lenten soundtrack of sorts — drawn from songs that have spoken...

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    lenten journal: lollipop moments

    by  • March 12, 2014 • 1 Comment

    I love it when I get caught by surprise. I got up this morning a little early so I could read a little more Niebuhr and perhaps plant a seed tha t would grow into my blog post for tonight. I came away well fed by a sermon on 1 Corinthians 13: For now...

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    lenten journal: walls

    by  • March 11, 2014 • 3 Comments

    We’ve had two absolutely glorious days in a row here in Durham. The mornings have had a bit of a chill, but not a serious one. Instead, they have quickly given way to the kind warmth of an early spring day — one that knows you need to feel the sun but are not...

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    lenten journal: snapshot

    by  • March 10, 2014 • 1 Comment

    I’ve carried a picture of the sunrise in the pocket of my mind all day long — the memory of this March morning: the promising chill and the sunlight that snuck up like a stage whisper, reminding me of . . . autumn. I know, I know — spring is not yet fully alive...

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