• Posts Tagged ‘theology’

    lenten journal: finding finitude

    by  • March 31, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    On my first day of Spring Break, I worked in the garden pruning trees and pulling up weeds and then went with Ginger to a relatively new coffee shop, Straw Valley Café, to sip and read for awhile. We walked into a little coffee shop and found it opened up on a meandering puzzle...

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    lenten journal: if darwin prayed

    by  • April 13, 2011 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    If you haven’t heard, Rob Bell has written a book. I haven’t read it, but he apparently has a lot of nerve claiming God loves everyone. What I have read are any number of blog posts, articles, and straight out rants claiming that Bell’s argument that Hell might not exist is not just wrong...

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    smelling stars

    by  • July 14, 2009 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments

    I found them walking from Winchester High School one afternoon to meet Ginger at her church. A small handbill on the door of the Griffin Museum of Photography announced the showing of color pictures of the universe by David Malin. What I learned that afternoon, and in my subsequent trips with my English classes,...

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    question

    by  • June 14, 2009 • Uncategorized • 6 Comments

    If you were speaking in parablesthis afternoon, would you still talkabout seeds and birds and trees? You see, what we know of farmingare supermarket shelves of Costa Ricanbananas and Peruvian asparagus; a flower box of basil in the yard,summer trips to the farmer’s market.(Why is it so expensive?) In our world of uniform tomatoes,our...

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    lenten journal: 86

    by  • March 6, 2009 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Tonight was our last night of dinner service before Duke students go on Spring Break and we’ve had a rather spirited discussion about what to expect from the evening. My boss and I were looking at it from two very different vantage points: she didn’t want to buy food that would then be left...

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    lenten journal: god is a river

    by  • March 5, 2009 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    I’m tired. This has been a busy week at work and I’ve been working hard to finish the ten gallons of soup for Empty Bowls tomorrow night, which meant I spent every spare moment of the last couple of days chopping and dicing until my hands are rough and cracked. Though dinner went well...

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    theological esperanto

    by  • February 19, 2009 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    I’m not sure when I first heard of Esperanto – high school, I think. Dr. Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof invented the language in the late nineteenth century to foster international harmony. Rather than pick one language for everyone to learn, which might leave the native speakers of that language with an advantage or an attitude,...

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    the lord’s sukiyaki

    by  • November 23, 2008 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    A group from our church got together tonight for dinner – actually, for a Japanese dinner. Of the eight of us gathered around the table, three had lived in Japan (one of them teaches Japanese at a local high school) and one had Japanese relatives. We had an authentic Japanese meal: sukiyaki and nabe....

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    can we talk?

    by  • May 19, 2008 • Uncategorized • 8 Comments

    “Baptists don’t baptize infants,” I heard some say not long ago, “they ordain them.” In the spring of 1977, in the summer after my junior year in college, I was called as pastor of Pecan Grove Baptist Church near Gatesville, Texas, which meant I needed to be ordained. In early June, an ordination council...

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    holy hollandaise

    by  • February 4, 2008 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    When Ginger started her Transfiguration sermon this morning by talking about those who are attracted to the more mystical elements of our faith and those who steer towards the more practical, I thought about Bob Wiley’s words in the movie What About Bob? when his psychiatrist asked him why he got divorced: “Well, there...

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