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And it still seems like only yesterday my brother and I were glued to the TV in the wee hours of the morning, waiting with great anticipation for the two astronauts to descend out of the tiny moon lander. After Neil Armstrong said those famous words, “The Eagle has landed,” we could hear che…

Does this sound familiar to any of you? I heard it growing up, especially when things were not going as I had hoped they would. Well-meaning friends and relatives would often say to me, “Let go and let God,” as though that was supposed to make everything better. In the moment that seemed too…

Like many people, I awoke last Sunday ready for the Easter season to begin with all of its signs of joy, hope and rebirth. My mood was quickly dampened by the news of the terrorist attacks on Christians celebrating the Easter liturgy at various churches in Sri Lanka. To date, nearly 300 peop…

As we prepare for Easter, let us not forget to pray for the Christians of France who were devastated by the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral this past Monday during Easter week. TV reports showed thousands of people stood on the other side of the Seine singing hymns and praying that their bel…

One word — plastics — was the career advice in the 1967 movie, “The Graduate.” Sixty years later, that advice is haunting us. We’re being buried by synthetic chemicals molded into bottles, jars, toys, packaging materials, plumbing supplies, vinyl siding and significant portions of everything…

“Turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel.” This is one of the admonitions said to us as we are signed with ashes on our foreheads during Ash Wednesday — no small directive for any of us to follow. What do I need to turn away from in my life at this moment? My hair-trigger temper? My jud…

While driving into my subdivision this afternoon, I came up to the first intersection only to have to slam on my breaks for a school bus stopping on the opposite corner. That didn't bother me except for the woman sitting in her minivan across the intersection parked at the corner and blockin…

Sociologists are telling us what baby boomers know intuitively: The family meal is in eclipse. Many Americans who have traversed earth’s sod for at least half a century can bear witness to bygone days when family dinner at home was nearly as consistent as first hour at school. Most days of t…

I learned a long time ago that in ministry, as in life, you can’t make everybody happy. From time to time, folks leave anonymous messages on the church’s answering machine expressing their displeasure. As a leader, there is not much follow-up that you can do if people won’t own their opinion…

My life experiences taught me fear was a bad thing, even though it kept me safe. What I did not learn until much later was that it also kept me paralyzed and unable to do the things I desired. It took me a long time to learn that fear is a good thing and is needed to alert us to real danger,…

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