Come, Darkness of Lent

With Ash Wednesday, the shadowy journey of Lent has begun. Lent is a season that doesn’t bring warm fuzzies like Christmas or Easter. You’re not going to find a Hallmark card wishing you an Awesome Ash Wednesday or a Luscious Lent. It’s 40 days of dust, ashes, temptation, self-denial, gloom,...

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An Unfriendly Tip

An unfriendly tip has inspired me to give you a friendly tip: don’t complain about tipping or it may go viral. Pastor Alois Bell found this out the hard way. Recently dining at a St. Louis-area Applebee’s with friends, she got a little hot under the collar when an 18% automatic...

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Walk Lighter

I suppose when you think of plays that carry a spiritual punch, Footloose the Musical doesn’t pop into your mind. I felt the same way–and then I was cast in the role of Rev. Shaw Moore at the Artisan Center Theater in Hurst, TX, the role that John Lithgow made...

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Oh, The Places You’ll Grow!

This is a message for all the people in my life who are struggling right now. Colleagues with cancer, friends with ailing parents, “baby mamas” who have been ditched. Reading this won’t solve all your problems, but I hope it will remind you that God can be found in the...

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Lord, Reveal To Us Your Glory

I have always been captivated by the sky and space. When I was a kid, I pored over a Golden Nature Book simply entitled Stars, with a picture of Saturn on the cover, a comet whizzing overhead. When I was 12, I requested a telescope for Christmas. It was a...

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A Really Good Question

Last week, I zipped down the street to attend a United Methodist district clergy meeting. Now normally I would look forward to such a gathering with the enthusiasm of licking a dust mop. No offense to any of my pastoral colleagues, many of whom I’ve developed wonderful friendships over the years, but I have noted...

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Lord, Reveal To Us A Miracle

Let me ask you a provocative question: do Christians have a love-hate relationship with the miracle stories in the Gospels? Think about it. On one hand, we thrill to the tales of Jesus strolling over stormy waves, morphing a measly sack lunch into a banquet for the multitudes and the...

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Lord, Reveal To Us…True Worship

Christmas officially ends today. Now you may have thought that it ended on Dec. 25, after you unwrapped the presents, consumed the Christmas ham and shoved the last of the kinfolk out the door.  However, for hundreds of years, the church didn’t start Christmas celebrations until Dec 25 and carried them...

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Grow Up

Meet Stanley the Baby Man. In his thirties, Stanley acts normally in the real world, but reverts to diapers and “jammies” when at home. He sleeps in a crib, sucks on a pacifier and has himself spoon-fed by a motherly woman as he sits in a man-sized highchair. Most of us view this...

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Resolved: To Make That New Year’s List Again

When I was a young’un–back when the Grand Canyon was being formed–it seemed that New Year’s resolutions were more popular than they are now. Though people talked about them and scribbled out lists, I’m sure they broke their resolutions with the same frequency as they do today. A 2007 study revealed that 88%...

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