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The Church Where My Knees Buckled…

The little lady in the aisle greeted me. “Pastor,” she said, “I was blessed by your sermon.” I was a guest in her church and she was being a gracious worshiper. Her second sentence nearly made my knees buckle. “The problem is, I never know when it’s safe to bring visitors.” What? Am I standing […]

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Extreme Family

A lot of talk in the media these days about extreme sports. Downhill ski racing where the speed is measured in thousandths of a second. And kids doing things on skateboards and the half-pipe that we never thought possible. I’d tell you about my own prowess in Extreme Ping Pong but that’s a story for […]

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The Wink

I don’t recall that I ever watched The West Wing television program when it was on. That’s not a spiritual statement, it’s just kind of a schedule-reality statement. We try to use our finite allotted hours more productively. I admit I have read about the program, though, deemed by some to be one of the […]

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Boredom 101

Do you remember the New Testament story of Eutychus? It really used to bother me. I mean, here was a guy who had the privilege of hearing one of the greatest men who ever lived – the apostle Paul – and he fell asleep. He was sitting in this third story window sill because the […]

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Orders

In December of 1944 the world was in all-out World War II mode, both in the Europe and Pacific theaters. A young Japanese Lieutenant, Hiroo Onoda, an intelligence officer in the Royal Japanese Army, was deployed to the Philippine island of Lubang. It was a small island, only 16 X 6 miles, but strategic to […]

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Birds Of a Feather

I remember a short-lived game show from the days of black and white TV. A contestant would be chosen from the studio audience and sent off-stage to a “sound proof room.” Three married couples were then chosen from the audience and brought up on stage. The MC would mix them up and re-arrange them so […]

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Me and My Brother

Gary Klahr and Steve Barbin were long-time best buds. In their 20’s they had met in a bar and something just clicked between them. They often frequented Jennings Beach and Southport Harbor near Fairfield, Connecticut where they grew up. Gary was best man in Steve’s wedding. When Gary was drafted to play football for the […]

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Friday Morning Office

A couple of weeks ago I got a slap up along side of the head about how and why some churches grow. I have a friend who’s on the pastoral staff of a large church not far from us. I mean a large church. About 20,000 people attend every weekend, on eight separate campuses in […]

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The Transformation of a Bumbling Crusader

I’ve often wondered how far Moses walked that day with his sandals under his arm. I mean, he had just stood in awe beside a flaming shrub, now a place made sacred by the very presence of God. He heard God speak there. He received the assurance that God knew his circumstances. He received his […]

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Can I Get An Amen?

This generation was born in a hurry. One of the enemy’s strategies I sense, since down-time, reflection, meditation are so powerful, is to keep us on the edge of frantic. The schedule crowds us, the crowd schedules us, the to-do list gets longer rather than shorter. I can’t remember ever going to bed and saying […]

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