More Grist for the Mill

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How 90 Seconds on Sunday Took Me to 1954 and Back

I had been thinking about it for awhile, but after “Susie” (not her real name) mentioned it to me before worship this past Sunday (May 7, 2017) I knew more than ever that I needed to write this message. (More on “Susie” later.) Other than the email I wrote to the good people of Pharr […]

Easter Sunday 2017

One Lousy Comma

PLEASE ALLOW ME TO START WITH A CONFESSION this morning: It is one of the supreme marks of irony that I have wound up making a living as a speaker and writer, given that my high school and undergrad transcripts do not provide evidence of a highly motivated English student. There were, however, two rules […]

#’s 69 & 70

MAN, WHAT A DIFFERENCE 30 YEARS MAKES. It was early March, 1987, in the back room in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh. A sixth-grader had the blank sheets from Sports Illustrated at the ready, along with various writing utensils, using scrap paper to scribble down the brackets as the talking heads on CBS revealed each […]

Wainscot and Lent

SHORTLY BEFORE ERIN AND I left to go see family last month, the trustees began some what we thought would be minor work that could be done mostly while we were gone. A few things in the kitchen and repainting the hallway – nothing major, right? Well…when the wainscot on the wall behind the master shower […]

On This Day…What Does it Matter?

DID YOU KNOW THAT ON THIS DAY IN… …1594 Henri the IV was crowned the King of France? …1678 Earl of Shaftesbury was freed from the Tower of London? …1801 Washington, D.C., was placed under Congressional jurisdiction? …1813 Congress authorized the use of steamboats to transport mail? …1951 the 22nd amendment was ratified, limiting US […]

Same House, Same Room, and…

THIS WEEK ERIN AND I ARE TAKING ANNA to see her grandparents and other extended family, having a wonderful time as everyone enjoys seeing Anna (& Erin!) As part of their preparation for Anna, my parents took what was at one time my room and transformed it into a nursery, complete with a combination of […]

A Monochrome Bulletin and Grace

WE ARE ONLY A COUPLE OF WEEKS AWAY from Ash Wednesday, which means that we are in the final planning stages for what is one of the truly unique services of the Christian year. Working on the bulletin for that service got me thinking about one of the truly traumatic things that affects our families, our […]

Who Saw this Coming?

Man, I must admit this morning that I am less than thrilled with the outcome of last night’s Super Bowl. For quite some time, I have not been a fan of the New England Patriots, and I was more than a little excited when Atlanta went up by 25. And yet, even with that kind […]

When the Day is Bigger than the People

I don’t buy a lot of our President-Elect’s rhetoric, and wish he didn’t engage in some of the behavior that is part of his M.O., but several articles recently have addressed some activities of a few members of Congress that are small, petty, and unbecoming of the offices these people hold…what a tragedy it is that […]