More Grist for the Mill

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A Desk, 2 Bookshelves, 3 Trash Bags, and [Joe]

Last Friday, when our offices were closed, I took advantage of the time to do something I hadn’t done in too long – find out the color of the top of my desk. Some have commented, charitably, I hope, that the color is pretty much whatever is the latest piece of paper that has piled […]

A Most Tragic Misunderstanding…

I’ll never forget the conversation I had a few years ago with a lady who came into my office in a previous appointment looking for assistance with her utility bill. This is a lady whom I had gotten to know as she is what is referred to in our business as ‘a regular.’ On this […]

What Can We Learn from Last Friday?

This past Friday saw thousands of people line up for hours at Apple stores around the world for the release of the next iPhones. Some people waited for hours; I even saw some bloggers flew to Sydney, Australia, so they could get a head start on everyone else! Now, don’t get me wrong, I love […]

What I Learned When I Went Home…

Erin and I spent the last few days visiting my parents at their home in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh. These trips mean a great deal to me as I only get to do it once or twice a year; revisiting various places and seeing people who made the seven years I lived up there […]

Words Matter…

The power to love. The power to destroy. The power to educate. The power to uplift. The power to unite. Over the course of these last two weeks, I have been giving a great deal of thought to words – how we use them and abuse them, how we hear them and listen to them, […]

Dropbox, VBS, and Our Spiritual Health

One of the greatest productivity tools I have used over the past few years has been Dropbox, a company that provides storage ‘in the cloud’ for pretty much any kind of data that might reside in your digital life. Especially moving between my laptop, iPhone, and iPad, as well as using devices in other places as […]

Monday’s Mail and the Bible

In conversations with people throughout the years, I have heard people question the scriptures on many levels. Some talk about its accuracy; some quibble with its relevancy. Others like to use the argument that it was finalized by a council of the church several hundred years after its last words were written as a way […]

A Resource and a Response…

By now the news of Robin Williams’ death has made its way through the news cycle – first with the news he was dead, then the circumstances surrounding his death, then all the ‘experts’ pontificating at the same time that other conspiracy theorists are pushing all their ‘ideas.’ You can go elsewhere to see all […]

Thanks for stopping by!

Thank you for dropping by my corner of the web! The gist of this blog is found in its name – More Grist for the Mill. It will contain most of the posts I write to the people of my current appointment, North Cross UMC in Madisonville, LA, as well as some other reflections on […]