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Theology

The Time Judas Preached the Gospel

*I wrote this for a another blog a few years ago. Photo credit © 2004 Icon Productions What I learned in church about Judas Betrayal is a word we don’t use much anymore. Over time most words lose their power because of overuse and misuse. One day we use the word in front of someone […]

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General

The Liturgy as Literature

I’ve been studying storytelling. Not just the typical three-act structure, but also the plot points, pinch points, climactic moment, the dark night of the soul and temporary triumph. Good stories hit all the major points. It keeps you engaged and leaves you with a sense of fulfillment, or challenge. Recently, sitting in church, I thought […]

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Book Review

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s been a while since I’ve read this classic and I still love it. C.S. Lewis is one of the great adventure writers that so clearly paints good versus evil. This tale is one of despair that becomes hope […]

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Theology

With or Without Liturgy; Worship Requires Something of Us

Worship is…a spiritual experience to be grounded in truth. The benefits and challenges of the liturgical worship are the same as those of the experiential worship.

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Culture

Sticks and Stones and Dignity

Human dignity has long been understood in this country to be innate. When the Framers proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” they referred to a vision of mankind in which all humans are created in the image of God and therefore of inherent worth. – Clarence Thomas

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Culture

My Tribute to the Female Action Hero

Dig deep into the cinematic archives of my youth. You’re welcome join me and find those Women of Action, those Feminine Icons of Heroism, the Tough and Tender Women that turned our heads and saved our lives … all … in the name … of adventure.

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Theology

Marriage is …

We’ve been getting married for so long that, in a lot of ways, we’ve forgotten that marriage is a promise, a gift, and a mystery.

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Theology

Religion as a Gift

Is religion really the problem? I’ve heard a number of leaders in Christendom say It’s not about religion, but a relationship. Jesus didn’t start a religion, he started a movement. Yet, the Old Covenant establishes a religion complete with rituals, sacred objects, sacred spaces and sacred days. Jesus didn’t denounce that religion. He denounced the […]

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Based on a True Story

The Last Adventure

Once upon a time this lighthouse existed as a guide to keep sailors from wrecking their ships on the Lake Michigan coast. In the wake of the United States Civil War the Great Lakes became an important waterway of the Mid-West. Boat traffic increased to accommodate the growing lumber industry. All throughout the Great Lakes […]

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Based on a True Story

Where is Ashland, West Virginia

A picture is worth a thousand words, but only if you know the story behind the picture. This picture doesn’t tell the whole story. We were pulling a 5,000 pound travel trailer with a Chevy 1500, south on I-77, through the Appalachian mountain range. Under nominal conditions, this isn’t a problem. What happens when the […]