Monthly Archives: November 2014

Random Thoughts From The Train (A Mustard Seed Musing)

While the airline fees predicate a certain socioeconomic class, the train still allows for a melting pot of cultural diversity. But you still need a ticket to ride. It’s kind of like grace- it may be free but it ain’t … Continue reading

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From Thanksgiving to Thanksliving (A Mustard Seed Musing)

I have much to be thankful for: from a family who loves me to a job I love, from good friends who challenge me to hobbies that give me outlets to express myself, from good health to an understanding of … Continue reading

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A Christmas Story To Tell (Sunday’s Sermon Today- Advent 1)

What are your favorite stories? The ones you would re-read or re-watch, the ones you love to hear for yourself again and to tell others about? The ones you can tell by heart? One of my favorite stories – and … Continue reading

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What #Ferguson Tells Us About Ourselves (A Mustard Seed Musing)

My Facebook feed has been riddled with rants about how justice was served (!) or how justice wasn’t served (!) for the last seventeen hours, after the verdict came back with no indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting … Continue reading

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Sweeping The Front Steps (A Mustard Seed Musing)

I love fall but I don’t love fallen leaves. And pine needles. I’ve already raked up and bagged, with the help of my trusty boys, forty bags of yard “stuff.” And it just keeps coming, and coming, and coming. So, completely getting … Continue reading

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Little Hope Was Arson: What Does Forgiveness Look Like? (Movie Review)

As a pastor, I can’t imagine the phone call in the middle of the night, the call to tell me that my church has burned to the ground. I know the building isn’t the main thing, but it stands for … Continue reading

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The Prophets’ Story: The Refs Don’t Make The Rules (Sunday’s Sermon Today)

I am a rules guy. As a kid, I was obsessed with ‘right’ versus ‘wrong,’ and saw the world in stark black and white. The older I get, the more I recognize the spectrum of colors ranging from white to … Continue reading

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What If All The Kids Had Coats? Praying For A Christmas Miracle (A Mustard Seed Musing)

The little girl came into church with her two brothers and her two older cousins. I noticed she was shivering, and that her hoodie looked pretty threadbare. The weather has turned for the colder, and it’s only supposed to get … Continue reading

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Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In: Cynthia Zamperini-Garris On Unbroken, Her Father, & His New Book

What would you do if you were lost at sea? Imprisoned and beaten in an enemy war prison? Losing the love of your life because of your own addiction and anger? In 1949, Louie Zamperini heard Billy Graham preach, and … Continue reading

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Beside Still Waters: Chris Lowell’s Love Letter To Change (Movie Review)

After Daniel’s (Ryan Eggold, The Blacklist) parents die in a car accident, his friends reassemble at the summer home to support Daniel before he sells it off. But his friends are struggling with their own stuff, too, like Tom (Beck Bennett, SNL) … Continue reading

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