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12th Sunday After Pentecost

So I have this problem: Sometimes on my day off I sleep in late; then, when I finally get up, I know there are a lot of things to get done – laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, exercise, and make meals for the week. I know I have one day a week to cram it all in, but it’s only 9am – I’ve got the whole day, right? So, I make tea, listen to the news, play around on Facebook, and check Instagram. Suddenly my phone dings – it’s 11am, and spin class is in 15 minutes. I run around, get ready, take the class, and walk outside into a beautiful day. Naturally, that means it’s time for a walk! Before I know it the time is 3pm, I haven’t showered, done laundry, cleaned, gone to the grocery store, or cooked before I have dinner plan. My day has gone haywire. Why? Because I wasn’t clear on my priorities for the day…

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11th Sunday After Pentecost

When my wife was ordained to the ministry two years ago I gave her three pieces of religious artwork. The three pieces are all by the same artist, Joseph Novak. He is a Presbyterian pastor and graphic artist. As an artistic endeavor and as an act of personal piety Joseph Novak chose to take all of the books of the bible and create a single graphic which would capture what he interpreted as the essence of the particular book. What he made are colorful, abstract, and often thought provoking. He calls his works collectively The Minimum Bible…

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10th Sunday After Pentecost

Last week I finally got around to watching the movie Zootopia. As I watched it, I couldn’t help think that it reflected the racial tension and political fears of our country today. I mentioned that to some friends and one of them said, “Yep. That’s why we really need to pray.” Another friend replied, “I’ve been praying. For over a year I’ve been praying that the police would stop shooting unarmed Black men, and look at how that turned out. God doesn’t want to answer my prayers.”…

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