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Meeting Them Where They Are

I am always find myself interested in Jesus’ stories of healing or “sending out demons.” These are stories, when reading the Bible, that cause me to stop, to break or to pause. The interaction that Jesus has with the man in Mark 1:21-25 is one of these interesting stories. This healing occurs directly after Jesus calls the disciples. Could you imagine being these disciples? First day on the job, and there is a demon-possessed man. It would be like having to perform open-heart surgery on your first day in the ... Read More »

You Have the Right to Remain Silent

Hang out… Listen… Walk in the truth. That’s what I heard in a sermon yesterday. The preacher is a young guy. Heck, Tim’s hardly even a thirty something. He’s a kid! And he’s got this nailed because he lives in the land of young people and he’s always looking around. He told us that these days people don’t come to faith by listening like they used to. They used to go to hear a message, to listen, then believe and make a commitment. Now, Tim said (actually he said people ... Read More »

From Strangers to Friends

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. – Hebrews 13:2, NIV When was the last time that you were new at something, whether it involved a task, a new job or a move to a new neighborhood? Do you remember how it felt to be a beginner on some level? My hunch is that you felt alone at some point, possibly like a stranger. I was talking with a friend the other day about the ... Read More »

What a Maroon

Remember poor Elmer Fudd? Bugs Bunny would always seem to get the better of him and pronounce Elmer “a maroon” (aka moron). “Whadda maroon,” he would say. I think we tend to say this about the disciples. In all of the Bible studies in which I’ve participated, in lots of sermons and in general study, I think most people would say the 12 just didn’t get it. “What a bunch of maroons,” Bugs would have said regarding the disciples. “How could they not know?” we ask. Did they not realize ... Read More »

Driving Diaries 2.0

Tired, ready to be home and traffic is, of course, heavy. I’m in a left-hand turn lane—a double turn lane actually. It is a huge intersection and a very busy main artery. Another driver realizes they need to turn left. They of course stop in the through lane. They simply stop! This naturally makes all those in that lane, wishing to go through, very angry. But the person refuses to go straight and causes a back up. Noticing this unfolding, the car at the head of the turn lane scoots ... Read More »

Hidden Communities

As I sat in the crowded Fellowship Hall listening to the familiar sounding facts, reminding us that we live in the second wealthiest county in the country, and yet have a significant homeless population, I was transported back to a mental slide show of moments of the last 10 years of my life.  The slide show took me to the training for my first visit to a maximum-security prison, where we were told to talk to the inmates like you would anyone else.  Another image was a meeting where I ... Read More »

Remembering the Ordinary Moments of 2013

There is a feature on Facebook that allows you to see your 20 biggest moments in 2013. I’m a sucker for “Year in Review” montages so of course I couldn’t resist the opportunity to see how Facebook would curate a year’s worth of my content down to the top 20 moments of the year. I’m so happy I did. Of course some the moments were things that I expected. My kids’ birthdays and my anniversary were there. I gained a niece and a nephew this past year so my posts ... Read More »

Empress of China

When I was growing up in New Orleans, my family had a tradition of going to the late Christmas Eve service at church and then going to eat at one of our favorite places called Cannon’s. Each year, my sisters ate the Cajun Popcorn Shrimp Salad and I would get the Chicken Royale with fries. It was like clockwork. And it was wonderful. I have a thing for food by the way. I remember everything I ever ate and most of my favorite memories are about food. One year, the ... Read More »

The Whos Down in Who-ville

Every Christmas one of the most cherished activities in my adorable little hometown of Basking Ridge, NJ was the annual “Christmas Eve Carol Sing” on the town green. Yes, that’s right, you heard me…a CHRISTMAS CAROL Sing (not holiday or season’s greetings) right smack in the center of town for all to see and celebrate. Very little has changed about this town tradition since 1924. Picture it with me: you are dressed in your very best finery for Christmas Eve service either coming from your local church service, or as ... Read More »

Find Your Inner Child This Christmas

Christmas is almost here. A few years ago we bought into the hype of the “Elf on the Shelf”. Our family named ours Peanut Brittle. I cannot say that I really remember why we named him that, unless it has something to do with the fact that Susan’s grandmother makes Peanut Brittle every year. One of the most exciting things for my children to do each morning is to run down and see where Peanut Brittle is hiding. I’m sure some of you have seen really elaborate positioning of the ... Read More »

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