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Transitions: Phase Four

A few days ago Northland, A Church Distributed, announced that Dr. Joel Hunter was stepping down as Senior Pastor. He served in that role for 32 years. For 24 of those years I have been a steady congregant. About eighty … Continue reading

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Lonely But Never Really Alone

“Alone prevents a sole pretense…” The above was a line from a poem in the student literary magazine of New Mexico State University circa 1963.  It was written by a student a year or two older than I and it … Continue reading

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How To Cope Like Abe

I just finished reading Lincoln’s Melancholy a book that examines in great depth the inner life and deep sadness and despair of arguably our greatest president. The fact that he struggled with depression is fairly well known. I mention his … Continue reading

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Made Sad. . .

. . . that I might boast on His equanimity, His Shalom–and not just equanimity and wholeness, but Joy (2 Cor 12:5-10. Okay, so this is a bit of an adaptation of Paul’s famous “thorn in the flesh” passage. Though I’d … Continue reading

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Rosemary/Mary

I’ve just finished reading a new biography about the Kennedys as viewed thru the life story of Rosemary. She was the third of Rose and Joe’s nine children, born just after Jack and before Kathleen. Some of you may know … Continue reading

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Feelings, They Lie !

“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.”  Psalm 119:28 So, I awoke around 4:15 this morning—an hour or more short of what I’d like to have slept, and my first thoughts were pessimistic. Actually, they … Continue reading

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It’s a Whole New Year. . .

But the same old me. . . So, how to deal with that. . ? I don’t think I’ve ever set a New Year’s resolution, and so far this year is no different—and I suppose that says a lot about … Continue reading

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