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Not Sharing: A Virtue to Consider

The trout rose to my fly on my last cast, which only sweetened the thrill and beauty of it all. I had an hour to kill, and Boulder Creek was right there in all of its fall glory–dappled cottonwood leaves in the eddies; the creek seemingly putting itself to sleep before the winter, its flow […]

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One Marriage, Two Careers

There’s a verse in the Bible which is cool even if you’re not into the Bible. It comes from this strange little book called Ruth, the story of a woman of that name whose life becomes intertwined with that of Israel through her mother-in-law Naomi. Ruth’s husband has died, and his brother and father, and Naomi is planning on […]

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If You Build It, They Will Come: 3 Ways to Counter the Worst Line Ever for the Church

This line comes, of course, from Field of Dreams, the 1989 film with Kevin Costner. Great line, good movie, horrible model for the church. The line, and this line of thinking, infected the church (in North America) in the late 80’s. The problem then was that it worked. Buildings were built, programs were programmed, and they […]

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You Found Me

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Broken Love for Broken Things

Almost two years ago, at Christmas time, my black lab puppy, Max, then 10 pounds (now 95), pulled over our Christmas tree. Hearing the crash, I ran in from the other room, hoping that my puppy was okay. He was. In fact, he was quite pleased with himself, chomping on the low-hanging ornament that had occasioned […]

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On Farming and Churching

In his book Remembering, Wendell Berry tells the story of two farmers. The first has acquired 2,000 acres through a patient buying out of his neighbors’ farms. He converted all 2,000 acres to corn fields, because corn produces the most cash. In order to farm all of those acres, he went into debt so as to […]

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Rock Star Pastors: A How-Not-To Guide

Last summer, I saw the Flaming Lips for the first time. Actually, I’d never heard of them before, much to the chagrin of the middle-aged woman standing in front of my buddies and me at the outdoor festival concert in Salida, Colorado. She’d apparently seen the FL’s on multiple occasions all around the country. We, […]

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Three Essentials of Marriage: # 3–Bless Others

This is the last in a three-part series on marriage, inspired by the three wedding dishes that have survived 16.5 years of marriage. Essential # 1, I suggested, is praying out loud, and essential # 2 is telling your story. I hate it when cheesy phrases, especially cheesy Christian phrases, are true. I suppose that […]

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Three Essentials of Marriage: # 2–Tell Your Story

In honor of the three wedding dishes that have survived 16.5 years of marriage, I am writing about the three things that I have found to be essential to married life. Number One, I said, is Praying Out Loud. The second essential is about truth. I suppose it goes without saying that truth is important […]

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Three Essentials of Marriage: # 1–Praying Out Loud

We are down to three wedding dishes: one salad plate and two (chipped) cereal bowls. If I’m remembering correctly, that’s reduced from 40 original pieces, 8 each of the aforementioned dishes plus 8 dinner plates (all gone) and eight goblet drinking glasses (alas, all long gone). I vaguely remember when the first dish broke, probably sometime […]

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